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Majority Want Monday’s Electoral College Vote Postponed In Wake Of Russia Scandal: New Poll

A majority of American voters favor delaying the December 19th Electoral College vote until electors can be fully briefed on Russian interference in the election, according to a new poll conducted by YouGov.

The survey, sponsored by the progressive advocacy group Avaaz, found 52 percent of people supportive of stalling the vote, set to take place Monday.

A surprisingly high number of people ― 46 percent ― were also willing to support so-called “faithless electors,” the name given members of the Electoral College who spurn the vote of their home state and vote for a different candidate instead.

Trump opponents have been pressuring electors to break with their state’s voters, and a law firm has even offered pro bono, confidential legal advice to any elector curious about his or her options. Avaaz has collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for the vote to be delayed.

Donald Trump won a fairly wide Electoral College victory on Election Day, but Hillary Clinton is on pace to beat him in the popular vote by some three million. In a sign of how divided the country is, however, more than 1 in 4 Republicans believe that Trump in fact bested Clinton in the popular vote. That belief may stem from a false claim Trump himself made on Twitter, when he said that he would have won the popular vote had millions of people not voted illegally. That came after a separate claim from Trump, that he could have won the popular vote if he wanted to, by campaigning in highly populated states like California and New York.

Some states mandate that electors vote the way their state instructs, but the the 10th Circuit Court ruled late on Friday that such laws are unconstitutional. The court covers the region of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Only one elector has publicly said he will be breaking from Trump.

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Rural Hispanic voters — like white rural voters — shifted toward Trump. Here’s why.

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Many observers contend that Hispanic voters will shape the future of American politics. But it’s not yet clear exactly what their influence will be. There’s been debate about whether they may portend a permanent Democratic majority; vote according to ethnic backgrounds — Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American; or hold political points of view that vary by economics or region, much like other Americans.

With the 2016 election, we have a new set of data to help us investigate this question. My county-by-county comparison of election results in 2016 and 2012, drawn from data available at CNN.com, Politico.com, PBS.org and other sites, shows that rural white and rural Hispanic voters have a lot in common.

Or to put it another way, the election of 2016 revealed an urban/rural divide that was as strong as the white/Hispanic divide.

Election analysts have noted that Donald Trump ran up the vote in rural, largely white counties in the Rust Belt and the Midwest. He flipped or narrowed Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory in others. Because these rural voters came out so strongly, states that hadn’t helped elect a Republican for a long time — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and most likely Michigan — delivered his electoral victory, however narrowly.

And here’s the surprise: many rural Southwestern counties with large Hispanic, predominantly Mexican populations, moved in Trump’s direction as well.

That wasn’t true in Southwestern states as a whole. States like New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas remained blue or became less red. Hillary Clinton got strong Hispanic turnout in Sun Belt metropolises like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

But if you look closely at many largely Hispanic rural areas in these states, you find that Trump did better — and Hillary did worse — than did Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Voting in these counties was much like that in similar counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

There’s been contention about how Hispanics voted

When postelection reports suggested that Trump performed surprisingly well among Hispanic voters, the polling firm Latino Decisions rejected the claim. The firm specializes in polling Latino voters, and enumerated the risks of relying on exit polls to understand that electorate’s behavior. The firm vigorously defended its own election eve polls, which suggested that Clinton would rack up historically wide margins from Latinos.

But Latino Decisions, in defense of polls it conducted leading up to the election, has focused on overwhelmingly Hispanic precincts in more urban areas, not the rural communities that tell a different story.

In dozens of rural counties throughout the Southwest, Clinton performed worse in 2016 than Obama did in 2012, as you can see in the figure below. In Guadalupe County, N.M., about an hour’s drive east of Albuquerque, she received 17 percent less of the vote than Obama did four years ago — 53 percentcompared with Obama’s 70 percent. In several other counties where Hispanics accounted for half to nearly all of the population — Rio Arriba, N.M.; Costilla, Colo.; Greenlee, Ariz.; and Duval, Tex., for example — Clinton took home roughly 10 percent fewer votes than did Obama in 2012. In many more heavily Latino counties, her votes lagged behind Obama’s by 3 to 8 points.

