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Job Interview Advice Part 2

Explanation: Even if you have doubts about this, it’s important to say it. Many times, you will not learn all the facts about a job until an offer is made. New information may clear up your doubts. Also, let’s face it, it’s good for your confidence to receive a job offer, even if you decide to turn it down.

Step 5: Ask when a decision will be made. Try to learn a specific time (in two hours, three days, etc.). If the employer says, “We’re going to make a decision soon,” you ask, “When you say soon, do you mean tomorrow or next week?”

Explanation: This again shows your interest in the job. You also learn when to make your follow-up call. Many interviewers will say, “We’ll be contacting everybody, one way or the other.” Do not believe this. Most companies don’t have the time or resources to do so. YOU should make a follow-up call after every interview.

Step 6: Thank the interviewer and let him or her know you appreciate the time taken out of a busy day.

Explanation: As simple as this sounds, most applicants don’t do it. When you do it, you set yourself apart from the competition. This adds to the positive impression you have made.

These six steps lead to more job offers. If you are not offered a job, you will have a better understanding of why. Then you can take actions to increase your chances of landing the next job offer.

Listen, Really Listen

Listening is a skill you can develop. Concentrate on hearing and understanding all that is said. Here’s how:

  •         If something is not clear, say something such as, “I’m not sure I followed you. Could you explain it a bit more?”
  •         Repeat what you just heard to show that you really understood it.
  •         Maintain eye contact. Nod your head. Smile in agreement.

You can practice becoming a good listener; try these listening skills with a friend. After five or ten minutes of repeating, nodding, smiling, and maintaining eye contact, ask your friend if he or she thinks you were paying close attention. If your friend says yes, you’re on the right track.

Conversation is more than words

When we talk, we communicate in three different ways:

  1. With our bodies. This is what the listener sees. It is non-verbal communication like our clothes, posture, and facial expressions. Even when we never open our mouths, we’re still making statements. Non-verbal communication makes up more than half of our total message.