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The Magic Wand
While researching the recruitment business in the UK, I attended a seminar for recruitment specialists, and was particularly impressed by a session entitled “The Magic Wand”. It’s a simple technique to dramatically increase (40% claimed) a candidate’s chances at a job interview. So, if you would like an extra boost in that regard, read on ……
1. Write down on a pad at least 6 questions to ask about the job or company, e.g., career prospects, training provided, etc.
2. Make sure that you carry the pad and a pen to the interview.
3. Take notes of at least 2 things said by the interviewer (shows interest and is flattering).
4. When the interviewer asks “any questions?” there ought to be a couple of your questions still unanswered. If all are answered, say you had questions prepared but they were all covered during the interview. If you don’t get asked for questions, then politely say “May I ask some questions?” This shows that you are prepared and keen.
5. At the end of the interview,
make sure that they know that you want the job.
That’s it! It seems so simple and of course, you must do all the other good interview things, like research the company, dress smartly, be on time, etc., (see www.rileyguide.com for lots of tips). We have passed on this technique to some of our candidates and it certainly boosted their confidence, impressed their interviewer, and I am sure that it contributed to their getting job offers. Try it and tell me how you got on.
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