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What is the key to a successful job interview?

When you have a job interview, you naturally want to make sure that you are eventually offered that job. But what is the key to a successful job interview? In a recent survey, business leaders and policy makers were asked, “What best improves a candidate's chances in the interview?”

The interview starts the moment a candidate walks in, long before the first question is asked. During an interview, we look at how the person interacts with each person on the team – eye contact, body language, behavior, speech, and most importantly how they treat others. Recruiters are most impressed by qualities such as humility, flexibility and an openness to learn. Citing quantifiable metrics and details can also make a big difference. Some of the things a candidate can do to dramatically improve an otherwise average job interview include asking good questions, listening carefully, taking notes when needed, and demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow within the position.

When it comes to getting the conversation right, it's not just what you say, it's how you say it. Attitude and interpersonal skills do a lot. By being aware of that, you can dramatically improve your chances. After all, your interviewer isn't looking for someone to take an exam; he or she wants to know if you are material for colleagues and someone who makes the company a better place.

* Twenty-one (21) percent said they actively listen and ask relevant questions, while 18 percent said skills, experience, and work history.
* Fifteen (15) percent said "engaging personality" and "enthusiasm" made the most difference can make, and 10 percent also said 'cultural fit'. Excellent verbal communication skills were key for 9 percent and another 9 percent said they sought eye contact and “positive body language.”