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Congratulations! All of your job search strategies paid off. you have an interview. Before you go on your first interview with an organization you need to prepare. With so much information on the internet you can find websites to research, articles about industries, organizations, and people, and then of course there are the social media venues as well. There are 3 Massive Mistakes Interviewees Make when they interview and then feel the pain of not getting a job offer and remaining unemployed or stuck in a job they cannot stand.
Massive Mistake #1 -NOT KNOWING THE INTERVIEWER’S MOTIVATION TO HIRE YOU
Let’s face it. There is an available position for a reason. What is it? Maybe you can find out on the initial telephone screen if it is not posted in the job ad. If not, be prepared to ask the right questions to gain the information you need. Ugh- what are the right questions????
These interviewers may be human resource personnel or hiring managers, or the CEO. In any case, they are in a shopping mode. They are looking for the right person for the job that will, what? Take the company/department to the next level? Fill a spot that has been filled in by other talented people in the organization who now cannot do their job effectively so the company is losing money? Whatever the motivation to hire is, YOU HAVE TO FIND IT!
Massive Mistake #2 – NOT KNOWING THE VALUE YOU BRING TO THE TABLE
Value? What do you mean “Value you bring to the table?” That’s right, so many people go into interviews totally unprepared with your career brand that helps you to know what to say and how to say it in a way that turns that interviewer from a shopper to a buyer. They sit there on the interview, knowing full well they can do the job but the words they need to speak do not come out of their mouths.
Sift through your strengths and competencies prior to your interview and develop stories and statements of key accomplishments. This way, when you are on the interview, you will rock it!
Massive Mistake #3 – NOT ASKING FOR THE JOB OFFER
Picture this: You are on the interview, you have had several interviews and have successfully solved their pain and the motivation to hire you, communicated the value you add to the organization AND that would make the person who hires you look really good. The end of the interview approaches. There is no job offer. Only- “We will get back with you.” OUCH!!
What you could have done was asked for an offer. There is a misconception people have that just by being there the interviewer should know they want the job. Not so. You have to ask.
Bottom line: Be prepared with the pain/problem/challenge they company needs to solve by hiring this person. Know how YOU can solve it with the value you bring to the table. AND- ask for the offer.
Until next time… My Best,
Career Conversions, LLC
636-778-9090 [email protected] www.careerconversions.com