Invest a good deal of time in preparation for your
job interviews. Many first-time candidates won't do this and it damages their
chances of getting a good position. They think, "Give me a copy of the want
ads and I'll find something that will work for me." This attitude is
typical of many young people, and its also one of the main reasons that they
have trouble finding their first job.
Lack of interviewing smarts is a common area where
many potential applicants fail. Many people start off wrong from the very
beginning, hunting through ads and sending out dozens of resumes. The winners in
the job hunting game don't send out tons of resumes and just hope for a few to
yield results. This approach isn't worth your time, money, or effort.
Expert hunters know that you don't just keep firing
randomly and hope for one of the bullets to hit a target. You need to target
where you send your resume. Do some research about a company before you waste
the postage. Determine which companies will be most receptive to your resume,
that is your potential market. Now that you've determined your market, define
Communicate with potential employers and establish
some kind of rapport with them. Having a personal connection with the company
will help you decide whether this company is going to work out for you
personally as well as professionally. You may not be happy in an all work and no
fun environment or you may need to be in a company with a less personal
atmosphere. If you think a company/position is going to work out for you then
send in your resume and hope for the best.
So you've got your interview scheduled and you now
feel pretty on top of things. This is where a lot of people stop. But this is
where the real game begins! If you had spent a ton of time wading through job
ads you'd be too sick of the process to keep going. But since you've diligently
targeted your resumes you should be able to concentrate on the next step,
preparing for the face-to-face interviews.
Because we have limited ourselves to a few
meaningful interviews, we need to make the most of our competitive skills. Most
candidates have a lack of interviewing skills. This gives you an excellent
opportunity to best your competition. While they are busy looking through
job ads you can be learning how to lead job interviews instead of just answer
questions. Check out a couple books about interviews and interviewing tips from
your local library. Believe me, they're worth the time it takes to read them.
You can also find a lot of good tips online.
As a result of not preparing many candidates are
turned down from positions even though they have excellent credentials. The
bottom line: devote much of your time to developing your interviewing strategy as well as
rehearsing your performance because this is where most of your competition will fail.