SOURCE: Ask Joy Gendusa

April 29, 2009 12:44 ET

How to Nail That Job Interview

With Fierce Competition for Jobs, Expert Recommends Research, Finesse

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - If you're one of the fortunate job-seekers to score a big job interview, you need to take every step necessary to nail it. That's why Joy Gendusa -- entrepreneur, CEO of marketing company PostcardMania and author of the marketing advice column "Ask Joy Gendusa" (http://www.postcardmania.com/askjoyblog/) -- has applied her savvy to the topic of "The Big Interview." As the CEO of an Inc. 500 company, Gendusa knows how to land the big contract and she has also interviewed hundreds of employees for her company. She knows how to interview and be interviewed successfully.

Her tips include:

--  The Basics - Be on time, meaning five to ten minutes early. Be
    prepared with extra copies of your resume, examples of your past work and a
    list of references if they request it. If any of these elements are absent
    from your interview experience, you're already starting the race behind.
    
--  The Look - The old adage "Don't dress for the job you have, but for
    the job you want," still rings true. No matter your body type, clothes that
    fit well always make you look more professional.
    
--  The Smarts - When you're considered for a job, they research you. So,
    why not return the favor? Research the company, when you walk in the door,
    you should know more about them than they know about you.
    
--  The Confidence - There is a fine line between confident and cocky and
    it's a different line for everyone. Take a breath before you walk in, relax
    and remember that the best way to get hired is to show them that you can
    relax under pressure.
    
--  The Finesse - Sometimes the most important part of the interview comes
    after the interview. After each interview, always write a "thank you" email
    to the human resources director. If they provide instructions for follow-up
    at the end of the interview, follow them precisely
    

Exhibiting these qualities will ensure that your job search is a short and fruitful journey.

About Joy Gendusa

Joy Gendusa (http://www.postcardmania.com/askjoyblog/) founded PostcardMania in 1998, her only assets a computer and a phone. By 2005 the company did over $12 million in sales, employed over 100 people and made Inc. Magazine's prestigious Inc 500 List as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation.

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