Success at Work : Techniques : Get Ahead by Faking It

Written by Stephen Bucaro

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Success at Work : Techniques : Get Ahead by Faking It

By Stephen Bucaro

Are you working in a "no stretch" organization? To succeed at work, you need to "stretch" your capabilities. You need to perform tasks above your skill level, tasks you've never done before. In a no stretch organization, workers are assigned only tasks they've done before.

Because you have no experience in a task, you're not assigned that task. Because you're not assigned that task, you have no experience in that task. Because you have no experience in that task ...

- Well run organizations make a deliberate effort to give their employees assignments that require them to stretch. If you work in such an organization, there's no need to continue reading this article.

You can breakrepparttar 147919 cycle of stagnation by faking it. When your boss asks if you've done a task before, mumble something ambiguous like "yeh - easy shot". That's right, outright lie to your boss.

- Disclaimer: I am not recommending this technique to doctors or airline pilots (although I have no doubt they use it).

You say you would never lie at work? But you did lie. The first time you enteredrepparttar 147920 door forrepparttar 147921 job interview, you pretended to be interested inrepparttar 147922 "work" when in reality you just wanted to know how much they pay and how much vacation you would get, didn't you?

- The ultimate fake; hundreds of people in corporate executive positions were discovered to have fake degrees.

If you accept an assignment above your capabilities and fail to produce results, you could be fired. But in most cases, you will be able to "stretch" your skills and completerepparttar 147923 task successfully. As a result, you will advance in your career. In any case, if you're in a "no stretch" organization, what do you have to lose?

- In this article, you'll learn techniques to succeed by faking it.

- It's very common for freelancers and experts to take on tasks beyond their capability. They don't consider it to be faking, they call it "confidence".

Recognize When NOT to Fake It

How much do you have to stretch to accomplishrepparttar 147924 task? Isrepparttar 147925 task so far beyond your skill level that there is no way you could stretch enough to perform even a minimally acceptable job? If so, wait for a different opportunity to fake it.

What arerepparttar 147926 possible consequences forrepparttar 147927 organization if you fail to performrepparttar 147928 task adequately. Would they be exposed to a high level of liability? Might they lose a multi-million dollar contract? If so, wait for a different opportunity to fake it.

Job Interviews -- What Your Pre-Interview Research Should Cover

Written by Mary Brent

When you go in for a job interview, you're not just a candidate seeking a job. You're a potential problem solver and contributor. To play that role effectively, you must be armed withrepparttar right kind of information. That's what pre-interview research is all about.

Break down your research efforts into four broad areas. That'll make it easier to manage and also ensure you don't leave anything out.

#1: Get insights intorepparttar 147774 organization

This isrepparttar 147775 best place to start your research.

Obviously you should find out aboutrepparttar 147776 organization's products and services,repparttar 147777 markets it serves and how long they have been in existence. Plus, you need to know their organization structure, whorepparttar 147778 top management is, recent trends in growth, profitability and how their stock is performing.

However, to differentiate yourself, you must go beyond these basic facts.

Find out a bit aboutrepparttar 147779 organization culture. Learn about what they look for in employees. What areas are they expanding into inrepparttar 147780 near future?

What arerepparttar 147781 key challenges facingrepparttar 147782 company? Are theserepparttar 147783 same challenges facingrepparttar 147784 industry as a whole? What unique difficulties do they face?

What do people working there think aboutrepparttar 147785 organization? Is there high staff turnover, especially within senior management? What do competitors think ofrepparttar 147786 company?

Based on this information, try to think of what could be done to solve some of their problems. What innovations could help them? What contributions could they value?

#2: Find out aboutrepparttar 147787 job

In many cases, you'll have to wait forrepparttar 147788 interview to get allrepparttar 147789 job details. However, you need to do some digging beforehand.

Who will you be reporting to? What is his / her background and reputation?

Find out aboutrepparttar 147790 general responsibilities inrepparttar 147791 job. What are you expected to deliver on a daily basis? What results do you need to achieve every quarter, every year?

Where does your department fit in withinrepparttar 147792 hierarchy? Who held this job before? Why did he leave? How many people have held this job overrepparttar 147793 past five years? Who arerepparttar 147794 people you'll be supervising?

What arerepparttar 147795 biggest obstacles to performing this job well? What kind of person do they want for this position? What personal qualities are they looking for?

You will need to tap into your network to find answers. Look for leads intorepparttar 147796 target organization and try to get introductions to people working there. The company's clients, vendors and bankers are also good sources of information.

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