Below are top 12 secrets to help you win every job interviews
1. Do your homework
You’ll likely be asked difficult questions during the interview. Preparing the list of likely questions in advance will help you easily transition from question to question.
Spend time researching the company. Look at its site to understand its mission statement, product offerings, and management team. A few hours spent researching before your interview can impress the hiring manager greatly. Read the company’s annual report (often posted on the site), review the employee’s LinkedIn profiles, and search the company on Google News, to see if they’ve been mentioned in the media lately. The more you know about a company, the more you’ll know how you’ll fit in to it.
Ref doc: http://4career.net/job-interview-checklist-40-points
The best advice we can give is to be confident and remember that you’ve made it this far for a reason. Hold your head up high, don’t trip, and remember, ‘you got this.’ Interviews are one of the few times in life where narcissism is accepted and maybe even embraced. Remember, there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance but during the interview process, you want a beautiful balance of both.
Side note – if you’re naturally arrogant, then disregard my previous statement: For you I say, smile and sit down – you ain’t all that!
3. Elucidate your core values
What is the greatest value you offer? What makes you unique? What sets you apart from others? Spend some time thinking about these questions, then jot down five or ten core value statements—phrased in terms of value to the company.
For example: If your greatest strength is leadership, rather than stating “I have great leadership skills,” expand on that in a meaningful way: “I am able to deliver exceptional results—such as double-digit profit increases and 10% revenue growth in a down market—by inspiring and leading people to put forth extraordinary effort and do it with joy and passion.”
If your technical expertise is a great asset, bear in mind that knowledge and expertise in and of themselves are not valuable; it’s what you do with those assets that counts: “I’ve repeatedly gained competitive advantage for the company by introducing industry-leading technology that works right the first time and is consistently months or even years ahead of competitors.”
In the ebook: Killer interview Secrets
Author share The 7 Traits Employers Look For In Every Applicant (page 7-16)that help you identify your core values.
To make it easier for you to remember, Author put these seven fundamental characteristics into an acronym: S.T.A.P.L.E.S: Skillset, Team player, Attitude, Professionalism, Leadership, Ethic, Security.
I am in agreement with the author about three traits: skill set, team-player, and attitude. I think these traits are mostly sought after by most of employers from their candidates.A skill set is a list of necessary skills for performing one’s job. You can easily find out about skill sets through job specifications, job advertisements, or job descriptions, and so on.
4. First impressions
When meeting someone for the first time, we instantaneously make our minds about various aspects of their personality.
Prepare and plan that first impression long before you walk in the door. Continue that excellent impression in the days following, and that job could be yours.
- Never arrive late.
- Use positive body language and turn on your charm right from the start.
- Switch off your mobile before you step into the room.
- Look fabulous; dress sharp and make sure you look your best.
- Start the interview with a handshake; give a nice firm press and then some up and down movement.
- Determine to establish a rapport with the interviewer right from the start.
- Always let the interviewer finish speaking before giving your response.
- Express yourself fluently with clarity and precision.
Other useful material: http://4career.net/top-10-elements-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-a-job-interview
5. Tell Your Story
You must sell your product, which is yourself, to land the job. Be prepared to tell the interviewer why he should hire you.
Some interviewers might not ask you directly to explain why you are the best candidate for the job.
Whether you are asked, be sure to fit in a response during the conversation. Be confident and concise in explaining why you believe you should be hired and what you will do the best job possible. Include your qualifications in your sales pitch.
In the ebook: Killer interview Secrets
Author use story model that help you pass behavioral interview and highlight your competencies. This can be considered as the most interesting part of the above eBook:
a. How do you come up with a story?
b. What Are the Elements of a Story?
c. Formula for a successful story.
d. How to Tell a Story?
e. What kind of stories should you tell? It can be said that this is the best, most interesting section of the eBook.
It is also the longest and most important part in which, the author presents some analyses for typical groups of candidates as follows: The Most Valuable Player, or MVP, The Superstar, The Upright Citizen, The Professor, The Team Player, The Big Boss, The Troubleshooter, The Juggler, The Deflection”…
From above list, I am sure that you can imagine the main stories here are for demonstrating your most important skills for the job, such as team-player skill.
When you have developed a skill set, it is important that you have to consider how to prove your skills in front of the employers. In this section, the author states tools and examples for you to practice on how to demonstrate your skills.
