Treating Your Car As An Investment: Some Tips For Car Care

For many people a car is an investment in their job as it either has to deal directly with their work or it helps them get to and from work. More people are making extra money by using ridesharing apps like Uber or Lyft so many people depend on their car to live a higher quality of life. A lot of people know a person who does not take care of their car whether it is mechanically or on the aesthetic side. A car can be seen as a representation of youself so take care of it and avoid huge problems in the future as many automobile mechanical problems tend to compound is not addressed. The following are a few tips to help you take care of the investment that is your car.

Aim To Have a Garage

The fact is that many apartments and townhomes do not have the option for anything but a covered parking spot. Having a garage can help protect your car from the wear and tear that extreme climates can have on a vehicle. The added security also gives a person a peace of mind that is unrivaled especially if they consider their car as another family member. Upgrading to a home with a garage does not have to be difficult as sites like Ready Steady Sell have qualified buyers ready to invest in another property. The garage is something that can be used for storage as well as a place to complete some DIY projects.

Take Time To Warm The Car Up

There are going to be climates whether your car is in a garage connected to the home or not that it will be necessary to warm up your car. Not only does it make it much more comfortable to sit in after a few minutes, it avoids any unnecessary strain on the car. You do not want to try to rev up the car too much and take it easy pulling out of the driveway. For those people who can start their car with a button you will not even have to brave the elements as you can watch the car warm up from the comfort of your home while sipping on a warm coffee. If your car has been sitting after a vacation for a while or an extended vacation you should warm the car up and possibly change the oil as time might have made it congeal.

Take The Check Engine Light Seriously

Plenty of people ignore the check engine light on their dash simply because they do not want to deal with any problems. Many issues with a car like low or no oil can have much more catastrophic impacts like issues with transmission which are traditionally extremely expensive to repair. Things like alignment might not seem important but this can make a car go through tires quite quickly and tires depending on a vehicle can be costly.

As you can see there are plenty of big and small things to take care of so your car will last for as long as possible. Comment additional ways you take care of your care on a regular basis.

 

The Power of Technology in Fighting DUI

Technology has literally saved and extended millions of lives. As technology advances, this becomes more and more true. From medical technologies to safety devices, often we take these life-saving gifts for granted. Now there is a new technology that could aid in the war against drunk driving fatalities. Imagine if we could reduce the number of DUI fatalities each year in the US from close to 10,000 to zero! Maybe that just isn’t possible right now, but if the technology that the DADSS program is working on becomes a reality and is eventually integrated with every new car that number could be reduced by a significant amount.

The DADSS program, or the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program, operates in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), which represents the leading automakers. This partnership, made up of players from both the public and private sector, is one of the most important in recent years. The effort has the support of Congress and safety advocates across the nation and represents a unique coalition that could reduce and eventually eliminate drunk driving. All of the research for this technology is overseen by independent engineers and scientists and will include further testing in real-world scenarios prior to being made available as an option for consumers.

This new technology would be seamlessly integrated with automobiles and involved two different types of options. The first, is a sort of onboard breathalyzer, which automatically picks up the alcohol content of from the driver’s natural breathing patterns. The driver does not have to blow into a tube or voluntarily submit to some sort of pre-driving breath test, the car would do this automatically. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the legal limit of .08, the car would not operate. The system would also be able to distinguish between the breath of the passengers and the driver and specifically test only the driver’s BAC.

The second type of system in this research is a touch-based system. This would also be integrated with the car and involve infrared light that can measure BAC through the fingertip. Sensors would be placed on steering wheels or start buttons and could take multiple readings on BAC in less than a second.

It’s hard to imagine that there could be any opponents to such a promising technology that could absolutely save the lives of thousands. The program began back in 2008 and has been progressing forward to the point of taking prototypes into real-world scenarios. If the technology is successful, perhaps there will also be a way to achieve integration older cars as well, further decreasing the incidences of deaths related to this epidemic. For now, the focus is getting the technology approved and integrated with new automobiles. Hopefully there will be minimal roadblocks in getting the necessary approvals and funding to make this happen.  

There is much testing to still be done, but this promises to be a revolutionary advance in the fight against drunk driving.

What the Internet of Things Means to You

In Denver, Colorado, Comcast has announced the launching of its Internet of Things network, which they are calling machineQ, in the next few months — it will then go live in eleven more cities.

The Motley Fool is finally advising its clients that investing in the Internet of Things is getting to be a good idea for those who want to see a quick turnover in profits.

