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President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
The greatest piece of job interview help you can receive is this. Prepare for the job interview ahead of time. Though one might think that you're either ready for it or not, in reality there are several steps that you can take as a candidate to ensure that you are able to answer your questions perfectly when the time comes. The first job interview help is a well-informed conception of what the company is looking for in the position you're applying for. There are many places where you can get this information. Start by learning as much as you can about the company, their products or services and the specific challenges they're meeting in the marketplace. To get more specific, you can speak to people who work there now or who have worked there in the past for advice on what kinds of people the employer is looking for.
The best job interview help you can receive is showcasing the kinds of skills, qualifications, and characteristics the employer is most interested in during the interview. To do this effectively, come with a list of examples from your work history to show off your talents. In recent decades, employers have wised up to the fact that interviewees are predisposed to say what they think the interviewer wants to hear. So they have stopped asking questions like "Would you call yourself skilled at leadership," which led to the answer "Yes." Instead, they have exchanged these questions for something called behavioral interviewing.
Job interview help with behavioral questioning involves being prepared for the interviewer to ask questions for the purpose of learning about your past behavior in a specific situation to see how you would react to similar future situations. A behavioral interview question might be something like "Can you please tell me about a time where you took leadership of a project?" Or it might be a case study question where the interviewer would lay out a possible scenario and ask you how you would handle it if you were in charge.
In both cases, the best job interview help you can receive is to have some examples and answers already tucked away in your mind. After all, even though the array of topics the interviewer will ask you is theoretically infinite, in practice he or she is going to focus on the key aspects that are the most important for that job. Since you've already done the research to know what those key aspects are, you have a good clue about where the behavioral questions are going to be centered. Usually these questions lead to answers that provide more information from you about your technical expertise, your teamwork and leadership style, and the kind of personality you will bring to the work place every day. The more research you do ahead of time, the more you should be able to prepare yourself appropriately.
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