Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Before a job interview...try this

Matthew Tarpey, CareerBuilder, advises that getting up for an interview requires a lot more than memorizing some answer to "where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?" or "what is your biggest weakness?"

First, you need to look great appearance-wise. Clean, pressed business clothes, no skin, no mini-skirts or collarless shirts. Polished shoes--no sneaks.

Do your research. I type this over and over--do you always go to the company's website? Explore it, see the direction they are going? Do you search on NAME OF COMPANY and COMPLAINTS? Do you have a handle on their products, Have they merged with another company--or plan to.

Ask yourself if you are a good fit. Be honest.Go over interview questions with a coach or friend.

The most common questions you will face are:

Tell me about yourself...55% of interviewers ask this. Be short, hit the high spots. Do not ramble--"Well, it all began 27 years ago in St Louis..."

Why do you want this job? Half get asked this.

Why did you leave your last job--again half the time this comes up.

Greatest strength, greatest weakness--49% of interviews will get to this.

Describe a difficult situation you overcame at work--48%.

NEVER say anything negative about past employers, no matter how bad the situation might have been. Interviewers are human--they can see you saying the same thing about them in a year...and will cool in a hot second.

Game over.

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