Receiving a job prospect call and getting an interview can be the beginning of a lucrative career, depending on how you present yourself to prospective employers. In today’s competitive job market, even high quality candidates may be overlooked or turned down for positions for any number of reasons. But one sure-fire way to kill any chance at being placed on a call-back list is bringing your ego to the interview. Knowing how to listen and when to talk is key during the interview process. While knowledge is power, flexing your ego by telling a company everything they already know about themselves without giving them ample time to learn about you is not a smart approach. Keep these tips in mind when recruited for a job opportunity:
Provide an outline of your career path and give documented, but short examples, of your greater achievements. You want to present yourself as a qualified candidate without underselling your value or seeming arrogant to prospective employers.
Remain sincere about your experience, education, and work background. Don’t attempt to adapt or fabricate your resume with disingenuous material. Most employers can see through insincerity.
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Do Your Homework
While it’s important to learn about the operations and developments of a company prior to an interview, don’t go into the interview as the expert you think they have been waiting for. Impart enough knowledge to leave room for questions on both sides. Who knows, you may get hired and be assigned in a sector a little outside your knowledge and comfort zone.
Try to Relax
Appearing overanxious can lead some employers to think you’re fairly desperate for a job. Any job. This may lead them to question your background and experience. Also, it’s never a good idea to go into an interview anticipating questions with stock responses. Keep an open mind so your answers to unforeseen questions will come naturally and honestly.
Come clean with past problems or indiscretions that could affect a potential employer, or your employment with them in the future. Most employers respect candidates who are honest and up front about issues that may have had a negative impact on their employment history.
We understand that everyone is looking for that perfect job. Submitting the right resume that gets you noticed is the first step to getting that interview.