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Hot Job Interview Tip: Cut To The Chase

Wouldn't it be simpler and easier if you could count on a hiring manager to get right down to business and ask the one question that is probably uppermost on his or her mind? "What can you do for our company that no one else can do as well?"

Most interviewers, however, start with questions that fall into three areas: employment experience, workplace communication, and your personality style. Your answers will help determine if you are someone to interview again and/or hire. Here's what you can do:

BE PREPARED

Get ready for any and all potential questions. Then when they come up you'll have your responses at hand. Also, depending on the interviewer you may be asked questions that require a direct answer such as, "How long were you at your previous employment?" or "What were you daily tasks in your former job?"

OR an individual with a more casual style may put his query this way. "Tell me about a day on the job at your previous employment," or "What did like best about your job and the duties you had?" See the difference? You may provide the same basic answers to both but you'll phrase them according to the way the employer presents the questions.

BE RELAXED

Regardless of the approach the interviewer takes, keep in mind that what he or she is really asking is the question in the first paragraph above. "What can you do for our company that no one else can do as well?" By checking you out in various ways, he or she is looking for the answer to that question because it is the one that 'cuts to the chase.' It gets to the bottom line. It brings the interview into focus.

Whatever the question, approach it in a relaxed and easy manner. Think ahead about the categories involved—your experience, your communication, and your personality because they will be the ones that will grab the hiring manager's attention and convince him or her that you're the one who can offer the company exactly what it needs.

BE ON TASK

In a way it's up to you to 'cut to the chase,' too. Avoid getting sidetracked. Stick to the point of why you want this job and why you believe you can be an asset to the company and its mission.

Interviewers are busy people, seeing one person after another for hours at a time. In order to stand out you'll need to stay focused and clear-minded. Keep thinking 'cut to the chase,' to help you offer only those details that will advance the interview to a place where you can tell the employer is favorably impressed with you.

Most company managers are looking for several key traits: passion, attention to detail, problem solving, leadership, commitment, communication skills, and intellectual curiosity.

Before you walk into the interview room pull together some specific examples from your work life that illustrate a few of these characteristics. At just the right time insert them into your answers as a story, including details, dialogue, conflict, and resolution. In other words, what happened, who was involved, and how did you resolve the problem so the outcome was successful?

If you enter an interview with a 'cut to the chase' attitude for yourself then you'll likely find the interviewer will do the same—and offer you the job.

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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