Need some professional
advice? Here are 20 fact-filled articles to help you compete in today's
fierce employment market:
Ten Keys to a Dynamite Resume
Resume Design Tips and Template
Stronger Resume To Increase Your Odds
a Resume Format: Summary vs. Chronological
Up an Anemic Resume
Dangers of Resume Overkill
Secret to Interview Success
Talk Yourself Out of a Job
to Answer Interview Questions
to Ask the Interviewer
How to Prepare for Them
the Subject of Money
to Evaluate a Job Offer
Does the New Job Really Pay?
Strategy: It Pays to Diversify
Proper Way to Resign
to Leave a Job Gracefully
to Interview Success
By Bill Radin
you’re qualified for the job, the outcome of your employment interview
will be dependent on your ability to discover needs and empathize with the
You can do this by asking questions that verify your understanding of what
the interviewer has just said, without editorializing or expressing an
opinion. By establishing empathy in this manner, you’ll be in a better
position to freely exchange ideas, and demonstrate your suitability for the
In addition to empathy, there are four other intangible fundamentals to a
successful interview. These intangibles will influence the way your
personality is perceived, and will affect the degree of rapport, or personal
chemistry you’ll share with the employer. They are:
Enthusiasm. Leave no doubt as to your level of interest in the job.
You may think it’s unnecessary to do this, but employers often choose the
more enthusiastic candidate in the case of a two-way tie. Besides, it’s
best to keep your options open. Wouldn’t you rather be in a position to
turn down an offer, than have a prospective job evaporate from your grasp by
giving a lethargic interview?
Technical interest. Employers look for people who love what they do,
and get excited by the prospect of tearing into the nitty-gritty of the job.
Confidence. No one likes a braggart, but the candidate who’s sure
of his or her abilities will almost certainly be more favorably received.
Intensity. The last thing you want to do is come across as “flat”
in your interview. There’s nothing inherently wrong with being a laid back
person; but sleepwalkers rarely get hired.
Most employers are aware of how stressful it can be to interview for a new
position, and will do everything they can to put you at ease.
Since interviewing also involves the exchange of tangible information,
always make sure to present your background in a thorough and accurate
manner and gather data concerning the company, the industry, the position,
and the specific opportunity
A worthwhile interviewing goal is to link your abilities with the company
needs in the mind of the employer so you can
build a strong case for why the company should hire you.
more you know about each other, the more potential you’ll have for
establishing rapport, and making an informed decision.