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September 26, 2016

Job Interview Top Secret

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Diligent job seekers spend hours creating resumes & cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classifieds and networking -- all in order to get an interview. Yet most of them don't know what to do when they get one! When the job market was booming, it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer. Now it takes 17. The key is to have a great interview, where the interviewer actually pictures you doing the job.

If you want to be that person, there's a little known secret you can put together for your next interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position, and to visualize actually hiring you -- asap. Using this method guarantees you'll stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list. Learn more about this 'Secret Career Document' and land any job you desire.

Job Interview Top Secret

By Karen O'Connor, Head Writer at
And contributor to the brand new "Job Interview Secret"

Mark let out a silent breath and smiled to himself as he walked out of the interview room. His hands were still sweaty but his heart rate was nearly back to normal. "I feel optimistic," he told his girlfriend Amy who'd come along for moral support. "I can't be certain I'll get the job but Mr. Benson and I seemed to hit it off. He liked what I had to offer. In fact, we talked a long time about my ideas for motivating and rewarding the sales force and how that alone would impact the profit margin."

Amy gave Mark a quick hug. "Congratulations!"

"Now it's up to the hiring committee." Mark grabbed Amy's hand and they headed for the parking lot. "There's one more thing I want to do before we head back. It's a secret a friend of mine shared. See what you think..."

Here is the secret that few job seekers know about and fewer still apply. But Mark took it seriously and it paid off.

Give the Interviewer a GIFT!

Mark told Amy that while he was in the interview room he noticed various photos and paintings on the walls and a couple of golf trophies on a side table. He realized even before the interview started that he and Mr. Benson had this sport in common. Mark made a mental note of it and then congratulated the man on his wins. It was a nice easy way to break the ice, become acquainted, and then move into the question and answer session.

The waiting game is tough for any job search candidate. But you don't have to sit back and twiddle your thumbs or munch on donuts till the verdict comes in. You can be proactive as Mark was, even as you wait.

But take note. The gift I'm talking about here is not the kind you might think of first off. It's not a coffee card or a movie pass or a subscription to a magazine. In fact, it's really important not to give anything that might be considered a bribe. However, you can give something of value related to a shared interest that will be seen as a kind gesture from you -- a thoughtful person.

Maybe you noticed a tennis trophy on the individual's desk, or a Bonsai tree on a bookshelf, or a photo of the interviewer's family camping, or a watercolor painting signed by the artist -- the employer herself.

Look for clues that will help you select something appropriate but meaningful, a gift that says, "Thank you for your time today." Consider a gift of information -- an article or book or a link on the Internet about a topic related to the hobby you noticed.

For example, during Mark's interview he thought immediately of sending Mr. Benson a book he'd recently seen titled Extreme Golf: The World's Most Unusual, Fantastic and Bizarre Courses. He mentioned it to Amy and the two agreed that Mark should order and send it right away.

Suppose in your case you discover your interviewer enjoys fine food. You're a passionate cook and have compiled some of your favorite healthy recipes. When the interview concludes you follow up your meeting by sending the hiring manager a thank you note and a digital file of your collection. This too, would be a lovely way to say 'thank you' and to remind him or her of your mutual interest.

Thank You AND . . .

A gesture of this kind is a unique way to express appreciation without overdoing it. The employer will not only see you as a considerate person but also one who is attentive to detail -- a quality any hiring manager would be interested in when looking to hire a new employee. It shows that you care about others, that you notice what is going on around you, and that you take action when prompted.

Consider applying this 'secret' following your next job interview. But first, remember to look around the room quickly before the questions begin. Locate some item that catches your attention and even jot it down so you won't forget. Everyone -- friends and strangers alike -- appreciate it when someone takes an interest in a photo or painting or trophy and actually comments on it.

A thank you gift, however, does not guarantee a job, or even a callback for a second interview, but it's worth the effort regardless of the outcome. Why? Because landing a job is not the only goal. Building good human relations and sewing seeds of kindness and connection are important too, sometimes even more important than the 'thank you' itself. Such a gesture will benefit you one way or another.

  • It demonstrates your interest and excitement about the job in question.

  • It displays your willingness to go beyond the interview itself.

  • It draws attention to you as a thoughtful person.

  • It delivers a gift that can be shared with others, thereby multiplying its effect.
  • Also such gifts bring your name back to the receiver and help you to keep in touch with your interviewer until the job is filled.

    It worked for Mark. He received an opportunity to be interviewed again and ultimately won the job -- as well as a round of golf with his new boss!

    Karen O'Connor is the Head Writer at CareerJimmy. She has authored hundreds of articles on unique job search strategies that bring big results.

    Discover the "Job Interview Secret" story on your next job interview, the moment you walk in the door, simply hand your customized "Secret Career Document" to the person conducting the interview and let the magic begin.
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