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The Top Ten Strategies of A Great Interview

The Top Ten Strategies of A Great Interview

You've just received a call to interview with your dream company. Do you know how to prepare for the interview so that you'll feel confident, have a good experience and set yourself apart from others? Try the following steps below and you'll not only be well prepared, you'll present yourself as a true professional.

1.Research the company:
Do your homework, e.g. Go to the company's website and read about the employers vision, strategy, competitive advantages, products, finances, departments, etc. If the company doesn't have a web presence look them up at the library, call the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce, find out who they are, what products they sell, and something about their competitors.

2. Prepare your elevator speech:
This is your two-minute opportunity to enlighten the interviewer about your chief accomplishments. Please note, this is not the same as your responsibilities. Employers want to know what you did, not what you were charged with doing.

3. Prepare your talking points:
Craft a list of your 4 greatest strengths and the 4 things you're currently working on for professional growth. Be prepared to give examples of each. e.g.

Strengths :
1. My + attitude
2. Sincerity
3. Presentation skill

Working on for improvement for growth:
1. weight management
2. Stress control

4. Identify innovations / process improvements you made in your most recent employment

Employers want to know how hiring you will make their organization better and contribute to the execution of their strategy. (Assuming you did your homework in step # 1 you can offer examples of innovations or revenue saving ideas that will be of interest to the potential employer.)

5. Dress for success :
The way you dress makes a statement about yourself. Regardless of the job that you're applying for, it's a good idea to wear a freshly laundered suit even in a casual business environment.

6. Arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.

7. Engage in a dialogue

8. Tell the truth

9. Don't talk about salary or benefits.

The goal is to get as many options going as possible so don't talk about compensation too early in the game, it can be a knockout factor. Tell the employer on all that you can do for them. If they're interested, they'll make an offer and then you can start negotiating both issues.

10.Remember, you're interviewing the employer just as they are interviewing you. 50 % of the responsibility for the right job match is yours.


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