MarketWatch has jumped on the bandwagon, as well — labeling the IoT industry ‘something to keep an eye on.’

And last month Forbes ran a detailed article on the White House American Technology Council’s deepening interest in and study of the Internet of Things.

So there’s plenty of interest right now in the IoT. Still, it’s not a term that brings instant recognition to most people outside of Silicon Valley and a few other high end financial and technological enclaves. Part of the problem, of course, is the psuedo-generic name ‘Internet of Things.’ Whoever was on Naming Duty the day that came up was asleep at the wheel. It’s not the most descriptive or concise terminology invented by the cyber sages in the past decade.

‘Thing’ is the kind of word that can have so many meanings, none of them very specific, that the average person cannot grasp just what it may mean. Dictionaries define the word ‘thing’ as, among other things — “Any item that a person either cannot or does not want to give a concrete name to” or  “A material object that is inanimate, and completely discrete from any form of common notice.” Which doesn’t do much to clear things up, does it?  As a descriptive word, as a noun, ‘thing’ remains an ambiguous and opaque term when clarity and specificity is wanted. A ‘thing’ can be a device, a manifestation of the physical world, or a plain everyday object. But unless there are specific nouns and adverbs included, it’s impossible to say just exactly what the ‘thing’ being mentioned is!

But the techies that apparently make the naming rules for such things have been enamored of the term ever since it was coined by a P&G marketer named Kevin Ashton back in the 90’s. So, like it or not, we are stuck with using the term “Internet of Things.”

Perhaps the best way to put it is that the Internet of Things mostly resembles all other great technology innovations in that it is built on intuition and insight — the insight that people are limited by their resources and their time when it comes to running and using technology. But since technology is becoming more and more of an essential part of our lives, at some point we have to let the technology start making the mundane, everyday decisions that are usually called ‘no-brainers’ but that take up so much time and effort, leaving us burned out and exhausted at the end of the day. In industries as varied as manufacturing to refrigeration, there are 1,000s of tasks that connected devices like those from Datawave Wireless are taking control of via IoT.

As Ashton himself has noted, the time humans have to spend on tracking deadlines and due dates could be put to much better use — so why not let the Internet of Things handle all that and spare workers and homebodies alike the time and effort?

Science fiction writers like Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov had already dreamed up the concept of an Internet of Things long before Ashton glommed onto it in the 90’s. Their robots and space stations were so interconnected that they accidentally ‘came alive’ and began reacting to their surroundings and masters as sentient beings. And who can forget the cartoon series “The Jetsons” from the Hanna Barbera studios? Good old George Jetson did virtually nothing while his space car, his home, even his robot maid Rosie, foresaw his every need and wish. THAT is what the Internet of Things is all about!

This coming year looks to be the time when the IoT comes into its own. Already, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there were a host of interactive and interconnected devices on display — everything from interconnected wearables that monitored your vitals and sent them to your doctor in real time to air conditioners that could be turned on and off remotely from miles away, so people could come home to a house already cooled to a comfortable temperature. It seems that every major industry and technology now recognizes the rising significance of the Internet of Things, and wants to start using it for product and service improvement and for customer impact.

To seal the deal, monolithic IBM has trumpeted the fact that they too are now on the IoT bandwagon. They will be ploughing over three billion greenbacks into IoT technology over the next four years in an effort to corner a small part of the interconnectivity market — which is where the smart seed money is now flowing to entrepreneurs who are not afraid to take this embryonic technology and concept for a wild ride into the cloud and beyond!

Google, Amazon, and Apple are all acquiring subsidiaries in the IoT field as well. Interconnected technology and devices can only help these Goliaths improve their bottom lines while raising efficiency and customer service.  

Shopping for Garage Doors 101

Garage doors are not exactly something that people shop for every day. In fact, for most of us, they are a purchase we’ll only make once or twice in a lifetime. However, as they are so important, especially in terms of a property’s curb appeal, shopping for them when the time comes can be a little daunting. Get it wrong and the whole world – or at the very least your whole neighborhood – may be pointing out your mistakes.

Because this is a decision and purchase most people haven’t made before, meaning that they are far from familiar with the concept, here are some things to keep in mind while finding, and purchasing, the garage doors that are just right for your unique home.

Appearance

The appearance of garage doors is usually top of mind for those purchasing them and for good reason as they take up a good deal of a home’s ‘outdoor real estate’ and will have an immediate impact on its overall curb appeal from the minute they are installed.

Some thirty or forty years ago consumers often had very limited options available to them. They could choose wood or steel and the color range available spanned from white to beige and not too much further than that. Fortunately, all of that has changed.

