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We've all heard the cliché that "attitude is everything." But if you're a job-seeker getting ready for an interview, it's more than an empty phrase: It's a critical component of your successful preparation.
Until recently Rick Nagy, a 63-year-old lawyer and contracts administrator in Fairfield, Conn., had been out of work for over a year due to a company downsizing. He faced the same dilemma as many older job-seekers: He hadn't interviewed for a job in decades. The landscape appeared daunting.
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He hired a career counselor, polished up his résumé and lined up a promising job interview. Through mock interviews, he designed a strategy that focused on positivity and emphasized the values and skills he could contribute. When the time came to interview, he kept the discussion upbeat, effectively highlighting his job-related accomplishments. He landed the job and is back to work full time.
"My preparation helped me approach my interview with a calm, confident and positive demeanor," Nagy says.
Staying positive all the time may not be realistic, but too much negativity can really hurt your chances. If you take the time to prepare, you'll present the most relaxed, focused and confident version of yourself. Here are six ways to be sure you're at your best for your next interview.