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Interview Tips:

Visual first impressions are important. Consider your personal grooming. Your own personal taste in clothes may not always be the most appropriate for a job interview. You are safer to err on the side of conservative attire. Try to appear as businesslike as possible.

You should also prepare an interview strategy per the following points.

Your primary objective is to convince the interviewer that you are the best qualified candidate. To do this, first find out what the interviewer really needs, then highlight your experience, qualifications and ability to speak to those needs.

Be sure you know how to pronounce and spell the name of the person who will interview you. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact at all times.

While you are there your attitude and tone are important.

Bring pen and paper and take notes as the hiring authority is describing the position. This indicates to a potential employer that the candidate is very serious about the opportunity.

Answer all questions positively and enthusiastically. And remember your basic strategy: show how your qualifications, experience and ability relate directly to the company's needs.

Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity-the more positions you can choose from, the better.

Close the interview with enthusiasm.

When you sense the interview is coming to an end, try to summarize a few of your key credentials, and stress your interest in working for the company.

If you are really interested in the position, this is the time to say so and to ask about the next step. If the position is offered to you, and you want it, accept it on the spot. However, if you are not prepared to accept, tell the interviewer you'll need one day to think it over. If no offer is made, ask for a second interview date.

Don't be discouraged if the offer is not made at the first interview, or if an appointment for a second interview is not set at this time. Before you leave, get a commitment from the employer regarding what the next step will be and when it will occur.

And finally, be sure to get the interviewer's business card-you'll need it for an important follow-up contact.

Review your notes on what happened. Mark the portions of the interview that you thought went well and those that caused you some problems. If you're called back, this analysis will make your next meeting even more successful; if not, you'll be better prepared for an interview with someone else.

Within 24 hours of your interview, write the interviewer a short letter, thanking them for taking the time to explain the opportunity to you. A powerful tool for soliciting that extra interest is to mention several features of your background that would be useful to the company. Conclude your letter by mentioning that you hope to meet again soon.

Its now time to resign. Its always best to part amiably so we recommend submitting your resignation verbally first and then follow up with a resignation letter. The following is a sample letter.

Dear _________________,

Please accept my resignation from (company) effective (date).

The time I have spent at (company) has been most rewarding and helpful in my career, and I hope that my contributions to the company have been constructive. My relationship with you and my coworkers has always been professional, warm and results oriented.

I have always looked forward to challenges and opportunities that are professionally enriching. Based on this, I made my final decision to accept another position that will enhance my career.

(Boss' first name), I wish you nothing but the best for you and (company). If I can be of any special assistance during my final days, please feel free to call on me.