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lanreojous

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« on: October 07, 2012, 06:11:57 PM »
If second dates have become more elusive than ever, what is the solution? How do you avoid getting filtered out? Perhaps it's useful to step back and examine how you'd approach a similar issue in a different area of your life. First dates are actually a lot like job interviews. In a short period of time, you try to make a favorable connection with the person across the table while you are being skeptically reviewed. You are trying to avoid being eliminated so you'll advance to a second round of interviews. You're not exactly sure what the recruiter is looking for, and it's inappropriate to ask.

With interviewing (just like dating), it's all about the three P's: preparation, presentation, and perception. If you're prepared for the interview, you can emphasize your strengths, minimize your weaknesses, and ask relevant questions. But what if you're not prepared going in? What if you don't know the hiring criteria? With a few wrong moves, you could be stamped "Not what we're looking for." Next thing you know, you're reading that dreaded letter: "Thanks for coming in ... we'll call you if anything opens up."

Most career counselors advise job seekers to "do their homework." That is, to get a job, you want to come prepared for the first interview by knowing as much as you can about what a company is looking for. You can study the company's website, ask any friends inside the company about corporate values, and network with contacts to learn current industry trends. You might discover, for example, that one company likes hard workers with a lot of creativity. And in particular, they don't like people who prefer to work alone; the culture is all about being a team player. That due diligence could help you get the job because you'd emphasize your work ethic, creativity, and team orientation above your other skills during the interview.


 
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