Career Skills: 22 Ways To Get The Job You Really Want
Improve your chance for a successful job search. Be researched, be ready, and be confident. All 22 things you need to know about landing that next great job.
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Each year, millions of people get hired to work. They get jobs in offices, in factories, in homes, and outdoors.
You can get hired, too. You have the skills and desire. You like a new challenge. You’re studied and primed and ready to go.
All that’s missing is your offer.
For many jobs, a job interview is the last step between you and an offer. How you handle your job interview will determine your success.
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My favorite interview question to ask is “Talk to me about something that interests you intellectually. Doesn’t have to be work-related.” I ask this because while it’s not too difficult to measure how smart someone is, it’s far more difficult to measure how curious they are. Well, I used to be an aspiring playwright, so I wasn’t exactly ignorant about the subject. But when I drew her out about it, her understanding completely eclipsed mine. I hired her and she’s still the best hire I ever made.
William Gadea Founder and Creative Director Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
Two candidates impressed me by showing how they could contribute immediately. As a small business, we value people who can pitch in with various tasks. Required skills are present across dozens of candidates, but that can-do attitude makes a few stand out. One candidate exclaimed with so much passion, “I want to be part of what you’re doing — just tell me how I can help!” At the end of the interview, I asked them to email me a few thoughts on how we could improve our website. The second one we hired had already anticipated and prepared thorough input.
Lisa Banks Executive Editor Interviews Conducted: 25 Website
Something an interview candidate did to make a good impression on me was rather simple and unexciting–the candidate simply took an interest in me. The majority of the interview was the candidate asking me questions about how I get started, my favorite parts of the business, and before you know it, we were talking about personal travel stories. By making that personal connection with me in the interview, he demonstrated he would make that same connection with our customers, which is the most important thing in my business.
Nick Leja Business Owner Interviews Conducted: 1000s Website
If job candidates want to leave a good impression on me, they have to have ask good questions. It’s a must. One candidate who really shone out to me was last year when I was hiring for a new role at my company. When we got to my asking her if she had any questions, she produced a sheet of paper with around seven thought-out questions to ask me. This showed she had done her homework, and that she serious about making sure the job was right for her.
Steve Pritchard Managing Director Interviews Conducted: 20 Website
In one interview, a candidate left a great impression on me. I asked the candidate, “Do you have any questions for me?” While it may have seemed like a generic question with a number of appropriate answers, the one they chose left a lasting impression. The candidate said, “How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?” To me, this showed that the candidate had empathy, an interest in my career, and future success. It made a good impression because it showed me that they were there to “give” as much as they were to “get.”
Marc Cenedella Founder and CEO Interviews Conducted: Many! Website
One recent candidate left a good impression on me. He admitted to me that he loved video games, in particular the game ‘Civilization’ and other titles based around strategy. I loved that he not only revealed the hobby he was passionate about, which always demonstrates drive, but also demonstrated how it made him such a good fit; I love strategic minds and know that to play and win that particular game requires pure strategy.
Fred Schebesta CEO and Co-Founder Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
One thing that an interviewee did that left a good impression on me was asking me the following question: “I know why I want to work here, but why do you work here?” Nobody has ever asked this type of question and it led me to believe that he also needed to be sold on why this was a great place to work here.
Gene Caballero Co-Founder Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
Candidates who stand out to me do a few simple things. (1) They take interview phone calls in a quiet area; (2) They are prepared — they know who I am, why I am calling, and about the role in question; (3) They are thoughtful — they have come up with a few questions that are actually thought-provoking about the company or position; and, (4) They don’t launch into salary demands or inappropriate requests (like, “Can I work from home some days?”) and can answer questions on the salary range they think is appropriate for the role and their experience.
Christy Hopkins Human Resources Staff Writer Interviews Conducted: 1000s Website
This may sound obvious, but the candidates that most impress me the most are the ones that answer questions correctly. It’s amazing how few candidates show up prepared. I primarily interview for technical positions where most questions have right and wrong answers. Few people can wing it effectively, myself included. I’ve always studied for and hour or so every night when I start looking for a new job. It’s very easy to set yourself apart from the crowd by putting in that little extra effort.
