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Business English I & II

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First Semester Business English I & II Speaking and Listening Communication Skills Communication
inflection Key Terms Pronunciation
active listening is the exchange of information between senders and receivers. Communication Regardless of what your job will be, you'll spend a lot of time communicating: speaking, listening, reading and writing. What's the point? You might be speaking to one person or one thousand people. Either way, you have to have a point and you'll have to communicate that point to the listener. This means you need to be clear about your purpose, your audience and your subject. What's in this presentation? Communication: What is it?
Making a point by knowing your purpose, audience and subject.
Good Speaking Habits
Active Listening Purpose is our overall reason for speaking.

Some purposes for speaking may include:
greeting a client or customer
giving directions to someone who is lost
explaining something to someone When you hear the word audience, what do you think of? Audience is anyone who receives information. When determining how to get your purpose across to your audience think about these things:

Who are my listeners? What beliefs, values or interests might they have?
do the listeners already know about the subject you are discussing? If they don't, what do they need to know in order to follow or understand your point?
What do your listeners expect from you? Should you be entertaining, informing or persuading? Similar to writing, the subject in speaking is the main topic or key idea.

Knowing your subject in speaking could mean that you do research in order to get all of your facts. It could also be as simple as knowing the context of a conversation. Example of a conversation without context:

speaker one: The economic state of Turkey is relatively better than that of Honduras.
speaker two: So you don't recommend the ham sandwich for lunch? Organization You do not give presentations everyday. However, you do organize the things you say. In conversations, we're constantly processing what is being said to us and thinking about how we are going to respond. In order to respond though, we tend to need some sort of organization in order to help us deliver what it is we want to say. Tips for organizing your speech (both professional and personal):
How does my subject relate to my listener's needs?
How can I make this point clearly?
what facts and examples can I use? Good Speaking Habits. Which do you think is more important?

What you say or how you say it? delivery, style and attitude can be just as important as what you are saying. Inflection is the changing of pitch or loudness in your voice. Some suggestions on how to improve speaking habits:
Make emotional contact with listeners. Address people by name, make eye contact.
use posture and body language that match your spoken message.
avoid nonwords. Um, uh, you know, like, sort of, etc. These are all considered "empty" because they have no meaning and can clutter your message or make you sound uncertain. use inflection to stress key ideas.
pay attention to volume and speed.
Pronounce words correctly and enunciate clearly. Pronunciation is how you say the sounds and stresses of words. Enunciation is the speaking of each syllable clearly and separately.
Project enthusiasm and a positive attitude or outlook.
Be courteous and attentive. Show that you care.
When speaking in a group, try to avoid interrupting others. Is there a difference between listening and hearing? Active Listening Listening activity Directions:
find a partner
one partner will write what the teacher says while the other partner attempts to distract them. Active listening is listening and responding with full attention to what's being said. Listening can be one of the most powerful conversation tools. Here is a list of steps that can help improve listening:
identify the speaker's purpose.
listen for the main ideas or the point
distinguish between fact and opinion.
note the speaker's inflection, speed and volume as well as body language
react to the speaker with comments or questions. What's in this Presentation?
- Basic writing skills
- Writing style
- Common business writing
-what's changing and what's still the same
- Reading skills
-previewing, skimming and taking notes Reading and Writing Skills Terms to know:
skimming Basic Writing Skills organization
awareness of audience
basic grammar and sentence structure
tone and manner
revising, editing and proofreading. we'll talk at length about writing skills when we begin writing. Consider today an introduction. Writing Style Writer E.B. White (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little) defined style as "the sound [a writer's] words make on paper."

Style isn't something you add, it is something you develop personally as you grow in your writing. Like basic writing skills, we'll talk more about style when we start writing. Common forms of business writing:
(we'll attempt to write each one of these throughout the year)
- memos
- business letters
- reports
- proposals
- email
- business planning e-mail or electronic mail is a fast and efficient way to communicate. e-mail is rapidly replacing other forms of communication within the business world.

