Interview assigned to you, is about to begin. Your excitement is understandable. You put a lot of effort to find a suitable option of employment. Create resume and specialists read it carefully studying your thoughts about your goals and objectives in your career. And now you have to prove that you - the best candidate for the vacant position. How to successfully pass an interview when applying for a job? What determines what facets of your personality will be most apparent?
Seven secrets of successful interviewing
The interview is the most important part of your job search. We want to help you pass this test with dignity, and therefore reveal to you seven secrets of successful interviewing.
By their looks met
Interview - transaction, during which the candidate wants to sell itself to the buyer - the interviewer. You buy something in the shops or in the market, and you should know that the appearance can either detract from the idea of buying or improve the efficiency of its sales. So during the interview - a candidate wants to present their best side, but he will not succeed if he comes to the interview in a muddy or sloppy clothes matched. Had he even thrice a good specialist, it is unlikely to convince the others.
And vice versa. If you show up for an interview at the trendy, expensive clothes and bright make-up, it will not be able to convince the manager, the interviewer that you are the best female candidate in the proposed post. Your extravagant views will distract him from your business skills, and it is reasonable to assume that the working conditions will be the same. There is a saying: you only have one chance to make a first impression. Improperly selected clothing can create an undesirable impression of you. Thus, the interview can begin even before you open your mouth and say the first word.
It is best to choose a neutral and neat attire. So all eyes will be focused on what you're saying, and your qualifications, not on what your appearance. That is the best way to look at the interview:
Classical strict blouse;
Strong footwear and discreet accessories;
You will show their best side, if you prepare for the interview
Learn in advance as much as possible about the company that you offer your services. Check out all the available information, visit the company's website, get an idea about their products, services and location. Ask what sets them apart from the competition.
Think and find out what the interviewer is looking for in a candidate. Try to learn as much as possible about the work and about the upcoming duties, what skills or abilities should have a candidate. Remember that you will 'sell' themselves during the interview, so try to find out what it wants to "buy" the interviewer.
In each post there are key skills, without which produce the desired place just does not make sense. This can be a particular level of education or the degree of experience. You must ensure that you meet the requirements before you go on a job interview. Do not waste your time or the interviewer, if you understand that it is not suited to the role of the candidate for the proposed location.
There are some skills that the interviewer "would like" to see in a candidate. If you are confident that you can in a short period of time to master these skills, try to inform as much as possible confident. Show your desire to improve and upgrade the skills. An additional "bonus" may be such your abilities and opportunities that the interviewer did not expect to find you, but that would only increase your value in his eyes. This can be a good knowledge of a foreign language or possession related specialties. Think about how your skills and abilities you could pay attention to the interview.
Learn in advance the exact address of where you need to come in for an interview. Try to arrive 15-20 minutes before the appointed time to you, to avoid the possibility of delay due to unforeseen circumstances. Try to find out in advance the telephone number and the name of the interviewer to call in case it will be necessary to move the meeting.
Interview - a process similar to the process of buying and selling
We have already mentioned that the interview - is essentially the process of selling and buying. The interviewer wants to "buy" the services of a qualified professional, and he is now at the stage of selection. This is similar to what you buy, for example, a new thing. You carefully check the quality, look at the maximum number of similar products, try them in action, to eventually choose that meets your criteria and best suits your needs and price range.
During the interview, you are in a unique position: you and the "goods" and "seller", which it sells. You must submit a "buyer" all their skills and unique qualities. You "sell" himself as a candidate in two levels: as a wonderful person, and as someone who is able to accurately perform the necessary work.
Typically, the interviewer begins by testing your human qualities. He wants to see that you associate, with whom it would be comfortable to work. The interviewer wants to make sure that you will fit into the culture of the organization and that you will be a worthy representative of the company. Further, the recruiter will have to see whether you have the necessary skills to do the job well. You may be offered tests, to determine the extent of your competence.
To get a job, you have to go during the meeting the two levels of testing - and as a person and as a specialist. And let to you will comfort the fact (which you should keep in mind), that deep down every interviewer wants you to have successfully passed the interview. After all, they also need to hire someone!
Do not turn the conversation into a monologue
Nobody likes to talk to the person who seizes the initiative during a call and the other party does not open his mouth. To call to his affection, we must try to keep the balance of the conversation. Ideally, you should listen to no less than speak.
The worst thing you can do is to answer the questions are too long-winded. You need to formulate your answers, so to speak only on the merits. Make sure you leave enough time for the interviewer a story about the company and about the work. It would be very good to you, too, asked him questions. Far better to show their interest in the company and to the interviewer than "monopolize" the conversation in detail to tell some stories of his past work.
Prepare your interview in the "newspaper" style
Pick up any newspaper and see what there is in any article sets out:
Title sums up the article;
The first paragraph summarizes the whole story;
In the first sentence of each paragraph next you can understand what will be the entire paragraph;
Key facts articles are always at the beginning, little details are revealed in the course of the presentation, and the most trivial facts are at the end.
This format "of the picture in the first row" is not accidental. This allows you, as a female reader, receive the necessary information quickly and efficiently. You can stop reading any article after the first two or three paragraphs, but the general understanding of the issues you will be assured. And if you are really interested in art, you will be able to delve into the details, read on.
Is not it the same effect you want to achieve by coming for an interview? Then use the same methods as newspapermen. Just as the reader of the newspaper, the interviewer will be able to see the big picture and to delve into the details of interest to him or switch to another topic. You can leave any article after reading a few paragraphs, and the interviewer will be able to do the same, distracted by other subject or asking another question.
Thus, all your answers should be prepared in the "newspaper" style. You have to say the most important thing in the first sentences when answering questions. You should not wallow in excessive detail, otherwise the interviewer may interrupt you before you get to the point. But do not rush into extremes! Do not answer too sparingly and tersely.
Interview - this is a two way street
Do not forget about their own interests. On the one hand, a candidate for a job interview is to present yourself so that the company wanted him to "buy." On the other hand, the interviewer is well aware that a good candidate can easily obtain suggestions and elsewhere. Therefore, he is also "selling" job candidate and the company.
Therefore, you should not hesitate to ask questions. Make sure that you are able to perform their duties, and that is exactly the kind of work that you are looking for. Be honest with yourself and with your interviewer. If you see that you may have some problems in the future work, now is the time to say so. If the interviewer is really interested in your candidacy, he may be able to make some adjustments in your future work.
Of course, it is very important the best way to present himself as a candidate, but no less important to fully understand what the future work and what is expected of you as an expert on. All that you need to make the right decision.
In time lead negotiations on salary
As a rule, talking about future salary has been going after the interview process has been completed successfully. You must be fully aware of the range of payment similar work in different companies even before they go to a job interview. And if after a successful interview, it comes on the contract, you should raise the issue of their salary. Make sure that the above figures are acceptable to you, that because of his excessive modesty not face disappointment on the day of the first salary.
But do not take the time to start talking about paying more at the initial stage of the interview. To do this, choose a more appropriate time, so that the interviewer did not have the impression that you care about the money more than the work itself. Your recruiter can and will discuss with you issues of the size of the payment, but this should only happen after it becomes obvious that you are the right person for the job and that job is right for you.
If you really want the job, finish your interview request for closer examination of your candidacy. In other words, ask them to stop the choice on you. Make it clear to the interviewer that you are anxious to get a job offer. You can share your impressions with the recruiter about the company and talk about the reasons why you are so interested in this job.
On the other hand, if you have any doubts about the operation, you need to share their doubts and say that you appreciate their interest and we are grateful for the opportunity to be interviewed. So you left a very good impression.
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