 

Even in the South Texas counties that Latino Decisions has named bulwarks of Clinton support — the Rio Grande Valley below San Antonio, where she won between 70 and 85 percent of the vote — she didn’t do as well as Obama had done four years earlier. In Brooks County, which, according to the 2015 American Community Survey, is 89.5 percent Hispanic, Clinton’s tally was 3.9 percent less than Obama’s. In Zavala County, which is 93.1 percent Hispanic, it was 5.6 percent less. In Duval County, which is 88.8 percent Hispanic, it was 9.8 percent less.

Meanwhile, as you can see below, Trump did much better among Hispanics in the rural Southwest than Romney did. He received a greater share of the vote than Romney had in more than a dozen counties with large Hispanic populations: six percent more than Romney in Starr County, Tex., which is 95.8 percent Hispanic; 7.5 percent more in Costilla County, N.M., which is 63.6 percent Hispanic; and 9.1 percent more in Duval County, Texas, which is 88.8 percent Hispanic.

 

Clinton may have received more votes than Obama did in many parts of South Texas, where, as a politically-motivated student at Yale Law School, she knocked on doors in predominantly Mexican neighborhoods for the McGovern campaign. But Trump also received more votes in South Texas than Romney did. Clinton rallied thousands more voters, but so did Trump. His supporters there matched the enthusiasm of Clinton’s, just as they did in dozens of rural counties with large Hispanic populations in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas.

In fact, two Colorado counties where Hispanics constitute about half the population flipped from blue to red. Conejos County, which is 53.7 percent Hispanic, went for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016. So did Las Animas County, which is 42.6 percent Hispanic. In both counties, turnout was lower for Clinton than it had been for Obama, and higher for Trump than it was for Romney.

To be sure, some of these rural Southwestern counties are extremely small compared with the big cities where Hispanic support for Clinton was strong. In small counties, the Hispanic vote adds up to hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands — while in cities, it totals hundreds of thousands. Therefore, rural Hispanics won’t be credited with moving the needle much in one direction or the other.

So yes, there was a Hispanic “surge” in big Southwestern cities that helped Clinton hold on to New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada, and helped make Trump’s margin of victory in Arizona and Texas narrower than it had been for any Republican in two decades. But that ignores the vote in rural counties across the country — including those that are largely Hispanic — that led to Trump’s victory.

Why would Hispanics vote for Trump, despite his many anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican statements?

One answer: poverty. The Hispanic communities in the rural Southwest that moved toward Trump were some of the poorest in their states.

Take San MiguelGuadalupe, and Mora Counties in New Mexico, whose populations are 77.1, 79.2, and 80.2 percent Hispanic, respectively. These three counties have New Mexico’s lowest median household income, highest rates of unemployment, and lowest rates of labor market participation. The median income in these counties for families with a head of household between the ages of 25 and 44 is between $25,000 and $30,000 per year, or about half the national median income ($55,000) for families with heads in the same age range. These counties lost, on average, about 5 percent of their population between 2010 and 2015.

In other words, they’ve suffered the same tough economic circumstances as did some of the Midwestern counties that handed Trump the election. They’re more similar to than different from other forgotten counties across the United States, where voters upended the predictions of pollsters and shouted against the status quo.

Ruben Navarette Jr. wrote in The Daily Beast that the election “boiled down to a brutish tug-of-war between Latinos in the battleground states of the West … and working class whites in the Rust Belt” — let’s add the upper Midwest — and “in the end, Trump found enough white voters to offset losses with Latinos.”

 

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Bombshell Secret CIA Report Says Russia Aimed To Steal White House For Trump

A shocking secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election expressly to help Donald Trump win, according to an exclusive report Friday by The Washington Post.

Until now, intelligence sources have indicated that Russian hacking throughout the campaign that repeatedly exposed information overwhelmingly embarrassing for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was an effort to undermine Americans’ faith in their government.

Now the intelligence community has concluded that Russia was clearly after a Trump victory and manipulated information to that end, according to sources who spoke to the newspaper.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior U.S. official briefed on the CIA assessment told The Washington Post. “That’s the consensus view.” 

The Trump camp has dismissed the report — along with the credibility of the U.S. intelligence community. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” said a statement by the Trump transition team. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s time to move on and ‘Make America great again.’”

