• The Ten Commandments for Job-Interviews
    Whereby Your Chances of Finding a Job Are Vastly Increased 
     (Source:What Color is Your Parachute? 2015)
     
    I. Go after new, small organizations with twenty or fewer employees, at first, since they create two-thirds of all new jobs. Only if you turn up nothing should you broaden the search to slightly larger organizations, those with fifty employees, then if that doesn't prove to be a successful strategy, Organizations with one hundred employees.
     
    II. Hunt for places to interview using the aid of, say, eighty friends and aquaintences- because a good job-hunt requires eighty pairs of eyes and ears. But first, do the homework on yourself so you can tell them exactly what you are looking for.
     
    III. As for who to interview, once you've identified a place that interests you, you really need to find out who has the power to hire you there, for the position you want, and use "bridge-people" (those who know you, and also know them) to get an introduction to that person. Employ LinkedIn.com and similar, to find these people.
     
    IV. Do thorough homework on an organization before going there using International Interviews plus the Internet to find out as much about them as you possibly can. If you have a public library in town, ask there too.
     
    V. Then prepare for the interview with your own agenda, your own questions and curiosities about whether or not this job fits you. This will always impress employers.
     
    VI. If you initiate the appointment, ask for just 19 minutes of their time; and keep to your word strictly. Watch your watch.
     
    VII. When answering questions of theirs, talk only between twenty seconds to two minutes, at any one time. Try to be succinct. Don't keep rattling on, out of nervousness.
     
    VIII. Basically approach them not as a "job-beggar" but humbly as a resource person, able to produce better work for that organization than any of the people that have worked in that position previously.
     
    IX. At the end of the interviewing process, ask for the job: "Given all that we have discussed, can you offer me this job?" Salary negotiations should only happen when they have definitely said they want you; prior to that, it's pointless.
     
    X. Always write a thank-you note the same evening as the interview, and mail it at the latest by early next morning. This in addition to e-mailing it. The tendency these days is for job hunters to only e-mail a thank-you note. You will stand out from others if you do both.
     
    The Ten Greatest Mistakes Made in Job Interviews
    Whereby Your Chances of Finding a Job Are Greatly Decreased.
    (Source: What Color is your parachute? 2015)
     
    I. Going after large organizations only (such as the Fortune 500).
     
    II. Hunting all by yourself for places to visit. 
     
    III. Doing no homework on an organization before going there.
     
    IV. Allowing the Human Resources department to interview you (their primary function is to look for reasons to screen you OUT).
     
    V. Setting no time limit when you first begin the interview, and then overstaying your welcome.
     
    VI. Letting your resume be the only agenda discussed during the job-interview.
     
    VII. Talking primarily about yourself throughout the interview, and benefits the job will be for you.
     
    VIII. Failing to give examples of the skills you claim to have.
     
    IX. Basically approaching the employer as if you are a job-beggar, hoping they will offer you any kind of job, however humble.
     
    X. Not sending a thank you note right after the interview. 
Last Modified on May 22, 2018