Your preparation and your ability to control the interview will enable you to overcome the weaknesses of a poor interviewer. Don’t allow such an interviewer to cause you to lose your psychological edge. Gently lead the interviewer through the points you want to make, without letting on that you are aware of his ineptness. Like playing tennis with a rookie, if the opponent’s bloopers frustrate you, you can easily throw the match.

Why People Are Hired:

  • Positive attitude
  • Good presentation of skills needed by employer for the position
  • Professional in all contacts, including letter, phone call and face to face contact
  • Good rapport with interviewer, including good discussion
  • Past experience that supports qualifications for the opening
  • Provides knowledgeable questions and statements about company and job opening, thus proving commitment to research
  • Professional appearance, including appropriate dress, neat and clean personal grooming, friendly attitude

Why People Are Rejected:

  • Bitter attitudes based on previous employment experience
  • Limited presentation of skills, based merely on job title
  • Poor appearance and demeanor
  • Mistakes and misspellings in written correspondence
  • Lack of confidence during interview, including stumbling over answers and not portraying a positive attitude
    Bad references
  • Unqualified for the job

Your interview preparation will ensure that you avoid the points of rejection and emphasize the winning points of acceptance. The ball’s in your court!

Acknowledgements and Resources

The 1986 What Color is Your Parachute?
by Richard Nelson Bolles

Job Search The Total System
by Kenneth M. Dawson and Sheryl N. Dawson

The 40+ Job Hunting Guide
by E. Patricia Birsner

Marketing Yourself
by Dorothy Leeds

How to Survive and Market Yourself in Management
by Andrew Pleninger

The Professional Job Changing System
by Robert J. Jameson