Five Secrets to Getting Hired

Reviewed 11/09

By CareerBuilder.com

interviewTo ace the interview you need to know how the interviewer thinks. In his book 'Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job Seeker's Guide,' author and job-hunting guru Martin Yate examines the interview from the employer's perspective and shares the five secrets to getting hired.

Secret 1: Ability and Suitability


The first secret is to show the interviewer you have both ability and suitability. Every working professional has a combination of skills that broadly define his or her ability and suitability. For example, a good computer programmer working in a bank has both technical and professional skills; that is, the ability to program a computer as well as knowledge of how to get things done in the banking industry and the capacity to work well with bankers.


Yate suggests you itemize your technical/professional skills as they parallel the requirements of the job. Then recall an incident to illustrate each of those skills. If applying for a job in an industry with which you're familiar, consider highlighting your industry sensibilities by describing how you've successfully collaborated and accomplished goals with other industry professionals.





Secret 2: Willingness

The second secret is not to flip out if your interviewer asks if you're willing to make coffee or take out the trash -- especially if you're looking for a job in a small office. More and more potential employers are using these questions to gauge whether you are the kind of person who is prepared to do whatever it takes to help the team.

Think of a time when you went the extra mile and how your doing so helped the company. Then rehearse the story until you can tell it in 90 seconds.


Secret 3: Manageability and Teamwork

Avoiding a nightmare employee is a major concern for managers who develop, over time, a remarkable sixth sense when it comes to spotting and weeding out mavericks and prima donnas.

Being 'manageable' and a team player means that you can work independently as well as with others and can take direction and criticism. Also crucial is the ability to work and get along with a diverse workforce in terms of sex, age, religion, race, politics, abilities/disabilities or national origin.

Make sure you demonstrate with words and actions that you are someone who gets along well with people and has no problem tolerating differing opinions or beliefs. Don't bring up religious, political or racial matters during the job interview.


Secret 4: Professional Behavior

Yate says there are a number of universally admired behavioral traits common to successful people in all fields. They are:

  • Drive;
  • Motivation;
  • Communication skills;
  • Team chemistry;
  • Energy;
  • Determination;
  • Confidence;
  • Reliability;
  • Honesty/integrity;
  • Pride;
  • Dedication;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Listening skills;
  • Goal-orientation;
  • Efficiency;
  • Economy; and
  • Ability to follow procedures.


Yate suggests you pick several of the traits that apply to you and that you can back up with stories from your work history. The idea is to create a mental movie of an event, which is much more powerful than simply stating your strong points.


Secret 5: Everyone Hires for the Same Job

All companies are looking for problem solvers. So think of your profession in terms of its problem-solving responsibilities. Then, identify a list of related problems you have solved for your past employers. Come up with specific examples for as many different success stories as you can think of. Then, ask what the first projects you as an employee would be involved in if hired. From there, you can select the most relevant problem-solving examples to share. When reciting these examples use the following formula:

  • State the problem.

  • Isolate relevant background information.

  • List your key qualities.

  • Recall the solution.

  • Determine what the solution was worth.


Remember, stories help interviewers visualize you solving their problems as a paid member of the team.

Keep these secrets in mind when preparing for your next interview. Approaching the interview from the employer's perspective and demonstrating your strengths through stories will cast you in a great light and make it hard for the interviewer to forget you. For more of Martin Yates' keen insight, visit www.knockemdead.com.


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forelectric

Hey you ,smellyecoli, are so biased! What you say is nothing but sounds lke the usual rethoric again...

You hypocrats voted an AFRO in tho White House, so why not live with it whether Afro gets a Job or red neck gets it! If you can't shut your mouth then shut your fricken a--sss and stop voting next time another Afro in the top positions of the hypocrats like you!!

