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What do you do when after working for 10-20 years or more at the same workplace, your boss tells you that due to budget cuts you the firms needs to let you go? Hard to imagine it could happen to you but it is a common fact. Many employers prefer younger people or they actually can’t afford to pay all the salaries. So what do you do when you find yourself unemployed but too young to retire?
You need to find a new job. The hiring process is probably a lot different from what you remember. The best preparation for a job interview is knowing what HR specialists want from you. That is why we reached out to three career experts and asked them to share with us:
What is your best advice to succeed in a job interview?
This is the fourth part of our interview series on this topic.
Ronald Kaufman Ronald Kaufman Consultancy
Ron Kaufman has helped companies on every continent build a culture of uplifting service that delivers outstanding business results year after year. Making transformation his mission, Ron is one of the world’s most sought-after educators, consultants, business thought-leaders and motivational customer service keynote speakers on the topic of achieving superior service.Go into the interview with the attitude of how you can help the prospective employer achieve their goals.Click To Tweet
What are their wants, needs, and objectives? Focus your energy on learning their perceived “pain,” and be prepared showing them how you can help them to remove that pain. Position yourself as a resource to help them succeed. Focusing on helping them, will support you in being comfortable and at your best. Based on the job description, be prepared to prove you have the skills and traits the job requires.
The proof needs to be specific measurable incidences and examples of accomplishments that demonstrate you can give the prospective employer the results they want. Use dollar amounts, percentages, and quantities whenever possible. Numbers are real, they’re measurable. The brain thinks in terms of pictures. Give enough detail to create images, but concise enough to have clarity. Telling your stories needs to be practiced out loud so that you’re strengthening the muscles that are necessary.
Also, it helps you to be ready to have a conversation versus a confrontation. Everyone knows it’s important to research the employer, yet many people don’t put in the time and effort to do it thoroughly. What are their products, locations, management, sales, customers, slogan, mission statement, commercials, print ads, internet presence (LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, blog, tweets, Facebook, etc.), competitors, industry trends, their stock price if public, etc.?
This will help to show you want a career with their company, not someone who’s just looking for a job. Be on your best behavior with everyone, the parking lot attendant, the receptionist, staff members, other applicants, anyone you meet. You never know who knows who. Just assume anything you say to anyone can get back to the decision maker. In terms of attire, be sure to dress appropriately for the job. When in doubt, it’s safer to overdress than underdress a sign of respect.
Wait until you get the job offer before you talk about your needs. The more they see you as a benefit, the more they’ll be willing to give you. Also, gain rapport by approximating their current communication style in terms of body posture, rate of speech, volume, tone, and wording, to indicate you’re on the same wavelength.
Linda Murray Bullard LSMB Business Solutions, LLC
Linda Murray Bullard, a business strategist at LSMB Business Solutions, LLC, helps forward-thinking job seekers improved their chances of higher employment using stronger interview skills, better resumes, and job coaching.
To be successful at job interviews applicants should follow the age-old advice regarding dressing professionally, arriving early, etc. In addition to doing what everyone else will be doing the winning applicants should also be sure to do the following:
Then, form concrete responses to demonstrate how your skill set offers solutions to help the company move toward recovering from any previous challenges
• When possible, paint a clearer picture using dollars and cents in your responses. State exactly how much money your previous employer save by using your idea.
• Highlight any accolades the interviewing company may have received in the last six months
• Speak intelligently about those things the company has done as a part of its community outreach
• Know some history of the company and have some idea of where the company is planning to go in the future
• Craft questions that speak to the specific area where you are applying
• Ask if the previous person was promoted or left the company
• If possible, ask the interviewer if you can see the place where you will be working
• Use relaxation techniques if interviewing makes you nervous. You want to appear in control.
In conclusion, a winning job interview can be had by the applicant whose resume is on point and who arrives at the interview prepared to win by doing the due diligence to get the job.
Taylor Dumouchel Peak Sales Recruiting
Taylor works as a marketing and communications specialist at Peak Sales Recruiting, a firm that specializes in providing B2B sales recruiting services for companies that need to quickly and confidently recruit account executives, sales managers, senior sales leaders and VPs, or entire sales teams.
If you to ace your interview and land your dream job, the key is preparation! Employees should prepare for interviews by doing the following:
1) *Conducting research* – first and foremost, it is essential to do your homework.In fact, 47% of employers say having little or no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake Click To Tweetmade in interviews.
You can start by familiarizing yourself with the company’s product/service, industry, customers, and competitors. Research the company through blogs, publications, studies and speaking with industry leaders. Use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company’s current market position and where they are headed in the future.
2) *Preparing examples* – Expert interviewers ask behavioral-based questions that do not allow for theoretical answers, but instead focus on how candidates have behaved in certain contexts. To ace, these questions, prepare past examples relative to the position’s responsibilities that demonstrate your ability to complete the role successfully.
3) *Having a 5-year plan* – In most interviews, you’re going to hear the question, Where do you see yourself in 5 years? and interviewers want to hear that you have a plan. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your career ambitions and highlight how your goals align with the company’s vision. Prepare a 5-year plan that demonstrates how you will achieve those goals and illustrate how committing to their organization will get you there.
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