The Importance of the Interview

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Most people who have hiring responsibilities have a pretty good idea of the levels of education and experience they’d like to see in a job applicant for a particular position.

Very often – and more often than one might think – the following personal characteristics make the difference between the person getting the job and the others who applied for the job:

Presence
The applicant’s first impression is very important. In fact, it ripples through the entire interview. Do what you can to create a positive presence through manners, wearing the appropriate clothing to the interview, making sure you’re well-groomed and having a relaxed, confident manner.

Ability to communicate
How well do you communicate to the interviewer? Can you communicate your ideas clearly at the level the position requires? Your interviewer will generally assess both content and delivery of communication.

Motivation
Do you have a positive, enthusiastic approach? Do you sound and look confident that you can handle the job?

Intelligence
Your answers to questions, your questions to the interviewer and your demonstration of creative and imaginative capabilities will all be considered by the hiring person. Although your grade levels achieved in post-secondary education are important, they are not always considered to be a reliable indicator of success on the job.

Energy levels and general alertness
These motivational forces underlie the other four traits listed here.

These traits are not as easily measured as skills, education or experience levels, but they do play an increasingly important role in how you present yourself to the interviewer.

By studying these traits you can help create a positive image of yourself in a job interview.

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