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Strategic Interview Tactics That Will Separate You from the Rest


Between the cracks and the bureaucracy, there are jobs available. Getting in the door could be your greatest struggle. Once you’re there, it is your responsibility to demonstrate why you are the person that should be hired. Prior to looking for a job, learn how to effectively market your talents. This will help you gauge the possibility of landing the job you want versus one you don’t. While we are in the midst of technological advancement, the "back-to-basics" rule still applies when it comes to getting hired. It does not matter if you are planning to apply for a million-dollar large company or a small, independent firm. You should execute your actions strategically. When you face an interviewer, it all boils down to how you present yourself. You are the package. You will be the deciding factor whether or not you get hired. Listed below are 7 steps to point you in the right direction.

1. Prepare for the interview in advance.

  • You are your own spokesperson. Dress appropriately with the intent to impress. Once the interviewer walks into the room, or once you walk into the room to be interviewed, your appearance will be the first thing to make a statement. Don’t be too flashy or under/overdressed. Check your grooming and mind your posture. Sit straight up! It allures your confidence, projects your voice and elevates the tone. Smile and speak with class. Don’t mumble, yet be heard. First impressions stand out before you do.
  • Second, practice basic courtesy tactics. Often times less emphasis is placed here. Courtesy can separate you from those who consider it less. Know where the interview will be held and be there with ample time to prepare yourself before you are scheduled. This will release some of the tension that you may be feeling. Turn your phone off to avoid unnecessary distractions.

2. Do your due diligence, research.

  • Use all your resources to make sure that you know the basics of the company. You would not want to be caught unprepared when asked about how you heard or what you know about the company that you are applying for. This can certainly be a deal breaker. Impress them with your knowledge.
  • Learn about your potential employer. In your mind, develop a clear picture of the company profile and be able to speak on it fluently. Discuss how you view them versus their competition in a positive light.
  • Make sure that you have prepared answers to a few basic questions, but do not sound scripted or recited. This happens when you rehearse what you will be saying word for word. Make your answers display your personality and quickness on your feet.

3. Don’t panic, be cool.

  • Make a great first impression by maintaining good eye contact, giving the interviewer a firm handshake, a friendly smile and a polite greeting. Sit only when you are asked to do so and do not forget to thank the interviewer for taking time out of his or her busy schedule to interview you.
  • Make sure to start on a positive note and set the proper expectations. They will be remembered after you leave. Don’t let them see you sweat!

4. Do not sell yourself short. Tell the interviewer why you should be hired.

  • In the course of the interview, answer the questions briefly and accurately. The key is to be honest. If you don’t know say so and don’t make up something just to cover your butt.
  • Make sure that as a prospective employee, you impart to your future employer who you really are and what you can do for the company, not the other way around. Stay positive and do not give a bad impression about your previous employer. You can come off as disgruntled and vengeful.
  • If you are applying for your first job, do not let your lack of experience hinder you from gaining the advantage against more experienced applicants. What you lack in experience, you can make up through your confidence and eagerness to learn. Some employers don’t mind training the right person.
  • You may also put yourself in the employer's shoes. Ask yourself, if I were on the other side of this desk, what qualities would I look for in a potential employee? Would I profit if he/she works for me and can he/she contribute to the development of the company?
  • Do not be afraid to sell yourself, but do not be overconfident where it sounds boastful. Just project an air that you are sure of yourself and your capabilities. This attitude will paint you as a possible asset worth providing an opportunity.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

  • Should you encounter a difficult interviewer, do not be intimidated or afraid to interject. One who does not let you get a word in edgewise should be lightly reminded that you should be the one doing most of the talking since he is the one who needs to learn more about you.

6. Wrap it up tight.

  • This is your last stent to sell yourself. Towards the end of the interview, make sure that all bases are covered. Now is not the time to discuss or even ask about the salary and the benefits that you will receive once you become employed. There is ample time for that once you do get the position and you are discussing the job offer. Only address it if it is brought up and you are asked.
  • Wrap things up by summarizing your strengths and pointing out your positive traits that will be beneficial to the company. Finally, as you end the interview, make sure to thank the interviewer again for his or her time by name, thus leaving a lasting impression.

7. Don’t forget to ask for a business card.

  • Follow up, follow up! Send that all-important thank you note via snail mail or email just after the interview. Thank the interviewer for the time that he took with you and for giving you the opportunity to meet. Make sure that you know who to contact for follow-up of your results.

If you are out of work or seeking another gig, keeping these tips in mind will give you a greater advantage over your competition. All too often we become our greatest deterrent in achieving our goals because of a lack of consistency and knowledge. Step ahead and go get the job you desire.

I am Nichelle Womack. I specialize in helping people reach their greatest potential through self-reliance and internal motivation. I provide inspiration to others through daily engagement. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy. Looking for more great tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success" @ and "The Power within a Raw Diet" @ Many blessings and much success!! Check out my websites @ and

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