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    A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are

A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are

So, you’re counting down the days until your big interview! You look the part for the job and have pieced together the most professional choice of attire. You have practiced and reviewed the most frequently asked interview questions and have rehearsed them while maintaining eye contact. By the standards of many, you are perfectly ready to go. However, if you desire to stand out in a big way and become the hiring manager’s top choice, you have to push yourself to the next level. 

 

As we have discussed previously in this series, you have to maintain a solid confidence and keep your edge when it comes to steering your interview in the right direction. Your answers to questions asked of you must not be rushed but, alternatively, must not be drug out for too long. You need to speak concisely, however, you don’t need to cut any corners in the process. 

 

By providing specific examples of your prior work as an indispensable employee, you are showing your potential employer the loyalty that you bring to your job as well as the results yielded by your actions. The hiring manager needs to clearly see what a valuable asset you were to your previous company, and this can’t be achieved without specific details surrounding your actions. True, some such statistics will find their way onto your cover letter and resume, but you need to expound on those examples and provide other ones, too. 

 

Maybe it was that work that you did on the big marketing project last fall that yielded a record profit while cutting back on the necessary hours of overtime. Or, maybe it was your idea to partner with that global powerhouse two years ago that caused your previous company to triple their clientele and become a leader in its field. By spelling out the specific actions that you took on behalf of your team and your company, you can help the hiring manager see how driven you are toward effective results. 

 

A company who is looking to fill a new position wants to hire someone who they can’t live without. They want someone who is wise and dependable, but, beyond that, they want someone who is simply indispensable. Going into your interview, you know that you are that person, but you’ve got to find the words and confidence to prove that truth to the hiring team. By abiding by this plan, your next interview will yield greater results than you thought possible!

August 25th, 2017|Blog|

A Guide to Better Interviews: Rediscovering Your Confidence

So, hindsight is 20/20, right? We rarely have the perfect words at the opportune time, and we freeze in the middle of tough conversations and feel a total loss for words. Yet, later that day as we’re replaying the scenario a hundred times over in our mind, we can think of a dozen different comebacks that would have been ideal. Losing confidence and courage in an important moment is very frustrating.

What happens when one of those frustrating moments occurs right in the middle of an important job interview? You’re already sweating bullets and second guessing your outfit. The commute took longer than you anticipated, and you’ve got less time to collect yourself than you thought you would have before they call your name to go back into “the room”. With so much left to chance when it comes to your interview day, you need to step out and take full control of that which is within your grasp. Rediscovering your confidence will make a world of difference when it comes to preparing for your interview and having the right words at the right time.

As we discussed last week, there are so many pieces to a job interview that are believed to be off limits to the candidate. Many people mistakenly believe that, since they’re not calling the shots, they have little power in the interview. However, truth be told, the job candidate being interviewed has the opportunity to either sink or sail the ship. There is no way to know exactly which questions are going to be asked, but statistics show which questions are most popular and allow the interviewee to anticipate a great deal of what is going to be discussed so that they can practice at home for weeks prior.

Preparing ahead of time is a great way to set yourself above the bar when it comes to other candidates being considered. Instead of winging it, you can find a friend or colleague and practice responding well to each potential question. We all know that some questions are easy to answer and some are tricky. However, when your nerves are on edge and anxiety is in the mix, you can sometimes get tripped up on the most simplistic of questions. This is where your confidence level really comes into play.

In order to stay focused when you are in the hot seat, you need to be assured of the high caliber of talent and experience that you bring to the table. If you have the right words but lack the courage and character to stand behind those words, then you will most likely fall short of conquering the interview. A hiring manager is not looking for a timid and half-hearted person to do the job.

 

Sure, they want someone smart who will perform well and be profitable for the company. But, more than that, an employer wants to find a job candidate who does not buckle under pressure and who believes in themselves even when few others do. That kind of confidence is what will set you apart from your peers. Confidence equals underlying courage, and it separates the men from the boys when it comes to nailing the crucial parts of the interview.


