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Preparation and The Right Attitude Pays

Abridged: Washington Post

WASHINGTON, DC-- Demonstrating your ability to communicate during an interview just requires some preparation and the right attitude. Here are a few suggestions from recruiters to enhance your interview impact and increase the likelihood of turning interviews into job offers:

Attitude is everything, and the right attitude combines enthusiasm for the position, forthrightness about one's strengths and weaknesses, and willingness to learn. The more you convey you are eager to join the company, the better your chances. Ask about the exact tasks you will be expected to assume. A good way to handle it is to say you want to hear more so you can indicate why you feel you would be a good match.

Be precise about your accomplishments. Be honest about your weaknesses. Be prepared to compensate for the deficiency by pointing to related experience or to your quick learning ability. Study the company. Inquire about the mission of the company, its philosophy, and its plans. Dress professionally. The bottom line: consider an interview a fact-finding mission on both sides. You and the company are both there to learn. It's a two-way street.

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