Job Interviewing Advice Would you hire you? Job Interviewers Can Sense Desperation! How is your job interview confidence and attitude? In most published information about interviewing, you will notice that most of the information focuses on "interview preparation." While "preparation" is very important, the type of preparation should be considered. Much of the advice out there focuses on the "mechanics" of the job interview and not the content. This advice ranges from clothing styles and colors, handshake methods, how to sit and answer specific questions. While all of this is great advice about job interviewing, the advice lacks the most important "view" part of interviewing. The "view" that you personally must consider and is often over-looked is your internal "view." The internal view comes from within you, not the company, not your degree or experience. If you have been unemployed, laid off or job searching for some time, your attitude and self-confidence and most of all, your self-esteem, can start to diminish - it is only natural. Would you hire you? Selling yourself can be the most difficult skill that you must master in the job interview process. If you can not confidently sell yourself in the job interview, how can you expect the interviewer to "buy" you? The skilled job interviewer can sense desperation, poor attitude or a candidate that is "just going through the motions." Ask any sales person: if they do not believe "in their gut" that the product or service they are selling is a good one - then they will have great difficulty selling it. You, as a job candidate, do not believe that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities for the position for which you are being interviewed, it will be very difficult to persuade the interviewer (who does not know you at all) to consider you for the job.When answering tough job interview questions, think-what does the interviewer want to hear? The interviewer wants to hear that you have good communications skills and that you would be a great employee and solve their problems if they hired you. The interviewer does not want to hear that they would be hiring a "fixer upper"! How to convince yourself that you are the best person for the job A great way to start is by making a "Me List." This is a laundry list of your strengths as well as your weaknesses from your last job experience. Once you start creating a list of all of the your skills, knowledge, and experience that you have to offer as well as those you need to improve on, you have a solid foundation to start a winning interview strategy. What do you want and like to do? Doing a simple discovery exercise like this makes you take a look inside yourself and begin to think about what you really want more of from your next career or job and what you want less of. Most individuals will be happier, and have higher performance levels, if they are satisfied with the work that they do. As a result, they will be more motivated to give 100%. Now create a list of tasks and responsibilities that satisfied you at your last job. These would be the responsibilities with which you were particularly satisfied, or by which you were energized. In other words, the tasks that "floated your boat." Think about the last time you were so involved in a project or task that you woke up thinking about how you could improve the situation. Write those experiences down and try to determine what the factors were that were satisfying for you. Let's say you were a "Project Leader." The task list would read something like: "Led a team; coordinated and monitored project progress; assured the flow and completion of work on schedule; monitored expenditures and budget." After you have compiled a task list for your current job, do the same considering previous jobs. If you are a recent graduate, use the classes that were most satisfying and interesting for you, or the class projects, job internships or volunteer positions you worked on with teams while in school. Creating this "Me List" of experiences from your most recent job or college experience, will lead you to begin to see patterns of responsibilities and tasks that were satisfying. Do you want more of this type of responsibility in your next job? The answer to this question will give you a strong indication of what you want and some possibilities for fulfillment in future jobs that have similar responsibilities. After you have developed your personal "desire inventory" you will feel more confident about finding the path to the job that is right for you. Having this newly created skill inventory along with a freshly enlightened "inner view" about yourself will give you skills, confidence and knowledge to be able to "sell" yourself more effectively. It will also give you insight as to how to set yourself apart from the other candidates competing for the job you desire.
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