According to Garrett Waldrop, founder of a garage door company in Atlanta, “Modern garage doors are available in a huge array of designs and colors, and can easily be customized to complement the rest of a home’s exterior perfectly. It’s now long been realized that garage doors are more than just functional necessities; they offer property owners the chance to upgrade both the function and the look of their home.”

Material

The appearance of a set of new garage does is very important, but so is their potential longevity, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency. To be most efficient, garage doors need to be durable, relatively easy to maintain and well insulated. There are many options out there to choose from and for each individual consumer, material choice should take into account things like local climate and their personal willingness to invest time and money in maintenance.  

Wooden garage doors, for example, are a draw for many because of their classic, slightly rustic appeal. They may, however, require extra care, in the form of repainting and re-staining that a more contemporary alternative, like aluminum or steel, do not require.

Price

As previously mentioned, garage doors are not a purchase you’ll make often and they do have a major impact on the look and function of any home. As such, they are not a home purchase that should be done cheaply. According to Remodeling Magazine, garage doors are actually one of the better purchases a homeowner can make in terms of return on investment, with an average 90% ROI. Therefore, spending a few dollars extra to get the garage doors you really want will rarely be money wasted, especially if you plan to sell the property sometime further down the line.  

How to Easily Extend the Useful Life of Your Vehicle’s Tires

Of all of the equipment in any vehicle, some of the most important, in terms of both performance and safety, are the tires. According to a study conducted by the NHTSA and then published by Consumer Reports, vehicles driving on underinflated tires are 25 times more likely to end up in a crash versus vehicles with properly inflated tires and the figures for worn tires are even worse.

However, if you have had occasion to shop for tires recently then you are more than aware of the fact that they could not exactly be termed as cheap, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. You really can’t afford to skimp on buying them, as they really are so crucial to your driving safety. However given that they are not inexpensive items, getting more out of the set you have should be something of a priority unless money is no object, something that is hardly the case for most of us.

So how do you do that? Here are a few basic pointers:

Ensure Your Tires are Always Properly Inflated

A great habit to get into is to is at least glancing at your tires once a day, either when you park up at the office in the morning or better still when you head to the gas station to fill up, where there will be air nearby if you need it. A lot of the time you can tell yourself when your tires could use a bit of air, but if you are not sure a hand held tire gauge is not hard to use.

According to Layne Davlin, founder of a PEO company in Georgia, “If you have a newer vehicle it may be equipped with a digital Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which is handy, but you still need to make sure that you know what the optimal tire pressure is for vehicle when that warning light goes off. If you do not have a TPMS your should check all of your tires once a month using a good digital or pencil type pressure gauge.”

Not only will you be helping to ensure the safety of your car by maintaining a constant tire pressure and extend their useful life you can also improve your average gas mileage by up to 3.3%!

Getting an Oil Change? Get Your Tires Balanced and Rotated Too

By getting your tires balanced and rotated every 7,000 – 10,000 miles, which is approximately every other oil change for most of us, you will help increase the lifespan of all four of them as the tires on the front of the vehicle wear faster than those on the back. You will also be helping to reduce vibrations that can damage other ‘working parts’ on your car. Most auto shops offering oil changes offer this service too and many even build it into a ‘package price’ at a very reasonable cost.

Routinely Check the Tread on Every Tire

A tire that is visibly wearing on its outside edge is often a sign that your wheels are no longer properly aligned. Any misalignment will significantly reduce the life of your tires, while also potentially affecting your driving stability, so get into the habit of routinely inspecting each tire for uneven tread wear.

An easy way to check your tread depth is to find a penny – we all have some lying around someplace – and then place it in the tread groove. If you can see all of Abe’s head then tire should be replaced as soon as possible and you should also have your alignment checked when you do put on the new one(s).

Avoid Potholes – Or at Least Go Over Them Slowly

Potholes are certainly a big enemy to tire health. Depending on your tire’s design and pothole’s depth, even hitting a pothole at 20 m.p.h. can cause significant damage to the tire sidewall, which is not something that can be fixed.

If a pothole is unavoidable, it is better to slow down and drive through it than try to swerve away from it at the last second, as doing the latter is nothing short of a driving hazard, both for yourself and other cars on the road around you.

The Real Dangers – and Consequences – of Distracted Driving

Driving a motor vehicle is a dangerous business, both for you and the others sharing the road with you. Although, fortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the number of traffic accident fatalities has declined steadily since the seventies, there are still some 35,000 deaths attributable to road accidents every year in the US.

