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10 Steps for Getting the Job you Want!
By Christopher Wright
There are no sure ways to guarantee that you get the job you
want, but there are strategies and techniques that can certainly
increase your chances. Here are ten steps that trainers recommend:
1. Research the Company (Section titles
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First, so you’ve got the interview, how do you prepare? Well
most of us adopt the “Chicken Researcher”
approach, too embarrassed to speak to the company directly,
relying on the Internet and asking friends. On the other hand
the “Brave Researcher” wants to know about the company, the
culture, their jargon and the type of
people who work there. They call all the departments that communicate
information about the company, such as Sales, Marketing, Public
Relations and Human Resources. (For more on this type of
vocabulary, see: Corporate
Hierarchy) This critical information enables
them to paint a picture in their minds
of the exact culture and candidate profile the company is seeking.
This picture is then used as a reference point for all their
answers and “pacing”, discussed later in point 6.
2. Go alone
Second, go to an interview alone, you’ll get there faster and it looks incredibly unprofessional to arrive with someone. Get your support from friends and family before the interview.
3. Arrive on time
Third, arrive on time, not too early or too late. Why? Well,
if you arrive too early, you’ll put pressure on the interviewer
and they’ll react badly to this and resent you disturbing their
work. Arrive late and you’ll start the interview with an apology
and provide the interviewer with evidence that you’re not time
conscious. Also starting with an apology puts you into a subordinate
role in the interview as opposed to the role you want as an
equal and possible future colleague.
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Fifth, don’t take a subordinate role. Remember you’re talking
to a potential colleague and an equal, you’re not asking for
the job as a favour, you believe you have the skills and personality
this company needs to continue being successful. There are two
ways of viewing an interview, either as a problem-solving situation
of “the interviewer and me against the problem” or as a confrontational
situation of “the interviewer against me”. You decide. One good
technique is, if the interviewer offers you the choice of where
to sit, try and sit next to or beside the interviewer as opposed
to a confrontational position of directly opposite.
6. Be like the Interviewer
Sixth, align yourself with the interviewer. Daniel Goleman,
the famous author of “Emotional Intelligence,” talks about the
powerful psychological impact of, “People like people who like
them” and “People like people who ARE like them”. So how can
we use this in an interview? Well, one technique to use is “Pacing.”
Pacing includes learning and using the company’s buzz
words or jargon. Buzz words are popular words the company
and its employees use when talking about the company or describing
its products or services. Next use “Action Words” when answering.
Action words are dynamic and energetic, it’s the language of
achievers, examples include: “implement,” “initiate,” “persuade,”
“effective,” “motivate,” “lead,” “innovate,” etc. Then try reading
the body language of the interviewer and subtly
copying some of it, but not all of it as it’ll become obvious.
Finally, find an area of agreement and start to lead
the interviewer toward the job offer. Lean
forward in your seat slightly and try the phrases: “My background
fits this position well,” “I’m excited about the position,”
“I believe I fit the profile you are looking for,” “What you
are offering looks like a long term position.”
7. Be Positive
Seventh, never ever criticise your previous employers. It looks incredibly
unprofessional, inappropriate and tarnishes your image. Focus
on past successes, not on the negative, it’ll enhance your image
with the interviewer.
8. Flatter the Interviewer
Eight, flattery will get you everywhere. We all love to receive flattery and compliments as long as it’s natural and not fake. Use your research about the company to give compliments about the interviewer and their company. Be natural and concentrate on the things that the company has done or does that have impressed you.
Nine, as the interview reaches its natural end you start to
lose your concentration. Don’t! Maintain concentration and be
as attentive as possible, continue listening for information,
names, titles, buzz words, etc. to use in the second interview
or follow-up letter! How? One technique
is to drink a coffee before the interview to maintain your concentration
10. Make a Long-Lasting Impression
Ten, and finally, at the end of the interview you want to
make a confident and long lasting impression on your interviewer.
Direct eye contact for trust.
The words, “It sounds like a great opportunity” or “I'll
look forward to hearing from you.”
Guarantee - A promise or something that insures
that something else will happen. Chicken Researcher -
Someone who is afraid to meet or speak to people when researching.
Jargon or buzz words -
Frequently used terms and words related to a specific sector,
industry or career. To paint a picture in your mind
- Construct a detailed profile or image of something or someone
in your mind. To get your support - To find sympathy, help
and encouragement (usually from friends and family). To put pressure on someone
- To strongly persuade someone to do something, causing anxiety. To resent somebody - To
remain angry with somebody about something that happened. Apology - A word or phrase
saying that you're sorry for something you've done. Open-minded and fair - Willing
to listen to and accept other ideas and treating everyone equally. To make judgements about people
- To form opinions about people. To make the right first impression
- To give a good image of yourself when you meet them. A firm but gentle handshake
- Shaking someone's hand in a positive and soft way. Pacing - Matching or copying
the speed at which someone talks, runs, walks, moves, etc. Read the body language of
somebody - To understand what somebody is thinking
from their body movements. Subtly - In a way that
is indirect and clever, and not very noticable or obvious. To lead the interviewer toward something
- To guide someone towards a specific topic or issue in a conversation.
Lean forward - Move
only your upper body closer to something or somebody. Never ever - This phrase means "never," but with extra emphasis. Tarnishes your image
- Something that makes your image look bad. To enhance - To further improve or increase the quality of something. Flattery - To give someone
compliments. Fake - False and artificial. A follow-up letter - This
is a letter that you write after your interview to ask for or
about more information about the job.
1. How would you change the 10 steps? Why?
2. In your opinion what is the key factor to having a successful interview?
3. When have you been most effective in an interview? What were the reasons for this?