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Interview tips: For graduating students looking to go straight into the workforce

For those students who are proposing to go straight in to the work force, here are some tips on interviews.In the current job market, you’d better have your act together. Here are ten basic points before you go on that all-important interview.1. Do Your ResearchResearching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company’s needs.2. Look SmartSelect what to wear to the interview. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes if you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.3. Be PreparedBring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.. Commonly asked interview questions:- Why do you want this job?- What are your strengths and weaknesses?- What does success mean to you?- How can you contribute to this company?- What achievements have given you the most satisfaction?- How do you cope under pressure?- Why should I hire you?- What are your strengths and weaknesses?Questions you might want to ask:- What would my position day to day duties be?- What opportunities does your company offer for additional training?- Are there opportunities for promotion?4. Be on TimeNever arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early. Enter the building ten to 15 minutes before the interview.5. Show EnthusiasmA firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky.6. ListenOne of the most neglected interview skills is listening.7. Answer the Question AskedCandidates often don’t think about whether they are actually answering the questions their interviewers ask. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure.8. Give Specific ExamplesOne specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance.9. Ask QuestionsMany interviewees don’t ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job.10. Follow UpWhether it’s through e-mail or regular mail, the interview follow-up is one more chance to remind the interviewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. Don’t miss this last chance to market yourself.