Some good news the US Unemployment Rate dipping down to 9.4%.  Job openings are slightly increasing through my network,  and there is a expected recovery of the executive job market. If you’re ready to take the plunge, and go after that great new job, you need to know how to give a great interview.

Many people feel quite comfortable with their interviewing skills—until they actually get to the interview. Then, all of a sudden, they’re tongue-tied and feel awkward. If you’re contemplating a career change, or recently lost your job and are looking for work, you need to brush up on your interviewing skills. If you’re one of hundreds of applicants, you need to stand out. A great way to do that is with a stellar interview.

I work with a lot of people who say they interview well. Then, we start role-playing, and they discover that there are a lot of areas where their skills aren’t as solid as they believed. To support this, I am developing a 4-part interviewing module that has natually evolved int a by-product of the BRIDGE Process!  Up your interview savvy!

  • Find common ground and build rapport: Find similar interests or experiences between yourself and the person or people you’re interviewing with. You can establish commonalities during the interview, or beforehand by researching your interviewer(s) online.
  • Establish how you align with the position you’re seeking: Make sure you understand the job requirements completely. If the posting is vague (and they usually are), ask the interviewer for specifics.
  • Align yourself with the requirements of the role: Communicate how your particular experience, education, and skill set make you a perfect candidate for this job. Be honest, and be prepared to provide details.
  • Gather feedback: You want to get feedback from each interviewer after the conclusion of your meeting. Does your interviewer think you’re a good fit for the position? Do they think you’re a good fit for their corporate culture? Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions.

As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!

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