HOW TO WIN THE INTERVIEW BATTLES: At Your Job Interview, Be Neither Intimate Nor Distant With The Interviewier- Part 2

May 17, 2011 Posted by

HOW TO WIN THE INTERVIEW BATTLES: At Your Job Interview, Be Neither Intimate Nor Distant With The Interviewier- Part 2

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Before we go into the article proper, let us consider some relevant facts you may or may not know and questions you may have asked or about to ask concerning unemployment and the sure ways to get a dream job:

 

FACT 1:

The world is home to millions of unemployed. This staggering statistics means that at this very moment millions of men and women alike are being subjected to unemployment related poverty and all its ramifications.

 

QUESTION 1:

Isn’t it amazing that in the face of the above mentioned statistic governments at all levels, especially in Nigeria, continue to be lukewarm about unemployment problems and only pay lip service in public fora where job creation strategies are discussed?

 

FACT 2:

My father taught me when I was young that I had nothing to be afraid of as long as he’s around, I know he’s right.

 

QUESTION 2:

Can a government play the role of daddy to men and women with regards to unemployment problems?

 

QUESTION 3:

Don’t you think you may reach your retirement age before you get a job of your dream today, if you fold your hands and wait for the government(s) to get you a job by playing daddy?

 

TODAY’S REALITY:

The reality today is that your education and training career decisions, professionally crafted resume and excellent performance in the job interview are the sure things that will guarantee you get your dream job. This is why I have decided to focus on helping you through this article to excel in your job interview.

Conducting Yourself During The Interview You have all the qualifications and you have great references, so why don’t you get the perfect job you desire? It may be the way you conducted the interview that prevented you from getting the job. Certainly, many people become nervous during an interview, but failing during the interview goes beyond just being nervous. In fact, there are things that some interviewees do that go beyond the scope of acceptable. Focus on the Interviewer and Interview If you want to increase your chances of getting your perfect job, you want to make sure you do well at the interview. One of the most important things to remember is to remain focused on the interviewer and the interview. There is no quicker way to fail during an interview than to allow the interviewer to see you looking out the window or daydreaming rather than focusing on him or her and the interview. It is not only rude, but it also makes the interviewer feel that you are not interested in the interview itself. Some people just feel that, as long as they are listening to what the interviewer has to say, there is no need to maintain eye contact. Unfortunately this is an incorrect line of thinking and, in fact, makes the interviewer feel like you are not really interested in anything he or she has to say. Keep in mind that the interviewer is sizing you up to see whether you are a good fit for the company—if he or she cannot read your eyes because you are staring into space, you may as well leave the room because you have already lost any chance of getting that perfect job. Even if you find interviews boring—and most of us do—you still have to maintain an aura of interest if you expect to be hired for that perfect job. It’s not difficult to pretend to be interested for the few minutes you will be talking to the interviewer. Remember, if you fail at the interview, you will have to continue the process. But if you present a good image and are hired, you do not have to go to any more interviews. If you have trouble focusing when you go to an interview, try practicing at home so that you can get into the habit of maintaining eye contact with your interviewer in order to increase your chances of getting that perfect job. Learn to look at the interviewer instead of out the window, into space, or down at the floor. Also, make sure not to look at messages on your cell phone—that’s even worse. Your focus and attention need to be on the person who is interviewing you and not on anything else in the room. Remember: the interviewer has other things to do and has taken time out of his or her busy schedule to interview you for the job. Do not smoke during or before the interview Although, in today’s world, smoking during the interview is likely to be impossible unless you are outside, it’s worth mentioning that you should avoid smoking right before or during the interview and bringing the strong odor of smoke into the room. If you do smoke, have the courtesy to use breath spray or mints afterward. Nothing detracts from a conversation quicker than the smell of cigarette smoke. Turn off your cell phone Under no conditions should you have your cell phone on during a job interview. Unless the interview process is extremely long, there is nothing that cannot wait until you are finished. And, even then, only an emergency such as an extremely sick child or a potential life-or-death situation with a family member would be permissible. Cell phones should only be on silent mode and used, as stated, for extreme emergencies. If possible, arrange with a family member or friend to take emergency calls and handle them while you are at a job interview. Stay focused Another mistake people make at interviews is failing to remain focused on the interview. Instead of maintaining eye contact with the interviewer, they look around the room, look out the window, daydream, or do any other number of things (including looking in their purse, making notes unrelated to the interview, playing with a cell phone, and twiddling their thumbs). All of these show signs of boredom and will cast you in a negative light when it comes to getting the perfect job—or any job, for that matter. Choose appropriate discussions The interviewer may ask a few things about your personal life, such as whether family issues will affect your job and the like, but don’t discuss your husband or boyfriend beyond those issues that directly relate to the job. The interviewer does not want to know that you’re getting ready to buy a new house or that your church is having a bazaar. Dressing for the Interview One of the key factors that will help you achieve success in getting that perfect job is the way you dress when you interview. Even if you are applying for a position in a warehouse, do not assume that it is acceptable to dress in jeans and a sweatshirt. In fact, it is never acceptable to wear jeans to an interview unless the company tells you specifically that they are having a casual day on the day of your interview or that you will be in an area where jeans or other casual clothing would be more appropriate. Although it is becoming more common for both men and women to dress in business casual clothing for interviews, you have to keep the type of position in mind when you dress. Although it may be appropriate to wear khakis and a casual top for a position as a customer service representative, when you are applying for a manager’s position, you might want to wear, at the least, a skirt and blouse (for women) and a suit (for men). Women may choose to substitute a pantsuit for a skirt and blouse, especially in colder weather. Another thing to keep in mind when you are dressing for an interview is to avoid wearing anything that is going to draw attention to your clothes and away from you. You want the interviewer to keep his or her focus on you, so do not wear brightly colored clothing. Even if the position allows for jeans and a casual top, wear something conservative. Both men and women should choose colors such as black, navy, gray, or brown for slacks and skirts and white or pastel tops. Women should also choose skirts of an appropriate length and refrain from wearing slacks that are tight or revealing. In order to obtain your perfect job, you have to look the part. It should go without saying, but make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle free. You want to give the interviewer the impression that you are serious about the job and not just looking for something to pass the time for a few months. First impressions are those that last, and if you cannot impress the interviewer during your interview, you will not have a second chance.

The author, Timothy Y. Aboh,Ph.D has over twenty-five years of experience heading Human Resources Departments of top Multinational Firms, where he discovered that the main reasons a good number of College Graduates remain unemployed or fail to get into perfect jobs were the following;

1. Lack of (or little or inappropriate) Educational Preparation

2. Poorly or badly written Resumes and Cover Letters

3. Poor performance at Job Interviews

He has written few books to share his experience with unemployed and underemployed graduates. His other books include:

1. War against unemployment.

2. Winning the career-change battles.

3. Winning the job hunting battles.

4. Winning the interview battles.

5. Winning the resume & cover letter battles.

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Timothy Y. Aboh, PhD @

Smashwords author page: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/enemaye

Author’s other websites:

www.war-against-unemployment.com,

www.book-business-bureau.com

 

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