1. Is he COMPETENT enough to do the job?
2. Is he COMMITTED enough to showing up everyday and doing the job at hand?
3. Does he have the personal CHEMISTRY to fit in with the existing workforce?
These questions are known as the "3 C's of Job Interviewing" and are the key to scoring your next job.
Let's discuss each of these in detail:
- Keep your resume up-to-date and that it includes the skills needed for whatever job you are applying for. If you are multi-faceted and have lots and lots of skills, you may have to customize each resume you send out to ensure that the best skills for that position are highlighted.
- Read the latest in industry journals or websites to see what's been going on lately in your area of expertise. Employers see this as a plus – not only are you knowledgeable but you also show initiative by searching it out.
- Be ready to discuss your skills and job experience. Have answers ready for the most common questions asked at interviews and practice answering them in front of people.
- If you work in a hands-on industry (drawing, cooking, etc.) be prepared for a test or assignment to complete while at the interview. Usually prospective employers will give you warning of such tests but some like to surprise you sometimes – so be ready!
- Try to cut back on the amount of "job hopping" on your resume. Remember, resumes are not mean to have ALL of your job experience but rather the highlights your career.
- Return phone calls in a timely manner, show up on time (or maybe a few minutes early) to the interview, and turn off or silence your cell phone.
- Have boilerplate answers to the typical questions about commitment. (If you need help, there are many books out there that could help you.)
- Make it a point to keep eye contact with the interviewer and have a few questions ready to ask about the job, team, and environment. This shows your real interest in the job.
- Make sure your tone of voice and body language during the interview are right for the environment. Being a bubbly chatterbox would not be welcomed at a mortuary, nor would a sullen, withdrawn person be right for customer service. Come with your game face on.
- Listen intently to the interviewer when they talk about the workplace culture. Are they a close group that goes out for drinks after work? Are they workaholics that spend every waking hours at the office? Would you be a good fit?