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At first glance, different job adverts seem to be looking for a dazzling array of skills, experience, and qualities. But in actuality, most employers are really looking for three basic factors for finding the right person for the job.
Competence: Interviewers look to recruit people who have the skills and personal qualities to do the job with minimal supervision.
Commitment: Interviewers want to give the job to someone who sticks at it. They want a self-motivated person who persists in the face of difficulties rather than gives up at the first sign of trouble.
Chemistry: Interviewers want someone that they feel they can get on with. All employers feel they have a unique culture – and want to know that you can fit in with the rest of the team.
Demonstrate your competence and commitment by giving good answers to the many questions thrown at you. You can only create chemistry by using your tone of voice and body language to demonstrate that you are the kind of likable person who gets on with everyone. Be aware that the interviewers are not only evaluating what you say, but also how you say it.
General Interview Guidelines:
1. Be Positive
In general, be upbeat and positive. Never be negative. As a daily exercise, practice being more optimistic. For example, try putting a positive spin on events and situations you would normally regard as negative. This is not meant to turn you into a Pollyanna, but to sharpen your selling skills. The best salespeople, as well as the best liked interview candidates, come off as being naturally optimistic, “can do” people. You will dramatically raise your level of attractiveness by daily practicing to be more optimistic.
2. Time Your Answers:
Rehearse your answers and time them. Never talk for more than 2 minutes straight.
3. Memorizing Interview Answers:
Don’t try to memorize answers word for word. Use the answers shown here as a guide only, and don’t be afraid to include your own thoughts and words. To help you remember key concepts, jot down and review a few key words for each answer. Rehearse your answers frequently, and they will come to you naturally in interviews.
4. Show them how YOU can help them out
Find out what an employer wants most in his or her ideal candidate, then show how you meet those qualifications.
In other words, you must match your abilities, with the needs of the employer. You must sell what the buyer is buying. To do that, before you know what to emphasize in your answers, you must find out what the buyer is buying… what he is looking for. And the best way to do that is to ask a few questions yourself.
5. Be Honest. Never lie
6. Keep an interview diary
Right after each interview note what you did right, what could have gone a little better, and what steps you should take next with this contact. Then take those steps. Don’t be like the 95% of humanity who say they will follow up on something, but never do.