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NWR: Interview Advice

I have an interview next week for a job that I want very badly!!  I get really nervous and awkward in interview situations.  Anyone have any good advice as what to do or not to do?  Thanks!

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    edited December 2011
    Same thing as right before you walk down the aisle.  Take five deep breaths before you open the door to help you relax.  Research the company and position and just have what you need.
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    edited December 2011
    I recently interviewed for a new position. Here are somethings I would suggest.Def. prepare. Plan your answers for difficult questions like "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" "How did you handle a difficult situation with a client?" Job specific questions. I'm in sales so I reviewed my numbers so I could rattle off some specifics about my goals and achievements.Just relax. IMO, be comfortable with the interviewer like they were a friend but business enough to keep the conversation on track. Have some end of interview questions prepared like, how soon are you looking to hire? What kinds of things will I be responsible for? How many managers do I support? What are the hours like? Things you're concerned about. Asking questions shows your interest in the position.Somethings that were told to me that I'm not sure are true - You're not supposed to wear open toed shoes (might just be my company).  Don't cross your legs, just keep them tucked under you. Sit up tall.Oh and bring a resume, references, etc. even if you've already e-mailed them a copy. HTH! good luck!
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    edited December 2011
    I used to do staffing at my previous position.. 1. Definitely do some research on the company. 2. Pick out 5 words that best describe yourself in the workplace. 3. Think of a few situations you have been in at work. The situation, what action you took, etc. I used to ask this.. Tell me a time when you had a problem with a customer and what steps you took... (something along those lines) Good luck!
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    edited December 2011
    How a lot of interest, ask questions, and be prepared to answer difficult questions.
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    edited December 2011
    Research, research, research. Also agree with pp, prepare some answers ahead of time to typical interview questions . Have your top 5 strengths and weaknesses available. And never say you don't have a weakness. Everyone has areas the can improve on. Just don't pick a weakness that's a super negative and would cause them not to hire you.Also, you should always ask them questions so go prepared with a couple of good questions to ask them. Last thing, to avoid giving short and unorganized answers I was always told to phrase the answers using the STAR method...Situation: give an example of a situation that had a positive outcomeTask & Action: describe what you did in the situationResults: describe the outcome.
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    edited December 2011
    Definitely know as much as you can about the company and make sure they know how much you want the job.  I was talking to a friend yesterday who interviewed someone last week, and she was really put off by the fact that he seemed to have almost no knowledge about the company (and they are public so there is a ton of info out there) and he seemed to be bored to be there.  Her recommendation was not to hire him (and many of her coworkers felt the same way).  Good luck!! 
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks for all the great advice, I'm taking notes!
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