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Published:January 30th, 2006 09:48 EST

Tips for a Solid Job Interview

By Saly Alhady

SOP Editor Matthew Kent notes: The following is a piece written by SOP writer Saly Alhady. Alhady offers personal advice for those who may need it as they enter a job interview. This should be helpful and informative to those who are graduating college and are seeking to land a great job as they enter the job market or to those seeking a better career opportunity.

If you need help finding a job, but are afraid about the interview process, help is available. If you don`t know what to do or what to say,  or if you have previously faced a bad experience in an interview and really need help, try to follow these quick tips.

1.  Looks can make a difference, so if you want to spruce up your appearance you can take care of your clothes by buying new ones or consider altering an outfit you already have.

2.  Do not worry if you feel nervous it is a realistic feeling about interviews, so try to calm down and tell your self it will be easy, because preparing emotionally is very important to helping you be in the right mode.

3.  Try to arrive at the interview earlier than your appointment time to avoid accidental surprises.

4.  Be sure about what you offer to the job by making a list in your mind of your skills and qualifications  This mental list will also prepare you to answer any of the interviewers questions. 

5.  In the interview don`t talk a lot, you have to speak briefly, give the chance to the interviewer to take his time to ask you.

6.  Don`t talk about money, let them begin to open the subject and ask you about your expectations pf salary.  

7.  Appear your challenging and positive spirit; don`t look confused if they ask you any thing you don`t know because that will leave to them a bad feeling about you.  

8.  Be quite that will gain their attention, and it will help you to focus in your answers.

9.  Don`t be embarrassed, if they ask you about your last job and why you left it , but tell them facts without go into details.

 Finally, I hope this advises will give you a hand to pass your interview.