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Mar 5 2010

Career Selection Criteria

Do you have a long list of careers that you think you might enjoy?  Are you having difficulty narrowing it down to a few that you’d like to learn more about?   This decision matrix can help you sort through the pros and cons of the various careers you may be considering.     

Career Selection Criteria

Mar 4 2010

I have an interview – Help!

“I have an interview next week – I want to be ready.”

Preparing for an interview can be a daunting task.    There are so many potential questions they might ask!   What’s a person to do?  We advise that you do the following:

1) Identify your top five selling points for the job for which you are interviewing.   Do that by looking at the job description or posting.  What are they looking for and how do your skills and qualifications match up?   How are you a particularly strong fit for this position?   Those five strengths form the core of your message for the interview.

2) Now develop stories using the P-A-R (problem-action-result) format that provide evidence that you have the skills and strengths you claim to have.   Concentrate on the five strengths you want to highlight for this interview, but you can have other stories handy to illustrate other points you want to make.  Practice your stories and keep them to  60 seconds or less!   After 60 seconds most people lose interest in what you are saying.

3) Have a “tell me about yourself” opening statement that highlights your five strengths.   Again, keep it to 60 seconds or less.   If you’re having trouble keeping it short, use index cards to write down your key points.   Practice until it sounds natural.

4) Be sure that you have prepared for any difficult questions they may be worried about, such as gaps in your resume.   Think about why they might be worried and address their concerns without feeling that you need to provide every detail.   

5) Finally, remember that the interview is an opportunity for you to see if this job and company are a good fit for you.   Bring a list of questions that you have for them (but don’t ask about salary and benefits until they make you an offer!)

Good luck!