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Tips on how to prepare for that very important job interview

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    Communication and speech coach Roshini Rajkumar gives you tips on how to better prepare for a job interview. (Published Wednesday, March 30, 2011)

    No matter what you think, the way you present yourself could either make or break your chances of getting a job.

    For starters, your image in that interview is as important as what you personally bring as a professional individual.

    “Wardrobe is really important. I always advice people to wear what I call their power outfit... something that's going to make them feel like a rock star," says speaker and communicating coach Roshini Rajkumar, adding that When you're confident, you're going to put your best foot forward.

    When it comes to make up, the less, the better. "you want to make... nothing shiny, but your eyes and your mouth should pop. Guys, you may not use make up, but you want to make sure everything is clean," says Rajkumar.

    Vocal behavior is also key. Not just your voice, but how people perceive it and receive it.

    “Take care of your larynges... No sugary items, no dairy about two to 24 hours before a really important interview," says Rajkumar.

    There's a few exercises she highly recommends to warm up the vocal chords.

    “For instance,  yawning is one of the best things you can do. It relaxes that whole area and your brain,” Rajkumar says. "And the hiss… with the hiss you fill up the lungs from the diaphragm with air and you do a loud and long hiss across the room, it’s really simple.”

    During the actual interview, it's also important to keep in mind what to say and what not to say.

    Rajkumar suggests not to use slang during an interview, and stresses that although humor is a great ice breaker, "the interview is not the time to make jokes."

    Being authentic will also help you showcase what you do have in the best way. "Whoever you are, is who you're going to be in that interview... don't try to be someone else," says Rajkumar.

    Finally, Rajkumar says less is more. Sometimes people think they have to talk constantly during an interview, but that isn't necessary.

    “There’s nothing wrong with silence… you don’t want to go for extended periods of silence, but silence is a form of pacing. It helps you listen to what they are asking you and think about what you’re going to say before you open your mouth.”

    For more tips from Roshini Rajkumar, visit her website at www.roshinigroup.com