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Hello I’m Brian Tracy, and today I’m going to give you four tips on how to get your dream job.

If you’re in a job that you don’t like and want to change it, or you’re looking to launch your career in something new, then you have to know how to properly prepare for a job interview.

As it happens, I have done complete programs and one-day seminars on this very subject for hundreds, and even thousands of people.

And I want to share some tips with you on exactly what you can do to nail job interviews every time.

First of all, think about yourself and think about what it is that you can really do well.

Make a short list of those things so that you can mention them while in the interview.

Now that you’ve figured out what you want to do and what you’re good at, let’s talk about the four tips.

One: Don’t be Late

Tip number one, don’t be late.

A successful job interview starts from the minute you walk in the door.

So don’t be late.

It’s actually a rule of business to never hire someone who arrives late for a job interview.

That’s just standard.

So be punctual — maybe even ten minutes early. It sets the tone for the interview in the right direction from the very start.

By the way, when you arrive early, everybody notices that you’re there EARLY. And they talk about it, and your credibility goes up before you even open your mouth.

Two: Dress Properly

Tip number two is dress properly.

Now that you’re in the waiting room — on time — let’s talk about what you’ve decided to wear.

As we all know, first impressions are very important.

You need to be sure you’re dressed appropriately for the position that you’re applying for.

It’s always better to be overdressed, up-dressed, rather than underdressed.

Don’t pull something out of the hamper that you wore the other day, with wrinkles and stains on it.

Wear something that demonstrates your professionalism and exudes confidence.

It’s absolutely astonishing how many people dress poorly for interviewed . . . and then they wonder why the interviewer loses interest.

I have worked with the Personnel Association of America. All they do in large companies is hire people all day long.

And I’ve asked them how long does it take you to decide to hire a person or not — thousands of them.

And they say, “Well, privately, 30 seconds. We make our decision to hire a person or not in 30 seconds. And we go through the interview and the tests and everything else just to protect ourselves legally.

But we make the decision as soon as we see the candidate.

Three: Do your Homework.

Tip number three, do your homework.

If you have a prospective company that you’re looking at, or that is looking at you, do your homework.

Do all the research that you possibly can.

These days, every company and employer has a website. Go in the website and read EVERYTHING they have.

They’ll tell you about their products and their services. And their background and their history.

And often there will be biographies of all the key people and their place in the marketplace. There will be names of their competitors that you can check on as well.

When you go in to see the prospective company for the first time, you should already know everything there is to know about the company.

The rule is this: you should never ask a question if the information is already available somewhere else.

Referencing what you already know about the company in your answers is an excellent way to impress a boss.

“I notice that you’ve been doing this; and that you’ve been doing this for a long time. And I see that you’re moving in this direction, and your sales are up twelve percent this year. Is that right?”

And they go, “Wow! Where did you get this information? . . . Aha! You’re a professional. You’re a valuable person — you did your homework.

Going into an interview, equipped with information, will allow you to feel more confident. This will be evident to your interviewers and anyone you meet at your company.

Four: Present Ideas for the Future

Tip number four, present ideas for the future.

During your research prior to your interview, you may come across some ideas that you think this business can be approved.

One of the most powerful statements you can say in an interview is “I believe I have some ideas by which this business can be greatly improved.
And I would like to help improve this business.”

People love to hear that. They love to hear that you have ideas for the future of the company, and for yourself.

And then ask the person, “Where is this business going? What are my chances and possibilities here? And if I work really, really hard, what kind of a future can I look forward to?”

By asking these questions, and making these statements, you take control of the interview and you demonstrate your interest in the position.

It shows that you are a forward thinker, and that you have your future, and the future of the company in the forefront of your mind.

Always be well presented, well dressed, always be prepared, and even over prepared. And take control of the interview by asking questions, and listening intently to the answers.

Now before we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with a thought to share with your friends and followers.

Here it is.

If you want to land the job of your dreams, always be punctual, always present yourself well, be prepared, and be in control.

These are my four tips for getting your dream job.

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Market. You should get a job that your parents want or what is popular among your friends. True or false?

Supply and Demand.
If an applicant is a few minutes late, it’s not big deal; it doesn’t matter, as long as he or she is qualified. Is this correct or wrong? When should you show up for a job interview?

Customer, Client.
In a job interview, should you wear the same clothes that people in your profession normally wear at work?

Products and Services.
Do interviewers and recruiters usually carefully analyze, evaluate, think, have meetings and discuss with others who to hire or not hire?

Is it easy or difficult for applicants to learn and know everything about a prospective company?

Head Office.
Would a recruiter be more impressed and interested in a qualified, experienced candidate who knows everything about their company, or equally qualified and experienced candidate who doesn’t know anything about their company?

Presenting your ideas to help or improve a company shows that you are will be a pro-active, motivated and enthusiastic employee who takes initiative. Yes or no?

What does the speaker think is more important for the candidate, to talk about him or herself, or to talk about the company?
Public Relations.
Have you been in a job interview? How many have you had? For which companies?

How did you feel? Did you feel nervous?

. What questions did they ask you?

Did you have to take tests? Was there some kind of “psychological” testing or evaluation?

What were the outcomes?

How will employers hire in the future?

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