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How to impress an emplyer in an interview?

Good day everyone, 

I am currently looking for a job for myself and has not found the success of getting hired in my preferred company. I wanna know if what can I do or tell to impress my employer and give me a shot with the job I want. I applied in many companies and been accepted in others that I do not like. It is been unlucky for me because the company that I like does not call me for an interview. 

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TheArticulate

Perhaps you should call your preferred company and ask them what the status is on your application, and tell them that you're looking forward to the opportunity of an interview. This will give you an opportunity to find out why they haven't called you for an interview, which will probably give you way better information on how to better yourself than we can give you.

I have no idea what field these companies are that you're applying for, and I have no idea what your expertise or skill level is in whatever it is you're trying to do. If you're just now getting into this field, I'd tell you not to hold out forever on a single company, but take a job at a company that wants to hire you and that you think you'll fit in with. If anything, you'll gain professional experience, and it'll look good to your preferred employer if you've spent some time in the field at another company and performed well.



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DenisP

"I'd tell you not to hold out forever on a single company, but take a job at a company that wants to hire you and that you think you'll fit in with."

This is pretty invaluable advice, and I'd advise the original poster to take it. When you're just starting out, it isn't necessarily good to be picky. If you're young and inexperienced, the main priority should be gathering up some good experience to present on your CV. Sitting around, twiddling your thumbs and hoping that your company of choice is going to hire you, is essentially wasting valuable time that you could be using to learn and gather experience.



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jaybee19

Exactly. Not to judge but this is the problem for most rookies. They want to get hired immediately and at the company of their choice at once. However, this isn't possible all the time. It's much better to gather experiences so that after you gather the right amount of experience you can go back and apply for the company you want because most companies prefer experienced employees. And also they prefer those applocants who stayed long with their previous employers because it reflects to their loyalty.



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bienn05

Thank you so much for the advice. I'm an Industrial Engineer and I don't know what field will I took. I tried to be a Production Engineer in a manufacturing company but I did not liked it. I'm trying to get in a Logistics department in other company. I don't know if this is the right decision.



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TheArticulate

Absolutely. I'm not an engineer, so I'm definitely not the person to be giving any sort of really specific career advice. If I were you, I'd reach out to any university professors you may have had, or someone you know who is in the field you're interested in, and ask their advice on what to do.



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Martinsx1

You have a very good point about going for an expert in the field of engineering to offer credible advice on how to go about this, and a professor would fit in very well in the quota of those that can offer the best ideas on how to go about this.



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jeffreyjose48

I could relate with you. Recently I have an interview. Until today after the interview I am still waiting for their call or message. They said to me that I will just wait for their call. My wife told me not to expect the call or message anymore.

Its been a month of waiting now. They have not contacted me yet. i tried going back to their office and ask why is this happening to me. I have learned from their personnel. That is always their case. Its really their standard operating procedure.



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fishbate

In my opinion the only way you can impress an employer is thru your credentials. The first thing that an interviewer will do is to check your credentials, your resume is your map. The interviewer will primarily see your skills and potentials on the data you provided on your resume. The questions that will be ask to you is probably based on your data given, so i think a well made resume will be significant on your employment along with your ability to communicate well.



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TheArticulate

This is what makes me say he should lean toward accepting the job that wants him. I don't know where he is in his professional career, but if he's fresh out of college and just starting his time in the field, it would be good to get some experience under his belt instead of waiting for the most prestigious company to call him back. Some people can jump right into a job like that, but sometimes it's good to build up your credentials first.



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DenisP

"The interviewer will primarily see your skills and potentials on the data you provided on your resume."

This is actually the way I feel as well. The fact is that the process of hiring employees is a very cold and calculated one. The outcome of the initial stages, where the potential employer is sifting through your qualifications and credentials, is going to be entirely decided by how capable you are. No amount of confidence or calm collectedness is going to save the fact that you simply don't have the credentials they're looking for. It's a very harsh way of putting it, but no one said that the job market isn't a harsh place.



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bienn05

What if I am a fresh graduate and not that good at communicating? What else can I do? I just wonder if there are anything I can do besides my presentation and my resume.



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ChristineOh

You should practice your communicating skills while it's early. You can improve it. You should also need a more confidence while on the interview. Show them that you're confident to your every answers.



