Speaker Summary: “How to Get the Job in the Interview” on June 15!

June 14, 2015

in Job Search, Life Skills, LinkedIn, Meeting Reports, Networking

Start with Getting The Interview:

There is a lot of competition in the workplace so you have to find a way to stand out…now, I don’t mean becoming obnoxious, but DO be creative

  • You can email AND snail mail your resume.
  • Put your photo on your resume – Napoleon Hill
  • Have a five bullet point intro as to why you are a fit for the role.
  • Find something creative to get the attention of the hiring manager. – (Running Shoe Story)
  • If you apply online, make a follow up call – if vm, leave a compelling message

Finally, don’t apply for a job for which you are clearly not qualified

Common Interview Mistakes that need to be avoided

  1. Dressing Inappropriately – If business casual environment, you still have to make sure you look put together – Women: Dress conservatively – you want the prospective employer to be impressed with your experience and abilities, “not your cleavage” – Men: make sure your shirts are clean and pressed….AND buttoned up. The same goes for your pants. If you are wearing shoes make sure they are polished or if material that doesn’t need polishing are clean and in good condition. If the environment is more formal, the same rules apply.
  2. Arriving Late – shows poor time management skills and lack of respect for the position and the people taking the time to meet with you. A mentor of mine once said, “If you’re not early, you’re late”. – Give yourself plenty of wiggle time when planning your trip to an interview.
  3. Bringing a Drink with you – Do I really need to go over this? Leave the drink in the car. Most companies will ask you if you’d like something to drink anyway. I suggest doing all of your drinking prior to arrival, so you can focus just on the interview.
  4. Having your mobile phone with you – Simple advice: leave it in the car – even if your phone is on vibrate, it is a distraction if someone calls or texts you during a meeting
  5. Not knowing anything about the company –DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! With the availability of information on the internet, there is really no excuse these days for not knowing about the company with whom you are interviewing – it’s important to read over a company’s website, but it’s even more important to do Google Searches on the company, as you will often find articles and information you will not find on their website that will show the interviewers that you did your homework. Something may come up during the interview and you can say something like, “Yeah, I was reading about….” It will grab their attention
  6. Not knowing your resume or inaccurate information on your resume – This always seems to have people saying, “Ummm” during an interview – make sure your resume is accurate and you know everything that is on your resume, dates, accomplishments, etc. – Keeps you looking Sharp!! If you have a LinkedIn Profile, make sure it jives with your resume. More than once I’ve seen this one thing keep people from getting the job because it can come across as not being honest or lacking integrity if the information on your resume does not mirror your LinkedIn Profile.
  7. Not Paying Attention – make sure you stay focused during your interview. Get lots of rest, don’t drink too much coffee, be alert
  8. Talking too much – this is probably one of the most common of all mistakes – talking too much can literally help you talk yourself out of a job – I recommend the 70/30 rule…70% listening, 30% talking. Robin Ryan, author of “60 Seconds and you’re hired” says your answers should never take longer than 60 seconds. I think that is a pretty good rule of thumb. The interview, no matter how casual the interviewer, should not include talking about your kids, your spouse, your favorite football team, etc… If you get the job, there will be plenty of time to get to know your interviewer.
  9. Not prepared to answer questions – The interviewer, if they are good are going to ask you a lot of questions to help them figure out if you are the right fit or not. Two things you want to do: 1. Know the job and what is required of you if you are to be hired, 2. Know what you have done that is appropriate for this job that makes you that perfect fit. If you keep those two things in mind, answering questions should be relatively painless.

Top 10 Interview Questions

  1. What is your greatest strength?
    This is one of the questions that employers almost always ask. When you are asked about your greatest strengths, it’s important to discuss the attributes that will qualify you for the specific job and set you apart from the other candidates.
  2. What is your greatest weakness?
    Another typical question interviewers will ask is about your weaknesses. Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee.
  3. Why are you leaving or have left your job?
    When asked about why you are moving on, stick with the facts, be direct and focus your interview answer on the future, especially if your leaving wasn’t under the best of circumstances.
  4. Tell me about yourself.
    Here’s how to answer questions about you without giving out too much – or too little – personal information. Start by sharing some of your personal interests which don’t relate directly to work.
  5. Why do you want this job?
    This question gives you an opportunity to show the interviewer what you know about the job and the company. Be specific about what makes you a good fit for this role, and mention aspects of the company and position that appeal to you.
  6. Why should we hire you?
    Are you the best candidate for the job? Be prepared to say why.  Make your response a concise sales pitch that explains what you have to offer the employer, and why you should get the job.
  7. How do you handle stress and pressure?
    What do you do when things don’t go smoothly at work? The best way to respond to this question is to give an example of how you have handled stress in a previous job.
  8. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
    The interviewer wants to know what you do when you face a difficult decision. As with the question about stress, be prepared to share an example of what you did in a tough situation.
  9. How do you evaluate success?
    What does success mean to you? A question like this gives your potential employer a sense of your work ethic, your goals, and your overall personality. Consider the company and your role and formulate an answer based on those and your personal values and goals.
  10. What are your goals for the future?
    This question is designed to find out if you’re going to stick around or move on as soon as you find a better opportunity. Keep your answer focused on the job and the company you’re interviewing with.
  1. Badmouthing Past Employers – one word…DON’T – If asked about a difficult boss, an answer could be something like, “I’ve never really had difficulty working with anyone. I try to find our common ground and get along with everyone’s personality”. Bashing a previous employer makes you look bad, not them and shows them that you may have a difficult time fitting in if it doesn’t suit your style.

GREAT INTERVIEW BOOK: 60 Seconds and You’re Hired – By Robin Ryan



Matthew 6:25-34New International Version (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

***Perry is a high end sales recruiter and will also be meeting with job seekers interested in sales opportunities. Bring your resume and be ready to share your elevator pitch.

Craig Foster, Executive Director of Job Seekers Network, has received the 2015 John C. Maxwell Top 100 Leadership Award.
He is one of the top 100 winners in the nation!

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