Kevin Hayen CTO Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
For a teaching position, I once interviewed a young man impeccably dressed in a full suit and tie. When I walked into the lobby, I found him sitting on the floor playing a card game with an energetic, and sometimes inappropriate, 7th grade boy. I was impressed that the candidate prioritized passing time by engaging with one of our more challenging students rather than ensuring that he remained wrinkle-free for his interview with an adult.
Ruth Wilson Founder and Director of Development Interviews Conducted: 1000s Website
We were filling a personal assistant position for a Hollywood director. The job required the ability to drive a stick shift. Many eager millennials applied and were interviewed. One candidate, in particular, stood out. During the interview, we found out that the candidate had taken a driving class a few days earlier, with the sole purpose of fulfilling the stick shift requirement. He didn’t know if he would get the job. In many ways, he was less qualified than others, because he didn’t have entertainment industry experience. But his initiative set him apart, and we considered him for the position.
Ellie Shoja Founder and CEO Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
During an interview I conducted several years ago, I was thoroughly impressed that a candidate for a reporter position came armed with a list of story ideas. That little extra step was memorable. You’ve got to make yourself stand out in a job interview.
John Egan Editor-in-Chief Interviews Conducted: 100s Website
I once scheduled an afternoon interview with a job candidate. Before the interview, I offered the candidate coffee and professed my addiction to afternoon coffee. After the interview, she sent me a box of coffee pods from Starbucks. I hired her and she still works for me to this day.
Danica Kombol President Interview Conducted: 100s Website 22 Things To Help You With Your Interview
In a job interview, good performance gets rewarded. It gets you hired and gets you respect.
Perform at your best. Here’s how.
Part 1: Two Days Before Your Interview
Your job interview is a performance. You are playing the role of “Potential Employee”. It’s a role for which you should prepare.
The more you prepare for your job interview, the better you’ll perform. You’ll want to know to whom you’ll be speaking, how they fit into the company, and what’s expected of you as an employee.
All of this information is often available online.
You’ll also want to brush up on your human skills, including reviewing the basics of body language, proper greetings, and customary business etiquette during a job interview.
Spend time learning about the company Learn about your body language Rehearse answers to obvious questions Have your interview bag ready and packed Personalize your resume for the interview Do something extroverted to prep your brain
Go deeper in this series:
What To Do Before Your Interview. Part 2: 10 Minutes Before Your Interview
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, or so the saying goes. This couldn’t be more true when you’re in the process of interviewing for a job.
The first few seconds of your interview often determine your entire interview’s outcome.
When you make a great first impression, everything you say during the first 10 minutes — no matter how off-base — may be viewed positively by your interview. That’s how powerful a good first impression can be.
Dress for your interview appropriately Be groomed for your interview Consider covering any visible tattoos Arrive early for your interview Turn off all electronic devices Give a good, proper handshake
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How To Make A Great First Impression. Part 3: During Your Interview
Your behavior during a job interview can be the difference between getting the job offer, and getting passed over.
Your body language, eye contract, and grace are on all display. A weak resume can be overcome with an excellent in-person interview. Similarly, a strong resume can be negated by a lack of situation awareness.
When you’re offered water, take it Maintain appropriate body language and eye contact Be ready to answer: “tell me a little about yourself” Deflect questions that are “too personal” Ask your interviewer: “what has been your best moment with the company so far?”
Go deeper in this series:
How To Behave Throughout Your Interview.
Your job interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door and say goodbye.
How you conduct yourself over the next 5 days can improve your odds of getting a job offer. Do the right things to make yourself memorable, and to increase your chances of getting the job.
Give a meaningful goodbye Leave electronic devices put away Do not speak about your interview within 50 feet of the interview site Send a proper thank you note Be patient while you wait for your job offer
Go deeper in this series:
What To Do After Your Job Interview Ends.