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Knobull Makes Sure You Take Control Of The Interview

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BOSTON - eTradeWire -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull says, "When it comes to job interviews, the hiring manager is in the driver's seat. They ask the questions and make the decisions.

Taking control in a job interview can help you showcase your qualifications, make a strong impression, and steer the conversation in a direction that highlights your strengths."

Know What You Can Control

The first step is to understand what you can control. While you can't or shouldn't try to control other people in the interview, you have free rein over yourself.

Ensure as a candidate you control your breathing to allow time for slow and thoughtful responses.

Do Your Research

Use what you learn about the company to help steer the interview. For example, if you discover the company has new strategic goals, you could mention how your experience might benefit those initiatives. Connecting the dots also shows business acumen and self-awareness.

Be Clear On What You Want

Being in control also means knowing what you're looking for in your job search, beyond the title and compensation, says a top career coach at JobStars which is available at Knobull.

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Ask Strong Questions

Once you know what you're looking for, you can start to craft questions for the interviewers. This means you are just as involved in this interview process as the company.

At the beginning of the interview, ask if time can be saved at the end for you to ask questions, Otherwise, they may run out of time . . . and not realize you had any important questions to ask.

Prepare Your Answers

Confidence and control often stem from being well-prepared. While you won't know everything you may be asked, you can and should anticipate common interview questions.

Have a strong opening statement and begin by taking control at the very start of the interview When the interviewer asks, 'Tell me about yourself,' or a similar opening question, use this opportunity to provide a strong response.

Also, be ready to explain any blips in your employment. If you have a gap in your employment history or lack a specific qualification.

Before You Go

Don't leave the interview without taking control of what happens next. Politely inquire about the next steps in the hiring process and when you can expect to hear back.

Bentley concluded, "By steering the conversation, you can ensure that you cover the aspects of your qualifications and experiences that are most relevant to the position. Taking control from the beginning demonstrates confidence and assertiveness, setting a positive tone."

Source: Knobull
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