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Job Interview Tips 2008-02-14 07:46:12

Treat Your Interview Like a Date


Are you a dating pro, but could use a little improvement in the interview area? I think we can always be working to improve our interview skills, and InterviewStream has come up with a way to help us approach these nervous meetings by applying our polished dating skills. Leverage what you've got, right? This doesn't necessarily mean you should wear the shirt that accentuates your best, ahem, assets — on the job front appearance does count but it's mostly about approach and attitude. You're not trying to take your interviewer home with you, after all! To see the cute and clever Top Ten Tips for Romancing Your Dream Job just read more

  1. Know your type: Self-awareness is critical to an effective job search because it enables you to determine what you want from your next opportunity. When you know what you're looking for, you can target careers or organizations that fit your wants and needs.
  2. Play the field: Reaching out to family, friends, alumni from your college or university, or others will allow you to gather information about a company of interest. Then you can reference them during the interview, in addition to sending a signal to the company that you're 'into them'.
  3. Always get their number: When you hit it off with someone you'd like to ask out, you ask for his or her number. When you hit it off with someone you're networking with, requesting a business card is just like asking for his or her number.
  4. Leverage the Law of Attraction: When it comes to the job search, attraction can be just as important as it is in the dating world. From a professional-looking résumé to wearing a sharp suit and looking your best during an interview, if you look the part, you'll often get the part.
  5. Break the ice: Come ready to concisely highlight your background and clearly articulate how your choices led you to the interviewer's doorstep. Avoid using canned or overly-rehearsed answers—the dating equivalent of using lame pick-up lines.
  6. Give the right signals to heat things up: If you're saying one thing but your body language is saying something different, employers notice. Non-verbal communication is critical.
  7. I mean, like, be smooth with your, umm… pick up lines, you know: Using filler words or sounding like you're overly nervous will make you seem distracted and unprepared. However, when your confident about scoring a job, it will help you loosen up.
  8. Don't bash your 'Ex'…employer: Recruiters don't want to hear about how bad your ex-boss or company was and why they are the reason you're back out playing the field. Stay positive.
  9. Be honest: When you explain your skill level or the gap in your employment or dating history keep in mind that employers and significant others might notice. Whatever your story is you should be prepared to explain it and move on.
  10. Don't be a run-away bride or groom: Don't commit too early. Give the job offer some thought. Then, make sure you know what it is you are committing to in order to avoid backing out or leaving three months into the job. Word travels fast and employers (potential spouses included) will ask tough questions about your willingness to commit in the future.

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