Career Calling

April 20, 2013

The Interview Is Not about You

I was helping a client prepare for an interview.  He kept talking about what he has done over the last three years at his current job.  While his experience is good, he has more to offer.  More importantly, he missed several opportunities to show how his experience, education, and qualities meet the employer’s need.  In the end, the interview is not about you.  It’s about the employer and how you can solve her problem.

Too often job seekers get tongue tied because they want to phrase the perfect answer.  A better way to interview is to listen carefully and speak to the employer’s concerns.  If you do that, you will be focused on what the employer needs and, in most cases, feel a lot less nervous.  Stay focused on what the employer needs, and you’ll know what to say about yourself.


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