HOW TO WIN A JOB INTERVIEW
This is a blog about motivation and making money from your own business, as if you want to reach your full potential and make really big money; you have to work for yourself.
Until you reach at this level though, and being able to earn a good income only with your own efforts, you might consider working for a firm, and this is what 95% people do after graduation, trying to find a job in a big or smaller firm, and passing an interview first.
Many people think that if they have a degree from a well-known college or university and a relevant job experience will probably get the job. But what is happening in reality is by far different from what people think.
To get the job you have to compete with dozens and sometimes with hundreds of other people who have a similar or the same degree like you, and also you have to compete with other people who have a bigger job relevant experience! But don't worry! It is not really working like this.
The number one rule to get the job is to make the interviewer like you and believe in you, and this has nothing to do with any degree or any past job experience! Surely, to enter the battle zone, you have to have a degree, experience, etc., but what will separate you from the crowd are:
If you go to an interview with a gloomy face and negative emotions, you will never get the job even if you have the best degree for the job. Interviewer will spot you and reject you before you say your second sentence! Do not blame him though; he has to choose the best person for the job between dozens of other applicants.
By projecting positive energy and confidence, you send the message to the interviewer that you are capable of doing any task that the job will require from you, and this specific fact will make the interviewer look your case in your favour.
An employer will definitely want to hire someone that will stay with the company for the long run, someone that is stable and committed. Believe me, these are traits of someone ' s character and commitment, that will make a big impact for the interviewer, as no business owner will want to hire someone that will leave the company after a short time. The interviewer will immediately know how committed you are just by looking at the length of your previous jobs, so in fact there is nothing you can really do for this case, except that you must appear honest and a person that the company can trust and rely upon.
Yes you guessed right. To get the job you must to be a friendly and project a sociable personality aura. This is because the employer wants you to have a very good relation with the clients at first and secondly a very good relation with your coworkers and administration. In other words you must be a team player, someone that appears to be friendly, outgoing, cheerful and enthusiastic.
Darwin quoted long time ago that "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. "
The companies that work today in specific ways must change their approaches as soon as this is required to stay ahead of the competition. No change, no progress. The interviewer will spot and reject the applicant that appears to be close minded, and not showing that he is open to changes. You must show to the interviewer that you are a person that is versatile, and ready to change at any time to reflect the company's new approach of making business.
We have interviewed Adam Aspri, a guy that he is doing very well in all the interviews he has attended through the years. His insights will help you get in the right mind phase before you go for an interview!
Hello Mr Adam it is nice to have you here!
Thank you for having me.
Let's start this interview by telling us what position do you currently hold, and how long do you work there?
I am currently shop manager for a large company dealing in building materials, like roof tiles, floor tiles etc. I have been with the company for the past 5 years.
Tell us some real examples of winning some job interviews over other candidates.
Well, firstly let's take my current job. It's very important to believe in yourself, to believe that you are the best at what you can do and what you can offer the company for which you are applying. If you don't believe in yourself enough, how would you expect complete strangers to believe in you and offer you the opportunity? It's very crucial to be able to actually project this image to your potential employers.
Even though the company I work for now had interviewed quite a few candidates, they made me an offer which I refused at first, and the reason I had refused was due to the fact that I knew myself well enough to know that I was worth more than they offered me. The fact that they made me the offer meant that they wanted me. I let things be for about a month and they contacted me again. This time we reached an agreement, and guess what, they made me a better offer!
Do you make something specific before going to an interview, a specific ritual preparation, or do you just go with the flow?
There is no going with the flow, if you want to stand out from the crowd; the first thing you must do is be better prepared than anyone else out there. There is a saying that "genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration". I live by this rule! I start preparing for an interview long before I am even sure that the company will call me. Even if they don't call, it doesn't hurt to be prepared; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If they do call though, you will have an advantage over a large number of other candidates.
Do you prepare something to say before the interview, something specific that you say in all the interviews?
It depends on the job description. You have to be able to become as specific as you can as to how your qualifications and experience will help to benefit the specific company for which you are applying. This means that for each different interview, some things will be left unsaid, some things will be irrelevant but these same things will be very relevant to another company.
How about your C.V. Can you show us your C.V. template?
I don't have one with me at the moment but the internet is flooded with templates and samples. Each person should choose a template that best portrays their best qualities and qualifications.
What do you think is your strongest point for winning a job in an interview?
It always comes down to preparation, practice, practice, practice!
What is your education? Do you go for interviews only related to your education?
I have a college degree in graphic arts and advertising design. Anyone, with any background can apply their knowledge, experience and education to any field as long as they are hardworking, diligent, determined and focused.
What do you think are the things that the interviewer wants to hear from the successful candidate?
The interviewer wants to know what the candidate can do for their company and what he or she has to offer that someone else cannot.
Do you always wear a tie while going for a job interview? Is that so important and why?
Yes always, formal attire is a must if you are to be taken seriously as proper grooming is also a deal breaker or maker.
What advice would you give to the job seekers that will separate them from the crowd and make them get the job?
Firstly, they must get to know themselves, what their best qualities are, what their finest attributes are and how to demonstrate them to stand out from the crowd. Finally, it is most important to learn how to project themselves in a most professional way.