According to that same NHTSA data, one of the biggest reasons that vehicle accident fatalities have fallen over the last few decades is the fact that the vehicles on the road are simply built to be safer. However many safety gadgets a vehicle boasts, any car or truck really is only as safe as its driver, and driver error is all too often the key factor in a motor vehicle accident.

Often, in the aftermath of a crash, a driver will almost automatically declare “It wasn’t me, it was the other guy”. But what if you are the other guy – or girl? Your driving habits – even some you may be unaware of – may be putting you and others at risk. With this in mind, here are some of the things you should never do behind the wheel. And yes, some are no-brainers, but unfortunately, there does still seem to be a lot of seemingly brainless drivers on the road.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Everyone knows that drunk driving is a recipe for disaster. Yet drunk driving is still a major cause of vehicle-related injuries and deaths. Most people know what they should do if they plan to drink: don’t drive. Either designate a sober driver, stick to soft drinks yourself or leave the car at home and make use of a cab, or, these days, easy to summon ride services like Uber or Lyft.

The problem is that many drivers think that they are ‘OK’ to drive because they only ‘had a few’, or they ate a meal that they happened to wash down with beer or wine. The simple fact is though that even a single alcoholic drink can significantly impair your ability to react, even if your ability to perform basic driving maneuvers is still intact. The bottom line? If you want to drink, don’t drive, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs does not just mean the obviously illegal ones but getting behind the wheel after taking certain prescription medications – and even a few over-the-counter ones – can impair your driving skills every bit as much as a few beers might. Therefore it’s important to heed the warnings that, by law, come along with most of those medications and never operate a vehicle after taking them until you are sure you know how they will affect you.

Driving Under the Influence of Electronics

A number of states have tried to tackle the problems caused by a driver distracted by their personal electronics, especially their cell phone, but recently one US state finally officially gave the practice a legal term. David McKenzie, a DUI lawyer in Montgomery county, PA explains; “A bill recently passed in the State of Washington lays out hefty fines and even possible jail time for drivers using electronic devices while driving and have given it a very fitting name. Driving while under the influence of electronics, or simply ‘DUI-E’, shows the fact that texting while driving, or even checking email, can be hugely dangerous for everyone on the road.”

DUI-E is an increasingly serious problem, with The National Safety Council reporting that the use of a cellphone while driving led to 1.6 million crashes in the US 2016. The answer to the problem should be simple, don’t use your phone while driving. However, in that same NSC study, it was found while 94% of drivers interviewed acknowledged the dangers of texting and driving, 35% admitted to doing it anyway.

However, now really is time to put the phone down. Over two dozen more states have similar laws to Washington’s in the works. Now the question: is it really worth incurring a hefty fine, picking up points on your license or, worst of all, injuring yourself or someone else just to check a text message or snap a selfie for Instagram? The answer is no every time.

What to Avoid After a Car Accident

You’ve just been involved in an accident, and you are trying to comprehend everything in the midst of the feeling of the shocking impact, the sounds of shattered glass and crashing steel, and the possible pain you might be feeling.

It’s the moment nobody wants to experience, but it you may have it happen to you several times over the course of your life. So it’s worthwhile to know the best ways to handle accidents, no matter the situation. As per the U.S. Census Bureau, about one in 13 drivers have the likelihood of getting in a car accident. So learn these basics of what not to do, in the case of a car accident.

What Not to Do After an Accident

Staying calm after a car accident can be as sticky as navigating the subsequent struggles with the car repairs and claims process. But car accidents occur every day, and there’s a proper protocol for handling them. Here are some key issues that you need not to.

Don’t Freak Out

Accidents are confusing, scary and chaotic. But getting hyperemotional does not help anything. “The trickiest part of an accident for many people is the moment right after it happens,” says David Bressman, a personal injury attorney in Columbus, OH. “Many people may find themselves in a panic after they are in a car accident, but this helps no one. If at all possible, it’s best to remain calm, as panic may cloud your reasoning and prevent you from making appropriate choices in the moment.” The best thing you can do is pull over if you can and call 911.

Don’t Apologize

Even if you’re at fault in the accident, don’t apologize. However, don’t lie about the sequence of events. You can try to assist and ask the other passengers or driver if they’re okay, but Apologizing is an admission of guilt, which can make settling the case in court more difficult.

Don’t Stay in Your Car

 If you can safely get out of your vehicle after an accident, do so. If the accident is terrible, the car isn’t the safest place to be. And even in the case of a minor accident, you’re likely to be safer standing on the sides of the road than remaining inside your vehicle.