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RhealaineS

I beg to disagree. In my opinion, credentials catch the attention of the employer but it's the character that impress them. Show them that you are willing to learn and willing to become an asset to the company. That's how I got my first job.



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zgecolea1797

Yes, I personally experienced this. I also have some stories from my friends that some employers don't look at your credentials. It is the personality that is much more important. Every employer is different I should say. So better to have a good attitude towards everyone or anyone.



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Chinet23

One's character is one important thing and that will give the employers a hint during the interview. So one must be able to put his best foot forward in terms of this. There are some people with good credentials who got declined because they fail to show that they are teachable and willing to learn. If you are a fresh graduate and without experience, you have to admit you have to learn a lot but you have the right character and mindset to undergo the process.

That's how I got mine too.



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bienn05

Not all employers look for credentials. Some look at your attitude towards work or the way you speak to other person. I think first impression is a big deal in applying for a job.



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Kakashi2020

I agree with you on that credentials are one of the major deciding factors in getting the job and impressing the employer. But it's not the only factor. An applicant would be judged by the way he speaks and answers to questions and his demeanor during an interview.



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MittensFX

You should be relaxed at all time.No need to be nervous.If you understand the job that you will be doing and earning money for what you enjoy doing than there is no way for you not to be accepted at the company.Try to be as much as communicative you can be,and think about the questions they give you before you answer.



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aeon

Yeah, that's right. I think even how great your resume or credentials, if you don't know how to handle the pressure while facing the interviewer, I think somehow they will think twice before accept you.



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MomoStarr16

First of all don't tell lies to impress them. It will makes you nervous and gives you a negative feeling. Just tell them the truth. But of course don't tell them negative about you. Try to show them how good you are. And the important thing is to look them in the eyes the whole time.



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Barida

Looking them in the eyes is one of the ways that we get to show that we are bold when talking with the other person and I agree that it is something that is made possible here as long as I am concerned. When we go for interviews, we have to exhibit that confidence that we can handle any type of job given to us.



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Youngshark

I totally get you my friend. "It is difficult to remember a lie than it is for the truth" which is why one needs to maintain truthfulness. This means that you will be less nervous if you can keep your script genuine.



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DenisP

I'm almost positive that this isn't going to be the answer you want to hear, but if your qualifications haven't impressed them by now, I think you're out of luck. Most employers are very straight forward about what they're looking for. Job applications are a very cold game, and there usually isn't much room to maneuver when it comes to sweet talking and convincing. Your credentials and qualifications are just about the only thing that are going to get your foot in the door. Once your foot is firmly planted in there, then you have some room for convincing. But until then, it's all about what you're worth on paper.

That being said, that doesn't mean lie about your qualifications, as that just about never ends well.



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edencaga

Just relax as if it is just a normal person talking and interviewing you. Be yourself and just focus on your objectives and don't add information that is not really important.It must be continuous when you are talking without unnecessary words like "ahm". They will also look on how presentable you are. Your answers must be honest and they should feel that you are determine to be part of their team. You also need experience and awards you have been attending and receiving. Of course it depends on your qualifications. Sometimes they look for people who studied in good universities but depends. If you are just an entry level or a fresh graduate, you will need to tell your awards and organizations you've part to. You should be ready.



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Barida

I agree with you on the need for anyone going for an interview to be themselves as it is going to ensure that tension and all that ain't taking over anything as time goes on the interview. This will also act as a form of self confidence as well as long as we are looking forward to having a better result from the interview session.



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treecko142

Well, it mostly depends on what the employer is looking for, as they mostly would base it first on your experience in the field and your resume. If you feel that you have a good enough resume, then all you need to work on is your interview, and it all comes down to confidence and knowing what you're talking about, all while having a nice personality and not appearing too overconfident or letting them know of any potential problems that you might have.



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fishbate

I agree, it really depends on the qualifications you have and if it fits to their requirements. That includes experience, attainment, skills etc. Of course nobody is perfect that is why the ability to communicate is significant on anyone's employment.



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aeon

Well, I think, base on your communication skills, and how confidence you are, Interviewers sometimes intimidate the applicant to know how they will responds to the simple pressure, and just be comfortable.



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Kakashi2020

In the past whenever I have a job interview I make it a point to do some research first about the company, it's services and products. Doing this would give me crucial information that could be important in my job interview.



