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Preparing for the Interview

Salary Negotiation Tips

 Research salary surveys for your occupation, experience, and location to determine the current market rate for the position.

Based on your research about the company determine their growth trends (fast growing or hurting financially). If growing, your ability to secure a high salary, benefits and rewards is more feasible.

During the interview process, effectively sell your skills, talents, accomplishments, work ethic, and experience to secure an offer letter at top pay.

When asked directly about your salary range, counter by asking what the range is for the job, so you know the boundaries.

If asked about your salary requirement, professionally and politely sidestep the question. Say, “It’s negotiable,” or “I am open for a competitive offer,” until you are confident they want to hire you. Then, YOU have the advantage.

Never lie about your past salary. Reference checks might expose you.

Consider the value of benefits and rewards, such as stock options, bonuses, telecommuting options, and promotion potential.

Ask about extra benefits and rewards.  Offer reasonable compromises and if you do not get them, you can attempt to trade them for a higher salary.

Even if you get what you ask for, wait a day or two to think it over before accepting the offer.

Credentials

Goal – place objective measurement on your background, education and training.

Sample questions:  What was your GPA?  How long were you at ABC University?  Why did you select this University?

 Experience

Goal – subjectively evaluate features of your background and achievements.

Sample questions:  What were your responsibilities in that position?  What have been your greatest accomplishments?

 Opinion

Goal – subjectively analyze how you would respond in a variety of situations or scenarios.

Sample questions:  What would you do in this situation?  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?

 Competence

Goal – align your past behaviors with specific competences that are required for the position.

Sample questions:  Can you give me an example of your specific leadership skills?  Explain how you developed or found a creative solution to a problem.

 Math Logic

Goal – evaluate not only your math skills, but also your creative ability in formulating the mathematical formula for providing an answer (or an estimate, as is often the case).

Sample questions:  What is 1,000 divided by 69?  How many golf balls could fit into a Kia?

 Problem Resolution

Goal – evaluate your problem-solving abilities and how you would analyze and work through potential case scenarios.

Sample questions:  How many gas stations are there in Japan?  What is your estimate of the global online retail market for books?

 Common Knowledge

Goal – get past your pre-programmed answers to find out if you are capable of an original thought.  There are not necessarily right or wrong answers.  This inquiry is mainly used to assess your ability to think on your feet.

Sample questions:  What kind of animal would you like to be?  What color best describes you?

 Behavior

Goal – anticipate future behavior based upon past behaviors.

Sample questions:  Can you give me a specific example of how you did that?  What were the steps you followed to accomplish that task?

 Additionally, be prepared for these general questions that are frequently asked of candidates:

  1. What do you know about our company?
  2. Tell me about yourself.
  3. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate for this position?
  4. What are two or three of your strongest attributes or qualifications?
  5. Can you provide us with an example of when you successfully used those attributes to resolve a problem?
  6. Can you give me an example of when you had to make an unpopular decision?
  7. Can you give me a specific example that showcases your leadership style and skills?
  8. Can you describe a time when you developed a creative solution to a problem?
  9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Where do you need to improve or what are your weaknesses? Leave us a comment below. Did we miss any common topics?

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  ~ Thomas Edison

You have more say in your destiny than you may think.  Remember that your passion, positive attitude and confidence can help establish the tone and the outcomes from the interview.

The three distinct steps of the interview process:

  1. Research – before the interview, gather all the knowledge you can about the organization and the people with whom you are interviewing.

a. The easiest resources to access is the internet:

                                             i.      Go to the company’s website.

ii.      Google the company for late breaking news and general news items not published by the company.

iii.      Use LinkedIn to get an understanding of each of the interviewers.

b.  If you have a contact inside the company, make a call to them to get a more personal view of the organization and the corporate culture.

c.  Think about the questions that you will likely be asked and think about how you would answer those questions.

 2.  Sell You – convey enthusiasm, energy and optimism about the opportunity.

a.  Reiterate your interest in the position.

b.  Answer questions with confidence and use the STAR method to provide behavioral examples of your capabilities to perform the job responsibilities.  When answering questions, this method has been useful to many candidates:

                                             i.      S = quickly communicate the situation and any background information to set the stage for the example you are going to share.

ii.      T = explain the task or assignment.

iii.      A = explain what actions you took, how you contributed to the successful outcomes for the project.

iv.      R = discuss the results or outcomes.

3.  Ask Questions – convey interest and gather more information about the role, the organization or the interviewer.  A couple of examples follow:

a.  Can you tell me a little more about the position and the type of person and core competencies you are seeking?

b.  What benchmarks are you using to evaluate candidates for this position?

“Interviewing is not a science.  Nor is it an art form.  It is simply an imperfect form of human communication designed to increase the predictive validity of potential employer-employee relationships.”    ~Tearetha Croxton

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Top 10 Critical Success Factors

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Here are the top 10 critical success factors nearly every employer is seeking:

  1. Positive attitude toward work. 
  2. Proficiency in field of study.
  3. Communication skills (oral and written).
  4. Interpersonal skills / excellent corporate image. 
  5. Confidence. 
  6. Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  7. Flexibility.
  8. Self-motivation.
  9. Leadership.
  10. Teamwork.


Keisha Hunter
 

Salary Negotiation Tips  Research salary surveys for your occupation, experience, and location to determine the current market rate for the position. Based on your research about the company determine their growth trends (fast growing or hurting financially). If growing, your ability to secure a high salary, benefits and rewards is more feasible. During the interview […]


Keisha Hunter
 

Credentials Goal – place objective measurement on your background, education and training. Sample questions:  What was your GPA?  How long were you at ABC University?  Why did you select this University?  Experience Goal – subjectively evaluate features of your background and achievements. Sample questions:  What were your responsibilities in that position?  What have been your […]


Keisha Hunter
 

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  ~ Thomas Edison You have more say in your destiny than you may think.  Remember that your passion, positive attitude and confidence can help establish the tone and the outcomes from the interview. The three […]


Keisha Hunter
 

Top 10 Critical Success Factors No matter how good you look on paper, how well you present yourself, or how well you answer questions, you will not get the job unless you make a personal connection with the interviewer.trailer film A Cure for Wellness 2017watch full movie Transformers: The Last Knight 2017Transformers: The Last Knight […]

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