We've already talked a little about how technology is changing the workforce, but what has e-mail specifically done to change the business world? Regardless of what type of job/career you take after high school, you will have to read at some point. Reading Skills Here are some tips for reading in the in the business world:
Previewing. When you preview written work, you are only reading the written work that outlines or summarizing the work's content. Previewing will save you time. Especially when you only need the general idea of the work, not every little detail.
When are some situations where previewing may not be good?
Skimming. When you skim a work, you read through the document quickly, picking out key points. To skim, look for the sentences or phrases for "trigger" words or the main ideas.
Taking notes. Not only is it important to take notes in order to improve your listening skills, it will also help with reading skills. If you jot down the main ideas, useful quotes or summarize the information for yourself, you will find that it is easier to recall or understand what you read. We've covered the very basics of communication skills. We have talked about speaking, listening, writing and reading.

We'll start to apply each of these communication skills as we move through the year.

Now it is time for our first genuine assignment: Technology in the Workforce (And Some other Places) What's in This Presentation?
- How businesses are expanding because of technology
Technological literacy
- digital natives
- digital immigrants
Pro's and Con's of Technology in the Workplace
- Privacy
- Employee rights
- Employer rights Terms to Know:

Digital Native
Digital Immigrant Globalization is the establishment of worldwide communication links between people and groups. The idea of business has been changing since it's creation. As long as there is a demand, there will be businesses there to meet it. Since demands grow with both needs and wants, businesses have to come up with ways to meet the demands of consumers. the advances in technology, have helped businesses keep up with the demands of consumers. Globalization can be a simple connection, such as telephones. Or more complex connections, such as the internet and teleconferencing. Imagine what it was like, only four decades ago, when the only pictures you could see of space were in published books.

How mind boggling is it, to know that we can Google pictures of space and find thousands of them online? The business world has to change. It has to adapt to new environments brought about by technology.

If a business wants to continue being successful, then keeping up with the trends and changes in technology will help that business stay relevant and in the minds of consumers. Some of the ways businesses have changed:
coffee shops and various other businesses offer wi-fi connections to employees and guests.
Facebook fan pages
Groupons and Living Social
Online advertising
"virtual offices" where employees can choose their own hours or work from home
Online shopping can you think of other ways technology has changed the business world? In many ways, your generation and the generations after you are lucky.

You have grown up with technology.

You have a better understanding of what technology will demand of future businesses because you already demand for businesses to be technologically literate. Those of us who fall under the umbrella of technologically literate become one of two categories:

Digital natives or digital immigrants Digital Natives are persons who were born during or after the general introduction of digital technologia and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, have a greater understanding of its concepts. A digital immigrant is an individual who was born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later in life. The idea behind digital natives and immigrants is similar to the concept of nativization in language.

Nativization in language happens when children of bilingual speakers, learn the second language of their parents better than their parents native tongue. Each generation that is further removed from the bilingual speakers, loses more and more of the native tongue until the second language becomes the only language. Digital natives are born of digital immigrants, however, as technology continues to advance and we continue to learn and adapt to it, there will be fewer digital immigrants and more digital natives in the future. Know Thyself Before you apply for jobs, you have know what you want from your job?
life style What's in This Presentation?
The Decision Making Process.
Life Style Goals. How do we set them? Are they realistic?
Personality Types. Why our personalities help us make decisions, choose our careers/jobs. How our personalities allow us to interact with others. How do we learn? Terms to Know:
- aptitude
- ability
- decision-making process
-learning styles
- lifestyle goals
- personality
- self-concept
- values The Decision Making Process is a logical series of steps to identify and evaluate possibilities and arrive at a good choice. A Seven-Step Process for Decision Making:
1. Define your needs and wants
2. Analyze your resources.
3. Identify your choices.
4. Gather Information
5. Evaluate your choices
6. Make a Decision.
7. Plan how to reach your goal. Although these steps are handy, we are not robots. Therefore, we do not follow each step for every decision we make. We are active decision makers, meaning we tend to do the things mentioned in the seven-step process but are not aware that we're doing each one. For example, You will identify choices at lunch, you may even check the lunch menu before hand, but you probably don't define your needs and wants much farther than you are hungry. We'll apply this process when we start looking for jobs at a later date. Before we can really talk about decision-making, we need to talk about values and life goals. "Know Thyself." This inscription was carved into the temple of Delphi in Ancient Greece. It is a popular mantra or slogan in literature as well because it tells us that to understand the world around us, we must first understand ourselves. To know who we are, we need to be willing to examine our goals for our future and our values, or the things we believe in. Values are the principles that you want to live by and the beliefs that are important to you. We do not all share all of the same values, however, there are some general values we have in common. Responsibility. Being responsible means fulfilling obligations in a dependable and trustworthy way. Relationships. If you value relationships, your family and friends are important to you. Compassion. Having compassion means you care deeply about people and their well-being. Courage. Courage is the ability to conquer fear or despair. Achievement. Valuing achievement means you want to succeed in whatever you do, whether you are an artist, an auto mechanic, or a computer programmer. Recognition. If you value recognition, you want other people to appreciate and respect your accomplishments. You want to be rewarded for your work in some noticeable way. Now that we've talked about values, it is important to understand that our values will reflect in our lifestyle goals. Lifestyle goals are the way you want to spend your time, energy and resources in the future. Write down a list of things you want to do in life. Keep these questions in mind:
- what do you want to accomplish in life?
- do you want to raise a family?
- where would you like to live?
- How would you like to spend your free time?
- Do you want a high income or enough to get by? Learning Styles are the various ways in which we approach learning. There are three main types:

