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Only3Degrees with Denai Vaughn

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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The Greenberg News show…

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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Colleen Kettenhofen was interviewed by Brian Greenberg on how to get a great job and keep it, what employers look for on interviews, how to land a job interview, interviewing tips, career tips, job tips.

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What Interviewers Want from You

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Ever wonder what goes on in the minds of employers and what interviewers want when they interview you? As a conference speaker and corporate trainer for over 15 years, I’ve asked managers, “What do interviewers want?”  And I’ve been asking this question more frequently as many people are out of work and need tips on how to get a great job.

Simply put, interviewers want to know what you are going to do for them. In other words, how will you make their job easier? And, how will you make them look good? In their minds they’re thinking, “How am I going to benefit by hiring this person?”

Interviewers Want to Know What You Are Going to Do for Them

Interviewers want ideas and future employees who take action on those ideas. They want to see enthusiasm and passion.  Employers have said, “I want to see that they’re passionate and enthusiastic about the position they’re interviewing for. If they’re not energized in the interview, they certainly won’t be once they’re on the job.”

Bosses have enough problems of their own. So they look to hire (and promote) people who are proactive. You have to create something. Don’t use the economy as an excuse for what you can’t do. What can you do? This is how you can make a difference. And how you can stand out whether you’re looking for a job, or interviewing for a promotion. This is common-sense but not always practically applied.

Ever wonder what employers look for on job interviews? In these tough economic times, it’s especially important to learn what interviewers want that will make them hire you. For example, they want to see if you’ve conducted any research. Have you checked out their companies’ websites even if they’re well known? Several managers reported how impressed they were that some applicants brought printouts from the company website and asked questions based on what they’d read. This is notable because employers want a sense that you specifically want to work for their organization — not just any job will do.

In the next several weeks, I’ll be posting more in terms of what interviewers look for and the traits employers want from you. In my upcoming book, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You, I’ve dedicated an entire chapter to what interviewers are looking for and how you can benefit. What traits do you think are most important for applicants to possess? The following quote by Mark Twain is certainly a good place to start!

“Always tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember what you said.”