Preparing For Your Job Interview: What You Need To Know To Be Successful

Written by David Richter

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You need to learn as much as you can aboutrepparttar position for which you are interviewing. Why doesrepparttar 135036 position exist – are you replacing someone or is this a new position created because of company growth? If you are replacing someone, is it because they retired, resigned or were terminated?  Understandrepparttar 135037 fundamental responsibilities ofrepparttar 135038 position, especially in relationship to similar positions you have held inrepparttar 135039 past. Know what possibilities exist for your growth withinrepparttar 135040 position andrepparttar 135041 company.

Researchrepparttar 135042 company, using Google, Dunn & Bradstreet, Hoover's, Standard and Poors, or any ofrepparttar 135043 other sources of corporate information. Who are its competitors inrepparttar 135044 marketplace and what percentage ofrepparttar 135045 market do they own? Are their processes state ofrepparttar 135046 art and atrepparttar 135047 cutting edge of technology? Are they a public company or privately held? If public, how are they perceived by investment advisors, what is their earnings track and how has their stock performed? If a privately held company, is it a family-run business with non-family members being inrepparttar 135048 minority? That would be ok; however, it could affect your chances for future promotions and growth.

Knowrepparttar 135049 industry. The company might be atrepparttar 135050 forefront in terms of their processes, sales and marketing efforts, and growth, but its industry may be on its way out. If you see a delicious-looking apple growing on a dying tree, you might hesitate before pulling it off and taking a bite.

Do your research in all these areas so you can be well-prepared. Get onrepparttar 135051 Internet and find out everything you can. Make phone calls. Make sure you know all there is to know, so that you will go to your interview with great confidence and self-assurance.

Come torepparttar 135052 interview dressed appropriately. Establish a comfort level early inrepparttar 135053 interview and maintain that rapport throughout. The initial handshake must be firm but not gripping. Eye contact is critical throughoutrepparttar 135054 interview. How you sit in your chair and shift your posture can make or break your effectiveness. Remember, you’re there to sell yourself, so be sure to ask forrepparttar 135055 offer beforerepparttar 135056 interview is over. Fully armed, you can ask allrepparttar 135057 right questions and come away a success.

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David Richter is a recognized authority in career coaching. His extensive knowledge and experience gained from many years in recruitment, outplacement and career management has allowed David to formulate powerful strategies anyone can use to secure interviews and receive offers. David holds Masters in both Engineering and Counseling Psychology. David's website is:

How To Pick The Best Career For You, Part 1: Positioning

Written by Marta L. Driesslein, CECC

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The tantalizer, or “Coming to a Theater Near You” appeals to our sense of emotional need (adventure, laughter, romance, etc.), which then compels us to want to seerepparttar movie. When we seerepparttar 135035 motion picture, we evaluaterepparttar 135036 degree of fulfillment ofrepparttar 135037 emotional need, and subsequently justify our viewing.

This same “Coming to a Theater Near You” concept is Tier One of a powerful three-staged marketing approach that will revolutionize how you find your best career, sooner. Targeted Positioning obtains interviews with recruiters and key decision makers with greater ease. When you position yourself asrepparttar 135038 personalized solution to a company’s identified need or challenge, you justify their investment of time and energy required to find out more about you.

Prove your value by front-loading your Wow! The right mix of marketing strategies or “Coming to a Theater Near You” rapidly confirms your value to decision makers. Achieve this by front-loadingrepparttar 135039 Wow! or sizzle of who you are, what you’ll do, and how your contributions will have a positive affect their organizational growth. Your time-saving effort then auto-creates momentum, anticipated results and preventsrepparttar 135040 pursuit from getting bogged down in “process.”

If you’ve ever been ravenously hungry and caught a whiff of hot, steamy, mouth-watering Fajitas, you know what power front-loadingrepparttar 135041 sizzle has on your appetite! The unique “Coming to a Theater” marketing tactic hasrepparttar 135042 same compelling effect on employers and ensures your career search is hot-wired for success.

Make ‘em drool for you and your talents by changing your focus from “what’s in it for me” to “what’s in it for them” and you’ll have stronger control over pickingrepparttar 135043 best career for you. A sneak peak into Part Two So how do you tierepparttar 135044 exposure torepparttar 135045 solution ofrepparttar 135046 “employer’s” needs and then clearly communicate that linkage? How do you optimistically affectrepparttar 135047 perception ofrepparttar 135048 employer’s purchase of your talents?

Part Two will challenge your traditional thinking on networking and provide you a whole new way of exposing you to career opportunities.

Marta L. Driesslein, CECC( is a senior consultant for R.L. Stevens & Associates Inc., a career marketing firm and organization celebrating over 24 years of providing strategic marketing solutions for its clients’ career transitioning needs.

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