One interview secret that will help you land that job!

Hi All!  I recently read a good article about connecting with others.  It was called 11 Surefire Ways to Instantly Connect with Anyone – it’s a great read and you definitely should have a look.  The article got me thinking about how it applies to interviewing.
Most people assume that in interviews the potential employer is focused on your answers and your experience.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Instead, I think that most employers are instead looking at your potential fit within the organization – after all if you have a good resume they already know that you can do the technical potion of the job. 
This is why it is so important that you connect with your interviewer.  Connecting with them gives you a leg up as people remember those that they connected with in a more favorable light.  Every time the employer sees your resume they will instantly be reminded of the positive feels from the connection. 
The article offers several great tips that are applicable in an interview situation.  They include:
  • Make a great first impression
  • Ask good questions
  • Smile
  • Use their name

All of these are really good tips that you should follow.  However, there is one surefire way to connect with the interviewer that always works!  What is it?
Ask them specific questions about themselves and why they like working at the company!

Outside of death and taxes there is one other thing that I’m certain of.  People like to talk about themselves.  If you ask me about my kids, gardening, DIY fixes in my house or Disneyworld – you will be in for a long one-sided conversation that will probably leave you bored and me happy because I was able to tell you all about the stuff that makes me happy.  The majority of people that you interview with feel the same away about their job – otherwise they would be on the other side of the table with you.  This means that if you get them talking about how much they love their job and company they will remember you positively – and this will help you land the job!  
As always I can be reached at sthompson[email protected]  or by leaving comments below.

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