Anatomy of an Interview

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey
When you are being interviewed for a position, you are viewed as an expense. The hiring manager has multiple choices who to hire and is trying to determine which candidate will provide them with the quickest return on their investment. You cannot enter an interview expecting it to be a simple question and answer exercise.
Understand the complexities of the job for which you are interviewing then look back in your past work experience and identify your accomplishments and the impact they had on your employers. Then relate those accomplishments to the job you are seeking. You need to have this person SEE you in the job!  Stress all the skills, experience and positive personality traits that you bring to the table.
When you are asking questions, ask for clarification of what is most important to the hiring manager in the interviewing process and focus on those areas.
Interviewing is two strangers meeting for the first time who hopefully click. When you arrive prepared, confident and skilled, you have greatly increased your chances of getting hired!
Travis Jones - CEO of Career Development Partners

Written By Rick Christensen

Rick has been a career consultant for over 20 years, serving a very broad-based and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consultation at all levels including senior executives.

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