Interview To Get The Job!

“Go into every interview with the end-goal of receiving a job offer. Make it your decision as to whether you want to work for the company rather than letting the company determine whether you are a fit!

10 Interviewing Tips to Get You the Job image shutterstock 123716446 300x208Job Interviews are not always easy, but there are certain tricks which can be implemented to increase one’s odds of getting the offer and making the hiring manager confident that you are the right applicant.

Here are 10 ways to do so:

1. Positive Energy – People are attracted to those who display positive energy, are upbeat and who are optimistic about their career outlook.

One of the biggest tricks to interviewing is sounding enthusiastic about the position and, by do so ensuring the interviewer that you are interested in the job and are ready to contribute to their team effort.

2. Set firm goals – The best companies set firm goals and do everything possible to obtain them. As a job seeker, you should be no different.

Prior to interviewing, take the time to write down where you want to be in 1 year, 3 years and 5 years. Be specific and map out a step by step plan to ensure that you get there. If we don’t know where we are going, our overall achievements are going to end up a fraction of what they could be. Be focused and tenacious in your goals and let those ambitions be heard by the hiring company.

3. Remember it’s what you can do for the employer – The best way to sell is to talk in terms of what the other person wants.

Take the time to think about what benefits and skills you bring to the table. Read over the job description and envision the concerns and needs of that employer.

By speaking about how you can deliver the desired results, you are more likely to get an offer and, when you do you have more leverage negotiating the salary you want. In essence, give the employer what they want and you will get everything you need.

4. Be approachable and likable – When interviewing, the hiring manager is going to look for intangibles such as whether you are going to fit in with the corporate culture a.k.a. will you get along with the employees and enjoy working there.

The best way to make the interviewer confident that you’ll fit in is to be approachable and likable throughout the interviewing process. Don’t play hard to get, remain easy going and connect with the individual on a personal basis. Remember to smile.

5. Focus – If we are focused 100% on an interview, psychologically we can’t be nervous, tense or judgmental of ourselves. The best conversations occur when both parties are fully engaged and this happens when everyone is focused on only the interview and nothing else.

Leave everything unrelated outside of the room and if you find yourself distracted or getting nervous the simple remedy is to put your mind at ease listening only to what the interviewer is saying rather than what you are telling yourself.

6. Strong mentality – Remember to always approach the interview with fearlessness, optimism and confidence. Don’t be afraid of failure. Rather be honest and authentic; it’s the most anyone can ask of you.

7. Never get discouraged during tough interviews – The best interviewers are going to ask you tough questions. Never take it personally, rather consider it due diligence on the end of the interviewer and be thankful that you are speaking with a hiring manager who knows what they are doing.

When we think upbeat thoughts, the positive energy allows us to focus and come across more upbeat and engaging. If you find your answers slipping, quickly pick yourself up. Everyone gets discouraged; though, when we begin to take difficult interviewing questions as due diligence as opposed to a personal knock, we are more apt to be successful.

8. Be determined to get the job – Luck favors those who are determined to reach a specific goal. As a job seeker, you should have a focus and drive to ace every interview that you go on making sure to leave multiple positive impressions on employees throughout the company.

You should expect to win. When we are focused, driven and expecting success, it comes.

9. Ask the right questions in the right manner – When you ask questions, don’t come across as skeptical or prying, rather ask the questions because you want the information. People don’t like hidden agendas and interviewers are no different. Prior to interviewing, formulate some interviewing questions that you are comfortable with and deliver those inquiries in a non-assuming, intelligent manner.

10. Focus on the positive aspects of the position – Regardless of pay, title or industry, there are both positive and negative aspects to any position. It’s your choice what you focus your attention on and it’s a lot more productive to hone in on the things you enjoy about the job rather than letting the downsides cloud your judgement and outlook.

Take the time to write the benefits of working at the company on a sheet of paper. Everyone likes a sincere compliment and it never hurts to convey those points of interest to the hiring manager.

In the End

You should look at the interviewing process as enjoyable rather than considering it a chore. Think positively, stay focused, follow your intuition and you’re bound to get the position that you want.”

Author:

Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement a recruiting firm based out of New York City.

Getting Laid Off

A good friend of mine was recently laid off from her job. As a busy single mother, with a six-year-old daughter, she’s trying very hard to balance her daughter’s needs with trying to find a new job. In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting various articles I find which I’d like to share with you on ways to cope with being laid off as well as actionable steps to take NOW, as my stepfather always tells me, “keep on keepin’ on!” You can do it.

One of my favorite job sites is glassdoor.com, which I’ve used frequently to research a particular company I might be interested in working for. Additionally, the website gives lots of great feedback from people who are either working for the company or have interviewed there, all anonymously of course.

Here are some amazing tips if you’ve been laid off. Really interesting ideas from career expert Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter:

“In today’s job market, you need to act quickly after being laid off. However, when jolted into the reality of their new situation, job seekers often feel adrift in a sea of confusion. Following are 10 actionable steps you can take to help you set a new course. The first two steps should occur in the order they are presented; however, steps 3-10 can be intermingled. And remember, action begets traction.