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fishbate

That's a good point, researching about the company will definitely help you on your communication skills specially when you have enough information that may be vital on the interview process. This is a great way to impress an employer, when the employer knows how familiar you are with the process they are making in the company the percentage of being hired is big.



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mitan143

Exactly. I heard this thing in news report in television, that time they reported on giving some advises on how to impress your employer. They advised exactly what you have mentioned above, and they also featured someone who has used it as advantage for his interview and it turned out to be successful.



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Martinsx1

Every company has its core basis and what it exists for. Find that out and present yourself in a way to offer exactly what would aid the company in achieving its business objectives and goals. There is no way they are going to look past you when it comes to looking for workers who can offer them exactly what they are looking for.

Good luck.



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Corzhens

I have an experience in interviewing applicants to our department. The good impression that I get is the politeness and simplicity of answers to my questions. When an applicant gives a very long answer, I get the feeling that he wanted to fool me or to impress me with his diction. My advice for you to be impressionable is to keep your answers short and simple. And don't forget to throw a smile once in a while when the situation calls for it.



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treecko142

Great advice. Keeping your answers short and direct to the point gives a good impression to the interviewer and tells the interviewer that you know what you are talking about and are honest enough to go straight to the point and not add any irrelevant piece of information on your answers.



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Steve5

It's important that you stay true to who you are. Companies prefer to know the person their hiring from the start. Don't make them think you're anyone else other than your truest self. If they want you, then they'll take you. Sometimes it's not up to you on whether you're chosen by the company. Let them decide for themselves.



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Martinsx1

I completely agree with you on this, there is this particular thing called trust. If in the process of an interview, the company doesn't seem to trust in your personality, there is no way they are going to be hiring you for the job. So therefore, try as much as you can to build up a personality that is capable of capturing trust in you and you will be hired as long as you have the educational, skills and qualifications for the job.



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Steve5

Yes, it really depends on what they're looking for. I wouldn't recommend adjusting your personality to look more appealing to them. It's quite hard having to maintain a favorable persona when you're very different from what they perceive. Best to be you 100% and let them choose you for who you are and not what they want you to be.

Also, thank you for support. You're an intelligent individual as well.



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Martinsx1

The moment you go to the extent of adjusting your personality, it only means one thing, and it's that you are no longer your 100% self which categorically makes you a fake and once the company discovers this either on the long run or short run, they are still going to get rid of you.



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Steve5

Yes, that's the sad reality. I hope more people realize the importance of being true to one's self. Especially, in job interviews. It's really unfortunate to have to leave the job because of hiding certain details about yourself.



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amelia88

I like what you said about remaining true to yourself. There's no point in interviews to try and come across as someone who you're not like at all - it would be too hard to fake that for the rest of your working career! As you said, be yourself, it's all you can do.



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Kakashi2020

I think that being well groomed, smart looking with the right amount of confidence are the top 3 important things a prospective employee or job seeker must project in a job interview. As it is said, "First Impressions Lasts", that's why if you made an initial good impression then the rest would be elementary.



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Martinsx1

Exactly. You have to make a very good impression on your interview, and being bold with answering questions will make the interview resource person take good interest in you. The only to get such confidence is by having belief in what you have gotten through research and offer it in a candid way as you know it.



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DarthHazard

The best thing that you can do is to be confident. The moment you meet the person that is doing the interview, be confident with your smile and your handshake. If your handshake is good and firm, then they will be impressed and a good first impression is very important. And then be confident during the interview as well, try not to fidget and sit up straight.



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aeon

That's right. A simple gesture is enough to impress the interviewer, and sometimes make a joke if you can. Interviewer always manipulate and trying to pressure you while conducting the interview to know how you going to handle pressure.



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amelia88

One of the biggest things to me is always do your research about the company and the role beforehand.

If you know how the company operates, what their goals are, and how they've performed in previous years, it can be easy to answer a lot of interview questions from a perspective of being truly interested in the company.

Also, those simple things - being on time, looking professional, and being polite and respectful!



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esteban123

I think in order to impress your employer when applying for a job is that you should be honest at all times. Show to your employer the real you because it will be a factor on whether a certain company would hire you or not. Avoid making lies in your resume because they will really know if you are telling the truth or not.



