The top factors for interview success

Factor 1. The First Impression.
There's a saying that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true in an interview. Most interviewers make their minds up in the first five seconds as to whether you are right for the company or not. If they like what they see, statistics show you are 80% of the way to getting the job.

Factor 2. A Smile.
Smile naturally at everyone you meet when you arrive at the office. I'm not going to go into clothes, as common-sense prevails with that issue. My only advice is don't wear showy jewelry, overpowering perfume or aftershave or anything else that distracts the interviewer from focusing on you.

Factor 3. Your Mindset.
The interview is part of an attempt to solve your potential employer's needs, wants and desires. At this moment you are not part of their solution. The only way to become part of their solution is to understand their needs or problems. To do this you need to ask questions related to how you can help solve the potential employer's problems.

For example, a great question that gets the focus heading in the right direction is "What do you want to make happen with this position?" Asking an employer what outcome or what they want to happen from this job completely turns the interview around and an interviewer or employer will start to tell you what they want. Now you can give them examples from your PAST (your resume) that demonstrate you can deliver the outcomes the employer is looking for. Now instead of talking about your past, you can now talk about your potential.

Factor 4. Understanding the Mind of the Employer.
Understand the purpose and reasoning behind questions and areas being discussed. To illustrate the power of this, let me give you a sticky interview question: "Why did you leave your last job?" It's a commonly asked question and it never fails to put interviewees off-balance. But once you understand the reasoning behind the question, it's suddenly a cinch to answer.

Why are they asking? Because they want to be sure you don't do the same thing to them a few weeks after they hire you. Once you understand this, the question becomes much easier to answer doesn't it? My all-time favorite answer to this question would have to be: "I didn't want to ______; but I saw his position advertised and it's the job I've always wanted!"

Factor 5. Know What Interviewers Fear. 
Interviewers are human and as such fall victim to the FUD factor: "Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt." The sorts of things they are afraid of include:

  • You won't be able to do the job
  • What you said in your application may not be totally correct
  • It will cost them a lot of money if they do hire the wrong person

And on, and on.

Thank you for taking time to read this article. You may check my other Job Hunting Tips and Tricks to help you land that dream job you've always wanted.

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