Originally Posted by dulaney0330
Can you describe your experiences of your best interviews and how you asked for the job?
I've been hired by numerous Fortune 100 financial firms (Citi, JPMC, etc.), and many brand name companies (PepsiCo, McDonalds, etc.). I would say my success rate is about 90% when I interview with a VP a bit lower with mid level managers.
An interview at its root is a sales call. You are selling your services. Sales techniques apply, because they work. So at the end of every interview I *always* say "This sounds like a great job, I hope you decide to hire me, because I want this job" or some variation of that which sounds natural to you.
I'm not saying it works 100% or is the deciding factor, but all things being equal it will stand out in their mind when they are deciding between you and another candidate. You are there to close a sale, not to be coy. Don't assume they know your agenda. You want the job, they have the job, you are asking them for it.
Other things are to mirror the interviewer, to have good strong eye contact (that is natural), to have good posture, to avoid off color humor or remarks, have impeccable grooming (appearance means a lot, people will tend to hire based on attractiveness). Those are the things you can control. You never know what their agenda is, so you can't control all factors, but the ones you can control - you do.
They will ask you if you have any questions for them, you have to prepare for that in case your mind goes blank. Ask them questions specific to their company to show you did a little research. Ask them questions about what features they are looking for in this candidate, and why they were putting out the job offer (find out their need, then address it)
The other main thing is sales is to not necessary obsess over a single opportunity. You must generate more interviews and more opportunities. What this does is allow you to me more natural and relaxed because you have other options. While this may not really be the case, convince yourself it is before you go. That's the mental prep side of things. Get into a positive, confident mental state before you leave, and make sure the words running through your brain are positive and empowering.
That's what I know, hope it helps! Good Luck!