Candidates – Interview Strategy
If you are ever apprehensive about the interview process you have plenty of company! Interviewing is not a skill that comes easily to most – a great majority find it quite difficult. Candidates will pour valuable time and even seek professional advice in perfecting their resume, however few people give serious thought to advanced interview preparation. After all, no resume will ever get a valuable job without successful interviewing skills.
The chief reasons of interview failure are candidates’ inability to 1) effectively describe weaknesses, 2) clarify reasons for transition, 3) illustrate development and performance improvement needs, 4) ask spontaneous and well-prepared questions.
One of the major concerns of most interviewees is simply not knowing what to expect in the interview process. Every company has their own set of focus points and priorities; consequently the style and structure can vary dramatically. The fundamentals are however very consistent, and candidates can effectively prepare themselves by making a written list of reasons:
A) why you are successful in your current position
B) why you are open-minded to change jobs
C) why you are interested in this particular company
D) why do you deserve the position
E) which of your qualifications make you most suitable for the position
A WINNING ATTITUDE is critical to successful interview performance. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. How will you persuade a company or firm official who has seen dozens (if not hundreds) of qualified candidates that you are the one for the position, that your skills will be worth the firm’s gamble?
The key to establishing a winning, positive attitude and improved self-confidence is to take time to be introspective to look within yourself for value. What is it you have that will add value to the employer’s organization?
What are your greatest attributes?
What are your strongest skills?
Where lies your greatest knowledge?
What are your personal strengths?
Interviewing goes against the grain – do you take the credit while at a social function? Do you explain your strengths to relatives, let alone someone you’ve never met? Do you admit to professional weaknesses while on an airplane? The results of advanced preparation are exponentially advantageous. DO IT!
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