3. Learn how to listen.
Job seekers are so caught up in conveying a certain message and image to the employer that they often fail to listen.Powerful listening is a coaching tool, as well as an amazing skill to have in your life. The art of conversation lies in knowing how to listen– and the same applies to job interviews. Know when to talk, when to stop talking, and when to ask questions.

When you practicing for interviews, don’t just rehearse your answers to questions like, “can you tell me about yourself?” “why do you want this job?” and “what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” Practice listening carefully and closely without interrupting.

4. Build a relationship with the administrative assistant.
While you want to start at the top  you’ll eventually want to build strategic relationships with personnel at all levels. A terribly underutilized resource is an employer’s administrative assistant. As the manager’s trusted counterpart, there is often only a slight social barrier between the two. They know the manager’s schedule, interests, responsibilities and preferences. Making friends or even engaging in some quasi-bartering relationship with them can make all the difference in the world.

 

5. Focus on body language.
You’ve probably heard this before—but job candidates don’t take it seriously enough. Body language is incredibly important in job interviews. Watching yours (posture, your hands, whether or not you’re relaxed, confidence) will help you exude confidence. Meanwhile paying attention to the interviewer’s body language can let you gauge whether or not you’re on the right track.

6. Don’t focus on finding a job you love now.

When choosing a job early in your career or early in a career change, focus less on how much you would love doing the functions of the job and focus more on where you will have the greatest opportunity to add value to the company, network with top people in your industry, and have the ability to get your foot in the door of a company that mostly hires internally.

7. Become their greatest fan.
Once you find a company you’d love to work for, become their biggest fan. Becoming a brand loyalist may lead to becoming an employee. But of course, you have to establish or participate in a forum where you’re constantly communicating that message; one they will see. Organizations ideally want employees to love their company and be enthusiastic about their job. Loyal fans are passionate as consumers, and often make great employees because of this.