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March 26, 2018

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When comparing candidates, an employer has to differentiate between well-qualified applicants. Candidates who appear to have the qualities, skills, education, experience, and knowledge the employer seeks are invited to interview.

Your Presentation Must Make You Stand Out

An effective resume and cover letter got you in the door. Perhaps a telephone screen allowed you to highlight experience and interest that matched the employer's needs. You're on track and an interview is scheduled.

From this moment forward, the potential employer is assessing your fit for the job, and the needs and strengths of the team. At this point, the employer is giving you every opportunity to blow your chance.

Your physical appearance does matter. It's the first thing the employer sees. Your clothing, hair, makeup, jewelry, and accoutrements make an immediate impression. Make the best possible first impression. Your presentation of yourself as a candidate must be flawless.

Your Interactions Either Nail the Job - or Fail

Your preparation for the interview needs to include formulating specific, professional answers to potential questions. You want to sound knowledgeable, competent, and experienced. You need to be able to cite examples of what you have accomplished, contributed, and believe is important. Prepare responses.

Pay special attention to the physical parts of you that will be in evidence throughout an interview across a desk or conference table. Dirty finger nails matter as does that faint stain on your shirt. They send loud messages about your attention to detail and personal care habits.

Relaxed communication is critical. Talk about workplace issues and goals that are important to you. Ask questions to assess whether the culture is a good fit for you.

Your Past Will Come Back to Haunt You

Smart employers, before making an offer, send out a wide networking inquiry to find people who have known you in your past jobs, professional associations, and community involvement activities.

You may find it difficult to believe that how you live your life and comport yourself in the workplace matters.

Prepare your references and former supervisors to quickly and professionally return the call of your prospective employer. References who are unreachable can torpedo your job offer.

Employers customarily "Google" their candidate's names and do online searches to background check the candidate. If you have odd social media references to your work, your life, or your background, beware.

Behave as if Every Interaction Matters

From the initial phone screen or the phone call during which an employer sets up an interview, every interaction matters.

The receptionist has a vote. She or he makes statements like, "I really liked that candidate. He was so nice." "Did you see how late he was and he never even apologized?" "I didn't like him at all."

Additionally, if you are a favored candidate for hiring, the HR staff or the hiring manager will stay closely in touch to give you feedback. They will let you know how the hiring process is progressing, because they think you may be the one.

These interactions and the relationship building are critical to the employer hiring an employee. When the eventual offer comes, you already have a relationship with the new employer.

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