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Interviewing for a job can be one of the most difficult tasks to undergo but if you follow some simple suggestions, you will increase your chances for success. When you have a successful interview, you greatly increase your chances of being hired for the position though there is never a guarantee. However, knowing how to guarantee a successful interview is the first step—you surely will not be hired if you are unsuccessful in the interview phase. Many job seekers fail because they either do not know or do not adhere to proper interview etiquette. Knowing what to do and say at an interview can help make your interview more successful.

The way you dress is the biggest challenge to a successful interview, especially for younger job applicants. Unlike those from the older generations, young people are not into the habit of wearing skirts, dresses and suits and thus do not see the need for having them just for a job interview. Their attitude of “this is the 21st century:” do not hold up when it comes to job interviews, especially if the interviewer happens to be from the generation that believes you wear professional clothing to a job interview. In fact, many law offices and investment firms still adhere to professional dress codes and expect the same from job applicants. You will gain more points by overdressing than under dressing. Always wear professional clothing, or at least business casual clothing—never casual clothing—to an interview. If you do not own dress slacks and a nice b louse or shirt, buy one for your interview or borrow an outfit from a friend or relative.

The way you carry yourself in a business atmosphere will have a positive or negative effect on a successful interview. This is especially important when it comes to the way you handle yourself in the presence of the interviewer. One of the most important things to remember is to maintain eye contact with the interviewer. If you are looking around the room, out the window, in your purse and just not paying attention, the interviewer does not know if you focus on him or her or your mind is wandering on other things. If the interviewer thinks your mind is elsewhere, he or she will end the interview and you will lose any opportunity you may have had of securing a position with that company.