It’s no surprise Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump in the White House. Trump praised the former KGB leader throughout the presidential campaign. He even called Putin a “more effective leader” than President Barack Obama.

Leaked information through hacking operations traced by U.S. intelligence to Russia was eerily silent on Trump and the Republican Party throughout the presidential campaign. Yet the same operations exposed troves of secret, sometimes embarrassing, personal communication involving Clinton and internal planning by the Democratic National Committee. 

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia hacked the Republican National Committee but chose not to release the information, according to a report in the New York Times late Friday.

In addition, intelligence officials discovered breaches by Russian government-linked hackers into the voter registration databases of at least two states.

Links to hackers and the Russian government were detected by U.S. intelligence earlier this year. But Trump dismissed a Russian hand in the operations. He again this week blasted the intelligence findings, even before the latest assessment emerged, as politically motivated and not based on hard evidence.

“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe [Russia] interfered,” Trump told Time magazine in his “Person of the Year” interview released Wednesday.

“That became a laughing point, not a talking point,” he added. “Any time I do something, they say, ‘Oh, Russia interfered.’”

The hacking, he said, “could be Russia, it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Yet at one point during the campaign in July, he appeared to appeal to Russia for hacking help, saying: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s email servers. The seeming request for a foreign government to breach U.S. internet security sparked a storm of controversy, and Trump later insisted he was only being “sarcastic.”

In a September intelligence briefing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly expressed suspicion about Russian links to campaign hacking. He hasn’t commented on The Washington Post’s report on the latest CIA information.

The chilling assessment that it’s “quite clear” Russia’s goal was to get Trump elected was shared with key senators last week in a Capital Hill briefing, the Post reported. CIA officials cited a mounting body of evidence from several sources. Intelligence agencies have identified specific individuals with connections to the Russian government who are believed to have provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails, according to The Washington Post.

Obama has ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking in the campaign following pressure from Congress, the White House announced Friday. He expects to receive an intelligence report on any election interference before he leaves office. Congress will also be briefed on the report.

“We’ve seen in 2008, and this last election system, malicious cyber-activity,” Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters. “We may be crossing a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart those lessons learned.” 

 

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Trump recommits to mass deportation in fiery immigration speech

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Donald Trump's self-declared "softening" on immigration is gone, replaced by a recommitment to a hardline policy that could best be described as mass deportation.

Shouting his remarks to a fired-up crowd in Arizona, which has been home to some of the most contentious immigration policy fights of the last decade, Trump pledged a maximal approach that would target every undocumented immigrant in the country without mercy.

"There will be no amnesty," Trump said. "Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country."

The speech came just hours after Trump appeared in Mexico, where he struck a more conciliatory tone after meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump's warm-up speakers Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) wore "Make Mexico Great Again Also" hats.

"We will build a great wall along the southern border," Trump said in Arizona before being drowned out by cheers. "And Mexico will pay for the wall."

Whatever crisis of conscience Trump had this month after talking to Hispanic supporters and hearing tales of longtime residents torn from their families passed in the rear-view mirror. Instead, Trump used his remarks in Arizona to reassure his core supporters that he would focus on deporting criminals, but remain true to his original pledge to target all undocumented immigrants without mercy, whether illegal workers or DREAMers or the parents of U.S. citizens.

"We will set priorities, but unlike this administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement," Trump said.

After repeating horrifying tales of murders and rapes committed by undocumented immigrants that he highlighted at his convention, Trump said that anyone who enters the country illegally would be "subject to deportation" and that "is what it means to have laws."

Trump's only advice to undocumented immigrants was to leave the country and try to enter legally. There is no current means for the overwhelming majority to do so -- many are barred under current law from even applying for years -- and Trump offered no plans to expedite their reentry. In fact, he suggested he would restrict legal immigration levels further in order to reduce competition with American workers.

Meanwhile, Trump promised a far more sweeping enforcement regime to carry out his hard turn.

He said he would create a "new special deportation task force" to focus on tracking criminals. But he also promised a major expansion of enforcement in general, including a recommitment to an earlier proposal to triple the number of ICE agents devoted to enforcing immigration laws within the country. He proposed requiring all businesses to use an e-verify system to screen illegal workers and a return to work-site raids.

"If we only enforce the laws against crime, then we have an open border to the entire world," Trump said.

