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While effective resumes get you in the door...successful interviewing skills keep you there. Interviews grant you the opportunity to do in-person what your resume did on paper: sell yourself and market your skills to a potential employer. Unfortunately, most job seekers handle the interview the same way as they always have: they wake up, get dressed, drive to the interview and answer the questions the interviewer asks with the first thing that comes to their mind: then they cross their fingers and hope they "got the job."

Sound familiar?

What Makes You ACE the Interview?

The difference between "going on" an interview and "nailing" an interview can be summed up in one word: PREPARATION.

The more you know about the company, the position and the general business of the corporation for which you are interviewing, the better you can prepare - and the better you prepare, the more you can impress the interviewer and demonstrate how you can contribute to the success of their organization. Remember you must answer their basic (unsaid) question: why should we hire YOU above all other qualified candidates?

Don't Rely on the Interviewer

It is critical to realize that the person actually conducting the interview isn't always a good interviewer; they may never have been taught how to properly conduct an interview, or they may try to intimidate the candidate in an effort to judge how he/she will react in a pressurized situation. They may be having a bad day. They themselves may be up against a deadline. The point is, you don't really don't leave it up to the interviewer to (hopefully) ask you the "right questions" and give you the opportunity to get the vital points of your career and achievements across to the interviewer.

Instead, PREPARE for your answers - no, not memorize the answers, but have in your mind the key points you want to verbalize.

Know What Points You Want to Emphasize

This means doing your homework. What do you want the interviewer to know about you? Make sure you work those points into your responses.

When asked about their strengths, most candidates will say the first thing that comes to their mind; usually something as lame as: "I'm definitely a people-person and I really work hard." Think about it: how many people will ever say, "I'm terribly hostile to others, I take long lunches, and I really don't like it when my boss expects much from me."

No one, of course, but if you don't prepare in advance for this question, you will most likely say something equally as frivolous as the "people-person" response. Think instead of what you definitely want the interviewer to know: that you successfully developed and implemented your current employer's disaster recovery plan...that you achieved 143% of your quota...that you initiated the recertification of ISO 9000 qualification process, etc.

Also in your best interest is to pursue as many interviews as you possibly can, even if you have no intention of accepting the position. This gives you the opportunity to "practice" interviewing and work through your nervousness.

Below are some basic interviewing questions: if you answer "no" to any of the following questions, your career search could seriously suffer.

Do you know:

  • How to properly prepare for an interview and set yourself above your competition?

  • What essential materials YOU MUST bring to an interview?

  • The 4 most common types of interviews and how to positively respond to each of them?

  • How to turn a negative response into a positive situation?

  • How to correctly respond to the interviewer's question of "Tell me about yourself?"

  • The 7 things you should NEVER do on an interview?

  • The 10 questions you MUST ask on an interview that reveal if you will be happy with the company?

  • The 10 questions you MUST ask about the specific position?

  • How to CORRECTLY follow up and clinch more offers?

  • WHEN to negotiate your salary and INSTANTLY increase your income by $5,000?

  • How to REALLY negotiate your salary and compensation plan to earn the money you want?

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