Improving Job Market – Improving Interviewing Skills
Now is a better time to look for a new position than in any month since before the recession.
Employment reports recently released by the U.S. Labor Department say that more workers quit jobs in both February and March than were laid off. During April, jobs were added at a rate last seen before the downturn in 2008. The Wall Street Journal highlighted the Labor Department’s analysis that the higher “quits rate” shows workers are more confident about their ability to find new jobs.
An improving job market means more interviews for skilled candidates. While candidates can’t control the market, they can take control of every opportunity for a successful interview. Sklar & Associates believes the most useful interview tips build on three strategies:
- Preparation: Research the company and position, and anticipate behavioral interview questions such as “Tell us about a time when you faced an extremely short deadline” and “How do you handle conflict with a co-worker?” Prepare a short list of relevant questions, and manage details such as dress and transportation in advance.
- Attitude: Communicating enthusiasm, likability, and determination accomplishes more than simply offering the right skill set. Use eye contact and alert posture with straightforward and positive language to display professionalism and dedication.
- Focus: Keep the interview on target by giving concise, specific answers to open-ended questions. Avoid nervous mannerisms so you can calmly present the unique package of attributes that only you can offer this employer.
A job interview does not have to be a nerve-wracking ordeal. Use preparation, attitude and focus to build confidence that the next interview will be an opportunity for professional growth and a potential job offer.