Interview Preparation & Salary Negotiation

WHAT DO I SAY AFTER “HELLO?”

A job interview, like public speaking and going to the dentist, is a situation that most people would rather avoid. We have a tendency to think of an interview as a “grilling,” one or more people sitting across a desk from us, shooting question after question, in shotgun form. Just thinking about having an interview—and most people will look for the nearest exit!

What do you say when an interviewer asks: “What was your previous salary?” or “What compensation are you seeking?” Just the thought of this scenario and chills are already running up your spine!

One thing you can count on—they will ask you those questions! During your interviewing coaching session, we will address these and other issues, and I will give you tools that will help you through this necessary portion of the interview. Everyone is uncomfortable when the salary issue is interjected. Researching your salary, and planning what you are going to say is critical. I will help you create answers with which you will be comfortable.

A+ RESUMES & CAREER COACHING’ goal is to help you prepare so that you are “head and shoulders” above any other candidates. ADEQUATE PREPARATION is the key. Remember, success is relative to the amount of time you devote to preparing for the interview!

A+ RESUMES & CAREER COACHING will help you:

  • Manage all three phases of the interview process:
    1. Advanced interview preparation
    2. Answering interview questions
    3. Interview follow-up
  • Create an appropriate introduction for the dreaded opening request: “Tell me about yourself.”
  • Turn a negative question into a positive answer. “What are your weaknesses?” is a good example. Can you answer that question comfortably?
  • Use your resume to sell transferable skills by articulating similarities between your work history and what you bring to this new position and/or company.
  • Create answers that cover the question. Interviewees oftentimes give too much information and talk themselves right out of a job.
  • Create questions that will give you critical information, which will assist you in deciding if the position meets your personal and professional criteria.
  • Take charge after the interview. Learn how to maintain control of the process and keep the “ball in your court.”
  • Following the interview: Go to a quiet place and debrief:  “What went well?  What answers do I need to work on?

A+ RESUMES & CAREER COACHING will assist you in creating
answers to questions such as:

  • What compensation are you seeking?
  • What do you have to offer us that other candidates cannot?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Have you ever had a conflict with a team member?
    How did you handle it?
  • As a manager, have you ever had to fire anyone?
    What were the circumstances?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What was your previous salary?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • We have other candidates that have had more experience in this field than you; why should we hire you

 

Resume Coaching - Free Consultation

A+ Résumés & Career Coaching LLC is a licensed and bonded agency
which operates under the laws of Arizona and is regulated by the
Industrial Commission of Arizona.
Contact: A+ Resumes & Career Coaching LLC
Martha Rockwell
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Office: 480-663-0681