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Top 10 Things To Mention In an Interview, Our Record Month... : 27 Jan 2013

It's been a pretty standard week for us, if you don't count most ever visits to the site in a month and the greatest number of professional and job listings ever! In addition, the number of registered professionals has increased to more than 26,700! We are thrilled to be working with so many industry people - we remain committed to helping both employers and professionals to enjoy the success they deserve.

With all these jobs and CV downloads there are going to be many hundreds of interviews taking place each week. They can be a pretty daunting prospect for most professionals, no matter your experience or qualifications, but they can be made a lot easier by ensuring you give some attention to the following 10 topics.

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One of the best ways to beat the nerves of an interview and make a great impression is to go in there with a plan. That is, know what you want to get out of the experience. After all, it's an opportunity for you to learn as much about them as they can about you.

Here are 10 things to always bring up in an interview and why they're important:

1. The Work
The aim of the interview is to determine whether you have the skills to do the job. Still, your interviewer may not even know how to figure out if you have what it takes. So you must be ready to do it for them. Be prepared to drop your 'three Ps' - Performance (what have you achieved so far in your career?), Potential (what are you capable of in the future?), and Perseverance (enthusiasm can speak volumes).

2. The Company
More than a third of managers say that the number one interview mistake is little or no knowledge about their business. Don’t let that happen to you. Do your homework ahead of time so you are ready to say why you want to work for that company.

3. The Culture
The work environment can determine whether you love your job or hate it. Do your values align with those of the business? You'll only know if you ask about the culture of the workplace.


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4. Industry Knowledge
Want to “wow” the interviewer? Demonstrate your knowledge of the industry. Talk about recent newsworthy events or the interviewing managers thoughts on new industry direction. Your understanding of the industry proves your passion for the field and indicates a deeper level of expertise than the average candidate.

5. Past Experiences
Your past experiences demonstrate how you would perform if you landed the job. The most important thing is to provide specific examples. If you have numbers to back up your claims, that’s even more persuasive.

6. Portfolio of accomplishments
A portfolio contains all of the things that are not included with your CV (remember, your CV is designed to get an interview, not tell your life story). For example, include certificates, written references, media coverage, examples of relevant work, images of clients, testimonials, etc.

7. Your Plan For the Position
Your interview is a chance to show the company what you can do for them. Lay out what you’d do, should you get the job. This plan doesn’t need to be detailed ? it just needs to illustrate how you would positively contribute to the position. For example, outlining how you would reduce customer turnover.


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8. Your Referral (if you have one)
There’s nothing wrong with name-dropping if the person helped you land the interview. If you were referred to the position, be sure to remind the interviewer. This connection can put some weight behind your candidacy, as well as spark a positive conversation between you and the interviewer.

9. Thought-out Questions
Always make sure you have questions at the end of the interview. From queries about the interviewer’s role to thoughts on the history of the position, questions show your desire for the job. They can also give you more insight into the role, which may not have been addressed during the more formal portion of the interview.

10. What are the Next Steps
Understanding the next steps in the interview process is essential. Always ensure you’re aware of what these are. It may be a second interview. It may be giving the company a list of references. It may mean you won’t know the outcome for a few weeks. By asking about these next steps, you’ll know what to expect and gain some peace of mind. You’ll also show your enthusiasm for this position.

Stick to the checklist and your job interviews will be a much smoother process. Not only will you learn more, you'll look better in the eyes of the interviewers and improve the likelihood of leaving on a good note.

Have a great week.


Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one from Alan Carniol

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