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Martinsx1

When you are your real self during an interview, there is nothing for you to hide and there wouldn't be any need for pretence which most likely will make the interview session a little more convenient and conducive for the employee. When are being shady, it would make you too tense and on edge during the course of the interview and if the employer is observant, he or she would see right through you and that's the end for you in the job.



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Kakashi2020

You must project a positive attitude when being interviewed and never mention negative things about your past employers also because this would give you a negative image.



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esteban123

Yes that is right, you should also be confident in your answers during the interview to give the feeling of good impression to them. You should be positive at all times in order to get the right answer for every questions that they will ask you.



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Barida

One core thing to know is that you've got to always learn more about the company that you are looking for and try as much as you can to know the historical highlight of the company. The reason is that the employer might want to know if you really care about the company and knowing a bit of it will help so much on the situation.



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peachpurple

To be honest, I am facing the same problem too. I think the employer would only choose the right candidate that fits their bill, mainly the experiences, age, what are the successful stuff you had done for the previous company and the salary you are asking for. DOn't ask for the highest salary, go for the medium range



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fishbate

Well your correct, they are probably gonna hire the person that fits on their requirements. That's why you have to understand your capabilities and skills if you are really fit for the job. Other wise you'll just be wasting your time and effort. Just an opinion.



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aeon

Yeah, you're right, unless the company has conducting the massive hiring. Sometimes much better to apply in a job fair, because the interviewer is already tired and don't know exactly what they are talking about, and in case of salary my always response is negotiable.



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Kakashi2020

Whenever you're asked a question, you should answer it confidently and with a straightforward manner. You should also answer it as honestly as you can and should never bad mouth your previous employer.



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bienn05

I really appreciate all your help. It is so nice having these people around in this site. I'm so glad I'm here with you all.



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Kakashi2020

Here's a list of frequently asked questions that every job interviewee must be able to answer.

1.Tell me something about yourself.
2.What are your strengths?
3.What is your biggest weakness?
4.Why should we hire you?
5.How did you learn about the job opening?
6.Who referred you?
7.What do you consider as your biggest professional accomplishment?
8.What was your biggest failure in your career?
9.Why did you leave your preview job?
10.What is your leadership style?
11.What can we expect from you in 3 months time?
12.What are your hobbies?
13.How much was your last salary?
14.How much salary are you expecting?
15.What are your goals in life?



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amelia88

These are very common questions that I've encountered for just about every job interview I've gone for. I highly recommend practicing some "sample responses" to those kind of questions, so that when you go into an interview you're prepared and not there umming and aahing trying to think of something to say.



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aeon

Sometimes if you do memorize these questions and you memorize your answer also, the interviewer will surely notice that, and will ask you the out of this world questions and much more harder to answer.



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Marako0406

These questions above would really help one to be aware of what the interviewer would be asking. I would be writing a simple answer to those questions to use it as points that I can recall during interview and just give a short explanation on the points. This will help you to be aware and not to get lost in the interview. Be yourself and be confident because being nervous is normal just think of your goal and reach for it!



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Kakashi2020

You can impress your interviewer by answering in your own unique way. Sometimes answering in a straight forward by the book answer is not what the interviewer is looking for and you'll get extra points if you answer in a unique way.



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tophgreg

Hi there ! I'm still a student but to be honest I still have a lot of experience dealing with interviews because I have transferred schools a lot and these schools are very competent so they are very strict during the interview part of their admission process. What I' doing is basically trying to impress the interviewer, how ? by stating your achievements, yes I know they are already in your resume then why bother? It's because tell them how you got that achievement, by telling these experience they would have a clearer picture of who you are and how you deal with goals, that is just it, an achievement can tell a lot about that person, well that's how I manage to get into top schools that I have enrolled to, may be it might work out with you who knows, at least it's worth a shot !



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esteban123

I think in order to impress our prospect employer is that we should show to them our strength and weaknesses if where we are good about. Having some great skills could be an advantage so that they will easily hire us and we should have the patience to strive for excellence and learning in the future.



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Kakashi2020

A good way to impress an interviewer is by having a good modulated voice when answering questions. Your voice should be clear and the words should be easily understood by not using deep or unconventional or slang.



