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Why You Must Spell Out Your Work Related Skills

While accomplishments focus on quantifiable results you have already achieved, work-related skills demonstrate what you can do in the future. This is an important category for potential employers because it is your skill set that shows whether or not you have the tools and aptitude to succeed once on the job. Interviewers may love your personality, and be impressed by your accomplishments, but if they don’t think you have the right tools to succeed, they won’t hire you.

Why You Must Blow Your Trumpet Loud In A Job Interview

Accomplishments are quantifiable results that you have achieved throughout your life and career. This provides an objective insight into your abilities and achievements. Interviewers often use accomplishments both as a way to differentiate one candidate from another, as well as a means to justify their decisions based on emotion. Energy can’t be seen, it is only felt. That energy often stimulates emotions, either in a positive or a negative way, within the interviewer. An interviewer may feel very enthusiastic about you without exactly knowing why, and to justify this excitement, he or she will often use your accomplishments as a means to logically explain his or her feelings.

Personality and Subconscious Energy

Have you ever met someone on the street and immediately felt comfortable with that person? Conversely, has anyone ever snubbed you the wrong way before you even had the chance to meet them? What causes this? Often it is their personality and the subconscious energy they emit.

Subconscious energy can be described as waves of power that can’t be seen, but can certainly be felt. Each of us, whether we choose to acknowledge it, is a transmitter of energy. How we feel about ourselves and our lives determines the frequency of energy that we release. People who are happy in life and proud of who they are have an unmistakable glow about them that an be understood, even without them talking. Conversely, those who are depressed and ashamed walk around with a “cloud” over their head.

Why Job Interviewing is Like Dating

In dating, your appearance may be important to some people, while others might look for someone with a great personality. One may want to date a person who comes from a good family background, while others may fancy a person with a good sense of humor and a cute laugh.

Whether it’s our personality, our looks, our smile, or our sense of humor, we all have different strengths and attributes that ake each of us attractive to someone else. The same is true in interviewing. Some interviewers look for candidates with a neat personality or extensive work experience. While others may want someone with corporate expertise or who is a team player.

Why You Must Treat Interviews Like a Job

Typically, the people that have the greatest success at job hunting are those who treat the job hunt like a job in itself! This attitude fosters motivation and productivity. After all, getting a new job is a job in itself. Anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaken. There are many steps you can take to treat your job hunt like a job…and put yourself in a position to succeed.

Why It’s Important to Negotiate With The Hiring Manager

You may receive your offer from human resources or a recruiter, rather than from the hiring manager. But it’s to your advantage to negotiate with the hiring manager. Why? Because the hiring manager has the most to give (he or she has a budget) and the most to gain (namely, his or her own goals).

Why It’s Important to Clarify Your Job Offer With Your New Employer

While it’s gratifying to be treated with such respect from the employer who is hurting to have you on board as soon as possible, now is not the time to throw caution to the wind. You still want to make sure this is the right job for you. You still want to preserve your bargaining position. And you still want to establish the expectations, goals, and responsibilities of your new role. You want the company or the top recruitment company to make an offer first. If you volunteer your expectations first, you may be naming a salary or other requirements (e.g., flex time, a commission, or a title) that remove you from consideration, even though you might have found their offer acceptable.

Tips on Getting the Best Job Offer

While it’s gratifying to be treated with such respect, now is not the time to throw caution to the wind. You still want to make sure this is the right job for you. You still want to preserve your bargaining position. And you still want to establish the expectations, goals, and responsibilities of your new role. You want the company to make an offer first. If you volunteer your expectations first, you may be naming a salary or other requirements (e.g., flex time, a commission, or a title) that remove you from consideration, even though you might have found their offer acceptable. Or you may be asking for less than they were willing to give. In that case, you’ll not only shortchange yourself, but may even cause them to think that you aren’t quite as valuable as they had believed.

Interviewing Dos and Don’ts

Interview Do’s

• Prepare thoroughly in advance.

• Prepare your list of references, obtain their permission, and seek their advice.

• Use your brief presentation early in your interviews to gain immediate credibility, and then move directly to a discussion of the position.

• Reserve discussion of expected salary and benefits until the employer starts mentioning numbers or makes an offer.

• Ask for a definition of the position that includes the responsibilities and performance expectations.

• Make sure you understand questions before answering them.

• Be gracious and polite in your dealings with everyone.

How To Deal With Weird Situations During A Job Interview

Weird situations cropping during an interview might be termed unintentional stress interviews. Following are some examples and suggested responses:

Interviewer Talks Incessantly about Himself

Say you’d like to have the opportunity to learn from a person who has achieved so much. Then ask, “Where does the hiring process go from here?” Normally, this will either get the interview back on track or result in the interviewer setting up another interview for you. Another approach is to ask the person questions that feed his or her need to brag. That may result in you being described as a wonderful listener.