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job interview tips

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You’ve networked like crazy.

You’ve made a positive impression on people throughout your industry.

You’ve positioned your personal brand as being valuable enough to merit an interview.

Now what?!

When people finally get what they’ve been working so hard for – an interview – some hit cruise control, thinking all the hard work is behind them. Others stress out and freeze up. “Nailing the interview” is a Career Coaching topic I frequently work through with clients. It’s much easier said than done, and there are so many things that go into it.

But if you’re looking for a good place to simply start, I recommend this recent article from CBS Moneywatch, titled “Job Search: 5 Ways To Stand Out”, but to me the tips are really about the interview itself.

Their recommendations include:

  1. Sell yourself as the solution.
  2. Be memorable.
  3. Bring props that prompt stories (i.e., portfolios)
  4. Act like you’ve already got the job.
  5. Follow up with specifics.

Obviously there’s more detail over at the article. There are some great insights, and one of my favorites is to go in with the mindset that you’re a consultant to their business, not someone desperate to get a job!

If you’ve been through the job search/interview experience recently, which of these recommendations do you wish you would have had before going in?