If you are determined to find a new job, then do it in a manner that will garner you a larger income, more responsibility, better title, or whatever it is you seek in a new job. You can obtain such advantages by organizing your job interviews to focus on why you deserve them and how you can deliver the results sought by the employer. After all, those are the two primary reasons employers offer such amenities.
Follow a few simple rules relating to job interviewing and you will begin to prepare yourself and your prospective employers for your career enhancement. It’s really a simple matter of preparing yourself to answer job interview questions in a solutions oriented manner, and present yourself as the person who understands the issues and how to resolve them. In short, how to sell yourself in a job interview.
If you can know in advance some of the key questions your job interviewer will likely ask you in an upcoming job interview, you can prepare to answer those questions in a thorough and knowledgeable and results oriented manner, thusly impressing the interviewer as to your capabilities. Below are a list questions that typically appear in a job interview. Having somewhat prepared responses to those questions will move you a long way towards landing the job advantages you seek.
“Tell me about yourself”
This is a loaded question. Yes, the interviewer wants you to help them get an overall take on you as a person and as an employee. But you want to focus on the issues the job will address and how you can remedy those issues. So explain about your self in a way that reflects the actions the employer seeks. Answer in a way that emphasizes your experience and accomplishments in terms of the position to be filled and the goals of the company.
Don’t be modest and please do take credit for your own successes, as they relate to the prospective company’s goals. Research the company prior to the interview, so you can skew answers to relate to your prospective employer. Have prepared reports or letters of accomplishment to support your answers.
You can use this same question to your own end. Once you give the interviewer a brief about yourself, ask the same question of the interviewer, to get the interviewer talking about the needs relating to the position. Do that by answering him, “I’m be happy to tell you more about my qualifications, but there’s so much to cover I’d like to know more about the position and your company so I can answer more specifically.” Then, depending upon what the interviewer says, you can modify your planned response to put even greater emphasis on relating your experience and qualifications to his requirements.
“What are your goals?”
This is a very popular question. It is a knock-off of the “Tell me about yourself” question. For the interviewer, if the answer exhibits well-thought-out goals, it shows maturity and a commitment to your profession or business. Your goals should be both long range goals and short range goals and they should be in general alignment with the firm with which you are interviewing and have to do with resolving the issues they confront. Be ambitious with your answer, but be realistic.
“What are your greatest strengths?”
Obviously, your strengths will be related to resolving the issues confronting your prospective employer in the area of endeavor where you hope to work. Answer the question in terms of the position to be filled. Present your skills and experiences so that you state your greatest related strengths, and support your claims with illustrations of past accomplishments, examples of your successes.
“What is your greatest weakness?”
This is a loaded question because negatives usually won’t score pluses for you on the interviewer’s evaluation sheet. Still, understanding one’s areas of weakness shows maturity. Offer a job related minor shortcoming or a “positive-negative” such as, “I’ve been accused of being a workaholic.” Or, “I’ve been kidded about being a perfectionist,” or that you are sometimes accused of being over organized.
“What salary are you asking for?”
You should avoid discussing compensation on the first interview unless you’re actually offered the job and want to accept it. If the interviewer asks specifically what your salary requirements are, your answer should be, “What I’m really looking for is the right career opportunity. I’m sure you’ll make me a fair offer if you want to hire me.” If you are pressed for a specific figure, describe your current compensation and then add, “I believe on the basis of what I’ve accomplished I’d be entitled to some increase, but I’d rather hear what you think I’m worth to your company.”
Prepare for your job interview by reviewing how you might answer the questions above to cause the job interviewer to feel you are the most qualified and best personality match for the job you seek. The questions above are certainly not the only questions you will be asked in a job interview.
But they count among the most frequently asked questions in job interviews that directly relate to the practical management of the job for which you are being considered. Understanding the point of these questions and having a strategy for answering them in a manner that will further your job interview goals, and will help you to achieve the income range and duties and responsibilities that you may seek in a new employment position.
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