Six Tips to Land the Job

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Posted October 30, 2013 by Guest Writer in Career Moves
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As an Executive Search professional, Abby McDonald knows how to nail the interview and land the job. CGN is delighted to share her secrets with our readers. 

 

Greetings, Career Girls!

Want to learn how to be fierce in an interview with flare & finesse?  Want to have multiple offers?  Then come a little closer, I’ve got a secret to share with you…..SERVE.

You heard right!  It’s as simple as that.

I’m about to give you some ”killer” insider tips from being in the Executive Search business for over a decade to help you darling, rock it out in your interview and dazzle that Employer.

You see, you’ve got something very precious to offer that will put an Employer’s mind at ease, however, it’s all about positioning and entering the interview process with the right mindset AND ”uber” clarity as to your intention.

Let me show you how.

After being in the Executive Search business and interviewing many professionals over the years, it dawned on me that we spend most of our lives selling ourselves.  Think about it for a moment, we are constantly selling or convincing people to buy into us and don’t even realize it.

Now think about the interview process, you’re still selling, this time you’re professional skill set to the Employer.

For that reason I’ve developed a six KEY takeaways that I’ve coached candidates on that can be used for Career Girls on the job market.

Here are my six recommendations:

  • Listen to the Employer’s needs. It’s so important to listen, listen, listen!  This will give you an opportunity to be clear as to what the employer is looking for and to position yourself accordingly.  Some people make the mistake of “talking too much” while not getting the appropriate information.  Always remember that you want to be engaging yes, but not overly chatty.  Listening is a powerful tool and will actually draw a person closer to you.
  • Narrow down the top 3 selling points as to why you are a suitable candidate. This is something you do in preparation of the interview.  Make it concise and to the point and use the particular skills you have that matches the client’s needs and emphasize.  I say 3 because people have a short attention span and like you to get the point.
  • Ask the employer quite candidly how you can contribute. This gives you the opportunity to hone in on a solution to their problem that you can offer them in your response.  Always remember that the position is opened because there is a void and a need to be filled.  Go in with the intention Career Girl, that you are the “Heroine” that’s coming in to save the day.
  • Ask relevant questions about the Company. This shows sincere interest on your part in the company and how you can become a contributing member.  Enthusiasm goes a long way, employers like to see a team player quality.
  • Provide a solution with you in it and how you can solve the problem in your position. Employers hire people that help them reach their goals, period.  Serve, Serve, Serve!  Take a consultative approach to the interview, meaning; provide solutions.  Show an interest in the employer’s goals and suggest recommendations as to how your professional skill set can help them achieve it.  You do this, and I guarantee they’ll want to draft an offer before you leave that office.
  • Close the Employer at the end of the Interview. Ask the Employer where they are at in the interviewing process and if there are any other candidates in the running.  This will give you some indication as to where you stand.  Then ask boldly when you should hear back from them.  Don’t be afraid, it will only show you’re determination!

Final thought:

As you can see, this closely resembles what sales people do.  They probe by listening to the customer first, to find out the problem.  Then they pitch a solution to the problem that makes the customer feel comfortable.

It’s the same in an interview.  You are there to provide a solution to the employer.  You’re mission is to put that employer’s mind at ease that by hiring you the problem is solved.  Always keep this in mind and you’ll knock it out of the park every time.

On a deeper note, when you begin to awaken to a level of consciousness that your purpose is meant to SERVE, you position yourself to receive more in your career and life for that matter.

Super, now go out there and be fierce and fabulous! Your golden opportunity awaits.

Cheers to multiple Offers!

 

Abby McDonald has coached and interviewed many people over the past 13 years in the Executive Search business 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. Connect with and learn more about Abby on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

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