Tag: job interview techniques
After coaching hundreds of professionals over the years, it has been enlightening to see and understand the various reasons people don’t get hired.
Here are a few mistakes you can easily avoid with a little practice:
Mistake #1: Too Arrogant
There is a fine line between the confidence you need to have and being overly confident in a job interview. If you catch yourself saying any of the following statements you might be you might be skating that line:
“I am in no rush.”
“I need XXX of money.”
“I am being interviewed by ___ other companies.”
State your achievements, but stay grounded, respectful and diplomatic to ensure the best outcome. Make certain your potential employer knows you are enthusiastic about the position!
Mistake #2: Too Laid Back
I am a big believer that things end where they begin and most employers would agree that first impressions are paramount. Failing to promptly return calls and send thank you notes are easy errors to make that have disastrous implications.
Mistake #3: Still Grieving
A tumultuous split, being fired, or being laid off, are all difficult situations that usually require a grieving process to get over. Denying yourself the time it takes to heal and move on can result in your being “less than your best” in your interviews. You might not even notice it, but unfortunately, your interviewers will.
Give yourself a little time. Have some kind of “moving on” ceremony (this helps tremendously), so when it comes time to talk about your past employment, you can do so without raising any red flags.
Mistake #4: Too Money-Driven
When you put the focus on the salary you will command too early in the interview, or before you are asked about money, then you are perceived as asking for money, not wanting to add value to the company. Keep the focus on the value you bring to your potential employer and the money almost always takes care of itself.
Mistake #5: Too Vague
The best way for you to pique the interest of potential employers from the start is to take a strong sales/consultant role. Meaning specifically, you must continue to peel back the onion of their needs and then speak to those needs. They will be the key reasons for wanting to hire you, so show them you understand what their challenges are and demonstrate you have the solutions. Failing to zero in on your potential employers’ needs can cost you the job.
By understanding how we are perceived in interview situations it’s much easier to circumvent potential roadblocks to your career success and the job of your dreams.
Do you have a telephone interview coming up? If you are unsure about how to prepare, then read these 5 simple and easy tips for acing your “virtual meeting!”
Tip One: Focus on Them
It’s wise to study the company’s website and latest press releases, as well as the job description, prior to your phone interview.
Tip Two: Job Description Technique
If you have a written job description, a GREAT inside tip for using it to your ultimate advantage during your phone interview is to highlight all the key words and phrases in it that match your background of experience. Include transferable skills in this as well. Then weave these exact words and phrases into your conversation. Simple solution; profound results.
Tip Three: Show Your Positive Enthusiasm
Isn’t it true that we all like happy people? And what’s more, you will make a great impression on your interviewer if you share with him or her how excited you are about the position, about their company, or a combination of both! They want to hire people who want to work with them!
Tip Four: Be Wisely Proactive
Ask questions (at the appropriate times of course) that show your intellect and your enthusiasm for the position. Examples include questions about future projects, biggest challenges and if you were hired, what the first things you could do to make a positive impact in the position would be.
Tip Five: Awareness of Your Environment
You want to conduct your end of the interview in a peaceful, quiet place you feel good in, free of disturbances like barking dogs, call waiting, planes, trains, autos and other people. This will help you focus and heighten your calm and confidence!
Bonus Tip: Politeness
Your clear, deliberate words, not talking over your interviewer, your display of appropriate respect (please, thank you, etc.), and your awareness of a balanced dialogic conversation, will serve you well. In addition, if you stand up and smile, you will increase your overall energy – which will be “heard” by your interviewer(s)!
This is the one question that seems to strike fear in the heart of every job seeker. Not only does it put you, the candidate in an uncomfortable position but the tone of the question itself is deliberately provocative.
However, this is one of the easiest questions to answer if you know the right formula!
First, a little preparation.
You want to take whatever job description you have of the position with you into the interview. If you do not have a job description that is OK. At the beginning of the interview, you want to ask the interviewer to describe the qualities and skills that the company is looking for in a top candidate. Discretely jot down the highlights of whatever they tell you. By the way, these are your talking points for the rest of the interview.
When the dreaded question arises…why should I hire you, you simply look down at your notes and state back to your interviewer your understanding of the key qualifications. So you would say something like this:
Well as I understand it you are looking for someone who can….
As they nod their head in agreement you add:
Not only do have have many/all of those skills and qualifications, I hope it’s not too forward to share with you that I am really excited about this position!
Alternative positive statements include:
…I really see myself working here.
…I really want this job!
Though this is a simple technique, be sure not to discount the powerful effect it has. You will have to try it out to see its full effect and I promise you it will be a very positive one.
Usually the intent of the interviewer in asking provocative interview questions is to see how you will respond. Will you stammer? Get defensive? Go on and on? So, a smooth, confident and positive answer wins every time!
Use this simple yet powerful technique to help ace your interviews!