Past IssuesAugust 11, 2014
7 Secrets to Jump Start Your Job Interview
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Diligent job seekers spend hours creating resumes & cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classifieds and networking -- all in order to get an interview. Yet most of them don't know what to do when they get one! When the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer. Now it takes 17. The key is have a great interview, where the interviewer actually pictures you doing the job.
If you want to be that person, there's a little known secret you can put together for your next interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position, and to visualize actually hiring you -- asap. Using this method guarantees you'll stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list. To learn more about this 'Secret Career Document' and land any job you desire, check out this job interview tool kit.
Jump Start Your Job Interview...
By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"
In this uncertain economy some people get hired and others don't and no one knows exactly why that is. Could it be just plain luck for some? Or good planning? Or a compelling personality? Or a terrific resume? Or a fabulous job interview? It's probably some of each.
But one thing is certain. If you're serious about getting the job you want, you must play an active part in jump-starting the interview. The following seven secret strategies will help you do that.
Secret #1: Polish Your Resume
Make no mistake about the importance of presenting a clean, clearly written resume that is spell-checked and proofread. Read it again. Review it again. Repeat the process again. And if you know someone with good editing skills, ask him or her to take a final look.
Secret #2: Plan Ahead
The night before your interview decide what you will wear and set out each item for easy access in the morning. You'll want to arrive early feeling 'put together' and refreshed rather than harried because you left too many decisions to the last minute. Ladies, leave dangling earrings at home to avoid them swinging as you speak. And men, empty your pockets so you won't be tempted to play with your change. Choose comfortable polished shoes and conservative but attractive clothing--business suit or sport coat and trousers for men and a pants suit or skirt and jacket for women. This might seem obvious but apparently it's not. One woman showed up for an interview in a pants suit and flip-flops!
Secret #3: Know the Company
Avoid embarrassing yourself and the employer by not knowing the essentials of the company. What is its mission? The products or services it offers? It's not enough to have your eye on a particular job. You need to become familiar with the company in general so you can speak about it comfortably during your conversation with the hiring manager.
Secret #4: Prepare Real Life Examples
Employers will want to know something about you and your current or previous job experience. So come to the interview ready to provide a couple of real-life examples of how you solved a specific problem in the workplace, helped resolve a customer complaint, or dealt successfully with difficult coworkers. When asked a question, respond with an illustration that will show rather than merely tell.
Secret #5: Think Before You Speak
Take a moment to pause and reflect for a second before answering a question. Don't inflate your abilities and skills but don't blurt out your flaws either. Be forthright. If you learned from a mistake feel free to admit it. Share how you were able to turn around something you regretted or how you handled a challenging situation in a way that benefited everyone involved.
Secret #6: Create Some Questions
The hiring manager may end the interview by asking if you have any questions. That's your cue to voice yours. Come prepared with a few and write them down if that will help. Ask about the working conditions and environment, the chance for promotions, and the specific duties you'd be expected to carry out. Save the questions about salary and benefits for the meeting that will come after you've been offered the job.
Secret #7: Follow Up With a Thank You Note
No matter how the interview turns out, it is vital to express your appreciation at the end of the meeting and with a handwritten note as soon as possible afterwards. Such a gesture will show your thoughtfulness and your desire to keep in touch. You may not get the job. But that doesn't have to change who you are. If you make a good impression with your kindness, honesty, and professionalism you may be the one the hiring manager thinks of when a new position opens.
Putting these seven "secret" strategies to work for you will insure you a great job interview and a real shot at being invited back for a second meeting--and perhaps being offered the job itself.
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Tough Times Job Tips."
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