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  How Effective are Group Interviews?  
  How Much Should You Tell During the Interview  
  How to Guarantee a Successful Interview  
  How to Make Your Interview a Success  
  How to Properly Schedule an Interview  
  Informal Interviews Can Help Break the Ice  
  Interview Attitude Creates Failure or Success  
  Treat In Person Job Searches as Potential Interviews  
  Interviewing with Multiple People  
  Keys to a Successful Interview Process  
  Preparation for the Interview  
  Prepare Your Own Questions  
  Proper Conduct at a Job Interview  
  The Importance of Scheduling Proper Interview Time Frames  
  Preparation for the Interview  
Even if you are going to interview for another job, there are some things you can do to prepare for the interview. You do not want to go into the interview with the attitude “I just came from another job, take me as I am and like it.” If you are looking to make a career change, especially one that will mean an increase in pay and/or benefits, you want to make a good impression on the potential employer. Although you may very well let the interviewer know you will be coming from another job, if the dress code is of a casual nature, ask the interviewer if that would be acceptable or ask what the company’s dress code is and make your own decision based on that knowledge.

Even if you have mailed, emailed or faxed a copy of your resume it is a good idea to bring a copy with you. Quite often, an interviewer will begin by asking questions concerning information on your resume, and it is much easier for you to follow along if you have a copy of your resume with you. Do not attempt to remember everything that is on your resume especially if you have a lengthy professional career. Attempts to recall dates and events that are on your resume may make you appear unprofessional and unprepared for the interview. In addition many interviewers want a fresh copy of your resume—they have usually made all kinds of notes on the copy they have and would like a fresh copy to view during the interview.

Choose your clothing the night before the interview so that you have time to launder it and press anything that may be wrinkled. Be careful of the colors you choose—you should never choose bright colors that take attention away from you. Dark and pastel shades are preferred and choose styles that are conservative and not too revealing. Although this applies more to women than men do, it is a point that is worth repeating. You want the interviewer to look at you and not at your cleavage, so even if you are well endowed do not think you can use it to win over the interviewer even a male.

Have a notebook to take notes. Even if you have a list of questions you have prepared, there will be some points you will want to recall for later, especially the interviewer’s name so that you can send a “thank you” note.