Past IssuesMarch 08, 2010
Interviewing to Take Home the Gold
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Interviewing to Take Home the Gold
By Chandra Fox, Vice President, e-resume.net
Interviewing is like being selected to compete in the Olympics: you have outperformed hundreds or thousands of competitors and are down to the final round.
You are now competing with the best of the best. How can you leave with the gold? Here are keys to making your interview a day for the champion.
Research your company. How can you convincingly show interest in a position that will take approximately 25% of the hours in your week with no knowledge of the general job description, the company, its goals, or its current events? You can't. Here is how to understand the company with which you will be interviewing:
- Get the company's annual report from its website.
- Visit its website to read about the direction of the company and any current media coverage
- For smaller companies, call the city's Chamber of Commerce.
Have questions for the interviewer. Here are some good ones:
- How does my job fit with the mission of the organization, corporate performance, or profitability?
- What will I be contributing to the organization?
- What is your corporate culture?
- What differentiates your company from your competition?
Close of the interview. You are ahead of the competition and on your way to the gold medal, but you get a cramp. Do you stop? Not a chance. You have to cross the finish line, just as you have to close the sale of yourself in the interview. The end of the interview is your time to close with "a positive, very interested in what you have learned" close.
When the Interviewer is closing with "Well, if you have no further questions, then we are done," that is your cue to say one of the following:
- Actually, I'd like to know how I should proceed from here. Should I contact you or will you be in contact?
- How soon will I hear from you?
- What is the process from here?
- What would distinguish one potential candidate joining your company from another?
- How do I prove my commitment to the organization?
There are, of course, as many ways to succeed in an interview as there are Olympic gold medal winners. The best advice is to relax and be yourself. Be as prepared as possible for your interview. And remember, it takes preparation and knowing how to play the game with strategy and excellence to win!
Chandra Fox, author of Interviewing to Take Home the Gold, is Vice President of e-resume.net, a national resume writing service. e-resume.net combines personalized attention with the speed of the Internet to deliver professional resumes, cover letters and other documents essential to clients throughout their job search.