Source | | By|Malasubramanyam
Don’t wait for the interview. Be always prepared to talk about yourself and what value you add to a job or work situation. When someone asks me: Are you looking for a job? I say, “No, I am looking to find something that matches my qualifications.” Looking for a job has the sound of desperation. Finding a match speaks to your value-add. [Tips in this write-up is based on my past experience as a successful job candidate in marketing and as a hiring manager. Use it with discretion based on the type of job].
If your goal is always to match the job to your qualifications [not the other way around], you will handle any job questions, and learn to ask a few yourself… not the standard ones recommended in interview guides, but the ones that help you in your decision-making.
6 UPFRONT TIPS:
- Answer the person behind the question, not just the question. Meaning, know why the question is being asked
- Be brief – get to the point. Let them ask you follow-up questions. Keep control of the flow. I learned this while giving market research presentations. The less I said the less likely chance of confronting unchartered territory.
- Don’t be defensive about your employment history. If you have doubts about yourself, how can you expect the other person to trust you?