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Interview Tips to Crush the Competition and Land the Job
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interviews aren't as hard as they seem. The actual hard part is beating the other candidates with your ability to connect and "wow" the interviewer. Whether in-person or through video, your likability needs to be at on-point throughout. Assume that the other interviewers are going to have nearly perfect interviews, so yours needs to be impeccable.

The pressure is on, but it's important to use it to propel you rather than overwhelm you with nerves. You  might think that in order for your interview to be flawless, every little detail has to be calculated. Attempting to do that though will end up leading to more stress.

Instead, that the saying of "less is more" as a guiding principle and focus on a few of the most important aspects of any job interview. If you've ever been to a fine dining restaurant, you'll notice that even though the menu isn't extensive, each dish is worth every bite. In your interview, you want to be able to master certain things that will linger in the interviewer's mind, by making the biggest impact possible in fewer. Here are three tips at the core of successful interviewing that will steer you toward landing a job offer:

1) Represent your brand on your body
Dressing to impress is basic interviewing advice but that doesn't mean everyone has it down. Your appearance is just as important as your tone, language, and body movements. When you want a potential employer to invest in employing you, you have to market yourself as a whole package. When in doubt, it's definitely better to overdress than underdress, but there is a fine line between overdressing and overdoing it. A professional look needs to be polished, but not necessarily formal. When doing your research, try to get a feel for what kind of tone and vibe the company has and aim to match your attire to it.

2) Find out everything you can about the company
This means going much further than a entering it into Google and browsing through the company's website. Doing adequate background research into the company means digging deeper into the crevices of the internet. Search trade publications to see if the company may have won awards or gotten recognition in its industry. Your research should give you a better understanding on the company and latest trends within the field. The more knowledgeable you are on the company's history and the direction it's going, it will make for better conversation and questions during the interview.

3) Expect the unexpected
Companies will often ask tough questions to throw off the candidate to see how well they recover. They're testing your ability to think quickly under pressure. The key is to think your answer through before saying anything. Some people might attempt to just start talking hoping that the answer will come to them along the way. Make sure that whatever kind of question it is--whether it's what kind of animal you would be or what your favorite move is--that your answer ties into your qualities as an employee. Your ability to answer the question without stumbling will prove to the interviewer that you have what it takes to handle the everyday stresses of the office.

How Being Fully Prepared Will Help You Masterfully Handle Any Interview
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Getting job offer after an interview is usually determined by how well you did in it. The excitement of getting a callback is often quickly diminished by the nerves associated with the fact that it could also make or break your chances of getting employed.

The real cause of this nervousness is feeling of unpreparedness, similar to not having studied for a major test. You're afraid that you're not going to have the answer to something and that it will ultimately cost you. The way to combat this fear is through adequate preparation. The following tips will equip you with the essentials for interviewing success:

Cover all the bases in your research. There is no area not worth familiarizing yourself with even if you feel like it won't be an issue during the interview. Interviews want to see that you also took the time to find out when the company was founded, who founded it, what awards it may have won, etc. Many companies provide this information and if they don't, use it as a chance to demonstrate your investigative abilities. Don't forget to connect with the company's social media profiles to keep yourself in the loop. Plus, you might be able to meet some connections that way.

Be ready to fire away your talking points. You might think that it's better to come up with a response when prompted so as not to sound as if you're reciting lines. However, there's nothing more reassuring in an interview than walking in knowing your answer is has been practiced and smoothed out. In fact, it shows the interviewer that you put a lot of thought behind it and came readily prepared.

One reason that it's hard to carry on a conversation in an interview is that you're talking to someone you've just met. Remember that the interviewer is not there to intimidate you. They want to get to know you and relate that to how you would be as one of their employees. On that note, be sure to refer back to your resume. Don't assume that they were able to spend the same amount of time studying it. They'll expect you to explain its details during your chat.

Don't overlook the expected questions. It's easy to forget about the questions that should be a breeze to answer. Neglecting to go over them anyway could end up being what trips you up. These will be questions pertaining to why you left a certain job or what you did during the gap in between jobs. Answering them doesn't require divulging too many specifics but they should be constructed in a way that gives the interviewer a clear understanding of how the situation played out. Careful wording is especially important as you don't want your answers to sound like excuses.

When it comes to talking about your strengths and weaknesses, the key is to avoid selling yourself short or coming off as boasting. Humble answers show the interviewer that you didn't develop an ego over the years and didn't let your weaknesses hinder your competence. Mention what you do to stay at the top of your game such as the books you study, courses you attend, or organizations you are affiliated with. Got nothing? There's no better time to start than now.

Connect the dots between you and the job. Give the interviewer reasons for why giving you the job would not only be a mutual benefit but a sensible decision. When it makes sense to hire you, why wouldn't they then, right? Explain to them how investing in you will be money well spent. And when talks turn to compensation, don't be afraid to speak up. If you have number in mind, be ready to justify it with support. This may take doing some research as well. A fair figure, even if it is lower than what you've made at previous jobs, is easier for everyone to agree upon.

Taking into account that time is money, you want to show your appreciation that the interviewer spent some of theirs getting to know you. Showing that you to took time to show them that courtesy first is the best way. The more preparation you do before the interview can help you provide the kind of answers needed to pass this test with flying colors.