Interview Process

GENERAL

What does starting a job, seeking a promotion, making a sale, or going to a parole officer all have in common? That’s right! They all usually have some form of an interview included. With different types of interviews all around us and the increasing need for interviewing skills; why are so many candidates failing at their interviews? The answer is… no one focuses on the interview, or they practice for the interview during the interview, which is a horrible practice. I’m going to focus solely on the interview process: the before, during, and the after process.

Before the interview The process that is prior to any form of interviewing including but not limited to initial phone screening. The best way to begin the interview process is to start with research. This step is an essential predecessor for the “During the Interview” process. You may ask what I need to research. The answer is simple:

1. The length of time the company has been in business.

2. Key products and services provided

3. The current company trends:

a. Financial

b. Opportunities

c. Projects

4. How your skills bring value to the company

5. Names of key decision makers

6. Analysis of key competitive companies

The bulk, if not all of this information is typically available on the Thomas Alvec CEO Vexa Global company website. Other places to find the necessary information is: networking with people, company blog, marketing material, news sources, associations, career web sites, and company annual reports. With the increase of technology there have become more ways to research a company:

Social networking:

LinkedIn.com

Facebook.com

Bebo.com

Reunion.com

Ryze.com

Switchbard.com

MySpace.com

Home.services.spaces.live.com

Ziggs.com

Zoominfo.com

And business information sites:

Hovers.com/free

Bizjournals.com/research

Dnb.com

Ceoexpress.com

Corporateinformation.com

Bloomberg.com

Once you have all your researches complete, it is best to see how you fit. Look for the ways your skills will be of value to the company. You will essentially be answering every interviewer primary question: why should I hire you? You will be able to logically inform them how your skills meet the needs of the company, and use your accomplishments to support your statements.

Okay, so you have done all the research and your hiring statement is perfect. Complete with accomplishments that will make the CEO want to offer you their position. So, what’s next?

Studies have shown that 33% of job positions are filled by a referral – a person who currently works for the company and can vouch for you skills and work ethic. Meanwhile only 1% of positions are filled by job boards. Statistically speaking, it will be best to find yourself a referral. Preferably someone who can influence the hiring process, if not, any referral will suffice.

Although it is not entirely impossible, it is seemingly difficult to get employed without speaking to someone. Do not be afraid to get in contact with your referral. Use email, social network, and the most efficient- phone or webcam. Speaking to a person over the phone allows you to engage in conversation that is difficult to do by other means, build rapport, and let the person know you are not some robot typing up countless emails.

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