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Need interviewing tips? Ask your mom

I found a nice little succinct list at, 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.


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.

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