Trump also pledged to deport any undocumented immigrant taken in by law enforcement without regard to the severity of their crime or whether they were convicted. To add teeth to this measure, he threatened to cut off federal funding to any "sanctuary city" that ordered local authorities not to work with federal immigration officials.

"We will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever and they will be placed in immediate removal proceedings — if we even have to do that," Trump said.

To the extent there was a pivot, it appeared to be from the hard right to the alt right.

"I think I'll watch this speech every night before going to bed so that I will sleep like a baby," conservative author Ann Coulter, who had chided Trump for waffling on immigration earlier this month, tweeted.

At the end, he offered a briefest nod to a possible point, far in the future, when he might consider a "discussion" about what to do with remaining undocumented population, a line that contradicted his earlier pledge in the speech to never entertain legalization.

But the overall message was clear. When it comes to Trump's platform now, and not in some hypothetical land where illegal immigration has been ended, the plan is mass deportation.

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Get Your Dream Job ! ! !

In life, there are few things more important than landing that dream job.  Whether it is your first job as a teenager, your first professional opportunity after college or a move up the corporate ladder, unfortunately there are few chances for interview  “do overs”.

Our team at HispanicAmericans.com has observed and heard many very qualified applicants who blew their one and only chance to get that highly sought after job.  After many discussions with them, we decided to compile a list of best practices hoping to improve candidate’s chances of having a successful interview.  While these recommendations are not guaranteed to land you that special job, they will, if followed, improve your competitive position and could possibly create the edge needed for a successful interview.

There is an old saying that “Success is when preparation meets opportunity”. Below is part of your preparation.

Let us know if you find these steps helpful or if you have questions.  Please contact us.

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Interview Success

A successful interview begins during the preparation stage. It’s a good rule of thumb to remember that most interviews are won or lost before the actual interview takes place. Regardless of the school you attended, the GPA you earned, the amount of awards you received, or who you know, adequate preparation is the number one key to success. It is said that, “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”. Your preparation is the only thing you control. Once you enter the interview, this is your opportunity to sell yourself and show how you can be a perfect fit for the company. Whether you are applying to be the Secretary of State or the team leader in a restaurant, these same rules apply. Every job is an opportunity and can lead to many more opportunities, but first you must successfully get through the interview stage.  The following steps are valuable for interview success!

Preparation for the Interview

Step 1: The “Fit Test”

            You should first determine the skill sets that are needed for the job in which you have applied. It is important to not only know what the company is looking for, but also know how your skills align with the needs of the company. Sometimes you may not have all of the skills that the company is looking for, but are you willing to acquire them? If so, then the willingness to acquire any necessary skills that you don’t currently possess is a skill within itself. Use your willingness to acquire and learn new skills as a way to sell yourself. During this initial preparation stage, write down all of the skills the company is looking for and all of the skills you currently possess. Have them listed and prepared in a way that ensures that you can share your inventory of requisite and acquirable skills with the interviewer during the interview. Brainstorm ways that you have utilized your skills in prior jobs, or leadership positions. Be able to show the interviewer that you are both capable and knowledgeable of the skills they need.

Step 2: Visualize: You are the Interviewer (Not the interviewee)

            Save time during the preparation stage to sit down and visualize yourself as the interviewer. What are some things that you would be looking for when trying to hire someone to represent your company? For the position in which you are hiring, are you looking for a team player or someone that works well independently? Are you looking for someone with experience or someone that can be trained to get the job done?

  All of the above  are sound questions to ponder.  Although you may not know exactly what the actual interviewer will be looking for, you can have an idea based off the job description, requirements, and the environment of the company. As an employer, you want people working for you that will successfully represent the company. With each new hire there is a chance for success or failure. Either the person will benefit or harm the company. If you owned a successful company, are you the kind of person that you would want working for you? It’s easy to say, “Of course”, but before moving on really think about this.

Possible Interview Questions

            While visualizing yourself as the interviewer, think about the kind of questions you would ask the interviewee. On your own, take time to brainstorm a list of questions that are typically asked during job interviews. This is also a great time to utilize the Internet to find job interview questions that are generally asked. Also, you can find job interview questions broken down by specific types of jobs. For instance, if you are applying to be an accountant, some of your interview questions would be different than if you were applying to be a manager of a retail store. Being prepared for both general and specific interview questions, can give you a better idea of what may be asked.

