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Questions, Questions..........

by Guy
Date: Sep 2008
Swindale Parks' Top Tips to help you secure your next Sales or Marketing & Creative job...........
The interview is in full swing and having made a great first impression how do you maintain your momentum? Perhaps surprisingly we feel it’s not just about impressing your interviewer with your insightful answers to those tricky questions being posed, you can contribute to a successful outcome for both parties by taking a proactive role in the meeting. How? Firstly you may need to change how you view the interview process, think of it as a two way street. It is as much a chance for you to ask questions about your interviewer, the role and the company as it is for them to quiz you – more of an exchange of information than an interrogation.
 
Having made this change in thinking just how are you going to achieve what you want out of the meeting? Preparation is the key, arriving at the interview with a list of suitable questions is always a good start, by suitable we mean the kind of questions that will increase your understanding of the role etc and not “How long do I get for lunch?” or “What are the working hours?” Also try to integrate your questions into the discussion rather than treating them as a script, simply reading them out can effect the flow of the conversation and whilst help you gather important information may quickly erode any rapport that has been developed between you and the interviewer. Remember your objective as well as promoting your own features and benefits is to find out everything you need to know that will allow you to make a considered decision about whether you progress your application further. Your questions will not only do this but they also demonstrate your interest in the opportunity and say something positive about how you conduct yourself in a business situation.
  
For more advice or assistance with your job search contact a specialist sales or marketing consultant via email or on 0121 585 6079
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