The saying is, "Searching for the Full-Time Job IS a Full-Time Job itself," and in my opinion, that saying is 100% true. Job hunters spend lots of time searching for jobs online, submitting resumes, and driving out and about to job interviews but job hunters unfortunately, don't spend enough time to prepare for any job interview.
1. Decide that which you are going to wear. First impressions can count for longer than you might think. Make sure that you have the clothes that you're going to wear ready, clean and ironed ahead of the interview. There's nothing worse than needing to rush because you didn't take a step that you could have done easily the night time before.
With the bad economy, it's not at all unusual even with posting a position for the employer to merge the position with an existing position and have someone else accept the extra duties. Sometimes the one who is championing this position has left or been transferred. Meanwhile the job might be on the back burner while someone is finding out whether will do money in this or whether it can be part of a reorganization. Sometimes the employer will let you know it has changed its mind and often it won't. I have gotten calls six to nine months later asking me if I am still interested in the job. Usually the positioning has been frozen now they are attempting to fill it again. There have been times when I never got an appointment.
4. Give the right handshake: In the era of hand sanitizers and H1N1 Influenza, some people don't like to shake hands, like Donald Trump. I still believe in a good handshake for both women and men. You have to have adequate oomph. A how to answer interview questions limp InterviewPrepared handshake is definitely wishy-washy and won't get anyone work. A firm-but-not-too-firm handshake is simply right. I have had people shake my hand who, I believed, were wanting to hurt me so don't be a bone crusher. If you are someone who does not like to shake hands, try it anyway. However, if you really can't muster a handshake, say something witty to help you go on with a modicum of dignity. "I want to shake your hand, but I sprained my hand." "My child is sick so I shouldn't risk spreading the germs." While you are shaking hands, look the individual in the eye and smile and say something pleasant like "It is great to meet you." or "What a pleasant view." The most important thing is the eye contact as well as the smile.
Think retrace the recent job interviews on which you have been. Did you check out ask as much questions about the positioning and how you'll be able to solve the company's problems, while they asked people to learn about your background? After an interview, apart from the obligatory thanks letter, did you look to reach out having a "letter of influence" that explains are already thinking about how you match the role according to your skill sets and talents? Or do you just conduct the interview, sit back and hope for the best?