Courtesy of Asma Asyyed

Interviews can be hard work, but they do have their rewards, even if you don't get the job. I've based these tips on feedback I received--sometimes painfully--after my interviews.

Be honest--I learned this the hard way when a friend of mine won a position that I was applying for, because she was more honest than I was. I answered what I thought the interviewers wanted to hear. It did not occur to me until later that this was a test of my common sense and honesty.

Be confident about your ideas--At the same time, try to understand the arguments against them. This will make it easier for you to defend your ideas. As an example, one of my interviewers told me I was too young for the job. I knew I was capable of doing the job and that my age should not have...

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