November 23 2009 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thomas p marino

there are many states in the u.s. that are job scarce,florida is one of the worst.its not that companies cant hire they wont,its all about greed,there are no laws in the state of florida that protect the employee ,but there are alot for the employer.if you have a person that has worked for a company for a number of years he can be let go for just about anything.if you are applying to a job you can be denied work for any reason and the employer does not have to tell you why.this should not be the case,people should know why in writeing .unions are sometimes there own worst enemy but i have to tell you that if you were unionized in florida ,and i mean the entire work force,at least you would get a pension after 20 years of service.in the state of florida you work 20 years to end up with nothing,and then you go back to work.things are so bad in florida people that are doing the hireing screening do not even have the investigative skills to do a background check review your application and determin if you even have the qualifications for the job.what they do is do a background check on you and if something anything shows up they throw the application in the trash,they dont have to tell you why they dont want you just that they dont.if you have a commercial truck drivers lic and you worked in retail for 10 years and applied to a trucking company for a job your not going to get it why because you didnt work as a truck driver for the past 10 years.this is unfair,but its happening because the people in human resources dont exactly have the know how on how to screen there applicants properly,so this leads to discrimination.what discrimination in florida you say,yep there is and it ranges from color, race,age and so forth.but employers dont have anyone to answer to so they get away with it,and you get to stay unemployed.how do i know this because i used to be someone who did the hireing and now i am a police officer in the state of florida,and i am unemployed.

November 23 2009 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuckster

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing butt-the truth, so kiss his ass.

What you know is worth nothing, now who you know, priceless. And the sublime notice sent by the pic on the ad, you need great legs and be ready to use them. You're in-hey that's her line-doh!

November 23 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

They lost me on the last tip; problem solving. My experience is that employers don't want "problem solvers". They want someone who can survive the status quo and be a good little company robot.

November 23 2009 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BOOTLICKER

I want to hire UNDER AGE girls to HOOK for me - where's the Nearest ACORN office so I can get funding for my little project????? Thanks! PEACE OUT NAG-GARS!!

November 23 2009 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smellyecoli

FIRST AND FOREMOST BE SURE TO CLAIM THAT YOU ARE AFRO AMERICAN. THAT PLACES YOUR APPLICATION AT THE TOP OF THE LIST !!!IF YOU ARE WHITEY THEN FORGET THE JOB !!

November 23 2009 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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forelectric

Hey you smellyecoli are so biased! What you say is buth but sounds lke the usual rethoric again...

You hypocrats vored an AFRO in tho White House, so why not live with it whether Afro gets a Job or red neck gets! If you can't shut your mouth then shut your a--sss and stop voting next time another Afro in the top positions of the hypocrats

November 23 2009 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

Since I'm retired I can look back into the past several years about how to survive in this day and age.Just don't waste your time looking for a job.Go down to your nearest welfare office and you will be rewarded with more money and food then possible.You can also go to the nearest church and claim your from Mexico or Central America and they will provide an automobile along with free auto insurance and gas money.If you have kids go to the homeless shelters and hide like many of the dead beats do.Problem solved!

November 23 2009 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lt.Gen.NBF

If you want to own a Discount Tobacco & Beer store, you must be an Indian (from India) Americans are not allowed, if you are caught ownning and running such a store, "they" will take it away from you!

November 23 2009 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
forelectric

There is no such thing as secret strategies to get a job, for the simple reason, no mattter how many strategies you devise there are NO JOBS in the American econmy for the next 100 years thanks to American Bankers for triggering this financial disaster in the history of mankind!!

This is all the usual HUMBUG the recruiters love to engage in talking to earn their living!!

We need to come to terms with the harsh realities of the American economy, that this recession is going to last a life time!

The only alleged JOBS are the Internet Scams which included the most recent Google Scam for 95 cents and then ended up with $300 stolen from my credit cards!!

November 23 2009 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
forelectric

Thre is no such thing as secret strategies to get a job, for the simple reason, no mattter how many strategies you devise there are NO JOBS in the American econmy for the next 100 years thanks to American Bankers for triggering this financial disaster in the history of mankind!!

This is all the usualy HUMBUG the recruiter love to engage in talking to earn their living!!

We need to come to terms wit the harsh realities of the American economy, that this recession is going to last a life time!

The only alleged JOBS are the Internet Scams which included the most recent Google Scam for 95 cents and then ended up with $300 stolen from their credit cards!!



November 23 2009 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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