As I listen to the news and hear about all the layoffs, I can’t help but think about how important job interview skills are.  With such a tight job market, the way you present yourself during an interview is what will make you stand out from the pack.

Here are a few tips that you can incorporate right away:

  1. Look the part. If you are interviewing for a promotion, start dressing for the job you want months before the interview. If you are interviewing for a new job, dress conservatively. Avoid looks that are too trendy.
  2. Maintain eye contact. Slow, decisive eye contact communicates confidence. Avoid looking down at your hands or notes while you are talking.  Make sure you have sustained eye contact with everyone at the meeting, not just the key interviewer.
  3. Speak with power.  Prior to your interview, write down three positive attributes about yourself and three accomplishments from your previous job. Focus on items that aren’t on your resume that will bring additional value to the job.

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