awesomeinterviewMoney is tight, jobs are scarce, and getting an interview seems like winning the lottery—make the most of your opportunity.

You need to master your “why hire me” story—prove to this employer why you are the perfect fit. Game plan ahead of time what you want this employer to learn about you—and do your best to convey that information during the interview. If you go in knowing you want to tell about a, b, and c, you are more likely to actually say those things.

Develop your sales pitch and practice, practice, practice. Practicing your pitch twice will make it seem canned and forced. Practicing it ten times will make you feel confident and relaxed going into the interview. Most importantly, your responses will come across that way too.

Do some research and be prepared to ask questions before, during, and after the interview. Your questions do not have to be mind-bogglers, but do not ask “what kinds of law do you practice?” Ask questions that show you have done your homework and you are genuinely interested in the job.

When you get asked questions, be sure to answer the question. Ideally, you can tie your response into something you wanted to tell them anyway—perhaps a unique experience that sets you apart from the rest of the candidates.

In this economy, you need every advantage you can get. Prepare for your interview and you are guaranteed to succeed!

Master the “Why Hire Me” Story to Land a Job | Lifehacker

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