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April 2011
Being the Most “Tasty” in an Interview!
by Susan Reynolds

There are so many wonderful candidates for all too few hiring opportunities. So now, the competitive job searcher must be ultra-clever and uber-smart in being the different and better choice. It all starts with making the best possible impression from the very first moment of interaction. And it finishes with having sealed the deal by very clearly communicating just exactly the perfect mix of qualifications, characteristics, experience, and personality!

It’s about being the most “tasty”! Be the candidate who has thought through the balance of current needs of the target organization, and has determined the strategy for illustrating this to the interviewers. Being the most “tasty”: illustrate your capabilities with crafted sound “bites”, yes, just like in politics. Make a truthful, concise, hard-hitting “argument” for your skills and abilities, by providing examples from your career that will PROVE your value! That’s what I mean by being “tasty”. Your interviewer should be able to see their own organizational needs and opportunities in your examples from your career. If you’re too vague, they won’t get it. If you’re too specific they won’t relate.

If you do careful research on the organization to which you’re speaking, you’ll be able to find the common bonds of day to day or ongoing business problems. You’ll be ready to illustrate your ability to help with phrasing that you’ve meticulously strategized. This is how to win an interview, and surpass less well prepared competitors.

Just be tasty.

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at sreynolds@newmarketcareers.com or 661-755-3308.

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