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I landed my first interview ever for a job i really really want! Any advice on do's and dont's?

please help. i can't mess this up! :)

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dustee

Many good pointers and advise..I would add practice with someone and practice in front of the mirror. happy first job.

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Sarsaparilla!!
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act cool and do your best

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I'm so nervous lol thank you!! :)
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Be yourself, good posture shows confidence, be a good listener. Try to think of what questions will be asked and practice how you will answer.

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Thank you so much! :)
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Lowheadroom

Dress nicely, look the interviewer in the eye when he/she is talking to you. Don't use words like yea or nah, always say yes or no. Relax, if you can.

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Relax. Okay. I'm going to do my best with that :) thank you!!
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Lowheadroom
I know it's tough to relax in an interview situation because it is not something that you do every day.
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Hi Low.. Greens
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High Freud, how you doin?
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Don't let nerves get the best of you, just act like your talking to someone who likes the place as much as you do. Also, try and stay away from "ummm" and "ugh..."

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Gah "uhm" is my default word when i'm nervous!! Okay. Working on that immediately! :) thank you!
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Hope you do well!
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Shake their hand (shows confidence), dress professional no matter where it is at, and talk yourself up even if you don't have any experience.

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I have a few unique qualities to me. :) thank you so much.
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don't say so yeah a lot and do smile if you feel the need to

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I smile all the time :)
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Show up 5 mins early, make sure your hair is brushed, clothes are appropriate, clean and wrinkle free. Mind your manners, (yes sir, no ma'am, thank you, etc) Listen to the question and don't interrupt. Put thought into your answers. Shake hands when you meet the person. I know some of this sounds like a no brainer but you would be surprised what I have seen.

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It's always difficult to keep calm when you're nervous. And i lose myself when i'm nervous. But I'm going to remember to notice myself though. :) thank you!!!
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Everyone is nervous for job interviews, and they know that. Just try not to fidget and focus on the questions. I always go into the bathroom before an interview just so my nerves don't get the better of me while in there, and also to make a quick check of hair, make-up and clothes.
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Speak with confidence and basically sell yourself to interviewer. Let them know your strengths and how you can be a great asset to their company. Focus on your strengths and keep good eye contact. Knowing the companies history could prove to be a bonus. They will most likely ask what made you decide to apply there. Answering by mentioning something company is known for let's then know you invested time getting to know them.

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That's a great idea! :) doing that now. Thank you so much
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DO dress for the job, get there ahead of time, research the company, take a copy of your resume and cover letter, sell yourself with examples of your best qualities, look them in the eye when answering, have questions for them regarding the particular job you are interviewing, show confidence, shake hands, thank them for the interview, be yourself..
DON'T talk poorly of any past job experience/person, don't answer with "ummm" or "I don't know" or "like, you know", don't be late, don't ask about days off or vacation time, don't be cocky, don't talk about personal things, don't talk too much, DON'T FORGET TO SMILE.. Good luck!!

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This is extremely helpful! :) thank you so much! I'm nervous but this is going to help me a lot
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You're very welcome! Fingers crossed!
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nice list Big Z!
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Thanks Guss!!
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I think me and rickindenver are gonna agree to disagree lol
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Lowheadroom
Perfect.
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Thanks Low, and Gussy, that's what makes ASK so interesting ;0)
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partyboi
haha..yes coming from someone looking like a boss puffing on a Cuban I would take this advise...green..lol
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Hahaha. Hey TStack!! Better take my advice or I'll have you whacked!!
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partyboi
pfft..I'm the don and your the cappo...now get on your knee and kiss my ring..or I'll make you an offer you can't refuse...
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ya girl.. you should get on your knees for him..he's tuff and irresistible
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partyboi
you forgot amazing
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On my knees? Hmmmm.. Interesting..
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pb... aint gunna happen.. but thanks for playing? drive home safely :)
NOPE girl.. not so much
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partyboi
have a problem SG? i was making a reference to the movie "the godfather"...dont gotta be a d1ck about it, ive been nothing but nice to you.
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oh geesh.. i was playing too.. now im in trouble with both of ya
no problem PB.. enjoy the godfather banter anytime.. short fuse?
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partyboi
oh...sorry SG....i had mixed feeling which way you were going with your comments....sorry
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np. and you have been cool.. thanks.. real:)
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Wow!! Just wow!! And.. Wow!! Hi TStack! Ummm Hi Kel!? Wow!! I mean.. WTWow!!
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wtwow?
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Don't say uh, um, or I don't know. Try to speak clearly and wear something nice, but not to buisnessy.

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I've got my outfit all set out. :)
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Good.
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when i used to hire people i always looked for these things, Make a resume, if you havent worked its ok make one of your school accomplishments, sit up straight and answer clearly, dont use street slang no uh huh or yeahs, yes or no, always make eye contact with who you are speaking with. Dress properly no sweats or shorts , pajamas, clothes with holes no flip flops or shoes with holes in them, dont ever say dude If you need to shake hands make it a proper one nice and firm, no one likes too shake hands with a wet noodle, be confident on the outside even if you dont feel that way on the inside and never never be cocky

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Exactly.. Guss, if in the first second someone gives me a wet noodle handshake, I'm instantly thinking "probably not a great candidate".. Sad but true, because it shows lack of confidence..
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FreudianSlip and guss7116 gave great answers but also you should study up on the company so you can ask questions of them. Let them know that while they're interviewing you, you are interviewing them. Ask about advancement possibilities, what resources they provide to aid you in job performance etc. It will impress the hell out of them to see you acting confidently.

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i agree with some of your answer , however i disagree with the "let them know your interviewing them thing" that would have gotten you have a nice day im never calling you back look. you can ask about the resources but dont make it sound like an interview.
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I don't agree. I don't mean he should get in their faces but should let them know he's looking for a fit, and isn't going to accept anything that's offered. It also let's them know he's done his homework and is looking toward his future. I've done a lot of interviewing and people like that always stood out from the rest.
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I guess it just depends on the interviewer. For me and and the ones i know that would get you the short interview, and unless your being hired for a specific position, you would be taking just anything, doesnt mean you cant work to the position you want but you gotta earn your strips in most parts of the work force.
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Bad bad Rick! Hahaha!! I did say research the company and ask Q's.. Ha!! Take that! Ha ha! Hahahahahahaha !!
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partyboi

many things can make you look better and knowledgeable..for example...if he asks "why do you want this job?" you would prob say for benefits and a reliable company and I'm good with people/computers.. blah blah blah..what you should really do is say something like "from what I saw from 2009-2011 you guys increased an average of almost13% gross income, 3 million dollars to be exact and continue to increase making this a reliable job..... stuff like that, your interviewer wants to see if you are smart. that's just one tip.. are many more but Im trying to study...sorry

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Yep.. Great advice..
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Prepare a 30 second statement explaining why you are perfect for the job and make sure you work it into the conversation.

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