  1. Don’t Think About Job Searching. At least initially, for a few days following your loss, distract yourself through activity with your best friend, your spouse or someone with whom you find comfort, and even better, someone with whom you laugh. Do not dwell on the job you just lost or the job for which you must now search. Instead, take a few days away to begin recovering from the loss, the shock and the disappointment. Soothe yourself with a good book, a movie, a night out or a great dinner experience—whatever makes you feel good.
  2. Start Thinking About Your Next Job as Soon as Possible. This tip may seem counterintuitive to #1. While getting a few days’ perspective on your situation is valuable, do not let a few days turn into a few weeks, or even months. Today’s tough economy leads to typically longer job searches. The earlier you begin yours, the earlier you will land your next opportunity.
  3. Google the Web for Possible New Prospects. Print off job descriptions that look interesting. Grab a highlighter and underscore the qualifications you meet. Note requirements you do not fulfill. Shoot straight with yourself and vet out jobs that genuinely mesh with who you are already (not who you wish you were).
  4. Set Up a Job Search Specific Gmail. Make it professional sounding. Your first and last name is a good first choice; if that is not available, consider your first initial, second initial and last name. You may also use your name with a job or credentials focus attached; e.g., ClaireJacksonCPA@gmail.com or CharlesBrownAccountant@gmail.com
  5. Update Your Resume. For many people, this means rebuilding your resume from scratch. If it has been more than a year or two since you last updated your resume, then consider a complete resume revamp. Not only have resume practices changed dramatically in the past several years, but also, your career is in a continual state of motion. What you focused in on in your last resume likely is not where your focus should remain.
  6. Refresh Your LinkedIn Profile. Write content and facts to complement your resume versus simply copying and pasting your resume into the body of your LinkedIn profile. Focus the headline to your target goal, knitting in the right keywords and value message. Read up on LinkedIn best practices, and if you have not been active in any professional groups, get active. Do this organically and consistently, being careful not to over-communicate with your network. Think professional, polished, focused initiative by providing value to your network first, before asking for favors.
  7. Explore Other Social Media Outlets. If you are not a member already, join Twitter, Pinterest and/or Facebook. Ensure a consistent, professional presence on these sites with a splash of personality, and then, interact. If you’re new to these venues, then follow or friend a few people and then begin listening. Comment purposefully and with kindness.
  8. Update Your Interview Wardrobe. Make certain you have a smart, updated interview suit, scuff-free shoes and the right, tasteful jewelry, if applicable. Get a professional haircut and if you sport a beard or mustache, trim it up. Make sure your hands and nails are well manicured.
  9. Volunteer Your Time. Join a charitable organization, and redirect some of your nervous energy into a helpful cause that matters to you. Or, you may join a professional group that has contacts in your field of interest. If you already are an association member, but have not been very involved, change that behavior. Volunteer to serve on a committee. Connect more deeply. Think of how you can serve their needs first, and in time, what you give will come back to you.
  10. Research Companies for Which You Want to Work. Dig beyond the company website. Research companies through Glassdoor and perform keyword Google searches that help you unearth facts, figures, challenges the company is facing and so forth. Read reports on the state of the industry or sector which you are targeting. Get knee-deep into the foundational details that sustain your target company’s growth. Appeal to their needs when you approach the company president, vice president, sales manager, accounting director or whomever you may deem to interact with regarding offering your services as their future employee.”

THE COVER LETTER

Just like peanut butter really isn’t the same without jelly, a great resume isn’t the same without a  great cover letter. A cover letter is the perfect way for someone who is about to review your resume to quickly get an idea about you in a way that is brief, to the point, and concise.

I’ve used many different formats of cover letters over the years, either mailed or via email, so pick one that’s best for you. In general, a good cover letter should include: 

* Your address and the date at the top of the page

* The name and address of the person you’re sending your resume to: always try to get a name if a job ad doesn’t specify one by calling the company. If an ad says “no calls”, I usually call anyway to try and get a name from a receptionist if possible without giving my name. 

* Introductory Paragraph: Mention the ad/job you’re applying to and a brief reason as to why you’d make the perfect applicant for the position (which I usually call an “opportunity”) 

* Middle Paragraph(s): One or two paragraphs, your choice, mentioning the major highlights of your work/life experience and why you’re in the job market (new opportunities, interest in a new field, etc.). You might also mention why you’d be the perfect person for them to speak to if you haven’t already done so in the first paragraph. Remember, your goal is to get an in-person interview! Phone interviews are great, but some good one-on-one time with the hiring manager is even better!

* Closing Paragraph: Let people know you’re available for an interview (phone/in-person) and look forward to discussing your background as well as how you’re going to make a great member of their team. Be enthusiastic!

Don’t forget to check for spelling errors and read the cover letter a few times to ensure you’ve included everything you’d like. 

TIP: Sometimes, if I’m not sure what to put in my cover letter relating to the job I’m applying to, I simply copy and paste the qualifications and duties mentioned in the job ad into my cover letter. Of course, I’m careful to only include the ones which I do have previous experience. NEVER lie in your cover letter, however, as companies often conduct  background checks before and/or after you’re hired. If you’re caught in a lie, that may be grounds for termination (being fired).

Cover Letter Example