Can You Answer This Key Question?

Some people go into interviews and wing it. Others prepare ahead of time. Usually this includes researching the company and planning responses for commonly asked interview questions.

Questions like “what is your greatest weakness?” and “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

But, there’s one key question they often don’t prepare to answer.

“Why do you want to work for us?”

When I was recruiting, I always asked candidates if they knew anything about the company. The smart ones would tell me a few things they learned while researching the company. Things they liked, that made them want to work there.

The unprepared would say “no” and just leave it at that.

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15 Tips To Help You Succeed In Your Next Job Interview

Interview_Bootcamp _1Job interviews are nerve-racking to say the least. In many cases, this is the first “personal” connection you’ll have with someone at the company.

Your resume got you in the door. Now it’s up to you to show them your best self.

Here are 15 tips to help you make the most of your next job interview. You’ll notice that half of them involve planning in advance.

Before the Interview

  1. Plan more than enough time to get to in-person job interviews. Visit the location a day or two in advance to eliminate surprises.
  2. Use a landline whenever possible during phone interviews. If you must use your cell test the connection before your scheduled interview.
  3. If you are taking a phone interview at your office find a quiet, out-of-the-way place. Avoid the rest room, hallway, or stairs where someone from your office is likely to see you.
  4. Research the company in advance. Read through their website, it may give you come insight into the company culture.
  5. Review the company’s social media presence. What do they post? If there any interaction or just automatic posting?
  6. Research the people you’ll be interviewing with in advance. Many organizations have information on staff members. Take the time to look them up on LinkedIn too.
  7. Prepare answers to the most commonly asked interview questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “Tell me about a time when you made a mistake” and “What is your greatest weakness?”
  8. Have a few questions ready for when the interviewer asks “Do you have any questions?” The advance research you’ve done will help with this.

During the Interview

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An Easy Way To Stand Out From Your Competition

14850787_l (2)Differentiating yourself from the pack is one of the keys to a successful job search. A strong resume and robust LinkedIn profile will contribute to that. Having great interview skills will set you apart as well.

A search on Google will turn up a ton of articles on these job-search topics. Many appear on my blog.

One thing that’s not written about as often is the importance of sending a thank you note after a job interview. Sending a thank you note is one of those things that everyone knows they should do, yet very few people actually do it.

It’s unlikely that a thank you will make a difference if you’re not qualified, however, it can propel you along the interview process if you are. It may become a deciding factor when it’s the end of the interview process and the choice is between you and one or two other candidates.

While sending even a basic thank you note will set you apart, making a strong case for why you are the best candidate is your best chance of turning the tables in your favor.

So, what should you include?

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How To Make A Great Impression During A Phone Or Skype Interview

Phone Skype InterrviewThe goal of every job seeker is to get in front of a potential employer. To have the opportunity to sit down and sell yourself to the hiring manager. However, you’re probably going to have to navigate two to three virtual interviews before you’re invited in for a face-to-face.

Today the interview process usually begins with a 20 to 30 minute phone screening either with a third-party recruiter or a human resources associate. The goal is to learn more about you.

Until the first “meeting” you’re just another resume and/or LinkedIn profile.

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How To Prepare For Your Phone Or Skype Interview

21648331_sToday the hiring process often begins with a brief phone screening with a third-party recruiter or HR associate. The employer’s main purpose is to get some basic information: your salary requirements and availability.

The interviewer also is trying to get a sense of who you are and how you might fit into the company culture. Smart candidates use an initial interview as an opportunity to learn more about the employer as well.

In some respects it’s like a first date: each party is evaluating whether or not he or she wants to take the relationship further.

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