Keys to Successful Interviewing

keys to successful interviewing

What are the keys to successful interviewing? 

What is the difference between a successful and unsuccessful interview?

Fit and Preparation

Even before becoming a career coach I have had the opportunity to work in management in corporate america for an extensive period of time. I have interviewed, hired and trained dozens of people. When asked what are the keys to successful interviewing? My immediate answer is Fit and Preparation.

Both fit and preparation start long before the interview process. In fact, FIT should start even before the application process.

Many clients put the emphasis on the needs of the employer when interviewing. Exclusively You Career Coaching believes that the emphasis should be on both the employer and the applicant. Interviewing is a two way process. Just as the employer is looking for the right candidate so should the candidate be looking for the right employer.

Organizational fit is extremely important to the interviewing process as well as the retention process. It is proven that when an applicant is confident in his abilities, skills and organizational FIT he or she will make a better impression in the interview.

Therefore, establishing FIT is the initial plan of action.   Once FIT has been established, the applicant must take the time to prepare for the interview. Applicants who have prepared and are a good fit for the organization will find themselves ahead of other applicants in the interviewing process.

The three keys to the interviewing process 

Successful interviewing can be thought of as an art.  And while it can seem like a brow- sweating event, it becomes much easier and less stressful when you are prepared.

 I have narrowed down the the keys to successful interviewing with these three steps.

Understanding these three key ingredients can make difference between a successful ad unsuccessful interview. 

  1. Know Yourself

  2. Know your career goals

  3. Know your employer


Pre-interview Checklist 

  • Identify your transferable job skills 
  • Become aware of your strengths and weaknesses-MBTI, SDS 
  • Determine what you are looking for in a job -GOALS  
  • Use written sources and people sources to RESEARCH The organization-FIT

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