When you are hunting for that "perfect career fit" it is important to ask yourself, "What sets me apart from others in the job market?"
To be successful in any job search, you must sell your skills, abilities, and most importantly, sell yourself!
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
Preparing for your interview is the key to a lasting impression.These tips will put you on the top of the “must hire” list.
qTake time to evaluate what matters to you!Review your previous career steps.Create a list of what tasks you really enjoyed in past jobs, and what made you want to work there.Then, create a list of things you would have liked to have changed at your last job.This groundwork will assist you in deciding if the job you are interviewing for really fits your career goals and personality style.
qWhen you receive the initial interview call, note the exact place and time of the interview and the recruiter's full name.Repeat back the information to be sure you've understood it correctly.Now is also a great time to ask any questions about what you should bring, how you should dress, or whom you should expect to meet.
qResearch pertinent facts about the company, what services they provide and community efforts they may support.Make sure the company you interview with fits your qualifications and values!
qAnticipate what the interviewer may ask.Preparing for interview questions will enhance your performance and make you more comfortable in the interview.Your candor and honesty will go a long way in the interview process.Always remember, the more the interviewer learns about you and the more you learn about the job, the more likely you will be able to find that “right fit.”
The interview is an opportunity for you to discuss your skills and abilities.A skilled and inquisitive Recruiter will take the time to gain insight into your strengths, creativity and growth potential.Remember, employers try to identify individuals who are capable of performing the immediate challenges and who are a fit for their company culture.The interview process is an opportunity for the employer to find the human resources that suits their company needs and that could be you!
qGive yourself time to completely understand the questions asked and provide an answer that you are comfortable with.Pauses during the interview, or between questions are not a sign of disinterest.They indicate your willingness to think through your experiences, providing an answer that best fits the question.
qShare with the interviewer your interest in the position, past on-the-job experiences and your future goals.You will want your next job to be professionally rewarding and a lasting relationship.
qApproach challenging questions with an open mind.Provide an example of how you successfully handled a difficult or demanding task.This is an opportunity for you to show the interviewer how well you are able to resolve unique situations.
qThe key to a good interview lies in your professional presentation! Remind yourself of the positive contributions you will provide a new employer and let it shine through in your interview.
qThe first impression is a lasting impression!Dress for success and put your best foot forward.If you aren't sure about dress code or other expectations, discuss any questions beforehand with the recruiter who contacted you.
THE "DO'S" AND "DO NOT'S" OF INTERVIEWING
The Must "DO's":
·Do remember the name of the recruiter or interviewer you are to meet with? Write down their names with correct spellings or ask for their business card. You'll want this information for your thank-you note or letter after the interview.
·Being on time is essential. Arrive at your interview at least 10 minutes early. Arriving in the knick of time, or even the slightest bit late is an indication of poor time management skills.
·Your first appearance should be with a professional, confident entrance. A firm handshake and a warm smile will seal the deal in your first encounter. Give the appearance of energy as you walk. Shine with a warm smile!
·Don't rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. Your interviewer will want you to speak for yourself. Be prepared to share examples of your accomplishments and your creativity.
·Maintain eye contact through out the interview. Be aware of your posture and be engaged at all times. Being a good listener and a good communicator is a positive attribute recruiter's look for.
·Always look for opportunities to share your experiences in a sincere manner. Stressing achievements such as: sales records, processes developed, savings achieved, customer service abilities and dedication in the interview.
·Envision yourself in the job you are discussing. You never want to close the door on an opportunity. Your enthusiasm and professionalism will carry through in your confidence.
THE "DO NOT'S":
·Answering questions with a simple "yes" or "no" doesn't give you an opportunity to share your strengths.
·Honesty goes a long way. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and sincerely.
·When answering questions about your present or former employers, remain positive and avoid negative or critical comments. The interviewer realizes that there were likely areas of dissatisfaction or you would not be meeting with them to discuss new opportunities.
·Focus on the positive qualities of a difficult question. Don't focus your interview answers on negative information. Remember the interview process is an opportunity for you to show your ability to overcome challenges and persevere.