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The primary objective of a job interview is to convince a prospective employer that you are the best candidate for the position. Making a good first impression, presenting your best professional self, and dressing for the industry are just a few important parts of any successful interview. As you will likely be competing with several candidates for a single position, take a look at the following tools that will help set you apart during an interview as the ideal candidate for a position.

Insider Tip

It is unusual for a jobseeker to obtain a job without having to interview first. As a result, how a jobseeker handles the interview process may determine whether he or she achieves employment. Thoughtful preparation for an interview can set you apart as the "candidate of choice" for a potential employer.

Inside the Employer's Mind

During an interview, it is important to convince a prospective employer that you will make significant contributions to his or her team. The first step in conveying this message is to understand the concerns and priorities of most employers.

Learn what employers care about

Your Elevator Pitch

Employers can be busy people, and they are always looking for employees whom can express themselves in clear and concise ways. What if you could convey your professional background and aspirations to an employer in 30 seconds? Make every second during an interview count with a 30-second elevator pitch.

Learn how to develop your elevator pitch

Mock Interview

Practice makes perfect. This is true especially when it comes to interviewing. Practice your interview techniques with a mock interview, and learn how to strengthen your interviewing skills to impress a potential employer.

Read more about mock interviews

Thank You Letters

Last but not least! A productive interview can be enhanced with a brief personal letter (or email) of thanks that will not only confirm your interest in the job, it could place you ahead of your competition.

Read more about thank you letters