Get Your Dream Job: The 3 Step Job Interview Process
by Adam Waxler
Getting a job these days can
be quite difficult. In fact, just getting a job interview can be quite
a challenge. You need to make sure you do everything you can to make
your cover letter and resume stand out amongst all the competition.
Unfortunately, even if you do that it still might not be enough to get
an interview. Therefore, you must also use all of your contacts and
connections to help you secure the interview.
However, once you have landed
a job interview closing the deal and securing yourself the job goes way
beyond just answering the interview questions correctly. Securing your
dream job depends upon the way you present yourself during the
interview...you body language, your mannerisms, your dress etc.
Many people do not spend much
time preparing for the interview. And, those that do prepare for the
interview usually focus solely on how to answer the interview
questions. While that is important there is much more to it if you want
to truly secure yourself the position.
To truly land yourself your
dream job you should think of it as a three-step job interview
1. Getting the Interview
If you want to get a call for an interview, then your resume should
stand out from the others. Include relevant information and highlight
headings. In the beginning, include your career objective that describes
your skills and qualities along with what you are looking for in the
job. Make sure your resume, and particularly your resume’s objective,
are very specific. In other words, you want to create a job-specific
resume. A one-size-fits-all resume is NOT going to get you the job.
Also, print your resume high
quality paper and do not overcrowd it...make sure there is enough “white
space” so your resume is easy to read.
2. Acing the Interview
Once you have gotten a call for the interview you should start preparing
for it right away. While preparing for the interview, remember the key
things mentioned below.
Be self confident during the interview and
tell yourself you are the one for the job.
Remember, you are a salesman and the product
Your first impression is the last one, so
dress appropriately (it is always better to over dress than under dress)
and watch out for any bad speaking habits you might have (too many hand
gestures, biting nails, cracking knuckles etc.)
From the beginning of the interview be
yourself and speak about your skills that specifically match the job you
are interviewing for.
Do not lie. This will come back to haunt you
Take your time to answer the questions...think
about what you are going to say before you say it.
Ask questions during the interview. However,
do not ask unrelated questions...that may turn out to be an interview
3. Following up on the
At the end of the interview you should ask when you should expect to
hear from them about the position. The very next day you should send a
hand-written thank you note and professionally monogrammed paper to each
person on the interview committee. Mention something specific from the
interview in your thank you note so your interview stands out from the
others. Wait a couple of days and then send an email...follow that up
with a phone call etc. When the competition is tough it is often times
the person who follows through that gets the job.
With so much competition out
there getting a job these days can be tough. The people who get the jobs
are the ones who think of it as a three step process...getting the
interview, acing the interview, and following up on the interview.
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resume if your cover letter sucks!
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