Don’t Settle Without Proper Authorities

While it may be tempting to solve a minor car accident without contacting your insurance company or the police, there are several reasons why that isn’t usually a good idea. For example, you may not be assessing the damage correctly.

Don’t Give Out More Personal Details Than Is Necessary

In cases of reckless driving you may accidentally end up sharing more information than you have to, and you could. As a result, you may fall victim to an identity theft scam. Name, phone number, address, vehicle information and insurance information are the only things you are required to exchange with the other driver. Do not exchange financial information nor personal identifiers like your social security number.

 

If you are unsure of how to handle the situation or what to do, you can always ask a responding officer for assistance, or you can call your insurance claims hotline for help. Let’s not make an accident worse by acting wrongly.

When Are You Too High To Drive?

Cannabis legalization is spreading across the United States, both recreationally and medically. This raises thorny legal questions, but let’s just focus on one. When are you too high to drive?

That’s a tougher question than it seems, especially for people who use medicinal cannabis. When both states and the federal government made cannabis illegal, any suggestion of cannabis was a slam-dunk for DUI. Now, it’s much murkier, especially with medical cannabis. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled late last year that users of medical cannabis can contest their DUIs. Now officers must prove that the driver was too high to drive, rather than just assuming that any amount of cannabis means the driver is too high.

Randall B. Isenberg, a DUI lawyer in Dallas, said, “Finding someone legally DUI on medical marijuana is hard. There is no nationwide standard for marijuana intoxication like there is for alcohol. Also, marijuana can have different effects at the same dosage in different people. That’s why some states have to provide additional proof that medical marijuana drivers were actually intoxicated at the time of an arrest.”

The Troubles with THC Measurement

Let’s break this statement down. First, what are the limits? All states with legalized cannabis in any form state that if an officer determines that your driving was bad enough, that could be evidence of intoxication. But using a measurement of THC in the body, like we do with blood-alcohol content measurements for drunk driving, has scientific problems.

THC byproducts last much longer in the body than alcohol does because THC is fat-soluble. These byproducts are measured with chemical tests. Since they aren’t flushed out through urine, these byproducts can persist long after any intoxication is gone. Therefore, medical cannabis users are in a precarious situation. If you need cannabis to deal with an illness, does that mean you can’t drive for the rest of your life? That’s what the Arizona case was about.

No Hard Limit for Intoxication

Prosecutors would love to have a hard line for intoxication like the 0.08 limit used in most states for alcohol intoxication. Several states have ruled that 5ng/ml of THC metabolites in the body is an adequate limit. However, in chronic users, these metabolites can build up over time and create an impression that someone is very intoxicated when they are perfectly safe to drive.

There is a rush right now to create the equivalent of a THC breathalyzer that directly measures the core psychoactive compound rather than measuring metabolites. There are devices in Europe that can detect active THC with a swab test, but it doesn’t say how much THC may be active. Hound Labs and several other companies are working hard to get a THC breathalyzer to market. Once someone figures out how to measure active THC in the body, rather than metabolites, prosecutors can start getting the data they need to pursue cases with confidence.

Yet even if we had accurate measurements, there is still the question of what the actual limit is before you’re too high to drive. The research isn’t there. Thanks to the decades of prohibition of the drug, including for research, there’s no hard data on how much THC is needed to make someone unsafe to drive. This is the fundamental question that must be answered before we can really write laws that match the realities of the effects of THC on the body.

Until this question is answered and there is an accurate way to measure active THC in the body, consumers of medical cannabis will need to carefully watch their driving or forego it altogether. The risks of getting hit with a DUI are too great.

Will Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Disrupt the Grocery Market

With the news that Amazon plans to buy the grocery store chain, Whole Foods, who has more than 460 stores, there is all sorts of speculation going on, such as, whether Amazon will dethrone Wal-mart in the grocery kingdom. Wal-mart has nearly 10x the footprint, not even counting Sam’s Clubs, so this doesn’t seem likely, especially given the fact that Wal-mart has expanded their “Wal-mart Grocery” order and pick up service. However, more and more consumers prefer the convenience of store-to-door services and are willing to pay an annual fee to get free or cheap shipping on items. This acquisition could be just the beginning of a new era for Amazon, who seems to be lapping up opportunities like a giant, power-hungry, Pac-man, that Trump will never be able to stop, in spite of his anti-trust concerns about Jeff Bezos and Amazon.

