How Do I Ace A Job Interview? Hot Tips Needed Urgently.

Stephen writes...

"I am applying for a lot of jobs and need one VERY badly. I lost my job over a year ago and am having no success at all. What am I screwing up? Thx 4 any help you can provide."

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  • What Are Employers Looking For?

    When an employer decides to conduct an interview with you, there are certain things that they are looking for from you. Here's the list...

    Enthusiasm: Employers want to know that you are willing and eager to be a part of their company. Being fully stocked with knowledge about the company is a sure fire way to show your enthusiasm.

    Ability to speak clearly: If you approach an interview mumbling and speaking slang, a prospective employer will not see you as a professional.

    Showing your teamwork skills: You should show an example of your ability to work as part of a team during your interview.

    Leadership skills: You should show your leadership abilities by approaching your interview with an offensive train of thought.

    Problem solving ability: Employers needs to know that you can handle yourself when a problem arrives.

    Work related experience: You definitely want to show that you have some experience in the field already, so that the employer knows that you will not be overwhelmed.

    Community involvement: Employers love to see that you have done volunteer work. It shows that you take pride in your community, and a willingness to be a team player.

    Company knowledge: Again, this stipulates that employers like to see you have done your research about their company. It shows that your interest in working for them is sincere.

    Flexibility: Employers want to know that you are able to go with the flow. It proves that they can depend on you later.

    Ambition and Motivation: Ambitious people are generally motivated enough to make great improvements in the company as they are working their way up the ladder. Ambition usually means more money for the company.

    People skills: Your ability to get along with others is very important to an employer. They need to know that you won’t ruffle any feathers when you are hired.

    Professional appearance: Nobody wants a slob working in their office. Be certain to dress appropriately for the job that you are applying for.

    Ability to Multitask: This is getting to be a very necessary skill in the workplace. Most days, you will be required to multitask. Even if you are not, employers need to know that you can do it without freaking out on them.

    Computer ease: These days, just about every company in the world is running on computers. The ability to work a computer with at least a minimal amount of ease is important. It is best to keep a leg up on the most common software.

    Reliability: Employers want dependable and reliable people to work for them. Your ability to arrive on time is a good place to start when trying to prove that you possess this quality.

    • Employer Evaluations: 3 Skill Sets

      Employers are generally evaluating you on three skill sets during an interview. Those three skill sets can easily be broken down here...

      Content Skills

      These skills are directly related to performing a specific job in your profession. You acquire these skills by learning your craft in an accredited school through specialized training, work experience, attaining a degree, or internships. This shows an employer that you are have acquired all of the knowledge you will need to perform your job efficiently.

      If you do not have this type of skill available, you can simply express that you are looking into specialized training, and/or would be willing to start. It may not be exactly what the employer is looking for, but it shows initiative.

      Functional Skills

      These are the skills that reflect your ability to work with others and how you incorporate data. This is where an employer decides whether or not you are a team player. You can display this skill by displaying your past employment record and accomplishments that are directly job related.

      Generally an employer will get an idea of your ability to work with others based on your reasons for leaving previous jobs, whether or not you were fired before, etc. If you have been fired before, don’t lie about it, and do not act bitter about it when discussing the reason. This will not benefit you in the end. Be forthcoming and sincere. Express that it was a learning experience for you and tell them what you learned from it. It reflects well on your temperament.

      Adaptive Skills

      This is a general show of your personality and temperament. It also covers your self management skills. During your interview, the employer will be evaluating you on your general ability to get along with him/her. Your general personality traits are monitored at this time.

      When faced with a difficult question, you do not want to get defensive or angry. Just take a few seconds to think about what you should say rather than say something you will regret. If you must, simply explain that you are little nervous so that you can buy a few extra seconds to answer.

      You want to appear at ease, (or as much so as you can) during your interview. You want the employer to think that you anticipated everything that he/she is going to say. Even if you are terrified at your replies, do not let them see you sweat.

      • Common Interview Questions

            Tell me something about yourself. (Remember, say something positive)
            How do you handle stressful situations?
            How do you deal with criticism and stress?
            What is your definition of success?
            Why do you think you will fit in with this company? (This is where your research comes in handy)
            Have you ever been fired, and why?
            Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
            Do you prefer to work on your own or as a team?
            Why are you interested in working for this company?
            How do you handle a difference of opinion with your colleagues or superiors?
            Why should I hire you?

        Common Questions When Applying For Your First Job After College Graduation

            Tell me what your most rewarding college experience was.
            What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

            What have you learned in college that applies directly to this job?
            How have you prepared yourself for the transition from college to the workplace?
            Are you going to graduate school? If so, do you plan to continue working as well?
            How do you plan to manage graduate school and working?
            Did you get any hands on experience in college?
            How do you feel that college has prepared you for this job?
            Have you ever done an internship that helped to prepare you for this type of work?
            What do you think is the best asset that you could bring to this company?

        • Questions That You Should Ask Your Interviewer

              Why is this position available right now?
              How many times has this position been filled in the past 5 years?
              What should the new person do that is different from the last person that had this position?
              What would you most like to see done in the next 6 months?
              What are the most difficult problems that this job entails?
              How much freedom do I have in the decision making process?
              What are my options for advancement?
              How has this company succeeded in the past?
              What changes do you envision in near future for this company?
              What do you think constitutes success at this job?

          Job Interview Questions and Answers (video):

          • Ending the Interview

            Wait until your interviewer stands up or requests that you do. Give your closing greeting. Thank the interviewer for his taking the time to see you. Offer another firm handshake, and ask when you might know when you might expect to hear from them about their decision.

            The Post Job Interview Follow-up

            Now that the interview is over, the hard work is over. But, you still have to follow up on the interview. Do not underestimate its importance! Sending a thank you note is the best way to accomplish this. The thank you note should be written with your thanks for their time and consideration in seeing you.

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            How Long Do I Wait?

            If you haven’t heard from the employer within a week, you should call the office to ask if they have reached a decision yet. This is not being pushy; it shows your enthusiasm and persistence. If they haven’t reached a decision, ask when you might expect to hear from them. If they don’t give an answer, try again in another week and so on.

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