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Need interviewing tips? Ask your mom


I found a nice little succinct list at Businessmouth.com, of five simple rules for a great job interview. These five practical tips may not get you the job if you're not qualified but they'll go a long way toward making a good impression on the interviewer:

  • Eye contact - Look directly at your interviewer. Don't cast your eyes down.
  • Sit up straight - Don't slouch in your chair - it makes you look lazy and uninterested. Good posture makes you look like a confident person.
  • Don't fidget - Keep your hands in your lap when you're not making a point in the conversation. Fidgeting looks unprofessional.
  • Speak up - Don't mumble your words. Speak directly at your interviewer with a clear, strong voice.
  • Smile and show some personality - It's ok to be a little nervous, but remember to stay loose and be yourself. Personality counts for a lot.

When I first read the list I felt like I was channeling my mother. How many times had I heard that same advice from her? But you know what? The advice is good. Try it.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

7 comments
NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

"No wire hangers" "No wire hangers" "No wire hangers" PASS!!! ;) Seriously, these are some good pointers. Little things add up to big reasons why people don't get hired.

Your Mom 2.0
Your Mom 2.0

And make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident...

DaveSlash
DaveSlash

It's truly amazing how often we need to be reminded of "the basics". These rules are blatantly obvious, but I've observed a disturbingly substantial amount of candidates that eschew them completely (myself included). Thanks, Toni. We need to be reminded of the basics more often than we'll ever admit.

gmason
gmason

Very good interviewing advice! Only 5 things - do them all!

DrunkWithPower
DrunkWithPower

We pros may have heard these a thousand times but there may be some young people seeing them for the first time. Thanks!

DrunkWithPower
DrunkWithPower

We pros may have heard these a thousand times but there may be some young people seeing them for the first time. Thanks!

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