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Interview Tips to Stand out from the Crowd

Prepare like a Winner!

 

The prospective employer will make his/her hiring decision based on these factors:

 

1. Attitude & Business Poise

2. Image / Presentation & Communication Skills

3. Experience / Skill Set

4. Education / Certifications

5. Transferable Industry / Technical Background

 

Below is a list of things you can do in advance to prepare and ensure that your interview is as

successful as it can be. Keep in mind that preparing for a telephone interview is just as important

as preparing for an in-person interview. These points should be taken seriously for both types of

interviews:

 

Do your homework - on the company. Find out as much about the company as you

can - its' history, its' current situation, and its' future. Find out about their clients and their

competitors. Be prepared to ask good questions about the company and its' direction.

Do enough research to speak authoritatively during the interview. With today's access to

information, you should definitely be able to research enough about the company to be

able to ask informed questions.

 

Do your homework - on the position. Have a thorough understanding of the position,

Its' key duties, and its’ primary responsibilities. Be prepared to ask good questions.

What are the main requirements for the position? Who has been successful and why?

Who has failed and why? Who does the position report to? Who does the position

supervise? What needs to be done in the first 6 months? In the first year?

 

Do your homework - on yourself. Review your career history thoroughly. Review

dates, positions, duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Know your strengths and

weaknesses. Be prepared to cite specific examples of accomplishments and how your

specific experience can help the company solve some of its problems. Be prepared to

cite specific examples of how you handled a stressful situation in which you had to think

quickly to put out some fires. Reflect on your successes so you can adequately impart

your strengths when given the chance.

 

Interview like a Winner!

 

Interviews can be tough, even for a seasoned veteran. The interview is, however, your best

opportunity to gain insight into the position and company, and to determine how your experience

and talents can contribute to the company's growth and profitability. Following are some

interviewing tips to help you stand out from your peers.

 

You must arrive at least 15 minutes early to your interview. Always give yourself more

than enough time on the road, just in case you come across an accident or traffic jam.

Before your interview, role play some responses with a friend or spouse. You can also

role play with your recruiter. Practice makes perfect, and it will give you more confidence

because you will feel much more prepared.

Express confidence without arrogance. Show how you work well with others as equals

while exhibiting the confidence and assertiveness of a self-starter.

Show how you used your skills by providing measurable statistics and explain the thought

process behind your actions. This is your opportunity to stand out from the others.

Express enthusiasm and energy. Let your desire for the job shine through.

Interject your research into the interview. This allows the interviewer to know that you

conduct your homework prior to an important meeting.

Your interviewer might pose behavioral type questions to get an idea of how you might

act in the office. In stress tests, the interviewer fires a barrage of questions or problems

at the candidate in stressful surroundings. These tests are more about how you respond

than what you do or say. Emphasize the process not the result.

Make sure you also have a list of intelligent questions to ask regarding the company,

position, management, clients, and policies.

Avoid asking questions regarding salary, commissions, bonuses, and vacation time. Let

your recruiter handle these sensitive negotiations.

Never speak negatively about a former employer.

Be thorough when answering questions and give specific examples. This can't be

stressed enough. General answers will get you nowhere because they don't allow the

Interviewer to gauge your actual experience level.

Don't just reiterate what is in your resume. If you want to stand out from your peers, the

best way to make an impression is to discuss what isn't on your resume. An interviewer

wants to hear the details behind an accomplishment. How did you turn the company

around? Did you promote growth within the organization and what steps were taken for

you to reach that achievement? The story behind the resume is always much more

interesting and allows a hiring manager to get a better feel for your experience and

management style.

Remember the skill of listening is just as important as the ability to answer questions.

Don't answer too quickly. Give yourself enough time to think through the problem posed

before offering a solution, but don't delay your answer too much either. Also, don't

ramble on and on. This creates an impression of insecurity and a know-it-all attitude.

Lastly, tell the employer why you are interested in the opportunity/company and also why

you are the most qualified person for the position. List at least 3 answers for each so you

can have them ready during the interview.

Be proactive. "Sell your attitude" during the interview. Ask for the position. You can do

this by asking for the next interview. If you want the job, say something like this ... "I am

very interested in working for your company. I'm confident I can do an excellent job for

you. What is the next step in the hiring process?"

 

Follow the steps above when preparing for and during the interview, and you will be much closer

to securing the job of your dreams. We wish you the best!

 

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