How to Do Well on a Job Interview

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Harvey Harbuck

English 1010 Online

Mrs. D. Goodson

27 January 2013

How to Do Well on a Job Interview

When going to an interview, it is important to have the right state of mind and to focus on what is

important. The thing that is the most important when attending an interview is not how they answer

questions. It is the impression that they leave behind. That being said, answering questions "correctly" will

of course impact on that impression. The word "correctly" was put in quotes because there are no perfect

answers to questions, although there are wrong answers.

First impressions matter. Why? Because they create biases. If they make a bad impression

upfront, they will have to combat that bias. It's like running uphill. On the other hand, if they make a good

impression, they can ride on it. It's like running downhill. That being said, they need to make sure to dress

professionally, smile, give a firm handshake, and introduce themselves properly.

As the interview "formally" starts, they need to make sure to remember that interviewing is a

"communication process." This means that they have to be "clear" when you talk. Clarity entails that they

"speak clearly" and "answer clearly." Speaking clearly means that they have to speak loud enough and

pronounce their words well enough so that they are well understood. Think of news anchors and how they

speak.. Answering clearly means that they have to satisfy whatever was on my mind, the interviewer when

I ask them the question. In order to do that they have to practice their listening skills. Yes, listening is part

of communicating. If they are not sure what was asked, ask me to repeat myself or, even better, rephrase

the question in their own words and ask me to confirm that they grasped my question properly. The next

thing to keep in mind is that questions are asked for a purpose. They need to try to find the purpose

underlying...
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