Thursday, January 30, 2014

3 Smart Ways to NOT Lay an Egg in Your Interview

No matter at what level you may be seeking a job—entry-level to executive, interviews are anxiety producing. So much rests upon them. You want to put your best foot forward. But beware…you do not want to make the mistake of talking too much, especially about you.
  1. Be Clear, Concise and Compelling.  Your answers to questions should be brief and to the point. The interviewer can always follow up with more questions if they want you to elaborate. 
  2. Always Link to What Matters Most.  Open-ended questions like “tell me what most interests you” are not your signal to talk in general. They are an opportunity to tie what you like to do with the position you are interviewing for. Be specific about what you have to offer that would make you a great candidate for the job.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice.  Above all, according to interviewing skills training best practices, preview and role play. Think through what you may be asked and practice how to answer. Be ready with a description of what situation, in your past experience, would most demonstrate the qualities the job requires. 

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