Copyright 2006 Scott Searles
Its Inevitable sooner or later your going be faced with the daunting and sometimes confusing tasks of interviewing for a job. Whether its for just a job to keep your bills paid, or if its the dream job youve always wanted, there are many steps that you must accomplish in order to lock yourself in as the best candidate for the position.
Most assume that the most important part of a job interview is showing up well groomed. But there is much, much more to the process than meets the eye. Everything you may have ever wanted rides on how well you have prepared and if in fact you have covered and mastered every step in the process.
By far, your Resume and Cover Letter is the single most important part of your arsenal and doing the necessary research on the company is also important so youll able to sit in front of your interviewer with confidence and knowledge of the company and the position. Let me explain it this way, your interviewer is proud of who he/she is and their position with the company. Doing the research will show them your enthusiasm and respect for the position your applying for.
Crafting the perfect Resume and Cover Letter and giving your future employer exactly what he or she is looking for is paramount. It is also important to realize that the rules have changed a great deal in resume and cover letter writing. What worked as little as 5 years ago does not apply today.
The competition today for positions is fierce, and if you want to win, you have to tip the tables in your favor with every little detail. Often a position is granted or lost over the small details and if you have covered everything your chances of putting yourself on top increases measurably.
Today your are faced with people who have lost their positions that were paying them 65k to 125k and they are now applying for jobs at a loss of income sometimes as much as 60% of their previous income levels. One of the single largest mistakes made in the process is not following the application directions to letter. This is something that if not followed will ensure your not getting the interview.
When called for an interview, ask to whom youll be talking to. It is nice to able to greet your interviewer by name at the beginning of the interview without first being told who they are. It shows that you are on top of things and took the initiative to be prepared.
When at all possible and you can get the information, try to find out about the department and those who work that department.
Your clothes, be sure they are chosen the day before and that they are perfect with no wrinkles or stains. This will also help you with one less thing to think about and cause you to relax.
Practice your responses so that you will feel and appear as comfortable and confident as possible. Try to make responses as detailed as possible and try to keep it brief.
Get organized. This should be a one, two, three punch for you, and make it as smooth as possible. If you have a business card with you, gladly give it to your prospective employer as this may show a higher level of professionalism and may also make it easier for he or she to remember you.
Show confidence in yourself. Try not to appear cocky but confident in your abilities and they will also be evaluating your personality to see how well you will fit in with your co-workers.
In Summary: The steps you must master: · How to write your resume & cover letter. · How to prepare for the interview. · How to make a great first impression. · What the most important questions are. · What questions to ask your Interviewer? · What common mistakes you should avoid. · The post interview follow-up.
I want to thank those of you who took the time to read this little refresher. Whether you are going for your very first interview or your trying to improve your present financial situation and land the position of your dreams, I hope this was of help to you. If you should have any questions or require further information, please dont hesitate to contact us via the information listed below.