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TUJobs outlines best job interview practices


TUJobs has recently outlined the best job interview practices as part of a new article on employment. The practices are taken from career coach and executive resume writer Abby Locke via an article she published on LinkedIn Pulse.
According to the article, there are seven things you should do and never do in a job interview, and that first impressions are important. 
Number one - Give short and focused answers
Listen carefully to the question, focus on about 3 key points in your answer and then stop talking. Avoid getting nervous just because there is silence or little response from the interviewer(s), Locke writes.
Number two – Don’t criticize your former or current employer
Number three – Don’t answer questions generically, or without real substance
Saying to an interviewer, “I am a great leader who gets the job done” or “I am known for being a good team player” is like saying nothing at all. Practice giving answers that give specific examples or point to supporting evidence about your strengths and areas of expertise, Locke writes.
Number four – Research your potential employer
Number five – Be sure to ask quality questions during the interview
Number six – Don’t give rehearsed and overused answers
When I am conducting interview coaching with my clients, I often get the “canned”, predictable interview answers. Nothing is wrong with following interviewing guidelines, but remember to bring YOU to the interview. Respond to questions in your own voice, let your personality shine through, smile and be yourself, the career coach writes.
Number seven – Be enthusiastic!
Locke believes you should consider not only to impress the interviewer, but also let the interviewer impress you. You should try to be as enthusiastic and positive as you can in every interview.
Professor Ole I. Iversen at BI Norwegian Business School, comments on the interview process, “You should meet prepared, not speak negatively about your current employer, offer your personality, be authentic and enthusiastic, and have a clear idea of why you want to work in this specific business. We know that first impressions are important. You should have a firm handshake, look the interviewer in the eyes, and not talk too much.”
Iversen states that most interviewers create a first impression within the first three or four minutes, and then use the interview to confirm this first impression. This is called the confirmation trap.
Iversen explains that the two most important tips are to think through why you want to work in this specific company, and to look at the job advertisement to find out what qualities the company wants, and then thoroughly think through situations where you used these exact qualities.  
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