Steal that interview!

By • Dec 2nd, 2006 • Category: Business

The top things you should know before meeting with a potential employer –

Whether you are a college graduate getting ready to enter the work force or a seasoned laborer in search of change, there is no reason you should have to meet with more than one or two potential employers before landing that new job.

Aside from the obvious have a nice resume and not applying for jobs for which you are unqualified, the best thing you can do to shorten your job search is to prepare thoroughly for the interview.

How do you do that? By researching the company (to show you are genuinely interested) and by knowing how to respond to questions you may be asked.

The following are some invaluable resources I came across while preparing for my own interview performances in the past.

Rather than taking credit for the hard work of typing (or copying and pasting) these helpful questions and responses, I suggest you check them out on these sites, especially the Q&R Database.

A few that I think really stand out:

Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.

What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include: Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.

Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like: A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.

Feel free to share any tips you have in the comments.

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