The Job Interview Is Not Just About The Job Duties
"CAN HE DO THE JOB?"
The first item of business for an interviewer to determine is if you have the qualifications to perform the duties of the job. That is the basic part of interviewing - to determine if the qualifications and experiences fit the requirements of the position.
"DO WE LIKE HIM?" "WILL HE FIT IN?"
The next item of business is to find out if this person is a good "fit" for the job. In other words, will he fit into the team and the company culture? Although this is the more subjective part of the interview, it can make or break your chances of getting the job.
The Salary Negotiation Dance During A Job Interview
One step forward; one step back; step together, and back again.
To perform the job interview salary negotiation dance steps, you must have a good sense of balance. Knowing your value and your worth will help you feel more confident about staying in step during the salary negotiation process. The employer takes the lead and you follow, staying with the rhythm. You move together through the interview process; aware of the other, taking care not to step on one another. The salary negotiation dance is never confrontational or harsh, but smooth and in harmony.
Your Job Search Wish List
If you were to sign up with an online dating service the first task for you to complete would be to describe what you are looking for. "What you are seeking in a mate?" It makes sense. How are you going to find your mate if you haven't declared what is important to you?
It's not that different in a job search. The first question to ask yourself should be: "What are you seeking in a job?"
Taking some time to think about what is important to you will help you be more selective in where you apply, interview, and hopefully end up working. This will also be a great source of energy, enthusiasm and passion for you when you are asked, "Why do you want this job?"
Using interview questions as your guide, try flushing out what is important to you and what is not. In the end hopefully you will have your own "Wish List" of job requirements.
Interview Question - "When have you been most motivated?"
This is more than an interview question; it is a question that you should be asking yourself before the interview.
When have you been most satisfied in your work? When did you feel like you were making a difference or making a contribution? Basically, what would you like more of in your next job?
This simple exercise will help you answer this question will also help you look inside yourself to think about what you want "more of," and what you want "less of" in your next job. People usually perform at a higher level if they are satisfied with the work that they do - and as a result are more motivated to give 100% - plus.
Job Fairs Aren't for Sissies; 10 Tips to Improve Your Chances
There is more competition in the job market than there was a few years ago, so it pays to get out there. Attending a job fair beats sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. If nothing else, it's a place to schmooze and find out what's happening. Your approach to the fair may make a huge difference in whether you achieve satisfactory results.
Joe received his layoff notice on a Friday. After a week at home, he knew he had to get out and make some contacts. He found and landed his last job at a job fair, and soon discovered on the Internet there was a tech fair in his area the following week.
Armed with several copies of his resume, Joe set out with an air of confidence. His confidence got a blow when he arrived at the site and saw the long line of people waiting to get in. This was going to be a very different experience than his last job search. As he walked down the line, he met friends and former coworkers. He tried to find out what was going on inside and how to deal with it. Some of his friends were veterans of the system and were glad to share some survival tips with him. Here are 10 of those tips:
1. Once inside, get a list of participating companies and choose which companies interest you. Spend your energies on them rather than wandering from booth to booth.
2. Check out job openings for each company of interest, typically found on a listing sheet. Or use a computer, if provided, to look up individual companies.