Great secrets that will make you master the job interview

If you are applying for a job, you need to prepare for what you will encounter during the interview. Interviewers are going to ask questions on a variety of subjects. They will probe your past performance in an effort to find clues to how you will perform in the future. They may even ask you something that’s considered inappropriate or even illegal. You must respond in a way that can make the difference between another rejection and being hired for the job. The employer will explore your technical qualifications for the position, trying to find out how if you could help the company achieve its. Keep in mind that getting the initial interview is just the first step. The next step is being invited back for a second interview. Employers are interested in three things: Are you qualified to do the job? Are you interested in performing the job duties they have in mind? Are you a team player who will work well with the rest of the employees? Rarely will you close a deal for a new job without a second interview, so you need to be ready for your performance in the next job interview.

Before moving on, Jason Hanold invites you to learn about why employees are the most important asset in a company, and how to respond to the “tell me about yourself interview question”.

These are the thing you should do

Practice

Conduct mock interviews with friends and take failed interviews as practice toward mastering your technique. A good interview could lead to other opportunities within the company. Be positive you had the chance to meet a representative of the company.

Small talk

Let the interviewer take the lead and then transition the interview into a conversation by adjusting your intonation. Try to change your intonation to that you would use if you were having a casual lunch with a buddy. Add questions after you have responded, so after giving response to the question the interviewer gave, you can ask things like: “How many people would I be supporting in this position?” Most interviewers begin with a certain amount of casual conversation, but never lose sight of the fact that you are there for business, you don’t want to extend it and waste the interview’s time.

Short and positive responses

One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is talking too much during the interview. Choose the best response each time and answer the question without over explaining it. Most of your responses to questions should be limited to a minute or less.

Get a second interview

You may not get the offer after the first interview, but you should focus on getting an invitation for a second interview. Toward the end of the interview ask things like: who will be interviewing you next, where do we go from here and when do you expect to make a decision.

Find the issue and react

To find it, the question you need to ask in an interview is: “What is the biggest challenge someone will face in this job in the first 6 months?” It allows you to use the experience you have that will eliminate this issue.

Say what you are looking for

Employers don’t like candidates who are “open to anything”. In most cases you will be applying for a specific job, so you need to be specific about your job goal.

Uncover Objections

Objections are not always rejections, but you have to get them out in the open in order to respond effectively. Just ask: “Based on our conversation today, do you believe I can excel in this position or do you have areas of concern?” It is a tough questions to ask, but hearing their responses allows you to respond and overcome any objections they might have.

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These are the thing you should not do

There are several words and things to avoid at all costs during any job interview

Obsessed

This word technically means to talk or think about something too much. A hiring manager might immediately think that you really are obsessed, and he wants to feel like he can hang out with the candidate in a job situation, that you fit well with the team. If you only live for work, you’re not a very well rounded individual. Use instead the word passionate.

And whatnot/ you know

Fillers are just that. They don’t explain anything further and don’t demonstrate anything of substance. They merely add empty words.

Curse words

Even if the interviewer is casual and speaks with a dirty mouth, you shouldn’t go there.

No: Any form of this word just comes across as closed off. In some instances you may need to describe where you pushed back or had to stand up for yourself by using the word, but you always want to turn the situation into a positive.

Describing yourself as a victim

Employers don’t want to hear excuses even though they may be valid. Instead, state the fact and then come up with a solution.

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