© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
For may people, going on an interview for a job is a nerve-wracking experience, one which allows self-doubt, fear, negativity and feelings of pessimism run wild. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's why. The fact that the company is conducting an interview for the job lets you know the job exists, it's open, and the hiring manager is actively hoping to put someone in that position. Anyone who has ever gone job-hunting in a recession, with companies laying off workers and instituting hiring freezes, will tell you that finding an open position is at least 90% of the battle. Since the job is open, then all you have to do is find a way to make the target employer sure that you are the very best for it.
The way you do that is to show up at the interview for job prepared to convince the employer that you are ready to begin immediately, performing the work that needs to be done, and that you can grow to take on the new demands they place in front of you in the future. Though this may sound difficult, it's actually quite easy when you know what the required work is and what the demands are. Luckily, this information is not a trade secret which the company is trying to keep from you. It's written up right in the job description for the position, and for the advertisement for the opening. Use these documents, in addition to extra research that you conduct yourself online and with your social network, to learn as much as you can about the company, the department, the field, and the challenges which the new employee is expected to meet.
Once you know what the target interviewer is trying to find out about you in the interview for job, conveying that information in a convincing way is a simple matter of tactical execution. As a general rule, people are more impressed and convinced by specific, concrete, historical examples than they are by general, abstract, theoretical answers. So as you go about proving to the job interviewer that you can meet the challenges of the job, the best way to do so is to have already met those challenges successfully. Whether you give examples from your career or personal or educational life, telling the interviewer about how you have already solved the relevant problem speaks much more clearly about your suitability for the job than a theoretical answer about how you would solve the problem.
If you conduct yourself in this way in your interview for job, don't be surprised if you make it to the next level of the job interview. Congratulations. Now you simply need to execute the same strategy again. Best of all, if you've conducted yourself professionally, you will have made an ally of your interviewer who will try to influence the next level of decision maker to choose you for the open position.
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