            There is an old saying that, “Practice makes perfect”! Use this preparation stage, to your advantage and practice answering interview questions. Now that you have a list of possible interview questions, play the role of the interviewee and practice with a friend or a relative. Practicing with other people will not only help you put yourself in a simulation interview, but it can also help calm your nerves if you’re anxious or nervous about interviews. If you don’t have another person to interview with you could use a video recorder. The video recorder will be a useful tool because you would be able to hone in on any nervous habits that you may have while answering questions. Many people don’t recognize the number of times that they use certain words or phrases while speaking, for instance, “like”,  “Umm”, or “let me see”. Other habits that a video recorder will highlight are if you can be heard clearly, if you are moving around too much, and if you are playing with your own hands or anything else. A video recorder can be great for practice both by you as well as working with another person.           
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Step 3: Familiarize Yourself with the Website

            The more you know about the company, the more impressed interviewers will be. You should feel confident and knowledgeable about the company. This confidence is gained through company research. You should be familiar with the company’s mission, values, and culture.  You should also familiarize yourself with the history of the company, like when they started, who founded it, and how the company has grown to the company that they are today. If the company has an internet presence, you can find this information on the company website.

Many companies have a presence on the internet, and this could be used to your advantage. Look up pertinent information about the company that you can ask the interviewer to elaborate on. It’s important to understand that if done in a negative way, this can work against you. Try not to question why the company made the decisions that they made. Instead of questioning, show an interest in the information that you have found. Another situation that you may want to watch out for is telling the interviewer how you would have made a different decision than they made. Your research should be used in a way that will point out similarities of interest between you and the company. It is also a way to showcase your talents around the company, and explain how your level of expertise will be a benefit for the company.

Now that you have researched the company, it’s important to come up with a list of questions that you can ask the interviewer. It is always a bad idea to go into an interview without questions to ask the interviewer. This can come off as either you feel you know everything or that you don’t care to know more. The research that you have done on the company is a good place to start. What did you read that interest you? What impressed you on the company website? Come up with at least three good, solid, intelligent questions to ask the interviewer. The idea behind this is that once you get the interviewer talking, it shows that you are interested and agree with the interviewer. Also, ask questions that cannot be found on their company website. If you ask a question that was already answered on the website, it will show the interviewer that you didn’t do research of the company.

Step 4: Familiarize Yourself with the Company

While using the internet to research the company is a great start, there are other ways to research the company. Covert observational research, observing from a distance, is another way that will give you a view of the company culture.  Actually go sit outside of the company entrance, and observe the people entering and exiting the building. This will give you an idea about the attire and behavior of the people walking in and out of  the business.

Attire

When looking at the overall style of the people entering the building, pay attention to details. Below is a list of details that you may want to keep in mind, when observing:

  • Dress code. What does the dress code look like? Are the men dressed in a suit and tie? Is it business casual or business formal? All companies have a uniform “norm”, and it is a good idea to use this time to get a feel of the norm of the company.
  • Color scheme. What colors do you see the majority of the people wearing? Is there a trend?
  • Hair. Is there a standard for the men and women? The people that have longer hair, is it in a ponytail or some other style? What about the people with shorter hair? Do you see anyone with facial hair? If so, how much?

A few things that you will want to keep in mind that may not be easily seen through covert observation are: grooming habits. Nails should be kept neat and clean. For the ladies, if you are looking to paint your nails, be sure that it is a neutral color, and not too bold. Another thing to think about is cologne and perfume. With any company you should keep in mind that someone may be allergic to certain smells. Is your cologne or perfume overpowering?

Behavior

            While observing the attire, take note of the way everyone is behaving as well. On average, are the people entering and leaving serious or relaxed? Does it appear that everyone is in a rush? If you are able to, take note of any interactions between the people walking in.

Your observations should not only give you a better understanding of what is generally accepted by the company, it should also better ease any nerves that you may have. By familiarizing yourself with the environment, you know what to expect from the people that will be entering into the company that you will be for your interview. It is important to note two things:

1)    If you cannot physically observe the company, using the Internet is still a great way to get ahead. Focus on the images and pictures of the people that they have on their website. If the company has a magazine, you can use that. Utilize all resources that are available to find useful information.

