Is it possible that the interviewing tips job-seekers have been using for decades are now outdated? Even though the “Me” decade might have been considered the crux of the 1970s when the economy was also on a downturn, many people since then have adhered to the interview concept of boasting about personal credentials. But according to a recent report, there should be a new focus on shifting things toward talking about the prospective employer.
How might this all work in today’s economy when most people don’t work a lifetime for the same organization?
Ask What You Can Do For Your Company
The most misunderstood aspect to the interview process is you talking too much about your credentials (whether that be in college credits or work experience) and not asking questions about the company. Businesses will appreciate you being curious about the prospective company’s background and being asked what problems you can potentially solve for them.
Skills will already be obvious on your resume. The correlation between that and proving in an interview that you’re here to help the company can be an impressive combination.
Avoid Talking About Benefits or Promotions
One of the worst no-no’s in focusing on yourself is asking an employer in an interview what kind of benefits you’d have. As well, it’s not a good idea to ask about how far up the ladder you can go in the company. Both of the above come off as smug and give the assumption that you’re thinking too much about your own welfare and not the company’s fortunes.
If you’re going to ask about promotions, it’s best to merely ask about what steps are available in the company for growth as an indicator of how far you’ll have to climb.
Exception: Talk About Working With Other People
Working with others in either a previous job or through volunteering should be one step to consider before even applying for a major company. This can be done already in college, and it’s one way to talk about yourself in an interview without making it look like it’s all about you. When it’s made clear that you’re a team player, the company will know that you don’t think about your own welfare or want to work alone.
Businesses appreciate someone who can work well with fellow employees to help solve the company’s problems in creating profit. And following these steps just proved that you understand the world doesn’t revolve around how many college degrees you have.
For more tips on how to conduct a successful job interview, contact us so we can show you how to convince a prospective employer that you’re in it to win it for them.