So what does it mean to have the fire in your belly to do the job? It means, 'Do you have the energy, the drive, and the commitment to dig in and get this done?' All employers want to know this about all candidates, but this can be a particular sticking point if you're an Over 40 job seeker.
Of course, YOU know you're going to do a great job in this role you're interviewing for, but how can you communicate that to them?
In the video below, I will give you specific ways you can convince the interviewer that you would be a great hire, with more than enough 'fire' to be successful. Click on the video to watch.
Get more suggestions for how to answer interview questions about the 'fire in your belly', aka your desire, drive, and commitment to getting the job done in my blog article on this subject, How To Answer Interview Questions Q15.
What does it mean, to 'qualify' you for the face-to-face interview? It simply means to decide that you are going to be worth the time to talk to some more, in person. That's the goal of the phone interview, for the company. It's to help them make the decision about who deserves a seat in an in-person interview.
There are two things you need to know:
First, not all interviewers are necessarily good at interviewing, which means that they won't always come to the conclusion they need to talk to you again, even if you'd be great at the job.
Second, you have much more control over this outcome than you think.
In the short video below, I will tell you how to comfortably, positively help that interviewer to qualify you for the face-to-face.
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If you want more tips for how to control the outcome of your phone interview, read my blog article with more details: Phone Interview Tips #17.
And don't forget to check out our entire Phone Interview Tips series. It's 37 of the best tips for your phone interviews.
If an interviewer says, "Tell me a little of your personal history," what do you do? Just like with 'Tell me about yourself,' you may be tempted to talk about your family, your social life, your politics, or your last vacation. But don't.
In the video below, I will tell you how to best answer any questions about your personal history in a job interview.
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If you'd like more information about exactly how to answer questions about your personal history or 'life story', please see my blog article that goes into this in much greater detail: How to Answer Interview Questions Q42.
In school, 'cheat sheets' are the notes you sneak in to help you ace the test. In phone interviews, you can use cheat sheets, too--except in a phone interview, it's not cheating. It's just smart. (We can call them 'smart sheets.') They will help you ace your phone interview.
In the video below, I'll tell you what kinds of notes you should keep in front of you so you can refer to them during the interview. Click the video to watch.
These do take some work to research and put together, but the investment you make in time and effort is going to pay off big for you in terms of money and job offers. This plan is going to help you have a wildly successful job interview. So, now what?
How do you write a 30-60-90-Day Plan?
1. The first 30 days of your plan is usually focused on training–learning the company systems, products, services, software, vendors, and/or customers. So, most of the items in your 30-day plan should be along the lines of attending training, mastering product knowledge, learning specific corporate systems, traveling to learn your territory (if you’re in sales), meeting other members of the team, or reviewing accounts.
This part of the plan is all about getting your feet wet. Not every boss has a lot of time to train you. If you can show how you can get up to speed on your own, they love it. No hand-holding necessary for you.
2. The next 30 days (60-day) are focused on more field or independent time, less training, more customer introductions, more vendor introductions, reviews of customer satisfaction....just getting deeper into things. More details, more responsibility.
A big point here in this 60-day section is getting feedback from your manager to see how you're doing. Put this in your plan.
3. The last 30 days (90-day) are the "taking off on your own" part. By now, you should be up to speed, rolling with some independence, and contributing significantly. You should know your way around by now and be initiating things on your own: thinking of ways to increase customers or revenue, generating ideas to save time or money, implementing plans or schedules, fine-tuning your schedule, and continuing to get performance feedback. Read more...