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Secrets Of Successful Interview Techniques

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Alan Klein is Home Office Careers Chief Marketing Officer and he has been helping people fulfill their potential and achieve success throughout his own long career.

Your resume has been polished and perfected, but the real challenge lies ahead: As the old saying goes, “the resume gets you the interview; but the interview gets you the job.” So let’s think about how to make your interviews positive and successful.

Job candidates often dread the moment when they will be interviewed. They think, “I’ll be nervous,” or, “I’ll forget to say the important things the employer wants to hear.” Or, worse, “the employer will catch me off guard with questions I can’t answer.”

Look at the interview as a positive event – one in which you will be able to demonstrate your qualifications and be persuasive. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some secrets of great interview responses and strategies, so you can have the confidence you need to make your interviews successful.

Interview Technique #1: It’s All About Planning

Instead of thinking of an interview as spontaneous, plan your interview in advance by anticipating every possible question and developing thoughtful responses. For example, you can reasonably expect to be asked about your current and previous positions or work – jobs that you’ve listed on your resume.

Be ready to describe your role and responsibilities, but even more importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to speak about your accomplishments – what you did that made a difference. Your accomplishments are a reflection of you and the way you get things done. Often your accomplishments can be simple things, like an idea you had and presented to management, or how you streamlined a procedure so things would go smoother. Any improvement you made or contributed to can say a lot about why you are a valuable candidate for the next job.

Are you good with people? Keeping others motivated is very important but it’s not something everyone is good at. Think about the extra effort you make to give people recognition or a sense of belonging. Even though you may be a telecommuter, your interactions with your co-workers and subordinates, as well as with customers and clients, are just as important as if you see them every day.

Are you analytical and strong with data? Or are you better than most in writing and communication skills? Did you handle difficult customers and turn complainers into happy customers? Be sure to identify your strengths and be ready to talk about them.

In the next few blog entries, I will be sharing other important interview techniques, including how to audition yourself for a great performance, how to prepare for the one big question that throws most people off balance (I’ll show you how to turn that scary question into “your finest moment”), and new ways to succeed in a telephone interview.

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3 Responses to “Secrets Of Successful Interview Techniques”

  1. This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Thank you!

  2. Drsthompson1@yahoo.com' Sandra Thompson says:

    Excellent advice! Thanks a lot. I look forward to reading the blogs!

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