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Make a great first impression

Job Interview First Impressions – Make It The Best

Make a great first impression

Make a great first impression

Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick ending to your interview. Three areas of performance, that should be considered dangerous and deadly:

1. Poor non-verbal communication image

  • Show confidence by believing in yourself and showing it. (head held high – shoulders back)
  • Good eye contact is essential. (Note the color of the interviewer’s eyes.)
  • Connect with a good, firm handshake. (No limp noodles or bone crushers wanted)
  • Posture is a key indicator of confidence. Sit and stand erect. (Slumping = lazy attitude.)

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Be the Solution

Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem

Be the Solution

Be the Solution

Guest Author: Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”

When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.

The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.

Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view.

You are the employer and are seeking a solution to a problem. Your best sales person has just left and you have no one to cover the territory. You are hoping that you can find some who is capable to help you solve this problem. You are tired of interviewing candidates who seem to fall short. You would like to find a good person who can do the job and take over the problem. This will allow you to get back to your job to get on with your work.

And one afternoon a candidate walks in who appears to be confident, has a lot of energy, and who seems to understand your problem. This candidate is very personable and has a great attitude toward the type of situation you need to be filled. There is a real connection between the two of you. He “gets you.”

The more questions you ask this candidate the more excited you become about his qualifications. He presents himself with confidence. He doesn’t just say he’s good at closing sales, he gives great examples of times when he not only closed sales – but he exceeded expectations.
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Why should we hire you?

Interview Q&A Why Should We Hire You

Why should we hire you?

Why should we hire you?

Guest Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

Question:

I have been unemployed for over a year. I am highly skilled n qualified but cannot seem to get hired.
My question is how do I respond to the final question, “why should we hire you?”

I cover my extensive background and skills that apply to the position but to date, remain unemployed.

Thank you in advance for your time and reply.

Answer:

This is one of those broad questions that can take you down the wrong road unless you have done some thinking about what to say ahead of time. This question deals with your ability to sell yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?

Answers that WON’T WORK –

“Because I need a job.” – This answer is about YOU – “they” want to know what you can do for “them.”
“I am a hard worker.” – This is a really trite answer – almost anyone can say he or she is a hard worker.
“I saw your ad and could do the job. – This answers lacks passion and purpose.

STRONGER ANSWERS that would get the interviewer’s attention –
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Feeling Nervous About the Past

Do You Have “Dirty Little Secrets” You Would Like To Avoid In The Job Interview?

Feeling Nervous About the Past

Feeling Nervous About the Past

Guest Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

Maybe you were fired or laid off – under “not-to-pleasant” circumstances, or maybe you quit un-expectantly?

Whatever the reason – there is something or some things that you’d rather not talk about in the job interview. Not only have you had a bad experience, but now you have to talk about it – again and again.

How you deal with these questions will depend a lot on how you have resolved the issue with yourself. In order to answer these types of questions effectively it will be important to deal with your issue ahead of time. The best way to do that is to think about and script an answer.

Here are some sample questions of difficult questions:

“Have you ever been fired?”
“Why did you leave your last job without another job lined up?”
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