Saturday, December 8, 2007

#6 of My Top 8 Behaviors for a Successful Interview

#6: There is value in the details. Managers are often incredibly busy, which makes for short interviews. Therefore additional importance is placed on maximizing the time available and requires a focus on the more subtle points of the interview, such as giving a firm handshake, maintaining eye contact and practicing good posture. Your nonverbal cues can say a lot about your personality and interest in the position. Seemingly small behaviors can send un-intended messages, and examples include:

· Crossing arms: Closed; keeping people at bay.
· Over-reacting; nodding hurriedly: Insincere; unprofessional.
· Tense facial expressions: Nervous; control-oriented; or angry.

It is normal to be nervous, and some tension is to be expected. Take a few long, slow breaths to calm down.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

#7 of my Top 8 Behaviors for a Winning Interview

Do your homework. Managers often begin the interview by asking candidates some general questions about their experience, knowledge of the company and ability to be successful in the position. For example, "Can you tell me a little about yourself?" "What do you know about our organization?" and "Why do you want to work here?" are some generic questions. Doing a little homework ahead of time gives the candidate something to talk about when asked these questions, and enables them to relate question responses specifically to the organization's needs or priorities.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

#8 of My Top 8 Behaviors for a Winning Interview

Many hiring managers say they can often tell if someone is the right fit for his or her organization just minutes after the handshake. In a recent Robert Half survey, executives said they typically form an opinion of a candidate within the first ten minutes of an employment interview. With such a short amount of time to interact with a hiring manager, what can the candidate do to achieve a positive response?

I believe there are eight things a candidate for employment must do. No matter what position level or career experience, these doing these behaviors will help a candidate get an edge over the competition. Starting in reverse order:

8. Smile. I know for some people this may be painful, but a ready smile says you are confidant and positive. Being positive goes a long way toward convincing the interviewer that you're right for the job. Consider whether you're making any common nervous mistakes (e.g., such as rushing your responses or not listening to the full questions), and adjust your communications as necessary. Many employers want positive people. They are nice to work with and customers appreciate them. A smile says you are that person.