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The A-B-Cs on How to Ace a Job Interview

Of course you want to ace your next job interview. But you might wonder how to do that. There are so many things to think about - questions to answer, clothing to wear, information to digest.

When you boil it down to A, B, C, however, you'll see that it's not as challenging as you may think. There are really only three main items to master in order to ace a job interview. Here they are:

A. Find out what the hiring manager is looking for in the person he or she wants to hire. This information is available on the job site where you saw the listing and the description of the job, including the requirements for the person who does that work. Take note of what you'll need to do to demonstrate your ability. Be ready to share some personal on-the-job experiences that point to your job skills or leadership and management, or sales. Talk to people who work at the company you are targeting. Men and women employees are your best source of information about what it's like to work for this organization on a day-to-day basis.

B. Next, consider the kinds of questions you'll be asked during the interview. You'll also need to think about how you will answer them so you will stand in the best light. Don't worry about putting yourself forward. That's important to do if you wish to ace a job interview. Those asking the questions will be doing so for a reason—to discover whether you are or are not the ideal individual for that job. To do this, spend some time reviewing your career history and the accomplishments you've achieved. The hiring manager will respond more positively if you have examples to show rather than answering his or her questions in a theoretical way.

Poor Example: I did my best to improve the sales team and increase revenue for the company.

Preferred Example: As the sales manager I expanded the sales territory, hired five new top-notch salespersons, and within two years increased company revenue by twenty-five percent.

C. Finally, practice your answers, preferably in front of a friend or colleague who will give you honest feedback. The more examples from your career you can point to, the greater your chance of getting hired. Keep in mind that employers are looking for individuals who not only do the work required, but also extend themselves, by solving problems, stepping into leadership as called for, associating in a positive way with fellow workers, and responding well to management.

Last, but not least, to ace a job interview, arrive ahead of your appointed time, dress professionally, and greet the hiring manager with a friendly handshake and sincere smile.