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Get that top job

We list 10 ways that will go a long way in helping you crack that important interview.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2009 20:16 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

Ask a job seeker what his or her biggest nightmare is and the most likely answers are: rejection, lack of strategy and confidence while giving an interview and most importantly, not being able to crack the interview despite the qualification.
But now, help is at hand with this list of 10 ways to get the top job that we have compiled with some help from Nasha Fitter, the author of You're Hired and founder of Fitter Solutions.

In her comprehensive book, Fitter writes about ways to cope with the current competitive work environment. Here's how she sums up 10 ways to crack a job:
Language
Study the English language well. Concentrate on the grammar and construction of sentences.
Focus
The next step after you've learnt the language would be learning its usage and application in the right context. Read a lot of good books and watch news channels.
Speech
Record your voice while you practice talking to pick out mispronunciations and other niggles. Breathing while you speak is important. Learn to be in control of what you're saying.
Listen
Listen carefully when your interviewer speaks with you. Some people don't answer correctly because of lack of attention.
Profile
Perfect your curriculum vitae (CV). Work on it as many times as possible. It has to be brief but impressive. List your individual achievements as well as team skills.
Rehearse
Practice makes one perfect. Do a bit of rehearsal before you go for the interview. Talk about five specific interesting things about yourself. Don't digress and don't forget to point out your strengths and
weaknesses.
Know what you want from the job because the invariable question every interviewer would ask is: "Why do you want this job?"
Be prepared
Your interviewer must ask you something that might seem antagonistic. Don't take everything personally. Be prepared to face him or her smartly.
Right look
Buy one nice formal outfit. It doesn't harm if it's an expensive one. Don't overdress.
Gesture well
Eye contact is very important. Also, use your hands while talking, smile and extend your hand as you walk in. Be passionate about the job.