==== ===="Learn Word for Word EXACTLY What You Need To Say To Get Hired! ..." JOB INTERVIEWcoming up? ... Do you want to come off as "poised" and professional? Check out my website formore informationhttp://tinyurl.com/job-int12==== ====The Job Interview is usually the most stressful and difficult part of any job. On the job stress fallsa distant second to the interview required to get the job in the first place. So, what can we do toreduce the stress and impress our future boss at the interview? Thats where preparation comesin. This article is about job selection, employer investigation, pre-interviews and practice to showyoure prepared for the job and not just the interview questions.Career And Job Selection is the most important step in preparing for the interview. We must do athorough job search to find careers and jobs that are an actual match for the skills, education andexperience we have. You may be able to craft a deceptive resume that makes it look like yourequalified where you arent, but how do you get past the interview, or worse, do the work oncehired? There are skill sets you develop in certain fields that work in other jobs, as well. If youre indoubt, get a professional career counselor to help you find your good matches. It will make all thedifference when youre interviewing if you already have a good match. As a side note...if yourechanging careers, take some classes to fill in gaps in your experience toward the new field. Ofcourse, to make sure its a good match and to prepare for the interview, its a good idea toinvestigate the potential employers.Employer Investigation is essential to prepare for an interview. What youre looking for, here, isinformation about your employer that you can use to show your interest in their operation and tofind ways you can contribute to that operation. Recently, a new head coach was chosen for theSacramento Kings Basketball Team. The owners were impressed with the one candidate whocame prepared, knowing players, strengths, weaknesses, recommended game strategies...he hada huge binder he had compiled on the Kings...he got the job. This is the kind of thing, though notto that extent, you should be looking for when investigating your employer. Where are they in themarket with respect to their competitors? What are the similarities and differences between themand their competition? How can the experience and ideas you offer give them an edge over thecompetition? Even if all your investigation gets you is a way to show the employer youreinterested in the company and not just the paycheck, it will be well worth the effort.Some of the places you can get information about companies are very easy and helpful. Yourlocal better business bureau and chamber of commerce are always good places to start. Checkwith your local and state governments for information involving their business license andincorporation information. If theyre licensed services (contractors, hospitals, nursing homes, vets,etc.) your State should have a file including claims against the company and settlements. If theheadquarters is in your county, there may be interesting records at the local courthouse. Thentheres the Internet, where you can search on the company name and the general categories ofbusiness to find out a lot about the employer and their industry. Dont forget to look at the financial
information if you can get it. Publicly held corporations file public financial information which isanalyzed on websites like www.morningstar.com. Armed with as much information as you canget, begin to think about where you fit in the company and how your skill set and attitude will helpthem. Sometimes, you can get more information by interviewing others before the boss interviewsyou.Pre-Interview Interviews can be conducted with company employees (if it doesnt interfere),competitors...even the suppliers and customers of the company (be careful about this one). Thecompetitors can give you an idea of the wages and benefits that are standard for your work andthe reputation of your potential employer. Who knows...if their competitors see someoneambitious enough to investigate the competition, they may offer you a position before you get tothe interview. Employees of a company can give you great insight and may help you get hired.Once, when I asked an employee about the job, working conditions and company philosophy, hetold his department supervisor to make sure I got hired because he hadnt seen someone thatambitious in years. Suppliers and customers of the company can give you great insight if youretactful. Make sure to find out if theres anything they feel would make it easier for them to do morebusiness with your employer. If you get anything useful, make sure to share it at the interviewbecause good companies are always looking for ways to improve...and hiring you just might bethat way. The whole area of investigation and pre-interviews is to give you an edge the otherapplicants wont have when it comes to the job interview questions.Prepare To Answer And Ask Questions: Interviewing is a skill, like typing, and requires practice.Its good to prepare and practice answering at least the most common job interview questions soyoure ready if they are asked. You can also get books with more complex questions tailored foryour particular field. One way to have ready answers for all questions is to prepare a smallnotebook with copies of awards, college transcripts, job descriptions, appreciation and referenceletters about you, etc. The whole idea is communication, so, if an award or certificatecommunicates your qualifications better than you can, show it...just dont make any lengthypresentations. Also, make sure the notebook has a few blank pages for you to take notes.When your interviewer offers information or answers your question, make sure to take notes. Thisimpresses to your interviewer that youre intensely interested in the company and the job. Ifyouve done your investigation well, you should have a few well-chosen questions in yournotebook that will show what youve learned about the company and that you have an interest inthe "big picture" of the industry the company operates in. Very few will go to the trouble ofresearching and developing questions and comments for the interview. But, at the interview, beprepared to gather information for your thank you letter, too.The Thank You Letter can be more than a mere polite gesture as so many teach about jobinterviews. If youve done your preparation well, youll come out of the interview with enoughinformation to nail the job down in the thank you letter. Your notes from the interview shouldcontain the name(s) of the interviewer(s), address, time and date of interview, answers to yourquestions, and information the interviewer volunteered about the company...especially anythingthat was emphasized. Along with the normal thank you letter ya-da-ya-da, make sure your letterincludes appreciation for the information (be specific...in quotes if possible) they gave you and why(specifically ...company rep. or philosophy from information they gave you...but not money orbenefits) you would be interested in considering a position there. After the hundreds of peoplethey hire who never listen to what they say, your letter will show them youre different and whatthey say matters to you.
Of course, no one can guarantee youll get every job you interview for. It usually takes several jobinterviews to get a good job, so, just regard the ones who didnt hire you as practice. As long asyoure willing to prepare, youll find the position thats a good fit for you and your employer. Bydoing the hard work others wont; choosing the right field, investigating and conducting pre-interviews, practicing and collecting notes for the interview and in the interview, and being morespecific in your thank you letter, you can set yourself apart from the rest as that rare, specialcandidate. Then, all you have to do is be that rare, special employee that keeps looking for workonce they have the job.Glen Williams is Webmaster for http://www.way2hope.org, founder and CEO of E-HomeFellowship (EHF), Inc. He has been helping people with family and life problems full-time since1989. You can comment on his articles at Way2Hope Family Life Forums.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Glen_D._Williams==== ===="Learn Word for Word EXACTLY What You Need To Say To Get Hired! ..." JOB INTERVIEWcoming up? ... Do you want to come off as "poised" and professional? Check out my website formore informationhttp://tinyurl.com/job-int12==== ====