Past IssuesSeptember 22, 2014
5 'Top Secret' Job Interview Tips
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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.
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5 'Top Secret' Job Interview Tips
By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"
Connect with your interviewer.
Share Your Skills and Successes.
Thank the Hiring Manager for the Interview.
You've probably heard similar advice before. But maybe like Larry you haven't explored what it means to put them into action when it counts--inside the room where a hiring manager is interviewing you for the job you want. Larry took time with a buddy to go over this 'secret' advice and then to memorize the points before he stepped into the employer's office and answered questions about the open position for a retail stationery store manager. He had plenty of knowledge about the industry since he'd worked before as a retail salesman--but now he wanted to move up to management. "I knew that an offer for the job," said Larry, "might hinge on my ability to put all these secrets into practice."
Top Secret #1: Focus on the Moment
Most people spend their lives regretting decisions they made in the past or dreading what they might do in the future to mess things up. But if you choose to live in the present and focus on the one moment you have--right now--life would be sweeter and less stressful. So when it's your turn to walk into your interview do so with a determined step, a smile on your face, a friendly handshake, and an expectant mind and heart.
Top Secret #2: Trust Yourself
You may have heard it said that the first impression is also the last one--because people make up their minds about others within a few seconds of meeting them. And it seems to take an act of Congress for us to change our minds! We hang on to our opinion even when we have reason to believe otherwise. So it's worth your time to express your true self rather than your false self--the one that wears a mask in hopes of making a favorable impression on the employer. Hiring managers are not easily fooled. They are looking for authentic men and women who are honest and speak openly about their qualifications for the job. So trust yourself to be the wonderful person inside the interview room that you are outside the room!
Top Secret #3: Connect With Your Interviewer
Our eyes often say more than our words. So when you're in an interview, look the hiring manager in the eye. Connect. And when it's your turn to speak, hold your gaze and avoid distracting gestures such as playing with coins in your pocket or fiddling with a sleeve or necklace.
Top Secret #4: Share Your Skills and Successes
You're in the interview room for one purpose--to show the hiring manager why you're 'the one' to fill the open position. So avoid making small talk once the interview is underway. Share your skills and training and any successes you've had during previous employment. Did you save the company money? Resolve a huge conflict between co-workers, design a system that outranked the competition?
Top Secret #5: Thank the Hiring Manger for the Interview
Offer sincere and verbal thanks at the close of the interview. And then go home or to your current office and write a personal thank you note. This is not only the polite thing to do; it is the smart action to take. Gratitude is in short supply in the business culture. Keep that in mind and always be a person who expresses appreciation every chance you get.
The next time you're preparing for a job interview, review these five Top Secret Job Interview Secrets, put them into practice, and then wait with confidence for those two magic words, "You're hired."
By the way, Larry later reported that he not only had a successful in-person interview but he got the job--as manager of Pine Grove Stationers.
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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