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"Job Interview Secrets"
If you are scheduled to go for an interview that you are extremely excited about, then learning some effective job interview techniques is definitely worth your time and energy. Just like anything else, interviewing for jobs is a skill, and the more you think about it, prepare for it and actually do it, the better you will become at it. Before you begin, clarify two concepts in your mind. The first one is that the interview is not really "all about you." It's about the employer and what you can do for the company. The second piece of strategy is that examples are more important than statements. When you are asked a question about something you have done in the workforce, it helps to refer back to real, specific examples of your accomplishments.
These job interview techniques work to strengthen your answers to any kind of question the interviewer poses. Whether he wants to know your technical expertise, your ability to work as a team mate and take leadership, or wants to learn what kind of person you would be to work with every day, what he is really asking is this. "What contribution can you make to our company?" The general or abstract answers you give are not nearly as convincing and persuasive as the concrete and specific examples of how you will make a difference in the daily operation of the organization.
A powerful job interview technique that you can use is the intelligent and insightful question. Before you go into the job interview, you should have done fairly extensive research on the company, the department you're targeting, and the problems and opportunities the company faces. When you are given a prompting to ask questions about the company, take that opportunity to ask a question that demonstrates your familiarity with the company and a genuine interest in how it operates. Not only does this show off your interest, but it could also get the interviewer talking about the things that are the most important to him or her regarding the company.
The last of the job interview techniques that you master is the technique of following up. Immediately after the interview, take some notes regarding the hiring manager you spoke with and the topics you discussed. Send a thank you note or email as soon as possible afterwards and continue to send friendly, "I'm still interested" emails every week or so until the position is filled. Often jobs take weeks or months to fill, and keeping your name in the employer's mind is a good way to ensure that you don't get forgotten by the time the company makes the final decision. To avoid being a pest, it's a good idea to offer a 'gift' with each email, too. One good way to do that is to provide a link to an online article related to the topics of your conversation.
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