6. Opportunities Are Created, Not Given
In Part 4, you can see the importance of “tell story” model . However, do not wait for the employer to ask you, because you may not get a chance to tell stories to highlight your core values.
In the ebook: Killer interview Secrets
Author help you how to create opportunities by yourself.
Have you ever wondered how to get an opportunity to prove your skills? There are not many for you to tell your stories. In this section, the author introduces the experience and some tips for you to create your own opportunities.
7. Make it about how you can help the company.
The job interview isn’t the time to tell your life story; you’re there to show that you can contribute value to the organization.
Remember that the interview is really not about you—it is about the organization and how you are going to solve [a hiring manager’s] problem of filling the position with a qualified person—quickly—so be sure to talk about how you can apply what you know to their organization,” says Kelley Rexroad, founder of the firm krexconsulting.
8. The “Hidden” Job Market
In the ebook: Killer interview Secrets
Author share about The “Hidden” Job Market as follows:
Many of us don’t recognize that hidden job market is a huge one and accounts for 2/3 of total job demand from enterprises. This means that if you know how to exploit a hidden job market, you can increase your chance of getting the job up to 300%.
In this section, the author shares his experience and useful tips to exploit hidden job market.Here are some sources to get penetrating into a hidden job market: Friends; Family; Ex-coworkers; Referral; HR communities; Field communities; Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter…; Last recruitment ads from recruiters; HR emails of potential recruiters…
9. Be willing to learn
As alluded to above, you should always be ready to learn during an interview. Jeannie Kahwajy, an expert on organizational behavior, performed research that demonstrates that candidates who are willing to learn can turn negative interviews around. Jeannie ran experiments involving mock interviews.
A recruiter was primed to have a negative bias toward a candidate. Of the three groups of candidates, one was instructed to prove they should get the job; one was told to learn from the interaction; and the final group, the control, was given no specific instructions. She found that the recruiter’s negative bias was reinforced for the control group and the group that tried to prove they should get the job. However, ALL of the candidates who set out to learn from the interaction reversed the recruiter’s negative bias and were offered a job.
10. Do-It-Yourself Interviewing Practice
There are a number of ways to prepare for an interview at home without the help of a professional career counselor or coach or a fee-based service.
You can practice interviews all by yourself or recruit friends and family to assist you.
Useful material: http://4career.net/free-ebook-75-interview-questions-and-answers
11. Ask questions
Do not leave the interview without ensuring that you know all that you want to know about the position. Once the interview is over, your chance to have important questions answered has ended. Asking questions also can show that you are interested in the job. Be specific with your questions. Ask about the company and the industry. Avoid asking personal questions of the interviewer and avoid asking questions pertaining to politics, religion and the like.
Ref material: http://4career.net/25-questions-to-ask-employers-during-your-job-interview
12. Follow up and send a thank-you note.
Following up after an interview can help you make a lasting impression and set you apart from the crowd.
Philip Farina, CPP, a security career expert at Manta Security Management Recruiters, says: “Send both an email as well as a hard-copy thank-you note, expressing excitement, qualifications and further interest in the position. Invite the hiring manager to contact you for additional information. This is also an excellent time to send a strategic follow-up letter of interest.”
Ebook: Skiller Interview Secrets
The ebook: Killer interview Secrets is written by Robert Lawrence. It includes 10 key parts as follows:
1. Killer Interview Secret #1 – The 7 Traits Employers Look For In Every Applicant (page 7-16)
2. Killer Interview Secret #2 – The 4 Key Elements To A Winning Interview Answer (page 17-20)
3. Killer Interview Secret #3 – The Best Interview Strategy…Ever (page 21-38)
4. Killer Interview Secret #4 – Opportunities Are Created, Not Given (page 39 – 42)
5. Killer Interview Secret #5 – How To Really Read A Job Description (page 42 -47)
6. Killer Interview Secret #6 – The Most Common Types of Interviews & How To Ace Them (page 47-53)
7. Killer Interview Secret #7 – Mastering The 11 Foundation Interview Questions (page 54 -62)
8. Killer Interview Secret #8 – Asking The Right Questions (page 63 -67)
9. Killer Interview Secret #9 – The “Hidden” Job Market (page 68 – 71)
10. Killer Interview Secret #10 – Turning On Your Natural Attraction Factors (page 71-86)
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