What are the different precautions that should be taken by a job seeker while attaining interviews?

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I have attached some websites that should help in both preparation for the interview and in the actual interview, as in some countries, attaining the interview is as important as the interview, itself.  From my end, I think that the job seeker must understand as much as possible about the job and the organization to whom they are trying to obtain the interview.  It is up to the job seeker to make the case that they are the "perfect fit" for this post and the organization.  This will involve some research and some study.  The first thing the job seeker should do is to make sure they are qualified to work at both the job and the organization.  Sometimes these questions are rather open and apparent:  Do I have the skills for this job?  Have I had the right training for this position?  Have I clearly indicated on my resume that I am a match for this job?  Other times, these questions are not so obvious:  Can I get to this job on time every day?  Am I able to commit myself to this position and organization?  Taking these precautions will be able to resolve them before a prospective employer will have to do so. One trick that seemed to be obvious upon reflection is the idea of the job seeker being able to summarize they qualifications in a short and concise statement that can resonate in the mind of a prospective employer. I have noticed that kids coming out of college have a tendency to be too verbose and talk far to much without saying much of anything.  This might be due to the fact that they have just come out of the college training and have been indoctrinated in the theory so much, that speaking about it comes as a reflexive action.  However, in the business world, the theoretical foundations are of equal importance (if not less) to the practical applications of making an impression.  Being able to summarize in concise and direct statements how a job seeker matches well could be a vital precaution and something that must be done.  This could involve knowing your resume and your background and being able to pitch one or two vital elements in it.  It might also consist of knowing something about the organization and matching up your vitals to it.

In attaining interviews, the job seeker has to do the best job possible of distinguishing themselves in a positive way from others.  Competition for any job, especially in this current economic climate, is fierce.  How will the job seeker distinguish themselves from other candidates in procuring an interview?  This might involve appearance and professional attire, personal presence in meeting prospective employers, and ensuring that one's credentials have been organized in such a manner that it is apparent that this particular candidate is worthy of an interview.

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