-Tactile Visual learners learn new skills by seeing and learn new information best through visuals. Using diagrams and other visual methods of learning are recommended for these types of learners. Auditory listeners learn best through the use of verbal communication and lectures. Auditory learners can have information revealed to them through written works, but in most cases, the information is not going to make sense or “click” until the information has been heard. There are many things that auditory learners listen for while they are learning a new skill. They listen for the tone of voice, the pitch within the voice and even the speed of the person that is teaching the new skill or information. All of this information that has been interpreted is then used when learning. There are some people that learn better by completing the actual task. These people are referred to as “tactile” or “kinesthetic” learners. Through this learning method, the person learns best when they take a hands-on approach to learning. Tactile learners may suffer from a short attention span which can make it difficult to learn new skills unless the hands-on approach is taken As we've already talked about, our personality can be incredibly influential on our career choices and our learning styles, but let's look closer at what kinds of learning styles there are as well as which learning styles we might prefer. Unfortunately with most things in life, learning styles are not easy to point out. In fact, some of you will find that you are several types of learning styles. But, most of us favor one type over another. Career Planning Process Get motivated
Self Analysis
Develop a list of jobs to consider
Get on-line information for evaluation
Evaluate job options
Prepare a job comparison summary
Talk to people in occupations of strong interest.
Choose the “right” industry and company. Don't select a career based solely on $$$.
Do pick a career for which jobs are available with income levels adequate to meet your family's financial needs.
Don't expect a quick, easy answer.  The career planning process requires time and effort.  Invest the time to identify/evaluate careers that "fit" your needs, interests and abilities.
Do use a variety of tools and talk to several people in each career of interest.
Don't get discouraged or discredit the process when some “obviously” unacceptable careers appear on a list generated by an interest assessment tool (they will).  Career planning is not a precise science.  Reason and judgment must be applied. Suggestions Before Starting “Free” on-line resources
To clarify your interest/fit with various careers
To compare your personal skills/strengths against those required by various careers
To determine which careers offer the most opportunity
To develop your list of careers for consideration
To learn about the nature of work, education requirements, job outlook, earnings, etc. Better Resources to Pick a Career Result: Poor Choices, Waste and Frustration “My son just graduated from college. He doesn’t have a clue what he wants to do. Maybe forensics. Maybe art.”
“My daughter is a sophomore in college and she hates her major (accounting). She is changing majors, but doesn’t know what to choose. That means at least one more year of college that we cannot afford.
“Now that I have a college degree, I need to think about a career. I majored in Marketing, but I’m not sure that’s what I want to do.”
“I hate my major, but switching involves two more years of college. My parents would kill me. I’ll gut it out. Maybe I’ll learn to like it.”
“I wish I had known four years ago what I know now. I would have taken career and college planning more seriously. My major was easy and fun, but now I cannot get a decent job.” How Much Will A
House Cost? Lifetime Value
of Education Career Decision
Determines How you spend most of your "awake" hours for the next 40 years?
Your opportunities for personal satisfaction and growth?
Your ability to meet your family's needs (e.g. housing, medical, college)?
Your ability to eventually retire with the financial resources to enjoy it? Questions for Students How many hours have you invested in school between grades 1-12?
Why do you go to school?
Is it smart to select a HS extracurricular activity at random? A career?
What is the best career in the world?
When are you required to decide on your career? High School Student Career Planning
Orientation Invest time to review/use the tools
to make informed decisions.
Tell others who might benefit (friends,
cousins, neighbors, siblings)

