Getting Ready for an Interview? Tips To Land The Job

May 29, 2014

getting ready for an interview tips to get the job

Getting ready for an interview? Here are some tips on how to make the best impression.

It’s hard enough to get an interview, let alone land the job.

Based on thousands of conversations with candidates and hiring managers, here’s what we’ve found out:

1) The résumé and technical skills get you in the door.

2) Personality, demeanor and appearance are judged before anything else

3) Everything you say will be judged and analyzed during and after the interview.

Once in the interview, it’s not about you.  Your skills and qualifications are important; however, the only thing that really matters is the perception of how you can make the company and hiring manager successful.

Hiring is expensive and hiring managers are afraid to make mistakes.

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During the interview:

  • Never say anything negative about a former employer, manager, co-worker or company.
  • Stick to business.  How can you be successful in the position?  How have you handled similar challenges in the past?
  • Wear the consultant hat.  Ask open ended questions.  What are key challenges of the role?  Focus the interview on how you can make the company more successful.
  • Share information you have researched on the company.
  • Watch your body language.  Sit up straight!
  • Keep your personal possessions off the interviewer’s desk.  Turn off your cell phone.
  • Don’t discuss compensation, overtime or benefits.   This will be covered at the point of offer.

As a candidate, your focus should only be on receiving an offer from the company.  Whether you accept the offer, depends on personal goals and interest.

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About The Author

JoAnn Warcholic Ashman is currently a Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), JoAnn’s held executive level positions at Johnson & Johnson, Apple Computer, Time Warner, Kellwood and DaVita Healthcare Partners. In addition to serving as a charter member of Apple’s mentor program, JoAnn’s background includes staffing, promoting, reorganizing, and restructuring teams, all with a strong focus on keeping, developing, mentoring, and growing future leaders. Her work includes career development, as well as mentoring and sponsorship of numerous direct reports to VP, CIO and general management positions. Dianne Gubin is an entrepreneur, recruiter, career consultant, and dynamic public speaker. As founder and president of Amplify Professional Services, Inc., a national staffing agency, Dianne has accelerated thousands of career successes. She opened countless doorways to life-changing opportunities within Fortune 500 corporations, government, and fast-growth companies. Dianne knows what it takes to get someone hired into a company, as well as what it takes for a candidate to get a job. As a radio show host, Dianne engaged industry leaders on hot-button business issues, offering expert insight into what matters most in careers and professional development. She’s produced a series of video blogs discussing hiring and the job-hunting process.

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