Proven Interview Strategies
By Michael Fox, NRWA, CPRW, MBA
In order to progress even further than other people applying for a similar job, you might want to consider some of these proven interview strategies. Even though you might have many certifications and degrees that make you highly qualified for a job, performing poorly in a job interview can be costly. Someone who shows their character and work ethic much more impressively than you is more likely to be called back for a second interview. Seek out advice and tips on the internet that can help you prepare yourself for your next interview. Key resources include: http://www.hotjobs.yahoo.com/interview. Here are some key interview strategies that you should know and use.
Length of Interview – can last from 15 minutes up to an hour, or more. Considering it can take only one to two minutes to answer a question, you could be asked anywhere from 7 to 30 questions, or more, during each interview.
Understand – who is interviewing, how will the process be setup, phone, panel / group interview, testing
Research – the position and be keenly aware of what is on your resume, matching your skills to the position required. Here, you want to research and know as much about the company as possible. I have developed a checklist below to assist you in this effort. While this list is not exhaustive, it will give you a starting point.
Use this checklist to assist you as you begin the process of collecting information:
- How long has the company been in existence?
- What is its current position? How is it performing?
- What are its products or services?
- What are its future plans?
- Who owns it?
- PLC, Private, Partnership etc, what is its status?
- Are there plans for it to be floated on the Stock Exchange?
- Does it have subsidiaries and if so where are they located?
- What market share does it currently have versus the competition?
- How many staff does it employ? Are there plans for expansion? What is the staff turnover rate? What assets does it have? What is its organizational structure? Where does its funding come from? Who are the key members of the organization?
Introductions & First Impressions – most interviewers spend a few minutes in chit-chat to build rapport and put the applicant at ease at the opening of each interview. Substantial interview questions are not asked during this introductory phase, but handshake, eye contact, appearance, confidence, poise, vocabulary and non-verbal presentation are already being assimilated and judged by the interviewer.
Use Stories That Prove Your Qualifications – many applicants do poorly during interviews because they have not selected stories from their backgrounds that prove they are qualified. Here, keep you stories short and to the point when talking about your achievements and skills you have as it relates to the position. To prepare, review each statement in your resume and anticipate the questions it may generate, then select stories from your work history that you can use to answer each question and explain why you are well qualified. In addition to resumes, employers also use want ads and job descriptions to guide them in asking questions. Therefore, it is very important that you also analyze ads or job descriptions in order to identify the duties, skills, and educational requirements needed in each position. This knowledge will allow you to accurately anticipate many of the questions employers will ask you and to prepare answers that promote you in the best possible light.
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The Resume Professionals Team