How To Land the Job You Want

I will assume that you have an interview coming up.  That interview is the most important step to landing the job.  The first person you meet likely will not but the decision maker but rather someone from HR who will sort of “check you in.”  But should the first person you meet actually be someone who has a say in your hiring you want the look of success and the sound of success to be drooling from you.  So here are the points you need to make.

You only get once chance to make a good first impression.  That means, dress for success.  You should dress well enough that you wonder if you might actually be over-dressed.  Not to worry.  Being “over-dressed” is a sign of respect for the person you are meeting.  Men, that means a dark suit with a red tie.  Ladies it means a business suit, conservative.  Do not try to trade on your body.  If your great body is what gets you hired, you are in the wrong job.

When you meet someone for the first time, reach out and firmly shake their hand while looking them in their eyes, smile, and say something like “good to meet you.”

Be totally honest and forthcoming.  Now this does not mean tell them your life story.  Answer only the question asked, don’t offer more “icing” because it more likely will ice you.  Interviewees have a tendency to talk to much, offer up too much.  If you don’t understand the question being asked, say so.  Every interviewer asks the question, “what do you think you strength and weaknesses are.”  Be ready to answer each question, briefly.  They guy who claims to have no weaknesses will also have no job.  Have a list of at least five questions you want to ask the interviewer.  These questions will revolve around potential growth in the job, what the future of the company is, what position you will be holding, etc.  The more interest you show the interviewer the more interest they will show towards you.

Look the interviewer in the eyes.  People who look other people in the eye are thought to be honest.

Directly ask how soon they need the job filled, intimating that you can start tomorrow if need be.  This not only sends the message that you want the job, but you are ready, now.

Don’t talk yourself out of the job!  Being enthusiastic about getting a job is a good thing.  But show that enthusiasm in short, direct questions.  Too many people who interview for a job try the “tell all” method.  Unless you are asked a complex question, which is unusual, you should never have to talk for more than about 1 minute at a stretch at any one time.  Stay focused on the question asked.  But complete and succinct.

Strengthen you weaknesses.  You know what they are, just don’t offer them up.  But when asked, pick one that can be remedied in your new position.  You tell them how this position will put you next to people who excel in that area and how you hope to learn from them.  Then say, you also hope to get additional training through company offered programs or local colleges.  That is when you ask about college reimbursement.  By doing these things it sends the message that you are already considering what a long-term investment in that company looks like.  That is always a good message to send.

When the interview is winding down, and you have decided that you want this job, tell the interviewer that fact in no uncertain terms.  Just come right out and say, “I want this job.”

If they are unwilling or unable to commit, ask about follow-up interviews.  Also ask when they expect to make a decision as to who they will hire.  The effect you want to give at that point is “I want this job but I need to move my energy in another direction if I am not going to get it.”

Importantly, if the interviewer offers something you can relate to, join in a short conversation about whatever it is.  You want to endear yourself to you possible employer in any fashion you can.  Leave no stone unturned.


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