Of all the interviews I’ve conducted with prospective employees (hundreds), I can count on one hand the number of interviewees who knew anything about my company or the job I was trying to fill.
Since you’re reading this, you have an Internet connection. You have at your fingertips the information you need to slip by all your competition and slide your resume on top of the stack.
You can move to the head of the class of interviewees—guaranteed. You can be the ONE! Here’s how.
1. Go online and find the Web site of your prospective employer. Read everything on the site. Make some notes. Look up the biography of the person you’re meeting with.
2. Organize your notes into two groups: notes on things to say and notes on things to ask.
3. Write out some conversation starters or stimulators. Examples: “Your widgets are state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology, that’s impressive.” Or, “I noticed you haven’t been with the company but a short time.” Nothing earth-shaking, just enough to let your interviewer know you’ve done your home work. He’ll take it from there.
4. Write out some questions. Examples: “Your widgets are state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology, how long have you been making them?” Or, “I noticed you haven’t been with the company but a short time, what was the main reason you came over here?”
You’ve got the idea. Talk positively about the company and your interviewer in a way that shows you’ve done your homework. I GUARANTEE you will make a positive impression. That little extra effort will payoff big for you when it comes time to select the best candidate for the job. Talk as much about your prospective employer as you talk about yourself.
About the author: Harvey Gardner is a freelance copywriter and consultant. He owns America’s Resume Service. He can be reached through his website atwww.harveygardner.com/resumes.html