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President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Job Interview Secrets"
Just like any other skill in life, learning how to interview for a job is the kind of thing you will get better and better with over time. There are only so many different ways that people can get you to talk about your background and pry into the facts of your life that are relevant to performing successfully for their company. If, however, you are scheduled to go into an interview for your dream job anytime soon, it doesn't do you much good to know you'll get better and better interviewing over time. Chances are, you want to get better now, or at least in time for the interview.
Luckily, there are some quick ways to improve how to interview for a job. The mot effective and rewarding way is to do the kinds of research that will let you know ahead of time what the interview questions are going to be. Once you know the questions, then coming up with the best answers becomes much, much easier. Luckily, discovering the most important elements that the company will be looking for, isn't that difficult. As a matter of fact, if you know where to look, there are clues everywhere for you to take advantage of. One rich place to look is the documentation associated with the job opening, namely the job ad and job description. These two elements should be able to provide you with a very clear sense about what the job holder is supposed to accomplish, and what results will be considered signs of job success.
For clues about how to interview for a job with foreknowledge of the questions is to be found in your social network. If you are working in a similar field, chances are you know people who have worked at that company already, or who've worked in a similar position at some point in their career. These people are a valuable resource for you as you prepare for the kinds of issues the job interview will involve, and the kinds of people who the company is looking for. To a lesser degree, finding information in the trade press can give you some valuable insights into the larger picture of what the company is facing and what the corporate culture is like at the target organization.
Once you know what the interviewers will focus their attention on, and what they are looking for, knowing how to interview for a job becomes a snap. Simply prepare yourself to answer those questions in as clear and convincing a manner as possible. Though you obviously don't want to lie to the interviewer and pretend to be something that you're not, there is usually a way to describe your experience in a way that matches what the company is looking for. A good thing to keep in mind is that answers which take the form of stories about your relevant experience are more vivid, memorable, and believable than answers which are general and abstract.
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