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Job Interview Techniques That Sizzle

Just as there are techniques for bowling a strike, making a great loaf of bread, or organizing a room, there are techniques for acing a job interview. So if you're in the job search mode, learning some effective job interview techniques is well worth your time and effort. Here are a few you can focus on starting right now.

  • Talk about what you can do for the company. Keep in mind that the interviewer needs to fill a job opening. That's his or her purpose for conducting the interview. Show that you're the person for that job, the one who can make a difference in the day-to-day operation of the firm.
  • Share an example, not a statement. When the interviewer asks you a question about an experience you had in the workplace that benefited the company, talk about something specific that he or she can envision and relate to, such as facilitating a three-week training for new customer service employees. Providing a real-life example is an essential job interview technique.
  • Ask an insightful question that demonstrates what you know about the company. Example: "I noticed on your web site that the company is committed to investing some of its profits into community projects that aid homeless children. Is there a way I can contribute to that effort? I'm a volunteer tutor for kids who live at the Main Street Family Shelter."
  • Follow up immediately after the interview is over. Don't wait a week or even a few days. Jot down some notes regarding the person you spoke with and the topics you discussed. Then send a thank you note or e-mail as soon as possible. Follow up that note with weekly e-mails that show that you are still interested. Continue until you hear the position has been filled. By keeping your name in the hiring manager's mind you're not only demonstrating your commitment to the job you interviewed for, but you're also letting him or her know that you are a person who can be counted on to complete a task. You don't give up easily.
  • Consider including a small 'gift' with each e-mail. This could be a link to a tip or an article online that is related to the company's business or to the interviewer's hobby or interest that you might have discovered during your conversation.

Job interview techniques include much more than memorizing your manners and wearing a freshly pressed suit or dress. They are important and practical tools to keep handy in your mental briefcase.