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Everything You Need To Know Before Your Job Interview

Here's the 411 on acing it.

Do your homework. 
A few days before your scheduled interview, make sure you’ve read or, at least, researched the company. The worst thing that can happen is for you to look lost and confused when the hiring manager asks you what you think of their company. 

Wear appropriate clothes.
It’s important to choose the right attire to wear for a job interview. According to Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert and author of the book, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, "On a job interview, your attire makes a statement about yourself before you even open your mouth." Even the tiniest details can speak volumes like a low cut shirt or a messy bag, "It’s okay to show off your personality through your clothes, as long as you aren’t wearing a lime green mini skirt. Stick to business-professional looks," she says. 

Be ready for the questions to be asked. 
Simple questions such as "Why do you want to work for us?" and "Why did you leave your last company?" are actually pretty loaded. Be prepared to answer these questions without making yourself sound too rehearsed. Our tip: Try not to bring up negative experiences with your boss (unless it involves very extenuating circumstances), as it might raise questions and cast a bit of doubt on your application.

Tap into your network of contacts. 
If you know anyone who is working for the same company you’re eyeing, try arranging a meet-up with them for an informal session. Ask them for vital information that could be beneficial for you during your interview–you may even be able to gather essential info you won’t find online.

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