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When you get called up for that interview, congratulate yourself. You've succeeded in coming through the piles of applications. The job is half yours if you use your interview skills successfully. Your credentials may be impressive, but you've got to deliver what they want to hear to clinch that job.

Your resume is the history of your jobs held. Now you need to demonstrate the capability of filling in the shoes of the new job. State what you can do to help the company. Think about it carefully and write a separate evaluation for each application. When you are specific about your goals, you'll hit the nail on the head and get hired.

Try to find out more about the company and how you can help it. Be prepared. Don't walk into any nasty surprises in the interview. Look up the company in its website, business listings, or try to ask friends for news about the company. Sometimes, the local grapevine can provide useful information that outsiders may not sniff out. Use your networking to work for you. You may get an interview and be seen favorably just because you are known to that distant source.

When you "snoop" and find out that the company is not the one for you, you can beat a timely retreat without having to go through the fuss of the application process. You'll save time, money, and resources.

Always try to apply directly to the manager and not through a third party like a human resource manager or recruiting agent. You will then get an idea of whom you are going to work for. You can make discrete phone calls and ask whom the candidate is going to work for. Write in and address your application to that manager. When you get that interview with the right boss, you'll know for sure if you have the chemistry and capability for that job.

Put on a confident front while attending the interview. Trust yourself that the boss is going to hire you because you're good enough to have made it this far. Your attitude and confidence will influence your prospective employer and set you apart from the rest of the crowd.

Prepare your speech, portfolio, and other materials to give a presentation during your interview. Don't sit and wait for that question and answer session. Include samples of your work. Take the floor. Show off your project. Parcel a specific project that you can do for that company and sell your idea. Make this an opportunity to showcase your talents.

Do your homework about your salary expectations, your worth to the company, and other package benefits you are eyeing. Be prepared to get an offer to be hired on the spot. Think fast on your feet. Companies are known to retract their offers if they don't get a response fast enough. Negotiate your terms. Show that you know your worth, and you'll be respected. Get it across that you'll be around to do a good job and not just work for the dough.