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January 12, 2015

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year

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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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A New Look For the New Year

By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

It's that time of year again - the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that's coming your way in 2015.

You might be excited about the prospect or you might feel worried. Maybe you're even thinking Other people always get the jobs. Why bother to be interviewed? It doesn't have to be that way. Remember, being invited for an interview is a good sign. That experience can lead to the job you want. It means you've said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year.

The hiring manager is a human being - just like you.

Think about that when you walk through the door. He or she probably has a family, hobbies, problems, and interests, as you do. Meet and greet the person with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. The first few moments can make or break the interview. People can tell immediately if you're sincere or merely going through the routine motions when two people meet for the first time. Are you sincere and friendly or a character in a story? Make this opportunity count for you and for the other person. Then you can actually enjoy the interview. Imagine that!

Present your true self so you will create a favorable impression.

Your appearance counts so dress appropriately for a professional interview. A suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men work best. A dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman are perfect. Avoid spike heels that might cause you to slip or fall. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager to look at you, not your accessories. And leave pocket change home so you won't be tempted to play with it while speaking.

Be prepared to show the employer that you're the ideal candidate for the job.

Mention practical and specific examples of your talent, skills, and experience. Avoid talking in generalities about your character traits (leader, problem solver, decision maker, or team player). Instead illustrate those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your education or work life that shows your ability to lead or solve a problem.

For example, did you step up and resolve a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a spontaneous decision that determined an essential outcome? Provide a word picture for the hiring manager to imagine. This will help determine whether or not you are the one to fill the open position.

End the interview with a sincere 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of gratitude.

The phrase, 'thank you,' is often overlooked or neglected in our culture. And yet it is composed of two of the most important words ever spoken. Everyone loves to be acknowledged. And the people who remember to express their honest appreciation are rarely forgotten.

The road that leads you from job interview to job placement intersects with honesty and gratitude. Don't miss it!

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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