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

Written by David Richter


Inrepparttar limited time an interviewer has with you, their mission is to know you and assess your worth, especially in relationship torepparttar 135036 other candidates interviewed. Asking you questions isrepparttar 135037 way they accomplish that mission.

You’ll be asked to tellrepparttar 135038 interviewer about yourself, your qualifications (especially as they pertain torepparttar 135039 specific opening), your professional background, your likes and dislikes, your strengths and weaknesses, and your goals. Sorepparttar 135040 first step is to know yourself. Be prepared to talk about your skills, competencies, qualifications and accomplishments. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Explorerepparttar 135041 goals you have for yourself – both current and future.

Especially know how to conveyrepparttar 135042 value you bring torepparttar 135043 table –repparttar 135044 strengths, unique gifts and marketable assets that are distinctly yours. Know your value proposition; it describes your worth. It is what uniquely defines you, and differentiates you fromrepparttar 135045 crowd. If you want to stand out inrepparttar 135046 huge ocean of candidates that represents your competition, you need to become fluent in this arena.

You may also be asked why you left your previous position. This is whererepparttar 135047 interview can get a bit tricky. How you answer this question can make or break your chances. No matter how challenging your supervisor was or how gruelingrepparttar 135048 workload orrepparttar 135049 sixty-hour weeks were, you must frame your response in a positive light. If you left your previous employment because you were downsized, that's ok. That's happened quite a bit inrepparttar 135050 past few years. If you resigned, be very careful how you state this. Your attitude can enhance or end your chances. Be honest, and be sure to indicate your desire for stability as an overriding factor.   

Keep in mind that while your answers will helprepparttar 135051 interviewer assess your skills forrepparttar 135052 position at hand, it’s how you respond that more importantly determines your overall fit withrepparttar 135053 company. Personality is ninety percent ofrepparttar 135054 battle. You may answer a question factually, but your attitude might tell them no.  Onrepparttar 135055 other hand, it’s far better to establish a rapport with your interviewer than to answer every question correctly. A skill can always be taught, but when wasrepparttar 135056 last time you successfully altered someone’s personality?  

Find out everything you can aboutrepparttar 135057 interviewer’s quirks and traits. Are they confrontational or laid back, serious or informal, friendly or stern? What is their position withinrepparttar 135058 company, and how long have they been employed there? Are theyrepparttar 135059 decision-maker and therefore in a position to make you an offer? They may simply be a screen, filtering out allrepparttar 135060 non-viable candidates from further review by higher-ups. If they are a screen, try and discover upon whose shouldersrepparttar 135061 hiring responsibility falls.

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

Written by Marta L. Driesslein, CECC


Want to gainrepparttar upper hand in a career marketing campaign? Try using these marketing techniques of Positioning, Exposure and Marketing.

In Part One we’ll look at how Positioning or “Coming to a Theater Near You” simplifies and expedites your employment hunt by reinforcing employer buy-in through justification ofrepparttar 135035 sale.

Rapidly gain employer agreement that you’rerepparttar 135036 right person forrepparttar 135037 job by proving how their organizational needs are met through your specific abilities to solve their identified problems.

Your search shouldn’t be aboutrepparttar 135038 money Most job hunters passively seek a job by default rather than strategic design. If you do, you may be committingrepparttar 135039 ultimate career crime against yourself, your wallet, and perhaps your future.

Choosing a career because it pays bills puts you in a vulnerable position by exposing you to unnecessary hidden dangers. Your quest will be driven by your needs rather thanrepparttar 135040 “customer’s” (an employer’s) requirements. The unfortunate result will always hold you hostage torepparttar 135041 tyranny ofrepparttar 135042 urgent or whatever pressing matter is controllingrepparttar 135043 motivation of your search atrepparttar 135044 time.

Wouldn’t you rather transition to a new career that brings meaning and purpose to your work? Want to know how to make this a reality faster?

Solve problems.

Hot career tip How do you save yourself hundreds of hours while job searching and potentially, overrepparttar 135045 course of a career life time, earn thousands more dollars in income?

Plan a career and target your search where you can position yourself to supply value by providing solutions to company challenges. Pick a job based on an employer’s need rather than your own.

Create demand and position yourself as a problem solver The compelling reason employers hire candidates is to generate tangible benefits for his / or her organization in terms of:

Saving money Increasing revenues Improving productivity Streamline operations Enhancing client relations

Your preliminary oral and written communications should be as electrifying and enticing as those high-adventure “movie trailers” that create convincing first round interest for you to seerepparttar 135046 film.

Tease them and then please them We generally go torepparttar 135047 movies because of a promotional marketing approach that presentsrepparttar 135048 value of watchingrepparttar 135049 moving before we actually do so. Right?

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