Jobseeker Interview Tip: Are You on the List?
A few days before your interview, take out a blank sheet of paper and draw a line down the center. On the left side, write a list of what the employer is looking for, based on the job ad and anything they mentioned when responding to your application. On the right side, list your qualities and experiences. Read the lists over and make sure you've got at least one solid work experience on the right side to fit each requirement on the left. Do your skills and experience match with what this position requires? Make a realistic assessment here. If your two lists aren't lining up and you still want the job, be prepared to explain why they should take a chance on you. If your lists even out, you'll be a good fit for the job. And more importantly, you'll be able to give specific examples of why you're a good fit. Knowing the job and your strengths and how the two match - and being able to present that in an interview - will help move you to the top of the short list for the job.