Master Career Counselor

Carla Hunter, President of Career Span, Inc. is a Master Career Counselor (MCC) by the National Career Development Association and a Certified Career Coach by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is an expert in writing resumes, effective job search strategies and interviewing success. Most recently, with over 20 years of navigating the complexity of today's world of work, she published "Finding Your Place in the World of Work", a career interest inventory (2014) and CareerView, an iPad app. As a private practice career counselor and a workforce development consultant, this blog is Carla's trove of ideas, trends, forecasts, and career tips for finding meaningful work.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Science of Job Interviews: Variables You Control

There are a plethora of articles on job interviewing fundamentals.  Here are some really good ones:

1. Dress nice!

2. The first impression matters!

3. Send a thank you note!

My blog post will frame job interviews as a science and how certain variables affect the outcome.
Awareness of these two sets of variables can empower you to persist and be patient with the process.


Chemistry is the major driver of interviewing success.   There are certain elements of an employer's personal bias, first impression beliefs and personality preferences that influence hiring decisions.

Simply put: Just like a science experiment, there are variables that can and cannot be controlled.

So, let's use the scientific method to empower you to success!!!!!!!


If you follow this method and frame your interview in the following way,  you'll have positive results.

Step One: Ask yourself this question:

Why should this employer hire me?

The key point to any successful job interview is to have a resume that lands you the interview.  The platform for this must begin by targeting your skills to an employer resulting in seeing you as a potential solution to their gap. Knowing your skills and having the ability to express, display and quantify your results is a variable within your control. The compound chemicals that you mix in an interview results in a positive dynamic interaction or an unfocused dud of awkward discussion.


Here are your chemicals to bring to the table. 
You must have the exact combination the employer needs:

1. Motivation
2. Tempered energy
3. Thorough company and industry knowledge 
4. Precision of quantifiable results
5. A teachable and positive attitude

In the next post, I will explore the second stage of a successful interviewing methodology. 

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