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Prepare the Easy Way - For a Great Job Interview

Preparing for a job interview can raise your pulse. It's a big deal for most people—as it should be. Such a meeting can lead to acceptance or rejection. It's no small thing to prepare for this important face-to-face encounter with a hiring manager or employer. However, it doesn’t have to be a frightening or intimidating experience unless you allow it to be. You can make it comfortable both for yourself and for the person asking the questions.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

That may sound like an oversimplification, but it’s not. Preparing for a job interview is a matter of organization.

Prepare answers to the kind of questions you'll be asked—even if you don’t know exactly what they are. You do know the hiring manager will be interested in your qualifications, your experience and work history, and how you can best fit into the company he or she represents. With that in mind, assemble a few personal experience stories that will show the interviewer what you’ve done to resolve problems, keep deadlines and commitments, and contribute to the success of the company at whatever level you worked, and how you can do that again in the new position.

Listen as well as speak. You can learn a lot by paying attention to what the interviewer shares. Notice his or her body language, style of speaking, and the way he or she interacts with you. This will help you find out more about the company—whether it is formal or informal, focused or casual, competitive or laid back. Then you’ll be able to answer questions accordingly.

Relax and be yourself. Keep in mind that the interviewer’s job is to fill the open position with a live human being—someone who is comfortable to speak with, qualified to meet the requirements, and gifted with energy and creativity. Then make sure that before you leave, the interviewer sees you as the person who can fulfill each one.

Keep Your Head - and Heart

Preparing for a job interview is worth the time you invest. But there’s nothing wrong with choosing the easy way. That doesn’t mean being lazy or arrogant. It simply means doing what comes naturally - meeting the person on the other side of the desk with good manners, answers to pertinent questions, personal stories to illustrate your points, and a way of speaking and sharing that shows your personality and character traits.