The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

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Posted July 1, 2014 by Abby McDonald in Career Moves
Ok Career Girl, so your resume gets attention and you receive “the call” you’ve been waiting for, from a Recruiter or better yet from an Employer.

They’d like to bring you in for a preliminary interview.  Alas progress.

You’re excited and anxious at the same time, you really want this job.  Let’s be honest; we’ve all been there at some point or another where we’ve felt a little “desperado”.

You’re totally psyched up for the interview, dressed to the nines, yet you completely flop and do the following:

  • Don’t review the Company Website prior to the interview and hope to wing it.
  • Don’t prepare questions about the position.
  • Arrive 10 minutes late for the interview.
  • Forget a copy of your resume with you (a big no, no).
  • Forget the name of the person you’re supposed to meet and their Title.
  • When asked why you left you’re last job you get right into the Office Gossip and slander a few of your previous coworkers.
  • When asked about your salary you inflate your salary beyond, presuming you’ll be CEO one day, Seriously?!

I hate to break it to you but this is not the approach to making a good first, lasting impression.  Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!  I cannot stress this enough.

Why would an employer want to hire a completely, disorganized person?  This isn’t going to give them any confidence in hiring this person.  Would you hire someone who presented themselves in this fashion?  I think not!

Ok, enough with the pitfalls, let’s examine the positives:

  • You arrive 10 minutes early to the interview and appear very cordial with the receptionist and wait patiently.
  • The Interviewer arrives and you address them by their first name with a smile.
  • You begin the interview by thanking them for taking the time to meet with you and hand them a clean copy of your resume.
  • You listen intently to the Employer talk to you about the company, their goals and the position without interruption.
  • When asked the question, you’re answer is clear, concise and to the point without leaving room for doubt, the Employer appears to be quite receptive.
  • You ask questions about the company enthusiastically and provide solutions to how your skill set can contribute positively.
  • You thank them for the opportunity and shake their hand firmly and follow up with a Thank You email (that’s always a nice touch).

Wow!  What a difference. This is what you call a “stellar” interview. Cordial, enthusiastic, solutions oriented, this is what Employers look for, the “heroine” who’s going to save the day.

You see, the position was created because there is a void or in more lamans terms a “problem”.  Your role as the candidate, is to put the Employer’s mind at ease, that by hiring you, the problem is solved.

When I coach candidates in the Executive Search business, I advise them that they should take what I call a “Consultative” approach to the interview as opposed to emitting an energy that they just need a job.

By going into the interview with the mindset that you are the “expert” coming in to alleviate their concerns and workload, you’ll find that an Employer will be more receptive.

Remember this cardinal rule and you’ll attract multiple offers, guaranteed.


About the Author

Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald knows what it’s like to live life fiercely and courageously. She started out her Career in the Financial Services Industry 17 years ago with the intent of becoming a Trader only to be fired to her dismay. Through a lot of soul searching she stumbled upon the Executive Search business 13 years ago, while successfully running her own firm for the past 6 years called Dynamic Synergy Group Inc. Abby McDonald has coached and interviewed many people over the years and has developed a love and passion for helping women to discover who they “Really Are” in both their Life & Career. Her latest business venture is www.talkwithabby.com a spiritually infused, inspirational site offering Life & Career coaching services as well as providing a platform for Advice for those who seek it.

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