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Applying for a new job is a multi step process, and the first step is locating job openings. Job opportunities can be found in newspaper announcements or employment magazines, while many job openings are passed on via word of mouth or referrals. If you're looking for a new job, ask your friends and neighbors: this might uncover a great opportunity. Barring an insider path to applying, the next step is submitting your employment application. The application should be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and it should be legibly written. Take care to fill in all blanks and answer all questions honestly. Remember that any information you list on the application will be cross referenced, so accuracy is key.

After you submit your application, you wait to see if your application survives the sorting process. At least one individual employee--or perhaps a team of employees in the human resources department--will select the most closely qualified applicants and match them up to the available position(s). If your application has been approved, an interview will be scheduled. This is the time to start preparing yourself for the job interview questions.

Job interview questions are carefully selected. Questions are used to reveal important information about the direction, history and character of the applicant. Employers must be consistent with their job interview questions to eliminate an unfair advantage and maintain an equal process. Getting to know an applicant during the course of an interview can be difficult; therefore, the interview questions must be open-ended to get the best impression and keep the job applicant talking.

Preparation for Job Interview Questions

While there are standard job interview questions asked during interviews for entry level positions, more creative questions will be asked when the job is more technical. Preparing yourself well for your interview is truly great advice for first time interviewees as well as veteran interviewees. Taking time to consider the physical appearance you present, rehearsing questions and answers and researching the employer will get you going on the right path.

An applicant should rehearse questions and answers prior to the actual interview. During the rehearsal, it's equally important to run through any questions you may have prepared to ask of the employer. Questions about the position and direction of the company should be asked of the interviewer. During your interview, it's a benefit to show that you have researched the products or services provided by the company. Your answers are important to your presentation, as is your appearance.

Dress as though you want the job for which you're applying, rather than the job you may already have. Taking the time to clean up your appearance as well as selecting appropriate business attire is important. Men should be cleanly shaved with piercings removed and tattoos covered. Women should also remove piercings and cover tattoos and keep their makeup natural on the interview day. Men and women alike should try to avoid wearing heavily scented perfumes and colognes. The tendency to be more nervous only heightens the release of the fragrance. While the scent may be pleasing to you, it could be overpowering and offensive to others.

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