December 6, 2013

A Step by Step Guide on How to Ace an Interview

Being called for an interview is merely the initial step in the job application process. What you do next will determine if you are going to be hired or not. Now there's a secret on how you can easily land any job you fancy. And that's by controlling the interview process by being confident of your skills, staying calm, and expecting only positive results. If you do all these, you will come across to the employer as unique and refreshing. As a job candidate, the employer will always remember you.

Always keep in mind that it's your attitude not your skills that will determine if you're going to pass the interview or not. Before anything else, remember that the company called you for a reason. That said, you have to prove to them that they didn't make a mistake in inviting you for an interview. By showing confidence, you are reminding the employer that you are not desperate and that there are other jobs that you might choose from. In essence, you are creating the impression that the employer needs you and not the other way around.

Also, don't waste your time waiting for the interviewer to ask questions. The moment you say hello, you should learn to take control of the pace of the interview. Do this by offering a firm handshake while exuding confidence and enthusiasm. Be expectant but don't be too eager or else you will come across as desperate. Stay relaxed and give the employer time to digest what you're trying to impart.

Here are the steps on how you can come away with a successful job interview:
Step 1: Take over the interview process by being the first to ask questions.
This may sound as if it's too direct but it's very effective because employers are looking for no-nonsense candidates. The first 15 minutes of the interview is crucial. You have to use that time to learn everything you can about the company by asking a succession of questions. You then use the information you gathered to determine exactly what the company is looking for. Examples of the questions you may ask are as follows:
How long have they been in operation?
What type of professionals are they looking for?
What's the culture within the company like?
What are the priority qualities they are looking for in an applicant?
Why is the job position open?

Step 2: Answer the interviewer's questions using the information you gathered from step 1.
If you asked the right questions in the first step, you know exactly what the company is looking for. If the interviewer asks you to tell him something about yourself, merely threw the question back at him by saying "What aspect of me do you want to know more about?" The general rule is that you should keep your answers as short as possible. Spouting long answers can bore the interviewer and this can be bad for you.

As the employer proceeds with the interview process, all you need to do is feed back to them the details you gathered in step one above.

Step 3: Create an intense mutual trust.
Since you have identified the type of candidate they're looking for, you'll now have to build trust between the employer and yourself. Here's an example:

Interviewer: "Among the qualities we are looking for in a candidate is resourcefulness. We are looking for someone who can independently come up with solutions without being told what to do all the time." You: "I do understand what you mean. It is indeed necessary that someone has to be proactive in his job by finding various solutions and by working independently as this promotes growth not only for the individual but for the whole company as well."

By creating rapport with the interviewer, he will start liking you. And this will always result to a successful interview.

Step 4: Create the impression that they've hired you already through future pacing.
Considering that you have established rapport and trust with the interviewer, you now have to instill in his mind that you are already a hired employee. You can do this by asking questions that concern your future in the company. The more you talk about the future, the more chances you have in landing the job. That said, you should talk more about the future than about the past. Here are some of the questions you will be asking:

Who are the people I'll be working for or with?
What's it like working for the first six months here?

And the most valuable question of all: I'm really curious. What do you envision me doing on a daily basis if I walk through that door located over there?

If the interviewer positively answers the questions mentioned above, then you've instilled in him the mindset that you are now working for the company.

Step 5: Challenge the interviewer to get more out of him.
If you've followed all the other steps above, then you've put yourself in a very good position to getting the job. Now, to make sure that you indeed get the job, go even further by challenging the interviewer. Do this by querying him about the people in the company you are going to work with.
Your challenge can be as follows: I had the privilege of working with various companies in the past. I'm currently doing interviews with several companies and I've realized along the way what I really need. From my experiences, the title, the position or the company isn't what matters the most to me. What I value the most is the relationship I have with the other employees. I want to be comfortable with them both in a professional and personal level. That said, I wish to know if you are comfortable with me coming on board. And if I choose to work for the company, is it okay with you if I meet the entire group because it's very important to me?

Once you've set the challenge, expect the interviewer to instinctively respond by accepting your challenge and eventually showing you around to meet the other employees.

Now improve the rapport even more by saying the following:
I feel really glad that working with people you are comfortable with is also very important for you. Have you ever come across a person who for whatever reason, you feel totally comfortable working with? And you have this feeling that you can comfortably work alongside the person for days, months or even years? It's really like that with me right now.

This is a little-known interview strategy that works very well just as long as you follow the steps discussed above. By following the steps, you will never fail a job interview ever again.

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