Job Search: Who’s Driving The Interview Bus?

 In Career Tips, Job Search Strategy

Job Search: Who’s Driving The Interview Bus?So, who is exactly in control during the actual interview? Did you guess the employer?


You BOTH are in control.

Most job applicants mentally hand over all the power in a job search to the prospective employer, being that they (the employer) has something that the candidate wants (the job). It’s easy to think that the target company is the sole decision maker as to whether they hire that person or not.

This is a dangerous attitude to take, because in essence, you are effectively handing over the power of the situation to someone else, when in fact, you equally hold the reins.

Remember, the employer also has a need and is looking for the best way to fill that need in the most expedient manner possible.

If you have carefully managed your career, are confident in your abilities and what it is that you offer to the employer, you also have control in the interview room just as much as the employer. Flip the dynamics around, and suddenly, you are the industry subject matter expert who is top in your field, and what you offer is exactly what the employer is seeking (perhaps even desperately so).

Preparing for interviews truly boils down to three things: Subject matter expertise, knowledge of the position/company, and enthusiasm/confidence. If you have these three pieces, you have a great start to what promises to be a great discussion.

You’ll be so relaxed and confident about those three areas that the rest will fall into place.


Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is a Certified Advanced Résumé Writer and the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services. Clients from across the United States and Canada and from all career levels have benefited from Dawn’s highly-focused and results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Many professional groups as well as colleges and universities have appreciated the insights and expertise she shares during presentations on career management topics, and she is a frequently requested national speaker as a result.

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