Without realizing it, Maura was quickly derailing one interview after another. Frustrated, she reached out for help. With a little coaching, she was able to switch things up and nailed the interviews for the perfect position.
The best interviews are dynamic, two-sided conversations where people ask questions, share ideas, and build rapport. Before the interview even happens, recruiters sort through a raft of resumes, schedule an interview time, and show up with one objective - find the best qualified candidate, fast. Job seekers who distinguish themselves with a custom resume, tailored cover letter, and a stellar recommendation are the ones who are most likely to enjoy productive interviews and advance to the next step in the hiring process.
Maura derailed her interviews in less than a minute when she answered the common question, "What has you looking for a new job?" Every time, she cited a need for better work/life balance as her reason for searching. The moment she uttered those words, she edged the interviewer off the business track and into her personal life - unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory.
Once she changed her answer, she changed her results. Which answer did the trick? Was it:
A. "I wasn’t looking. When this job popped-up on LinkedIn, I saw it as a great next step in my career and a chance for me to led my experience to a company I really admire."
B. "I came into my current position looking to accomplish _______, I’ve done that and now I am looking for an opportunity to _____..."
C. "A recent reorganization forced me to consider new opportunities and I’m confident that I can make a difference here by contributing _______ . . ."
If you guessed B, you were right. Maura had accomplished all that she set out to do and she wanted better work/life balance. Rather than making that a topic for the interview, she instead made learning about company culture a high priority. She searched the company website, scrolled through Glassdoor, and talked to current and former employees she identified through her network on LinkedIn. She even prepared a few questions for the interview, so when she showed up, she was curious and confident. When the time was right, she asked:
Follow her lead and ace your next interview with these 5 tips:
1. Do your homework.
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