 

With this move Amazon could revolutionize Grocery delivery, but it is unclear if consumers really want that or not. There will always be a segment of the market that prefers the tactile experience of handling fruits and vegetables, setting eyes on breads and meats, smelling the various aromas and going to Costco to try all the samples! Delivery for groceries is definitely not as much of a no-brainer as electronics or other non-perishable items. In other industries such as logistics, there are companies like Freight-Tec (freight brokers), who have a unique approach to logistics, but there is also a unique need and demand for their services. Amazon, while revolutionaries in other ways, may not completely disrupt the grocery market, because there just may not be enough demand to accomplish that, although they will certainly introduce a service wanted by a good handful of consumers.

 

It may be that more and more of the rising generations, who have been raised in a digital world, are more open to a non-tactile grocery buying experience. If this turns out to be the case it is possible that Amazon could disrupt the industry more even than most analysts are currently speculating they will. As these generations become parents, they may also be looking for more and more ways to carve out family time in the midst of their busy lives by cutting out those exasperating trips to the store. These younger generations also tend to favor the types of groceries Whole Foods offer.

 

Until now Amazon’s attempts at fresh food delivery have included false starts and more like a testing ground, without huge successes or effectiveness, but this deal promises to change all that. With Amazon’s history of successes, there is no doubt that they will make the acquisition of Whole Foods, there biggest yet by a huge margin, ($13.7 billion in cash) a huge success. Only the Twitch acquisition even approached $1 billion. The questions that remain are how successful will it be and will it lead to other acquisitions in the grocery area. Will it eventually fundamentally change how most of us buy groceries or will it remain a minority (Wal-mart owns roughly 18% of the grocery market share) in the overall share of voice in the grocery market.

6 Ways to Impress During an Interview

By Adam Torkildson

When you are going for an interview, you’re probably aware of all the cliché advice: come prepared, dress well, research well by reading books among others. Marc Anidjar, attorney and co-founder of Anidjar & Levine, P. A. says it’s important to remember that it’s your skills that matter, more than your knowledge. “It is the skills you get from the books that will earn you a job and not the number of books you’ve read.”

But beyond these obvious tips, there is one crucial way which you can impress the interviewer and get an increased chance of landing the job: just show how good of a cultural fit you’re for that particular company.

What does this mean exactly? Well, in an interview, ensure that you create an image of yourself that proves that you’ll adapt to this culture.

“People aren’t just hiring you for that particular position, but they are also hiring somebody who’s going to comply with their culture,” says Samantha Ettus, who is highly experienced, after working with various companies including Target, Google, Yahoo, and more.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Work on your handshake: Do not offer up a sweaty or flimsy hand. Instead, when you meet prospective employers, offer a firm handshake—with 1-2 pumps from the elbow to the hand. It is a good way to express your confidence and commence the interview on the right note.
  2. Be serious: If you take your casual approach to the initial interview, you may be sealing your fate. Therefore job seekers should handle every interview as if it is their one and only opportunity to sell themselves to the recruiter.
  3.  Show enthusiasm: go to an interview with a positive attitude. Most interviewers won‘t even think twice about somebody who has a negative presence. “You are selling yourself, by expressing the positivity that you‘ll bring to the office each morning,” explains Alison Richardson, who is a recruiter for various New York financial organizations. “That friendly demeanor and smile go a long way.”
  4. Be inquisitive: When interviewing for a new vacancy, it‘s important to have some questions to ask the potential employer. The questions could include: What are some of the possible challenges?  What do you consider to be the ideal requirement for the position? Do you’ve any concerns which I need to clear up so as to be the top candidate? What is the most significant thing I can do to assist within the first 90-days of my employment?
  5. Show restraint: in an interview, what you avoid saying may be as important as what you say. As a rule, do not talk about benefits or money, especially during the first interview. Instead, you should go to an interview already informed if you fit the parameters. Do not badmouth your past employers. Companies don‘t hire complainers. More importantly, don‘t mention outside part-time jobs or career aspirations. Employers are looking for guys who will be part of their organizations for the next decade and beyond, and not the “trial-and-error” characters.
  6. Tell a story: the interviewer not only want to know exactly about your experiences and skills but also he or she wants to know more about you. However, don‘t shift from routine answers to stories; instead, work your answers into anecdotes or stories about yourself. People recall the individuals who are interesting, therefore, prove your value by sharing stories which address the primary concern an interviewer may have—what can you do for us?

Having observed the above tips among other relevant requirements, you will be well on your way to landing the job you truly want.