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What You Need To Know For the Perfect Interview

Jan 29, 2008
Once you've put together your resume, and either upload it to job boards or distribute it on your own, you should be preparing for the next challenge.

Interviewing for your desired position is the most important 30 minutes of your entire job search. Many individuals are nervous about or during the interview process, but you don't have to be. As someone who works with job seekers on a daily basis, its evident that most challenging part of the process, for hiring managers and job candidates, is the interview itself.

The key to a successful interview is being prepared. Not only should you be familiar with the company and position, you must have a firm understanding of your skills and how they apply to the particular job you are interviewing for. In addition to knowing your stuff, rehearse, prepare, and perfect. Follow these steps before you interview:

First, research the company and the relevant industry. If you are hungry for a job, you may not really care where you work. But your interviewers are looking for someone who wants to be there and can be passionate about their mission. Knowing about the company can help you convey the interest that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Second, have some questions of your own to ask. As you're researching the company, look for things to ask about: "I saw your press release about your expansion into the micro-widget market. What has the response been from your competitors" or more generically, "How do you think this company differs from your competitors in terms of work culture." Asking questions of your own accomplishes three things. First, it shows your interest in the company. Second, it kills time. And third, it helps put you in control of the interview.

Third, consider your greatest accomplishments and how they might apply in your new role. Speak with confidence and assume that you already have the position. Can you relate your greatest accomplishments to that company's current environment? What value can you deliver?

Fifth, think of the hardest questions an interviewer might ask. Think out your answers and rehearse them until they flow easily. Dont forget about questions like "what are your weaknesses" and "what do you want to be doing in five years?" As you're pondering, consider what the interviewer might want to hear. Then, craft honest answers that will address the interviewers concerns.

Six, look your best. If you're not sure what to wear, it's better to over-dress than to under-dress. Doing so lets the interviewer know you understand business culture, and conveys that you really care about being there. The key is to look professional and dress for the position you want. How you dress says a lot about who you are and what you plan to accomplish.

Interviews can be stressful, but they're simply conversations with other human beings. Prepare thoroughly, clean yourself up, and relax. Even if it doesn't go as well as you hope, you'll learn from it. Remember, practice and review to build confidence. Over time, you gain interviewing skills and confidence that can land you the job you want!
About the Author
Michael Fleischner is the Managing Director of ResumeEdge which provides resume writing as well as resume writing services, cover letters, and resume samples.
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