Top Job Seekers Prepare for Interviews in Advance

Interviews are often listed as one of the most stressful situations in which a person can find themselves…”

“Admittedly, a lot might be riding on the outcome of an interview: increased earnings, the chance to relocate, the opportunity for a better life, thus it’s natural to feel a bit nervous.”

“However, with the right preparation, there’s no need to feel out of your depth.” by Andy Thomas

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In the article Andy covers 3 main topics to consider before you arrive at the interview.

1 – Under research, be prepared to answer the question, “What do you know about the company?”

2 – In terms of advice, this is from those who know more about the company than you do. Use those who helped you land the interview to get the inside scoop as much as you can. Don’t go in blind folded.

3 – The job description contains a host of information around the types of questions both the interviewer and you should be asking. Focus on what it is they are looking for and be prepared to tailor your past experience around what is important in the job they are looking to fill.

Hiring managers are looking to hire the top people for open positions. By arriving prepared to have a business conversation around the open position, you will rise above the noise and be remembered. Those who show up unprepared are quickly forgotten.

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Job Seekers: 15 Steps Before Scheduling a Job Interview

The term “job interview” is searched ten times as often as the term “job search”. The keywords “job search prep” is barely a blip on the Google’s search term radar.”

“What I often find in the job search process is that people want to chase the shiny objects they see. They want to jump to the last step in the process… the one that lands them a job offer: the job interview.”

“And they’re right, good job interviews do result in job offers.”

“However, 86% of people surveyed said that the biggest mistake they made in an interview was not preparing well enough.” by Lea McLeod

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Lea provides 3 quick recaps of what bad things happen based on some real ife situations when people were not prepared for the interview.

Moving on to “why” the job search does not simply include interviewing. Plus offering up 15 steps to help you in advance to rise above the noise of all of those who forgot to come prepared.

As a job seeker, if you are looking for additional articles around preparing for an interview, go here:

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Interview Successfully Being Prepared to Sell

An interesting twist is to go into an interview considering your primary role is to sell your skills and capabilities.

Sales people listening to a story from the buyerLets start with the definition of a “sale”. According to wiki: A sale is the act of selling a product or service in return for money or other compensation. Considering we are going into an interview with the desire of landing a new job with a pay check, based on the definition, to interview is selling. The objective of the interview is to sell our “capabilities” as a new employee.

Now let’s use street-smarts to figure out what role we need to play during the interview process.

If you ask a group of people how many of you like to “buy”, most people will raise their hand.  Now ask, how many of you “like to be sold to”, very rarely is there a lone hand left in the sky. What’s the difference? Continue reading

The Hiring Process is Like Choosing a College

The reasons are not so clear at first glance, yet both are a buy-sell cycle.

In both cases there is a buyer and a seller. The economic impact is similar, whether you are choosing to go to college or to hire a new employee. Comparing time lines, the evaluation of “which college” or “which person” is likely weeks or months, not days.

The right college for you leads to graduation on timeAnd as the buyer gets near the final decision, risks and doubts begin to rise, “is this the right college for me”, or “is this the right employee for the job”.

The difference, going to school, you were the buyer.  Coming out of school going to look for a job, you are now the “seller“. Continue reading