Your Future Depends On It The Door is Open.
Will You Enter? Web Site Tool Demo www.collegecareerlifeplanning.com
College Planning Tools (Selecting, Applying & Financing)
Career Planning Tools (Self-assessment, Identify Careers Prospects, Retrieve Required Information, Evaluate Careers, Company/Industry Information, Evaluate Companies/Industries, Job Basics) Do think about the process as a way to significantly improve
your odds (with no guarantee) of selecting a great career.  The
following table is my rough estimate of how your odds for
choosing a great or "perfect" career improve by making an
informed decision.
                                        Random            Gut               Informed
                                     Decision          Feel                Decision  
        Perfect Career           1%                   5%                    20%
        Great Career             4%                 20%                    50%
        Acceptable Career    60%               50%                    20%
        Terrible Career         35%              25%                    10%
    For example, I estimate that your probability of selecting a "perfect career“ is about
1% if you make a random decision vs. 20% if you make an informed decision. Suggestions Before Starting Talk to People in Careers of Interest
Parent’s Friends
Friend’s Parents
Acquaintances from “Life’s Interactions” (e.g. teachers, dentists, store managers)
Career Day Presenters
Volunteering, Internships, Job Shadowing Better Resources to Pick a Career TV => There is a big difference between TV drama and “real life”. 
Friends => They’ll know what sounds “cool”, but unless they have proactively used the career /college tools available, they are probably not a knowledgeable source of information.
Life’s Interactions => OK, you have used the services of Dentists, Pharmacists, Teachers, etc. but… Do you really know what it is like to do their job?
Parent => A great source, if your parent’s career happens to be “the right one” out of several hundred possibilities for you. “Typical” Resources Used to Pick a Career Why Motivating Youth
is Difficult Easy to procrastinate.
Parents “fell into their jobs”.
Too scary to think about.
Too busy. No more homework!
Don’t know where to begin.
Don’t see the value. Hours Invested Career Planning
Dilemma The Stakes Have Never Been Higher
The Tools are Available
The Challenge is to Inform & Motivate Think About It People Often Invest More Time Planning Their Vacation Than Planning Their Career. How Much Income
Do I Need? Career Planning Process
Evaluate/Select a
Career Networking, Internships, Job Shadowing, Volunteering CareerOneStop Job Summaries & Videos Occupational Outlook Summaries Your Needs
(e.g., income, growth,
personal fulfillment) Your Strengths
(e.g., creativity,
leadership, writing)
Identify Career
Possibilities Your Interests
(e.g., people, math, science) a presentation by collegecareerlifeplanning.com An Approach to Style The Elementary Rules of Usage. I think this is about feelings! Independent and Dependent Clauses. The Elements of Style:
An Approach to Style all information taken from The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Fourth Edition. What is style? Style is the way in which a writer writes, that makes them both unique and uniform with their grammar usage and sentence structure. 1. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after the first term but not between the second and last. Example:

Red, White and Blue. Not This:

Red, White, and Blue. 3. Do not join independent clauses with a comma. If two or more clauses grammatically complete and not joined by a conjunction are to form a single compound sentence, the proper mark of punctuation is a semi-colon. Mary Shelley's works are entertaining; they are full of engaging ideas. You can tell if you need a semi-colon instead of a comma, if the two clauses make complete sentences by themselves. Mary Shelley's works are entertaining. They are full of engaging ideas. 2. Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause. The early records of the city have disappeared, and the story of its first years can no longer be reconstructed. Two-part sentences of which the second member is introduced by as, because, for, or, nor or while likewise will require a comma before the conjunction. 4. Do not break sentences in two. In other words, do not use periods for commas. Incorrect:

I met them on an ocean liner many years ago. Coming home from Liverpool to New York. Correct:

I met them on an ocean liner many years ago, coming home from Liverpool to New York. 5. Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification or an illustrative quotation. Independent clause is a complete sentence.

