Friday, December 2, 2011

Interview Like a Pro

What makes one candidate better than another in the interview process? Do some people just have "it"? In a way, yes.  The "it", however, may not be what you are thinking.  Preparation is what the best applicants possess.  A good interview is imperative in landing the job you want and requires your very best effort.

Characteristics of a great applicant
  • Well dressed, well groomed, smiles, professional demeanor
  • Answers questions thoroughly and relates to the position description
  • Appears prepared for questions and not easily flustered
  • Asks well thought out questions at the end of the interview
4 Questions to prepare for
  1. Would you tell me(us) a little about yourself?
    • No personal information. Spend about two minutes discussing your qualifications that match up with the position description. This is your best chance to lay your best cards on the table.
  2. What are some of your greatest strengths?
    • Describe an asset that lines up directly with a desired/required skill from the position description.
  3. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
    • A major concern for employers is hiring someone that is looking for a layover on their way to a better opportunity. Always include the employer in your plan and make sure they feel you are commited to them for at least the timeframe in the question.
  4. Do you have any questions for me(us)?
    • As you can probably guess, the only wrong answer is "no". Research the company to develop well thought out and relavent questions. You should always have between three and five questions.
Being well prepared for these questions will give you confidence and keep you focused on selling yourself to the position description, which is the goal.

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