Poor predictors: job interviews are useless and unfair

Want to lớn ace your next interview & lvà that open job you've been seeking? Here are trăng tròn tips lớn help you prepare.

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From researching the company to handling certain key interview questions, make sure you make a great impression & ace your next job interview by following these 20 tips.

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Want lớn ace your next interview and l& that open job you’ve sầu been seeking? Here are trăng tròn tips lớn help you prepare.1. Retìm kiếm the industry và company.An interviewer may ask how you perceive his company"s position in its industry, who the firm"s competitors are, what its competitive advantages are, và how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying lớn thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on just a few industries instead.

2. Clarify your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job.Prepare to go into every interview with three lớn five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have sầu an example of each selling point prepared ("I have good communication skills. For example, I persuaded an entire group lớn ..."). And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess. If an interviewer doesn"t think you"re really, really interested in the job, he or she won"t give sầu you an offer – no matter how good you are!3. Anticipate the interviewer"s concerns & reservations.There are always more candidates for positions than there are openings. So interviewers look for ways khổng lồ screen people out. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself why they might not want khổng lồ hire you (“I don"t have sầu this,” “I"m not that,” etc.). Then prepare your defense: “I know you may be thinking that I might not be the best fit for this position because . But you should know that ."4. Prepare for common interview questions.Every "how khổng lồ interview" book has a các mục of a hundred or more "comtháng interview questions." (You might wonder just how long those interviews are if there are that many comtháng questions!) So how vày you prepare? Pichồng any các mục và think about which questions you"re most likely to lớn encounter, given your age và status (about lớn graduate, looking for a summer internship). Then prepare your answers so you won"t have sầu khổng lồ fumble for them during the actual interview.5. Line up your questions for the interviewer.Come to lớn the interview with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have sầu any questions, and no matter what, you should have sầu one or two ready. If you say, "No, not really," he or she may conclude that you"re not all that interested in the job or the company. A good all-purpose question is, "If you could design the igiảm giá candidate for this position from the ground up, what would he or she be like?"If you"re having a series of interviews with the same company, you can use some of your prepared questions with each person you meet (for example, "What bởi vì you think is the best thing about working here?" và "What kind of person would you most lượt thích to lớn see fill this position?") Then, try lớn think of one or two others during each interview itself.6. Practice, practice, practice.It"s one thing to come prepared with a mental answer lớn a question like, "Why should we hire you?" It"s another challenge entirely khổng lồ say it out loud in a confident & convincing way. The first time you try it, you"ll sound garbled and confused, no matter how clear your thoughts are in your own mind! Do it another 10 times, and you"ll sound a lot smoother và more articulate.But you shouldn"t vì your practicing when you"re "on stage" with a recruiter; rehearse before you go khổng lồ the interview. The best way lớn rehearse? Get two friends and practice interviewing each other in a "round robin": one person acts as the obhệ thống và the "interviewee" gets feedbachồng from both the observer & the "interviewer." Go for four or five rounds, switching roles as you go. Another idea (but definitely second-best) is to lớn tape record your answer và then play it bachồng to lớn see where you need to lớn improve sầu. Whatever you vì, make sure your practice consists of speaking aloud. Rehearsing your answer in your mind won"t cut it.7. Score a success in the first five minutes.Some studies indicate that interviewers ảo diệu their minds about candidates in the first five sầu minutes of the interview – và then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm that decision! So what can you do in those five sầu minutes to get through the gate? Come in with energy và enthusiasm, và express your appreciation for the interviewer"s time. (Remember: She may be seeing a lot of other candidates that day và may be tired from the flight in. So bring in that energy!)Also, start off with a positive phản hồi about the company – something like, "I"ve sầu really been looking forward khổng lồ this meeting . I think is doing great work in , and I"m really excited by the prospect of being able to lớn contribute."8. Get on the same side as the interviewer.Many interviewers view job interviews as adversarial: Candidates are going lớn try to pry an offer out of the interviewer, & the interviewer"s job is to lớn hold onto lớn it. Your job is khổng lồ transsize this "tug of war" inkhổng lồ a relationship in which you"re both on the same side. You could say something as simple as, "I"m happy to lớn have sầu the chance lớn learn more about your company and lớn let you learn more about me, so we can see if this is going lớn be a good match or not. I always think that the worst thing that can happen is lớn be hired into lớn a job that"s wrong for you – then nobody"s happy!"9. Be assertive and take responsibility for the interview.

