Article: Three Important Phases Of An Interview by Deborah Brown-Volkman :

Three Important Phases Of An Interview
Deborah Brown-Volkman

Getting an interview brings on two emotions. The first is excitement, especially if you will be interviewing for a position you really want. The second is fear; especially if the stakes are high and you really need the job.

An interview is about two parties, you and the prospective employer, getting together to see if there is a match. The process is skewed in the employer's favor, particularly now because job supply is low and demand is high. So, it's important that you use the interview as your chance to stand out and make the best impression possible.

In order to ace an interview, you have put yourself in the shoes of the employer. By understanding their thinking, and the three phases of the interview, you can do well.

Below Are The Three Important Phases Of An Interview:

Phase I: The Invitation.

If an employer thinks you can do the job, you will be brought in for an interview. Many clients say to me that they hope a perspective employer believes they can do the job. They already do, or you would not have received the invitation to interview with them.

To get to Phase I, make sure your resume matches the bullets in the job description as closely as possible. Employers are looking for a match of skills and abilities. If you have too few qualifications on your resume, you will be seen as being under-qualified. Too many, and you will be seen as overqualified or all over the place. Close matches have the best chance of being brought in.

Phase II: The Meeting.

During the interview, it's all about having your personality shine though. Jobs are won and lost based on personality. The employer is thinking the following: Do I like you? Are you normal? Will you get along with everyone else? Can you get up to speed quickly? And, will you make me look good?
Phase II is your time to show your passion, what makes you unique, to handle objections, convey how committed you are to the job, and how you will make your boss look like a star. Don't overdo it. Quiet confidence will set an employer at ease; arrogance will cost you the job.

Phase III: The Follow-Up.

After an employer interviews several people, the choice in many situations comes down to two candidates. Both can do the job well, and both are very well liked. At this point, it becomes, "Who is the best match?"

If you are hoping that an employer will see why you are the perfect candidate on their own, you have already lost the position. You have to lead them there from the start.
For example, if you are switching industries, tell the interviewer why the industries are similar. If you are going after a different job title, show how your background has prepared you for that role. If you were unable to get this across during Phase II, contact the employer and see if they will have another conversation with you before they make their decision. If never hurts to ask and they might just say yes.

The interview is simply your opportunity to make sure you come across as the best candidate for the job. If you can get through these three phases effectively, the job you want can be yours.

So what do you say? You only have one life to live so it might as well be one you love!

Deborah Brown-Volkman is the president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc., a career- and mentor-coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success and personal fulfillment since 1998. The company works with senior executives, vice presidents and managers who are out of work or overworked. Deborah is also the creator of the Career Escape Program and author of Coach Yourself To A New Career: A Book To Discover Your Ultimate Profession. Deborah Brown-Volkman can be reached at via email at or at (631) 874-2877.


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