2)     Although observing attire gives you a better idea of what employees typically wear, it’s important to understand that those employees have something that you don’t currently have…the job. Are you dressed like the person interviewing you or even the CEO of the company? Managers often wear ties; if you have on a tie even though the job does not require one, it will not hurt you, but if the job requires a more formal or professional attire, and you aren’t up to par, there’s a good chance that you just blew your chance. A good rule of thumb is: It’s better to be over dressed professionally than under dressed. So although you may find some people that are sporting bold styles and behaving differently than the norm, steer clear of this for the interview. Dress and behave like you are going to meet the CEO of the company! 

Before the Interview

            Your appearance is important today, so it is vital that you paid close attention to the “Attire” section of “Step 4: Familiarize Yourself with the Company.” First impressions are very important, so the first few seconds will set the stage for the rest of the interview.  After you have done your research and chosen the appropriate attire to wear, make sure you have extra copies of your cover letter, resume, and references, just in case the employer asks for another copy. Now that you are fully prepared, it is time for the interview!

Step 1: Arrive Early

            It is a good rule of thumb to arrive 15-30 minutes before your interview. This will not only give you a time cushion just in case there is traffic or other unexpected issues, but it will also give you time to relax prior to your interview.

Step 2: Greet Everyone You Interact With

            The minute you walk onto the company property , everyone you encounter can be considered a part of the interview! The employees walking around the company, the person sitting at the front desk, the person sitting in the waiting room with you, are all important people. Sometimes companies strategically place people in areas to see how you interact with others. If the interviewer hears that you were rude or disrespectful to the person at the front desk that can ruin your chance for the job! Greet everyone that you interact with warmly, but professionally and have good eye contact. When the interviewer comes out, greet him/her with a warm smile, a pleasant greeting, and a firm handshake. Be sure to listen attentively to get his/her name.

During the Interview

Step 1: Allow the Interviewer to control the Interview

            If the interviewer begins by asking you to tell a little about yourself, do so, but after answering let the interviewer take control. Answer the questions that are asked of you, remembering  the skill sets that you studied  during the preparation stage.

Step 2: Remember Your Body Language

            It is not always what you say, but how you say it that matters. Be mindful of the way your body language can affect what you are communicating. Don’t slouch in the chair with your arms folded, because it can come off as if you are uninterested in the interview. Try not to look off to the side or to the floor when you are asked a question. Keep eye contact, sit up straight, and keep your body language open and interested.

Step 3: Expect Unexpected Questions

            Although you have already prepared thoroughly, and utilized practice questions, you never know what will be asked. Sometimes you will be asked questions that you aren’t too sure how to answer them. You can ask the interviewer to repeat themselves, as well as to clarify the question. Don’t panic! Take a break, repeat the question, and answer with confidence!

Step 4: Ask Questions!

            As mentioned earlier, asking the interviewer questions is very important! This expresses interest in the company and a desire to know more. Never leave an interview without asking the interviewer intelligent questions about the company.  A great question can make a memorable interview!

Step 5: Thanking the Interviewer

            At the end of the interview, it is important to thank the interviewer for his/her time, and the opportunity that you had to apply for the job and receive an interview. Be sure to use this time to express your desire to work for the company, and your eagerness to get started. Employers will be able to see your enthusiasm, but don’t overdo it. You  can come off as desperate, forced or insincere.

After the Interview

Step 1: Send a Thank You Note

            Sending a “Thank You” note or email to the interviewer after an interview can add an extra positive impression to the interviewer about you. Although a thank you note typically will not make the difference in whether or not you are hired, it can help you be remembered for future reference. The following is a list of things to include inside of the thank you note:

  • The interviewers name
  • Title of the position you interviewed for
  • Specific/ Important things discussed during the interview
  • Express desire for the job
  • Show appreciation of their time
  • Your contact information

Step 2: Write Down Questions

            Write down questions that you had not thought of or had difficulty answering. Research and write answers to these question and  file them away for future interview preparation.

Always remember that it is a very competitive market place. Thinking, preparing, and delivering a positive and professional product (as the interviewee) is a must. Remember that, “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.

 

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