Wednesday, January 23, 2013

3 Necessary Interview Techniques


3 Necessary Interview TechniquesYou’ve made it through the initial vetting process. They like your resume and you’ve probably been contacted by phone. Now you’re ready to appear in person. Regardless of the field you’re in, this potential employer needs someone with your skill set and the hiring process is taking up their valuable time. They want to hire you, so your challenge is to not change their minds.

Understand the employer

You need to be prepared to demonstrate that you understand what the organization does and, as importantly, the nature of the company’s internal culture. There’s a good chance you’ll be asked why you want to work for them. If they have an online presence, visit their websites and read carefully; in fact, read everything you can. Do a news search and read current press releases. If you can’t answer why they’re your choice for employment, it will tell the interviewer you don’t care and are not a good fit.

Focus on detailed answers

You need strategy to effectively answer questions. Many of us have a tendency to deliver closed-ended responses, yet being brief often fails to communicate the message.
Let’s say you’re interviewing for a pediatric nursing position and are asked about your skill communicating with family members. You’re answer shouldn’t be, “I’ve worked with a lot of families under stressful circumstances.”
Your answer should reflect your actual experience. Give the interviewer a real-life example of your work with a patient and family under duress. Let them know what the child was being treated for, how you assisted in conveying the patient’s condition to the family and if you were able to provide information and supportive education. If the situation became emotionally complicated, were you able to connect them to other services? The point is this: You have to tell the story, without going off on a tangent, to effectively illustrate your experience.

Demonstrate your value

When applicable during the interview, you should highlight results, not just duties. Let’s say you’re trying hard to get that pharmacy tech position at a large city hospital. Perhaps the interviewer has straight out asked “What can you do for us?” It’s not enough to say, “I’ve got 10 years of experience working as a pharmacy tech. I know a few things.”
It’s very important to demonstrate how you can bring value to the employer. You could start with “During my 10 years as a pharmacy tech, I’ve…” and fill in the blanks with your achievements. Did you seek out useful certifications to meet new challenges, train other pharmacy techs or propose organizational efficiencies that were implemented? If so, be direct about your contributions and what you can bring to the table for this employer.

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