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Dos and Don'ts for your next job interview

Lori Wilson is a SheKnows.com Home & Living columnist, as well as a freelance writer in Los Angeles, who after a lifetime of enduring harsh Michigan winters, relishes the warmth year round.

There's often nothing more stressful than interviewing for a job. There's the resume to worry about, obsessing about what you'll be asked, and of course, figuring out what to wear

More likely than not, employers are judging your every move during your meeting, which of course only makes you more nervous. Dos and Don'ts for your next job interviewHowever, there are several things to keep in mind when going up for the big job that will help you project just the right image.

DO PREPARE

Update your resume and do a little research on the company before your interview. Nothing says you're an interested and proactive candidate like throwing out a few facts about the company (when it's appropriate of course) that you want to work for.

DO LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE

Companies don't want to hire a slob. Make sure you are neatly groomed with a clean, pressed and well tailored suit.

DO MAKE EYE CONTACT

Looking around the room and not at the person asking you questions makes you seem nervous, uncomfortable and unsure of yourself. Employers are looking for confident and self-assured employees and looking directly at your prospective boss will help convey this.

DO PROJECT POSITIVITY

Having an upbeat, positive attitude will leave a much better impression than talking about your past work experiences with disdain and negativity.

Dos and Don'ts for your next job interviewDO ASK QUESTIONS

At the end of every interview, you will most likely be asked if you have any questions. You'll make a better impression and seem more interested in the position if you have a couple ready. This is where your research on the company might come in handy.

DON'T FUDGE YOUR BACKGROUND

It's tempting to embellish your resume or pump yourself up in order to land the job, but lying about your education, experience or even prison record could come back to haunt you. Employers do background checks and could fire you down the road if they discover you lied to them.

DON'T SHOW UP LATE

This may seem obvious, but there are a lot of people who don't respect their scheduled interview time. When you leave your house take into consideration traffic, the possibility of getting lost or stopping for gas. You don't want to enter your interview appearing rushed, or worse yet, late.

DON'T GET INTO SPECIFICS

Salary, benefits and vacation time are important matters, but not when you haven't been offered the position yet. Wait until the job is yours before you bother your prospective boss with these details.

DON'T ACT UNPROFESSIONAL

Don't answer your cell phone, fidget, smoke or drink at a lunch interview, act too friendly, or bring your child or pet to the meeting. Present yourself in a professional manner or the interviewer will assume your lackadaisical manner is how you will act if they were to hire you.

DON'T LEAVE A BAD IMPRESSION

When the interview is over, don't forget to shake hands, say thank you and most importantly send a follow up thank you note.There are many ways to communicate how interested, motivated and ambitious you are and most of them have nothing to do with your resume. Take a good look at how you present yourself and always be aware of the attitude you project. Interviewing is a necessary evil, but it doesn't have to be stressful.
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