The average job seeker jets about two interviews per week and spends fewer than 15 hours a week on the job search. At that rate, it takes months to find a job. For most people, that is much longer than it needs to be. Secret: double the amount of time you spend on your job search...at least!
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When answering interview questions, keep the focus on job-related topics and avoid getting too deeply into personal issues, emphasize your strengths and be positive, even when describing a weakness of difficult past work experience.
The 3-step process to answering interview questions
- Make a positive impression.
- Communicate your skills.
- Use control statements to your advantage.
- Answer problem questions.
- Ask key questions.
- Help the employer know why they should hire you.
- Close the interview properly.
- Follow up after the interview.
Three basic employer expectations are 1) Appearance: Do you look like the type of person who will do well in the job? 2) Dependability: Can you be counted on to get the job done? 3) Credentials: Do you have the job-related skills, experience and training?
Important skills business owners say they want in a new employee include: 1) Learning to learn, 2) Basic academic skills in reading, writing and computation, 3) Good communication skills including listening and speaking, 4) Creative thinking and problem solving, 5) Self-esteem, motivation, and goal setting, 6) Personal and career development skills, 7) Interpersonal/negotiation skills and teamwork, 8) Organizational effectiveness and leadership.