Blog from our global partner: by Jim Davidson

Why do interviews intimidate people so much? The worst that can happen is that the company you are interviewing with will not hire you! If that is the worst that can happen, then how do you make an impression, say the right things and win the job?

Well, a good way to start is to turn the interview process in your favor.

CB102414First Turn
Do your homework. Research the company and its people. And most importantly, look at the news releases recently published. A great source for this information is OneSource.com, and all candidates with CPI receive access to it through our web portal.

Second Turn
Prepare a dynamic positioning statement or two-minute presentation so that you can “tell them about yourself” when you get the inevitable first question.

Third Turn
Ask a final question at the end of the above statement. “Is that the kind of person you are looking for?”

Now you have turned the interview around so that you are asking the questions, and the company interviewer is responding. You learn what the key requirements of the job are. If you have really good accomplishment statements and stories, you can convince the interviewer that you are the person for the job.

This process does not happen without practice, and the best way to get that help is to work with a “professional” career counselor. A good place to start is with your local CPI firm. Let me know