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No matter how many times you may go through the process, interviews never get any easier. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you build confidence and land your dream job. We’ve compiled a short list of what to say, as well as what not to say, in an interview.

What You Should Say:

You know the company

Before you go in for your interview make sure to look through the company’s website, social media, and any articles pertaining to their recent work and accomplishments. We recommend going in with a general knowledge of the company’s background. As you weave this information into your responses, the interviewer will be able to get a sense that you care about the company and, by extension, the job.

You’re excited about the job

Every employer wants to ensure they’re hiring someone who really cares about the job. Don’t be afraid to let them know that you’re excited about the opportunity; it provides them with the reassurance that you’re committed and will likely care about your work.

You’re always ready to learn

It’s good to establish your own way of doing things, but employers want to see that you’re open to other learning opportunities. We recommend that you mention your desire to learn more about the industry. Be specific and show them the proof they need to see that you’re still willing to grow.

You have the experience

It’s a given that any potential employer is going to ask about your prior experience in the field. It’s crucial that you take this question as a chance to prove you can do the job. Pull up relevant examples of your past work, and explain in detail how your past success will lead to many triumphs in the mentioned role.

What You Shouldn’t Say:

Negative things about your former employer

Even if your past experiences were horrible, you should maintain a neutral or positive tone when speaking of your prior work. The focus of the conversation should be on the work that you did and what you learned from the experience.

Apologize for lack of experience

If you’re right out of college, it’s possible that you may not have the required experience an employer is looking for. Your interviewer will understand this from your resumé so there’s no need to mention it outright. Be confident in the experience you do have and express that you want to learn more about the field.

Respond with rehearsed answers

While it’s recommended that you prepare answers to frequently asked interview questions, it’s important that you don’t memorize them word-for-word. Studying your answers will possibly prevent the natural flow of conversation and cause you to freeze when the interviewer asks a question you didn’t expect.

Reference your resumé

Chances are, your interviewer has read your resumé beforehand. So instead of reading it off to them, go into more detail about your listed experiences, and discuss some of the accomplishments and failures you experienced along the way. This gives you the opportunity to mention what you learned from each experience and how it helped you grow in your field.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.