This article is a part II of the interview series of articles. In case you missed out, check out yesterday’s article on the top 25 insider tips to interviewing.

An interview is usually your first meeting with a prospective employer and is your opportunity to convince your interviewer that you are the right person for the job. For a successful interview, you must make a positive first impression. Answer the interviewer’s questions in ways that demonstrate that your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of the job, ask intelligent questions, and conclude by determining when the next point of contact will be.

Before the Interview

The key to a successful interview is preparation. Research the company to find information on their products, services, and industry trends that could influence present or future operations. Find out how to pronounce your interviewer’s name. Determine the appropriate dress for an interview by calling or visiting the company. Locate the company on a map and find out how long it will take you to get there. If you can, visit the company beforehand to ensure you can find the company on the day of your interview. Additionally, you will want to:

Increasing your salary is often the primary motivating factor in searching for another job. A successful salary negotiation strategy requires that you understand several key issues. You must have a realistic expectation of the appropriate salary for the position, given your geographic location, skill set, and level of responsibility. You must also understand the total value of the compensation package, where benefits and other forms of compensation can account for as much as 30% of the total value.

Additionally, the employer must recognize the value you bring to his or her company. Discuss your skills and abilities with a prospective employer and demonstrate how they match the requirements of the position. Describe how your accomplishments reflect your ability to make a positive impact on the company. The more you convince an employer of your potential value to the company, the more leverage you will have in negotiating a higher salary.

Throughout your job search, you should seriously consider several questions about your financial value and future income. What, for example, are you worth? How much should you be paid for your work? How can you best demonstrate your value to an employer? Salary negotiation is something that hiring managers are usually more experienced in than the people they hire. In the interest of leveling the playing field, here is a list of tips for salary negotiation.

1. Maximize your past experience.

Understand what you have achieved. Bring your past experiences to the table as a tool when negotiating for your salary.

2. Make a list of what you have to offer.

Know what you have to offer an employer. Make a list of your skills, abilities, talents, and knowledge. Be prepared to show your employer what value you bring to the company.

The interviewing stage of your job search is the most critical. Your success or failure in obtaining a position is often determined at the interview. However, anyone can learn to interview well, since most mistakes can be anticipated and corrected. Learn the following top 25 interviewing techniques to give you a winning edge.

1. Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview.

Nothing shows less preparation and readiness than being asked for another copy of your resume and not having one. Come prepared with extra copies of your resume. You may be asked to interview with more than one person and it demonstrates professionalism and preparedness to anticipate needing extra copies.

2. Dress conservatively and professionally.

What you wear to an interview can make a tremendous difference. It is important to convey a professional image, and it is better to overdress than underdress.

3. Be aware of your body language.

Be alert, energetic, and focused on the interviewer. Make eye contact. Non-verbally, this communicates that you are interested in what the interviewer has to say.

How many of you have grown tired and frustrated of those “pre screened” or “pre approved” credit card or insurance offers coming in your mail every day? Here is where an official site called OptOutPreScreen comes in.     

OptOutPrescreen is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from customers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance.Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies, are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance. The FCRA also provides you the right to “Opt-Out”, which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you.

 

Following is a list of airports with free internet access in the USA. From the top US airports like JFK to smaller airports like Cedar Rapids in Eastern Iowa, AskStudent provides the most complete listing of free Wireless Internet access along with the relevant airport coverage areas. The list contains the hourly, daily , monthly charges which is 99% of the cases in the list below is FREE. Also included in the list are some restricted areas with Free Wifi in some airports like Colorado Springs (COS). Also included are the airport codes for your easy reference. The list of airports is by alphabetical order and not by any sort of ranking of airports.Enjoy!!

One look at the computer keyboard in front of you and you see a row of keys at the top of the keyboard labelled F1 through F12. You must have often wondered what the use of these keys are. Read on for rundown on these keys and what they can do for youThe keys labelled F1 through F12 are referred to as the function keys. While you do not need these keys to perform your everyday activities, they do provide some interesting shortcuts which can be a valuable asset for everyday computing ease. These function keys are usually used in combination with keys such as the CTRL key, the ALT key and the Shift key.

F1

F1 key usually serves as a shortcut for the help menu. If you press F1 while working in a program, help for that program will usually appear. If you press F1 while at the Windows desktop or when the Windows Explorer is open, a Windows help screen will pop up. If you happen to be working in a program and would like to see the Windows help screen, simply press the Windows key (the key with the Windows logo on the bottom row of keys) on your keyboard and press F1 at the same time.

F2

You can use the F2 key to rename an item when working in Windows.