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November 28, 2012

You Got an Interview! Now, What? – What an Interviewer Wants to Hear (Part I of II)

Filed under: General HR Buzz,Hiring & Jobs6:00 am

Admit it!  Being unemployed is just difficult, no matter whether you were downsized, merged, acquired or fired!  But, being unhappy in a job you don’t like is just as bad.  So you begin the process of constant searching, sending and sighing!  From job boards to online applications to social network sites . . . the fun just never ends!  But then, one day, you get that phone call or e-mail you have been waiting for.  You got an interview!  Now, what?

The first step is to educate yourself on the company.  Research their website and learn as much as you can about the people and the products or services they provide.  If the company mission and vision are accessible, become familiar with those too, since these can tell you what direction the company is desirous of heading and how they plan to get there.  It also lets you know what is important to the organization’s success, so that you can match your skills (if they really do match) to their goals to determine the value you can bring to their table.

The goal of interviewing is not just to determine if you are interested in the job.  That’s important, but also you need to know if this is a company for which you wish to work.  A recent survey released by Jobsite.co.uk polled 1,000 United Kingdom workers and found that 70% say that friends at work are extremely important.  The survey cited 55% stated money was most important.  But, for employers who build satisfying work environments, they will be happy to know that productivity is likely to increase.  The survey noted that 65% of the polled individuals said that happiness in their jobs made them more productive.  As you can see, it is crucial for you to find the right fit!

In Part II we will discuss what questions you need to ask during your interview.   Stay tuned tomorrow!

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