So, you have an upcoming job interview. Congratulations! Your resume, cover letter, and phone interview all did their jobs and secured you a chance to meet with a hiring manager. You are probably very excited - as you should be.
But now it gets serious.
Are you truly prepared for what comes next?
How will you wow?
How will you distinguish yourself from all of the other candidates? How will you be the one that stands out above the other 6-10 candidates that they plan to interview? How will you be the one candidate that they can't live without? How will you wow?
A companies greatest assets are not their buildings, their equipment, or their capital-its their people. An employee that has skills, education, adaptability, and likeability is like gold to an organization. Hiring managers are well aware of this and that's exactly why they spend so much time (heck, its a full time job) looking for the perfect hire. A great new employee can pay for themselves ten-fold. A bad hire can cost the company time, money, and even customers. The hiring decision is critical for both the interviewer and the company.
When a hiring manager has just interviewed a candidate that has a "wow" factor, he or she can feel a sense of victory. The hiring manager can visualize this candidate working with their existing team and adding value to the organization.
Here are just a few ways to wow:
1. Show some passion.
2. Communicate your prior accomplishments, not your prior duties.
3. Look and act like a professional.
4. Know some things about the company.
5. Sell to the position. (more about this in future posts)
If you can accomplish the following five steps during your next job interview you will greatly enhance your odds of a second interview or better yet-a job offer. These are skills that can be learned and improved upon. Good luck!
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