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August 18th, 2017|Blog|
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    A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat

A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat

Many people believe that the hiring manager takes the reins when it comes to a job interview. He or she is responsible for selecting the job candidates and organizing the details, and the level of authority of this position does create a great amount of responsibility throughout the interview process. However, despite the take-charge position of the hiring manager, the candidate also has a a fair amount of control and sway. When it comes to the different directions that the interview can potentially go, you have more power than you realize.

This potential interview power is what we are going to be focusing on in this current blog series. So many people are unaware of what it takes to fully prepare for a solid interview, all of the hours it takes to get an accurate read of the company you are interviewing with and the impact that you would have upon the position at hand. The hiring manager wants something out of you that will benefit his or her company, but you will be looking out for number one, as well.

It is important to recognize, even before going into the interview, what appeals to you about the potential job position. You want to work somewhere that challenges and excites you, and you want your job to drive you to better yourself and your team. With this intention in mind, you can approach your job interview with a workable plan when it comes to answering the ever popular, vague question that will most likely await you: “Why should I hire you?”

“You should hire me because I will benefit your company BUT also because I am inspired by the potential work I will be doing.” An employer wants to see employees who enjoy their craft, who are self-driven and find purpose in their day to day tasks. If you take the reins with this interview question, then you gain the power to steer the interview down a road that is rarely taken. You can stop restating what’s already been said and refrain from spouting off about how you will make the company proud by doing this or capitalizing on that. Instead, you can bravely reveal your humanity by making the potential job about you.

After you have reminded the hiring manager about all that you can do to better the company, then you can turn the conversation to all that the job can do for you. Your experience in this job will strengthen your skill set, will provide opportunity for you to grow and advance in your career. You want to convince the potential employer that you will stay driven because of the personal gain that you have wrapped up in this deal.

As you approach your next job interview, remember that you need to be ready to exercise the power play when the opportunity presents itself. The driver’s seat will be open to you, and you want to perform well!


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August 11th, 2017|Blog|

Career Tips for Making Networking Less Awkward

Maybe it was your friend from junior high that moved across the country and lost touch. Maybe it was that random guy from a summer class in college who you exchanged notes with one day. Those connections have proved helpful in the past, and you know that it’s worth the risk of putting your nervous self out there to gain favor within great companies.

 

Piggybacking on last week’s blog, we know how awkward it can be to reach out to those individuals whom you haven’t talked to in ages. However, we also recognize that pushing past the awkward beginnings can bring fruitful networking relationships that will advance your career in phenomenal ways. So, where do you start? If it’s going to be awkward no matter how you look at it, then how can you cut to the chase and shoot directly for the goal of building rapport with this person who is basically a stranger to you?

 

Webster defines rapport as having a relation or connection with another person, especially of a harmonious or sympathetic nature. Your end goal is to connect with people who are going to either help you get your foot in the door of your dream job or, at minimum, build your networking stretch so that you can learn more about possibly crossing over to a whole new industry. Connecting with people needs to feel personal and purposeful, so you need to sound confident and intentional with your approach despite having qualms about going in blind.

 

For some, you are seeking to build a network with a previous friend or mutual friend, as we discussed above. In other situations, it might be a complete stranger that you are approaching. The way in which you word your email or message to this individual will depend on your current level of connectedness. If you have mutual ground to discuss, then you can start by mentioning that commonality and then move into your desire to grab coffee or discuss further business together. If you have no commonality to start with, then you can just start in with discussing who you are, where you come from, and what exactly you seek to accomplish by building this contact.

 

For further tips on exactly how your email should be worded, check out this article from The Muse. We also encourage you to give us a call at Platinum Resumes and allow our team of career experts to guide you along a path of success in securing that solid networking future!

 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-email-templates-to-make-networking-way-less-awkward

August 4th, 2017|Blog|
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