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EfficientNinja

During an interview, you should be confident. You should show through your body language and answers that you are a capable person and you can do the job well. When I had my first job interviews, I was also nervous. But once I've done lots of them, I feel more confident and I think I somehow have an idea of what the interviewer would ask me.



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jaymish3

From someone who has worked in human resource and knows the ropes of the trade , I can tell you just to be yourself. What gets you hired is your chemistry with your employer and not any skills that you may have. In my opinion and experience, skills is not a factor in how hiring is done. Your attitude and how well you will fit in to the organization matter. So just do your best for your interview, be honest , pray but don't kill yourself. You will find the right job eventually.



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aeon

You're right. Sometimes the interviewer just want to know if how you going to handle the pressure and if you are easily to intimidate, specially to the interviewer. I'm in the BPO company, and honestly they're asking a lot of questions during the interview, but they really don't care about your answer, all they want to know is, how confidence you are by talking to someone.



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mdayrit

It is a good idea that you provide a resume that highlights the skills and qualifications that you have for the position that you are applying for. From my experience as a recruiter, I would usually prioritize application with resume that is easy to read, short and concise. It doesn't have to be in a paragraph form to describe what you do in your previous job. Most recruiters will just scan your resume and doesn't have time to read them all. Details of your previous job description can be discussed in the interview.

Once invited for the interview, start researching about the company as well as the job. It sometimes helps to surprise the interviewer that you know something about the company that is not a common knowledge. Prepare to bring copies of important documents related to your application. These are documents that could be a proof of your advantages from other applicants such as certifications, trainings, etcetera.

Arrive early on the day of the interview to give you enough time to compose yourself and shake off your nervousness. Be confident. Confidence is just what you really need during the interview to be able to explain your abilities and job experience.



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Kakashi2020

Sometimes it's about the first impression and having a lasting impression. This means having a good impression when he sees you for the very first time, the things to remember are proper grooming and correct attire and posture as well as facial appearance and body movement.

When it comes to lasting impression, it means how you answer the questions, confidence level in speaking, grammar, voice modulation and correct pronunciation and of course you must answer the questions correctly. If you've done your homework and aced both of these then the possibility of getting hired is high.



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jennyfermanuel

I agree with you.
After graduating college, I tried to apply for a job. Though I don't have that much work experiences, they hired me.
among the 16 applicants, I was left the last one standing LOL. They gave us several interviews until some are asked to go home. And i was the only one left.
I didn't actually do a lot of "sell myself" like those who are stating their skills and abilities.
I just went there comfortable, I am not hungry, or having a headache. It's like I'm in the mood talking like the interviewer is just a friend. Until I finished all the interviews and left as one man standing. LOL
All I can advice you is, go there when you know you are in a good mood. Pray before it starts, it works!



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Kakashi2020

I think that being properly dressed for the meeting or interview is a big factor in impressing an employer. Because there are people who base their hiring decisions on the persons clothes, I mean if a person dresses inappropriately then it tells a negative thing about that person. It's the opposite with a properly and neatly dressed individual, who could gain positive ratings.



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Russet

As someone who has interviewed many people here is my advice.

1) Research the company and position. You don;t need to know everything, just be able to ask questions that clearly relate to the specific job.
2) When answering questions don;t be afraid to stop and formulate your answer. Don't ramble. If you don't fully understand the question ask for clarification.
3) Avoid cliches. There are answers we have all heard a billion times and they aren't helpful. Like is asked for a flow saying you are too hard working or a perfectionist. That was a clever answer 20 years ago, not today.
4) If you don't have a preferred qualification or prior experience don't bluff, just show that you have thought about how to add it to your training as you go and draw attention to advantages you do have.
5) I know it's hard but take a deep breath, try to relax, and show who you are.
6) We assume everyone we interview has the technical competencies--try and show your personal qualities like a commitment to the jobs purpose, empathy, conscientiousness etc.



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esteban123

I think to mainly impressed your employer you should as much as possible be knowledgeable to the company that you want to apply with since it could be one thing that will give you an advantage over the other competitors in the hiring process. You should also be confident and answer all questions direct to the point so that employer will not feel sleep when hearing your answers but instead will make them more interested with your application.



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nrnlss

I agree with you, the interviewers will be impressed if you have a nice knowledge about the background of the company and the achievements and other helpful facts.



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