If you are looking for a job, then you know the struggle it can be to walk the line between "being real" and presenting yourself as a well developed professional. With the Battle Creek Job Fair coming on October 22, these 5 tips will help you find the middle ground and pull of a great interview.

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    Dress To Impress

    You may have heard this handy catch phrase before, but there is a lot that goes into the thought. Fox Business reminds interviewees to think about the culture of the company that you want to impress. You don't have to pull out your formal tuxedo, but you want to look put together. In general sticking to neutral and solid colors is safest, simple is often times the best. You want the company to remember you for your interview content and personality, not necessarily your favorite scarf.

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    Be Yourself

    A huge part of having a face to face interview with a potential employer is to get a feel for the culture at the company, and whether you'd be a good fit. How are they going to evaluate this if you put on a front and are scared to laugh a little? Honest answers to hard questions and being as relaxed as possible are great ways to let the real you shine through while you are working to leave a lasting impression on a manager. “Some candidates are so focused on impressing the hiring manager with their knowledge and experience that they forget to show their true personality.” states the CEO of Consulting for Monster.com.  Remember this is as much about YOU as it is about your skill set.

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    Come Prepared

    If you have ever been in a job interview before, you have heard some of those same questions time and time again. By now, you should be working on a stack of killer answers to the interviewer's questions! Some questions like, "What are your top strengths?" are designed to be a self evaluative question that gives a lot away about your approach to work. Consider keeping these answers honest and specific, while leaving room for humility. Also, to be prepared on a very basic level, be sure you have copies of your resume handy when you walk into an interview. Don't assume they have all your information.

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    Do Your Research

    Don't walk into an interview blind. Firstly, always look into the company and what sort of business they do before you arrive at the interview. You can almost always learn more about them online. This will show you are interested. Go a step further and research what some of their major projects are or who their clients are. Then, come to the interview prepared with a project or client in mind and provide a specific example as to how you could be the person with solutions to advance that specific project. Being able to compare your skills and drive to a real issue for the company will help the manger see how you could be a great asset to the team.

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    Ask For The Job

    Be bold and tell the interviewer, this is the job you want. A contributor for an article on Inc.com mentions how asking for the job upfront could take an interviewing manager off guard. But nearly all of those same interviewers want to know that you really do want the job. They also want to know why you want the job. Remember that interviews go both ways, you are able to ask the manager as many questions as you have been asked and often times this will help the conversation go in a more positive light and will leave a lasting impression!

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