Interviewing Tip #1

Hi everyone.  I finally got my blog up and running.  It’s 2011, a brand new year.  What career coaching tips would you love to read in my Blog?  Do you need interviewing help?  Would you like career advice from an Executive Coach with over 25 years experience?  Let’s discuss the job interview.  Read on …



Do you know what employers are really looking for? 

What if you are one of the two final candidates being considered for the perfect job for you.  Your dream job.  And, you both have the same great experience.  How is the employer going to make their decision?

Employers are looking for the #1 candidate who offer the company three things …

Experience, Motivation, and Fit

Experience:  This is your skills and strengths that qualify you for the job.  I recommend name dropping your skills in your answer. For example, are your strengths developing, motivating and managing cohesive high performing, cross functional teams, process improvement and maximizing efficiency?  If so, name drop each strength with an example of how you used each skill … in your answer.  And, use examples that demonstrate how your skills match the needs of the company.

Motivation: What motivates you?  Is it using the skills mentioned above to make a positive impact to the organization? Tell the employer what motivates you to be on their team.

Fit:  What makes you a good fit?  For example, do you have over 10 years experience in the industry?  Or, maybe it's a lifetime passion or interest in their service or products. Tell the employer what makes YOU the perfect fit for the job.

If you are coming from a different industry, remember to speak the language of the industry where you're interviewing.  This will help the interviewer see or hear you are a good fit and ready to make the transition.

Be prepared to answer the questions that tell the employer “I have the experience.”  I have the motivation.” And, I am a great fit for the company … Your answer tells the interviewer, ”I need you on our team."

I know, I know, you want an offer, you want to hear the words ”YOU ARE HIRED. When can you start?” Would you like to know more? Would you like to know which questions you're most likely to be asked which will give you the opportunity to let the employer know you are the one for the job? Stay tuned for Interviewing Tip #2.


11 Responses to “Interviewing Tip #1”

  • Marian:

    Kim is awesome. I came to her with an awful resume and a ton of experience. She re-wrote my resume after interviewing me. My new resume was so professionally done by Kim. Prior to Kim the focus was on my employment history. When Kim was done the focus was on my abilities, achievements and awards. She also shared with me her interviewing skills and coached me. The resume Kim created spoke much more of who I am and the advantages and successes I can bring to an organization. After struggling for a long time looking for the right position it was like magic, once I published my new resume my invitations for interviews increased along with my offers. Thank you so much for helping me turn my professional life around Kim!

  • Kim! Congratulations on your new website AND the first blog post! I know you have many more "gems" for us to read about the complicated world of resumes and career advice.  I look forward to them all. This is a great way to reach out to people in need of your excellent services. I will bookmark for sure! – Jan

  • Kim:

    Thank you Jan!  I look forward to writing more too.  Kim

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  • John:

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  • cat:

    Outstanding. This really is one of the most beneficial blogs I’ve ever read on this subject.

  • Kim, you have very nicely put together how an applicant can put forth a strong pitch in an interview by citing his relevant experience, name dropping stengths and skills and expressing strong motivation to prove that he is a perfect fit for the job. It is very good advice for someone preparing for an interview.

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