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Career Corner: Job Interviewing: Ten Tips for Success!

This week’s career tips are excerpted from one of my recent career articles published in the National Contract Management Association’s Contract Management magazine. Hope these are helpful. You can read the full article finding a career you love.

Here’s the 1st tip: Relax, you’ll be more authentic and confident if you do.
Whether this next job interview is your first or your 51st, it never hurts to brush up on your skills and do some advance prep work to ensure success. Learn how to play up your strengths, minimize your weaknesses, and make a great impression overall.

The best suggestion I can give to prep for an interview is to relax. I put this tip first because it’s so important. Being relaxed and authentic is the foundation for making a good impression. If you’re fidgety and nervous – that comes across. And if you’re trying to be someone you’re not, that does too – and does not make a good impression. People can tell if you’re trying to be something you’re not, don’t do it. Be real.

I know, this can be easier said than done but you can do it. Breathe! And review some things in your mind if you need to. Remember that you have your education, training, and experience working in your favor. Think of all the ways you provided value to your previous employers. Did you land a huge account? Go above and beyond on a certain project? Take some time to recall your accomplishments (even better, make a list of them), and let go of the tension.

Good luck!

Career Coach

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