If you don’t want your current employer to get wind of the fact that you want to move on, you mustn’t give yourself away. Careful preparation is the key to a successful interview. Preparation avoids being taken by surprise and prevents giving away information that would have been better to keep to yourself. Sarah Berry has a few important interview preparation tips for you.
No amount of preparation will guarantee that you get the job but it will ensure that your performance is your best one. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to be focusing on:
It is vital that you don’t give yourself away while you are job-hunting. If your employer does suspect that you are planning a move, he/she may entice you to stay by offering you more money or more perks. Will more money or more perks defuse your basic feelings of discontent? Will you be looking to move again once you have got used to your higher salary? It is always best not to involve your current employer in your job hunt, so how do you avoid giving away clues?
First impressions count. Employers decide within five minutes of interviewing you whether they want to employ you, so the way you look is important to your job hunt. Fewer than 5% of personnel managers consider physical attractiveness very important but 75% of personnel managers will bypass a substantially overweight person in favour of a thinner one.
Since employers are influenced by the way candidates look, what should you wear?
It is unbelievable but most job hunters don’t even bother to write to advise the employer that they will be attending the interview on the set date and time. Writing an acceptance letter is necessary and it is common courtesy. It demonstrates that you value the employer and that you want the interviewer to be as prepared for the interview as you will be. Write your acceptance letter because if you don’t it could be a black mark against you before you even get to the interview.
It is all about confidence when it comes to talking about your salary. It will help your case if you have an exact salary figure in your mind of what you wish to earn. As a general rule, salary is determined by:
If it doesn’t look as if you are going to be offered the salary figure you would like, you may have to negotiate with the employer. Successful negotiation is all about you achieving a win-win situation and not about one party being forced into submission or withdrawal. You will therefore need to consider your own needs but also to take into account the employer’s needs and constraints. Decide who holds the power. Is it you or the employer? The balance of power will determine how high or low you pitch your opening bid.
In addition, you need to decide what your walk-away position is. A walk-away position is the point at which the negotiation breaks down. This will be different for each individual and it will depend upon his/her personal finances. For example, if a person is threatened with redundancy or is already unemployment, the walk-away position may be different from that of someone who is already securely employed.
Put your case forward in a firm and friendly approach. Adopt a businesslike manner and choose your wording carefully.
Get in the habit of inspiring confidence in others. To do this you need to do be able to confirm three things in the interview, namely:
If you wish to receive full and in-depth advice about how to prepare for interviews including negotiating your salary, responding to different questioning tactics and conveying the right attitude, you might wish to refer to Sarah Berry’s best-selling e-book, ‘Win the Job at the Interview‘.
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