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Show a Little LOVE in Your Next Job Interview?

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new Job Interview "Secret"

February is the month of love—a time to express our affection for those in our inner circle. But it's also an opportunity to share a little love with those in our outer circle. And that includes people we meet on the street, in a store, in a job interview.

That doesn't mean we hug and kiss and gush over strangers but it does mean we can show care, interest, and warmth as human beings.

Many job seekers enter the interview office with a solemn expression on their faces and a stiff posture. Even their handshake is without emotion. They jingle the coins in their pocket, click their tongue, stare at the wall or the floor, or blurt out an inappropriate answer to a question.

Of course a rumbling stomach or racing heart can throw you off. But you can head off unpleasant practices by focusing on love—an emotional connection with another human being that includes respect and interest. Here are some ways to show a little love in your next job interview and to receive it in return!

Arrive ahead of time. Always arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can catch your breath, go over your notes, and freshen your appearance before walking into the interview room.

Maintain eye contact. Looking a man or woman in the eye when speaking is not only polite and a good business practice, it's also a way to share a little love—in a professional way. It assures the other person of your sincerity and genuine interest.

Listen well. Take in what the interviewer is saying. Avoid jumping ahead to what you're going to say next. Have a small notepad handy so you can jot down an important point. You may refer to it later—showing the interviewer that you paid attention and that what he or she expressed mattered to you.

Say thank you. At the close of the interview, be sure to shake hands and express in warm words your appreciation. Don't just dash for the door, happy to have the ordeal over with! People who express gratitude will not be forgotten because they are so rare in our culture. A day or so after the interview send a personal thank you note in your handwriting. People who show a little love always win—professionally and personally. Become one of them.

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.

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