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Improving Your Chances of Being Hired - Part Two

Improving Your Chances of Being Hired - Part Two

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We've looked at six questions to ask yourself about your interview habits. In this blog, we explore three common obstacles job seekers face when trying to make a good impression. We'll also look at some ways these problems can be overcome.


Common Obstacles to Improving Interview Habits

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1. I don't have the money for nice clothes. 

Tips: Your clothes don't need to be expensive to be appropriate. Thrift stores are often full of clothes that are appropriate for interviews. With some luck, you can buy an interview outfit for under twenty dollars.  

Check clothing labels to make sure you're buying clothing that is washable. That way, you don't have to pay to have it dry cleaned.  

Make sure to wash clothes you buy from thrift stores so that they smell clean. Remember that clothing made entirely of natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk or wool can shrink when washed in a machine, especially if you wash them in warm or hot water or put them in the dryer. Washing clothes by hand in cold water and drying them on a rack should control shrinkage. Natural fibers are also more likely to need ironing.

Clothing made with some synthetic fibers like polyester or spandex (five percent or more) should not shrink when washed in a machine. Dark colors should be washed in cold water so the dye does not run. Clothing made with some synthetic fibers in it may not need ironing.

 

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2. My living situation and my financial situation make it difficult for me to keep myself as well-groomed as I would like to be.

Tips: Your grooming does not have to be perfect. The main thing is to look like you are making an effort. Make sure your whole body is clean and your hair is neatly combed. Make sure your clothing is clean and unrumpled. Make sure your shoes are as clean as possible. These things will matter much more to most employers than a manicure, a salon hairstyle, or a professional shoe shine. 

 

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3.  I am nervous about making mistakes and seeming socially inappropriate. I don't want to look foolish.

Tips: Most people are nervous about new situations at first. Remember that at some time in the past, your interviewer was also a new job-seeker. Don't let your nervousness stop you. Give yourself a break when you make mistakes; that's how we all learn. Pat yourself on the back for your effort, and know that you will do better the next time.

If you feel nervous, you can role-play with a friend before your interview. Ask a friend to pretend to ask you interview questions, and you can practice responding. [See Float Your Boat lesson, "Responding to Interview Questions."] Make sure you choose someone who won't turn the role-play into a joke though, or it might not be very useful.


Good luck, job seekers! I hope these tips help you to find a good job.


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oavalos80's picture
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  • Tue, 01/27/2015 - 17:57
buenos consejos para conseguir el trabajo.
oavalos80's picture
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  • Tue, 01/27/2015 - 17:57
buenos consejos para conseguir el trabajo.