Mary went to the store and bought a bag of chips. Dependent clause does not form a complete sentence:

When Jane when outside... To make this dependent clause a complete sentence, we need to finish the thought. When Jane went outside, there was a flamingo in her yard. Resume •A resume is a summary of your experiences and skills relevant to the field of work you are entering.
•It highlights your accomplishments to show a potential employer that you are qualified for the work you want. It is not a biography of everything you have done.
•Its purpose is to get you an interview.
•A resume can (and often should) reflect more than just your paid work experience. Current students, in particular, should consider including the details of your more important extracurricular, volunteer and leadership experiences. What is a Resume? Tips for writing a good resume: Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job (hopefully!). Know the Purpose of your resume. Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things. Back up your qualities and strengths. Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts.
These keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job description and related job ads for a clue on what the employer might be looking for. Make sure to use the right keywords Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 15 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:
Bad title: Accounting
Good title: Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping Use effective titles. It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary. Proofread it twice No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives. Use bullet points Including professional goals can help you by giving employers an idea of where you are going, and how you want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special section devoted to your professional objectives, but overall the resume must communicate it. The question of whether or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a polemic one among HR managers, so go with your feeling. If you decide to list them, make sure they are not generic. Where are you going? This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first. Put the most important information first Attention to the typography First of all make sure that your fonts are big enough. The smaller you should go is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place, remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices. Do not include “no kidding” information There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!” Explain the benefits of your skills Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances. Avoid negativity Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company. Achievements instead of responsibilities Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore, describe your professional achievements. No pictures Sure, we know that you are good looking, but unless you are applying for a job where the physical traits are very important (e.g., modeling, acting and so on), and unless the employer specifically requested it, you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume. Use numbers If you are going to describe your past professional achievements, it would be a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased the annual revenues of your division, say that you increased them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on. One resume for each employer One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Sure it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (so in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters. Identify the problems of the employer A good starting point to tailor your resume for a specific employer is to identify what possible problems he might have at hand. Try to understand the market of the company you are applying for a job, and identify what kind of difficulties they might be going through. After that illustrate on your resume how you and your skills would help to solve those problems. Avoid age discrimination It is illegal to discriminate people because of their age, but some employers do these considerations nonetheless. Why risk the trouble? Unless specifically requested, do not include your age on your resume. You don’t need to list all your work experiences If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position. Go with what you got If you never had any real working experience, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you don’t have a degree yet, mention the title and the estimated date for completion. As long as those points are relevant to the job in question, it does not matter if they are official or not. Sell your fish Remember that you are trying to sell yourself. As long as you don’t go over the edge, all the marketing efforts that you can put in your resume (in its content, design, delivery method and so on) will give you an advantage over the other candidates. Don’t include irrelevant information Irrelevant information such as political affiliation, religion and sexual preference will not help you. In fact it might even hurt your chances of landing an interview. Just skip it. Use Mr. and Ms. if appropriate If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Ryan make sure to include the Mr. or Ms. prefix, so that employers will not get confused about your gender. No lies, please Seems like a no brainer, but you would be amused to discover the amount of people that lie in their resumes. Even small lies should be avoided. Apart from being wrong, most HR departments do background checks these days, and if you are buster it might ruin your credibility for good. Keep the salary in mind The image you will create with your resume must match the salary and responsibility level that you are aiming for. One or two pages The ideal length for a resume is a polemic subject. Most employers and recruiting specialists, however, say that it should contain one or two pages at maximum. Just keep in mind that, provided all the necessary information is there, the shorter your resume, the better. Use action verbs Very common advice to job seekers is to use action verbs. But what are they? Action verbs are basically verbs that will get noticed more easily, and that will clearly communicate what your experience or achievement were. Examples include managed, coached, enforced and planned. Here you can find a complete list of action verbs divided by skill category. Use a good printer No hobbies Update your resume regularly It is a good idea to update your resume on a regular basis. Add all the new information that you think is relevant, as well as courses, training programs and other academic qualifications that you might receive along the way. This is the best way to keep track of everything and to make sure that you will not end up sending an obsolete document to the employer. Mention who you worked with If you have reported or worked with someone that is well known in your industry, it could be a good idea to mention it on the resume. The same thing applies to presidents and CEOs. If you reported to or worked directly with highly ranked executives, add it to the resume. No jargon or slang It should be common sense, but believe me, it is not. Slang should never be present in a resume. As for technical jargon, do not assume that the employer will know what you are talking about. Even if you are sending your resume to a company in the same segment, the person who will read it for the first time might not have any technical expertise. Careful with sample resume templates There are many websites that offer free resume templates. While they can help you to get an idea of what you are looking for, do not just copy and paste one of the most used ones. You certainly don’t want to look just like any other candidate, do you? No pronouns You resume should not contain the pronouns “I” or “me.” That is how we normally structure sentences, but since your resume is a document about your person, using these pronouns is actually redundant How to Prepare and Be Successful in Your Job Interview: What's in This Presentation? - What to do before the interview
how to prepare
- What to do during the interview
how to answer the tough questions
- What to do after the interview
when to call and what to do if you
get the job offer. 1. Review your resume. Make sure you have a few copies printed and ready to take along. Then read it over and match it up against the job description. Consider how to sell yourself smoothly. Come up with great answers to show how you fill in any skills that may be in short supply or aren’t well developed yet. 2. Self care starts now. Eat some protein about 90 minutes before the interview. Carbohydrates are not as good because they may cause a spike, then drop in your blood sugar, which could affect your concentration and thinking. 3. Arrive 30 to 60 minutes early. This will allow two things to happen – no worries if there are transportation troubles or a traffic tie-up. But more importantly, you can spend a half hour or so visualizing success. Picture the interview the way you’d see a short film, going smoothly and happily 4. Consider the conversation and connection. Think of the interviewer as a person, someone who may be busy or nervous like you. Come up with a few questions that will engage them; ask their opinion on the corporate culture or the people who thrive there. Think of subjects where they will feel comfortable and be eager to share. 5. Clear your head and let go of stress. Things to Do Before An Interview Things to Do During An Interview Tell me about yourself... What can you do for us that no
one else can? Do you work well under
pressure? Why do you want to work here? Tell me what you know about this company.

