Job Interview Articles

Interview For a Job - And Get Hired!

If a hiring manager has called to invite you to interview for a job, congratulations. That means so far you’ve done at least two things correctly - such as creating your cover letter and drafting a resume - no small tasks. Now you know that the employer knows you are capable of filling the open position. Of course that may apply to many other candidates too, so you can’t afford to get complacent. Your interview is your greatest opportunity to actually win the job.

Your goal any time you interview for jobs is to show that you are the job seeker most likely to deliver what the hiring manager is looking for - a person of confidence, integrity, skills related to the work you’re seeking, the ability to get along with management and colleagues, and most important, that you can solve problems and contribute to the bottom line - increasing company earnings.

Remember the Importance of a Little Research

Before the interview be sure to study the job description. This piece of writing shows clearly the duties involved. By knowing ahead of time what the hiring manager expects, you’ll be better prepared to speak with confidence when you’re asked questions related to your background and ability to do this new job. You might also spend some time researching the company online. Most organizations today have web sites where you’ll find helpful information about the company itself, its mission, its policy, and its standing in the business community. Armed with these facts, you’ll stand a better chance of showing the interviewer that you are the one he or she is looking for.

Assessing Your Inventory

Preparing to interview for a job is no small task. That’s why it’s so important to set aside a chunk of time when you can jot down the actions, successes, incidents, and patterns in your employment history that demonstrate your ability to fill that new position. Next, create a strategy prior to your interview for the job that will help you find ways to work these details into as many answers as possible. Keep in mind that interviewers are looking for specific and concrete responses that address the elements they care about. Their job is to fill openings with the most qualified people––individuals who will not only do what is asked but also employ their creativity, problem-solving skills, and ideas for the growth of the company. Remember that true personal experience stories help establish your credibility and believability. They also show your workplace savvy. You are not a person of mere words, but one of action, too. Anecdotes that illustrate something you’ve done that has made a significant difference to a company will be the most memorable. For example, if a strategy for organization or sales training earned you an award or acknowledgment of some kind, be sure to mention what exactly you did and how it mattered to the company. That is the type of information employers want to hear.