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Ace a job interview by showing steely confidence

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Even if you’re nervous before walking into a big job interview, no one else has to know. Rather than call attention to your anxiety by failing to make eye contact, gulping water to avoid “cotton mouth” or wiggling your feet, concentrate on giving concise, on-target answers.

Examples: If you’re asked when you held a certain job, give specific dates (month and year). If you tell an anecdote and you’re asked when it happened, promptly state the date. Don’t hem and haw or waste time guessing if you don’t know.

Also, make some bold inquiries of your own in the closing minutes. If you think the interview went well, ask, “Are there any concerns you have about my candidacy for this job?” It’s amazing how much you might learn. Even if you don’t find out anything, most interviewers respect candidates who pose the question.

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