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Here's An Interview Strategy That Will Work Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!

Aug 17, 2007
You've no doubt read a lot about what make a good interview strategy. There's plenty written. Some of it helpful, much of it not.

And I'm not going to bore you with a how to lecture. Why? Because in the final analysis, an employer will be interested in you primarily because he/she feels comfortable with you and sees you as a welcome addition to the team. So, you either fit in or you don't.

The fact is, interview strategy has changed significantly in the past few years. That's because employers' expectations of job candidates have changed dramatically.

It used to be that you could dress decently, have a smile and a firm handshake, present your work history and educational credentials, answer a few questions . . . and, boom, it was over. Then you sat and waited for the phone to ring to see if you passed.

Today's decision-makers are much more savvy. They expect you to come to table armed with intelligence about the organization and its goals. In other words, they want to hear how you see yourself fitting in. If you don't take the time to show how you can make a difference to the decision-maker's needs . . . you're out!

You need an interview strategy that will position you in the mind of hiring manager as indispensable. In short, you want to present yourself as the solution to a problem!

So, here's the interview strategy I highly recommend.

Before you even go to the interview, single out an area of concern for the organization. Your interview technique is then to identify that problem area to the employer and show how your credentials and capabilities are the solution.

Memorialize your presentation by telling a lively story of a comparable situation in which you solved a similar problem. And quantify your results by using specific numbers or percentage increase or changes, etc. In other words, paint a picture of you in action so that the employer can easily visualize you at work.

When you're successful at this interview strategy, you'll create a memorable representation of yourself solving a problem that's of particular interest to the employer. In his/her mind the employer begins to see you doing the same thing for him/her. And, voila, you've created a truly lasting impression!

Want to get yourself way ahead of the competition? Do what they're NOT doing. Present yourself as a problem-solver for a specific problem (or two) that emerges from your research about the organization. Then, talk about yourself in story format . . . the more colorful and specific the better.

When you utilize this simple but powerful interview strategy, you'll find that employers will be responsive to you beyond your wildest dreams!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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