4 Ways to Ace the Interview (and Land the Job!)

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You might think that by the twenty-first century our job search and hiring techniques would have evolved past resumes and interviews. However, these old fashioned rituals are still used by companies all over the world, even if some of the methods have changed. So, how do you explain your work experience in a job interview in a way that makes you stand out from your competition? Here are a few things to think about before your next interview.

  1. Weigh the importance of your job. Yes, you have all the experience necessary to do the job for which you’re interviewing, but why were you selected? You need to sell your experience in exactly the right way. How important was your job? How can you demonstrate that importance to the potential employer? You need to let them know that if they don’t hire you they will lose out on the experience that you can bring to the table.
  2. Use data to support your achievements. The best way to do this is to cite as many facts and numbers as you can to support the things you’ve accomplished in your career. They can be rough estimates but they need to be pretty accurate. Don’t over exaggerate these experiences because bad information can be verified in one reference phone call. Let them know how much money you helped the company make, any time you saved, or other important information.
  3. Adapt your answers to their specific needs. Next, you need to convince them that your experience will specifically solve the problem they are having. Every job opening is a problem for a company. Either they have a new role to fill that they have never needed before or someone has left the company and they must stem the loss of revenue or activity. Use the information you’ve learned about the organization to explain your experience in a way that matches their needs.
  4. Always be honest and genuine. Finally, you want to make sure that you don’t give them a false impression of yourself. You want to be honest about what you’ve done and genuine about your personality and work style. Otherwise, both you and the employer will become quickly dissatisfied by the working situation within the first few months of employment.

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