How to Ask For and Get the Job

From preparing for the interview to closing the interview, below you will find the eights steps that could help you land the position meant for you.

  1. Prepare for the interview
  • Learn what your prospect employer needs. Research the company, formally and informally.
  • Determine which of your skills, traits or experiences the employer needs.
  • Plan your interview and rehearse your message.
  • Make your presentation persuasive and believable.
  1. Learn about the interviewer
  • When you enter the interview, start by learning everything you can about the interviewer.
  • If you turn out to be as terrific as you say, you bring success not only to yourself but to the people who hired you.
  • Be positive and present good news.
  1. Use “Consultative Selling”
  • By asking the right questions, you help the employer come to the inevitable conclusion you’re the right choice.
  • Identify the problems and show you’re the person to solve them.
  • Learn the organization’s weaknesses and demonstrate how you can provide the solution.
  • Many times, it leads to the employer exclaiming, “That’s just what we need here!”
  1. Motivate yourself
  • The desire to close – to ask for and get the offer –is essential. It can be scary to be so bold.
  • Expect success and think lucky, and you’ll create desire from within.
  • Get rid of negative thoughts and problems before you enter the interview.
  • Be confident and courageous. It takes audacity to ask for the job.
  1. Know when to close
  • When should you try to close? All the time. Keep trying throughout the interview in small ways. These are called “trial closings.”
  • For example, when you learn the employer has a problem you’ve solved in your previous job, explain how you solved it. Then ask, “Would this help you here?”
  • Close whenever the interviewer is ready. Listen for signs of interest, look for body language and sense when there’s an opportunity to close. Then ask for the offer.
  • Some candidates talk so much during interviews that they talk themselves out of a job they’ve already landed.
  • Silence is an amazingly powerful tool in closing. If you don’t say anything, the interviewer may feel compelled to fill the void and tell you something vital.

      Types of closes:

  • The choice close. This technique is useful when you are setting up an appointment for an interview. Ask, “Is 9:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. better for you?” This presupposes the interviewer will see you. Just asking, “May I come in to see you?”may result in a “no” answer.
  • Third‐party endorsements. When explaining an accomplishment that will help the prospective employer, mention the employer you did it for. “At XYZ company, I…” This gives you credibility and adds the strength of that employer’s name to the story. Then ask, “Will this help you solve your problem here, too?”
  • Assumptive close. This is one of the best closes. You simply talk and act as if you’re already working for the interviewer’s organization. Use “we” and “us” in your conversation. Describe the situations in which you can see yourself working and accomplishing goals. Become part of the team even before you’ve been hired. Identify with the interviewer and the organization.
  • A word of caution: Don’t appear too eager. You need to maintain your professionalism.
  1. Overcome objections
  • Turn these objections into opportunities to strengthen your candidacy.
  • Acknowledge the objection. “You feel I’m overqualified. That’s possibly true.”
  • Then turn the weakness into a strength: “However, that means I’ll start being productive for you that much faster. As I’ve mentioned, I solved this problem at XYZ company.”
  • Make a list of standard objections that apply to you or that you encounter and work out the answers.
  • The key is to remember that patience and persistence pay off. Don’t take no for an answer. Try one more time. The secret to closing is to keep trying.
  1. Sum up and ask for the job
  • When appropriate, summarize.
  • Say what you have to offer based on your accomplishments.
  • Show how the features will benefit the employer.
  • Keep it simple and brief. Stick to basics.
  • Prepare one sentence on why you’re the right person for the job.
  • Remind the interviewer how you’ve contributed at your previous employer and reiterate how you’ll contribute to the success of the prospective one.
  1. Confirm the close
  • Repeat the terms of the offer as you’ve discussed it.
  • Ask for clarification of any terms not fully described or understood.
  • Each time you close, ask the interviewer, “Do you have any questions?” When you’ve been completely clear about how you’ll help the employer –then and only then –close.
  • Be sure to thank the interviewer at the end. Write the words “thank you” in your follow‐up letter, too, and repeat the statement of benefits you used to close.
  • Also add the other features and benefits you wished you’d expressed during the interview. The thank‐you packs a punch.

 

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