If you're talented and ambitious, nothing can stop you from getting the job or promotion you want. Or is there?
Keep these three things in mind during a job hunt, according to Cynthia Shapiro, author of What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here?
Fact No. 1: “All trick questions, even the really scary psychological questions, are crafted so that you will give a negative answer.”
This is important because positive people land jobs more often; it’s what most hiring managers look for. Show that you are a positive person by intentionally presenting information in a confident manner.
Bottom line: If you’re inclined to say something negative during an interview, change it or don’t say it.
Fact No. 2: “A hiring manager’s mind is made up in the first 20 minutes of an interview, and often nothing can be done to change that.”
Most hiring managers screen for enthusiasm in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, many people go into an interview unsure of how excited they are about the job.
Bottom line: Go into an interview behaving as though it’s your dream job, even if you’re unsure. A thank-you note is too late to express enthusiasm for the job.
Fact No. 3: “No one will tell you that your résumé wasn’t up to par; it will simply land in the trash.”
And no one will tell you that you said something wrong during a phone or in-person interview.
Bottom line: Ask for honest feedback from people who are in a position to help you right now.
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