Do your homework before you go to any interview. Whether it's being the VP of marketing or the mailroom clerk, you should know about the company or business you're going to work for. Has this company been in the news lately? Who are the people in the company you should know about? Do the background work, it will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and is genuinely interested in the company and the job. What's your greatest strength?

This is your chance to shine. You're being asked to explain why you are a great employee, so don't hold back and stay do stay positive. You could be someone who thrives under pressure, a great motivator, an amazing problem solver or someone with extraordinary attention to detail. If your greatest strength, however, is to drink anyone under the table or get a top score on Mario Kart, keep it to yourself. The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths. What's your biggest weakness?

If you're completely honest, you may be kicking yourself in the butt. If you say you don't have one, you're obviously lying. This is a horrible question and one that politicians have become masters at answering.If you're asked this question, give a small, work-related flaw that you're working hard to improve. Example: "I've been told I occasionally focus on details and miss the bigger picture, so I've been spending time laying out the complete project every day to see my overall progress." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/6-things-not-to-do-in-a-j_n_1836254.html What not to do in an interview What are some things you wouldn't do in an interview. What to do after the interview how long should you before you make a follow-up phone call? If you haven't heard from the
employer a week after the interview,
you should probably call. Especially if you have
applied for an interviewed
for several different jobs at
the same time. You do not want to be
waiting for a job offer that isn't
going to come. Send a "Thank You"
card. Keep it simple and
straight forward.

Do not suck up. If you do not get the job? What should you do?
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