April 20, 2011
Mastering That Interview
Landing a job interview isn’t as easy as it used to be. But once you’re there, you know you’ve got limited time to make an impression. Besides donning your best suit and bringing your latest resume, how do you prepare?
“Be ready to discuss your thoughts and what you would do [if you got the position],” says Kate Benson, managing director at research and investigating firm Martens & Heads. “Don’t be afraid to show your thinking, ideas and strategic abilities.” Benson also suggests mentioning what you bring over your competition.
Most of all, “Don’t be afraid to talk about how great you are – this is the only time you can really do that without being considered an egomaniac,” adds Benson.
But proceed with caution. “Women often wait for the interviewer to cut them off, uncertain of how much information is necessary,” says Forbes. They advise keeping answers concise and letting the interviewer speak at least 60 percent of the time.
Be honest about past mistakes. Being defensive can make you seem weak and not as open-minded. Use specific examples that highlight skills you learned from errors.
Body language can be a deal breaker. Experts suggest making eye contact and listening attentively to show you’re confident, sincere and competent.
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By Muriel Vega
"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be
tough enough to follow through." Rosalynn Carter