One of the sure-fire ways NOT to get a job is to create the illusion in your potential employer’s mind that you are using the position as a stepping stone toward a more meaningful position with another firm. No one wants to put the time, effort, and money into training someone only to have that person take off at the first opportunity.
While it may be true that you have your sights set on a lofty position much higher up the corporate totem pole, your interviewer can’t see you as a threat to his position or as a quick change artist. The key to navigating through this mine field is RESEARCH.
Learn about the company.
1. What products does the company make?
I once interviewed a potential employee and asked her, “What do we do here?” She had no clue but wanted a J-O-B. Didn’t get one.
2. What does the community think about the company and the people who work there?
What a great answer to have to the question, “Why do you want to work here?” “People in this community believe this is a great place to work. People are treated fairly and the company does so much for their kids. I want to be a part of it.”
3. How long has the company been in existence?
“This organization has been making thing-a-ma-jigs for 87 years. It plans to be around for many more years to come. I want to be a part of that future.” or “This organization has been making thing-a-ma-jigs for three years. I believe that it will have a bright future and I want to be a part of that.”
Be confident, not arrogant. Be eager, not desperate. Be kind and understanding, not condescending.
Remember---You only get one chance to make a first impression.
P.S. Got a question or a problem, email me. If I can help you out, I will. I will maintain your confidentiality.
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-Thomas C. Barry
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