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Pack Your Job Interview With a Dose of DOUBLE-H

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

Most job seekers over-focus on the job itself. Will the hiring manager like them? Will they answer questions correctly? Will they be hired? Of course these are legitimate concerns worth considering, but two essential elements are often neglected––Humility and Humanity. So if you're serious about landing the perfect job for you, be sure to pack your interview with both of these important characteristics.

HUMILITY

This trait is often misunderstood. Some people think it means scraping and bowing and basically letting people walk all over them. But this is not true. To be humble means to hold a respectful view of yourself and others, to show interest, to be kind and courteous, and to avoid coming across as self-centered and intrusive. Humility is one of the most important attributes you can express in a job interview. Right away the hiring manager will see that you are a person who is reasonable, kind, concerned with others as well as with yourself, willing to compromise when necessary, able to lead without bullying, and true to the company and to yourself when on the job.

During the interview you can exhibit humility by listening attentively to the hiring manager, answering questions honestly, showing interest in the company and its objectives, and paying attention to the cues you notice when the interviewer speaks.

HUMANITY

To be human is to be real, to show your strengths and your weaknesses. In other words, if you failed to achieve a certain goal in your current employment, be willing to share that experience and then talk about how you remedied it. No one expects perfection. And job seekers who present only their victories will not be convincing, because everyone has a down side. The hiring manager knows that. Being authentic is so rare in our culture that it will be refreshing to an interviewer to meet someone who is willing to be true to himself or herself. That does not mean you should play the victim or focus on your failures. Simply acknowledge them, when appropriate, and then talk about what you learned from them. Such a conversation will show the hiring manager that you are an overcomer, instead of an overachiever––who at some point is bound to crash.

Pack your interview with humility and humanity and the job that is just right for you will appear without worry or fear.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."

Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.

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