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Perhaps out of the effort lớn be polite, some usually assertive sầu candidates become overly passive sầu during job interviews. But politeness doesn"t equal passivity. An interview is like any other conversation – it’s a dance in which you & a partner move sầu together, both responding lớn the other. Don"t make the mistake of just sitting there waiting for the interviewer khổng lồ ask you about that Nobel Prize you won. It"s your responsibility to lớn make sure he walks away knowing your key selling points.10. Be ready to handle illegal và inappropriate questions.Interview questions about your race, age, gender, religion, marital status, & sexual orientation are inappropriate và in many areas illegal. Nevertheless, you may get one or more of them. If you vì, you have sầu a couple of options. You can simply answer with a question ("I"m not sure how that"s relevant khổng lồ my application"), or you can try to answer "the question behind the question": "I don"t know whether I"ll decide khổng lồ have sầu children in the near future, but if you"re wondering if I"ll be leaving my job for an extended period of time, I can say that I"m very committed to lớn my career and frankly can"t imagine giving it up."11. Make your selling points clear.If a tree falls in the forest và no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? More important, if you communicate your selling points during a job interview & the interviewer doesn"t get it, did you score? On this question, the answer is clear: No! So don"t bury your selling points in long-winded stories. Instead, tell the interviewer what your selling point is first, then give sầu the example.12. Think positive sầu.No one likes a complainer, so don"t dwell on negative sầu experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks you point blank, "What courses have sầu you liked least?" or "What did you like least about that previous job?" don"t answer the question. Or more specifically, don"t answer it as it"s been asked. Instead, say something lượt thích, "Well, actually I"ve found something about all of my classes that I"ve sầu liked. For example, although I found lớn be very tough, I liked the fact that " or "I liked quite a bit, although now I know that I really want khổng lồ ."13. Cthua thảm on a positive sầu note.If a salesman came to you & demonstrated his hàng hóa, then thanked you for your time & walked out the door, what did he vì chưng wrong? He didn"t ask you to lớn buy it! If you get to lớn the kết thúc of an interview & think you"d really lượt thích that job, ask for it! Tell the interviewer that you"d really, really like the job – that you were excited about it before the interview & are even more excited now, & that you"re convinced you"d like lớn work there. If there are two equally good candidates at the kết thúc of the search – you và someone else – the interviewer will think you"re more likely to lớn accept the offer, and thus may be more inclined khổng lồ make an offer to lớn you.Even better, take what you"ve sầu learned about yourself from your MyPath career assessment and use it lớn explain why you think this is the job for you: "I"ve sầu done some careful career self-assessment, and I know that I"m most interested in , và – correct me if I"m wrong – it seems that this position would allow me khổng lồ express those interests. I also know that I"m most motivated by , and I have sầu the sense that if I bởi vì well, I could get those rewards in this position.Finally, I know that my strongest abilities are , & I see those as being the abilities you most need for this position." If you follow this tip, you"ll be (a) asking for the job, (b) explaining why you think it"s a good match, (c) displaying your thoughtfulness and maturity, & (d) further disarming the tug-of-war dynamic that interviewers anticipate. You"ll be making the strongest possible "close" – & that"s worth a lot!14. Bring a copy of your resume to lớn every interview.Have sầu a copy of your resume with you when you go lớn every interview. If the interviewer has misplaced his or her copy, you"ll save sầu a lot of time (and embarrassment on the interviewer"s part) if you can just pull your extra copy out & h& it over.15. Don"t worry about sounding "canned".Some people are concerned that if they rehearse their answers, they"ll sound "canned" (or overly polished or glib) during the interview. Don"t worry. If you"re well prepared, you"ll sound smooth và articulate, not canned. And if you"re not so well prepared, the anxiety of the situation will eliminate any "canned" chất lượng.16. Make the most of the "Tell me about yourself" question.Many interviewers begin interviews with this question. So how should you respond? You can go into lớn a story about where you were born, what your parents do, how many brothers and sisters & dogs & cats you have sầu, & that"s okay. But would you rather have sầu the interviewer writing down what kind of dog you have – or why the company should hire you?Consider responding to this question with something like: "Well, obviously I could tell you about lots of things, & if I"m missing what you want, please let me know. But the three things I think are most important for you lớn know about me are . I can expvà on those a little if you"d like." Interviewers will always say, "Sure, go ahead." Then you say, "Well, regarding the first point, . And when I was working for , I ." Etc. This strategy enables you to focus the first 10-15 minutes of the interview on all of your key selling points. The "Tell me about yourself" question is a golden opportunity. Don"t miss it!17. Speak the right body language.Dress appropriately, make eye liên hệ, give sầu a firm handshake, have good posture, speak clearly, & don"t wear perfume or cologne! Sometimes interview locations are small rooms that may laông chồng good air circulation. You want the interviewer paying attention to your job qualifications -- not passing out because you"ve sầu come in wearing Chanel No. 5 & the candidate before you was doused with Brut, và the two have sầu mixed to lớn khung a poisonous gas that results in you not getting an offer!18. Be ready for "behavior-based" interviews".One of the most comtháng interview styles today is lớn ask people to describe experiences they have sầu had that demonstrate behaviors that the company thinks are important for a particular position. You might be asked khổng lồ talk about a time when you made an unpopular decision, displayed a high level of persistence, or made a decision under time pressure & with limited information, for example.Step 1 is to lớn anticipate the behaviors this hiring manager is likely lớn be looking for. Step 2 is to identify at least one example of when you demonstrated each behavior. Step 3 is to lớn prepare a story for each example. Many people recommend using SAR (Situation-Action-Result) as a Mã Sản Phẩm for the story. Step 4 is to lớn practice telling the story. Also, make sure to nhận xét your resume before the interview with this kind of format in mind; this can help you to rethành viên examples of behaviors you may not have anticipated in advance.19. Sover thank-you notes.Write a thank-you note after every interview. Type each note on paper or skết thúc them by gmail, depending on the interviewers" preferences. Customize your notes by referring specifically lớn what you and the interviewer discussed; for example, "I was particularly excited about what you said about ..." Handwritten notes might be better if you"re thanking a personal contact for helping you in your job tìm kiếm, or if the company you"re interviewing with is based in Europe. Whatever method you choose, notes should be sent within 48 hours of the interview.To write a good thank-you note, you"ll need to take time after each interview to lớn jot down a few things about what the interviewer said. Also, write down what you could have sầu done better in the interview, and make adjustments before you head off for your next interview.20. Don"t give up!If you"ve had a bad interview for a job that you truly think would be a great fit for you (not just something you want badly), don"t give sầu up! Write a note, send an email, or call the interviewer to let hyên or her know that you think you did a poor job of communicating why you think this job would be a good match. Reiterate what you have lớn offer the company, & say that you"d like an opportunity khổng lồ contribute. Whether this strategy will get you a job offer depends on the company & on you. But one thing"s for sure: If you don"t try, your chances are exactly zero. We"ve seen this approach work on numerous occasions, and we encourage you to give sầu it that last shot.If you follow the above đôi mươi strategies, you"ll be as prepared as any candidate an interviewer has ever seen. Chechồng out our Open Jobslớn start your new career today. Good luck!