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How to be a Winning Job Candidate

How-to be a `Winning` Job Candidate!



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Present Yourself like a Stage Star

How to be a `Winning` Job Candidate

Think your job search is tough? How would you like to go on 300 interviews a month as your competitors try to discredit you and the media stands ready to report (and continually replay) any gaffe or failing to a snickering public.

Next to running for office, a job search is a cake walk. But that doesn't mean you cannot learn something from the world of politics. Here are a few lessons you can carry over to your own candidacy:

Define Yourself and Your Message
Just as every candidate needs to differentiate himself to survive the primaries, your resume needs to stand out to get you the interview. Target it toward what the employer is looking for. Read the job description and research the organisation. Ask yourself, "If I were the hiring manager, what would I want to see?" Showcase these skills and qualities in the top third of your resume.

Be Prepared
Develop a concise sales pitch that explains why the company should hire you. Be ready to show thorough examples why you're right for the job and to answer any tough questions. Rehearse with a friend until you've got it down cold. Do not even think about winging it.

The best candidates leave nothing to chance. Bill Clinton's performances were intricately choreographed, down to how and where he would move to look good on camera and catch his opponents off-guard (remember George H. Bush checking his watch at the town hall meeting?!). Even Reagan's "spontaneous" debate lines: "There you go again..." and "I won't hold my opponent's youth and inexperience against him," were well-rehearsed.

Do not Exaggerate
Present yourself and your abilities in the best possible light -- without stretching the truth. Howard Dean's professing to be the only candidate from a farm state (Gephardt's Missouri has 100,000 farms to Vermont's 7,000) and his claim to have extensively studied the Bible "especially the book of Job from the New Testament" were mistakes of biblical proportions. And will Al Gore ever live down being the inventor of the Internet?

Look the Part
Image consultants give both Kerry and Bush high marks on their attire and grooming. They dress slightly better than the dress code and always wear well-tailored, high-quality garments that are stylish, but not trendy; authoritative, but not stuffy.

Build Rapport
According to body language expert Dr. Daniel Hill, the candidate to emulate is John Edwards. "Edwards is amazing. His smiles are genuine and he almost always looks composed and engaged. He's even loosened up John Kerry!"

This comes as no surprise. As a trial lawyer, Edwards led seminars on how to establish intimacy with the jury. "Talk to them like you talk to people on your back porch," he says in a training video. "The jury needs to feel good about what you're asking them to do."

Going After "Undecideds"

Veteran campaigners know it is the "undecideds" who can make or break them. According to political analysts, undecided voters typically aren't happy with the incumbent and are waiting for a reason to vote for the new candidate. The same can be said for an external job candidate competing against an internal one. If your interviewer seems conflicted or resistant, try to uncover their concerns. Follow up with a note or sample of your work that might help win over the undecided interviewer.

Let them know you're eager to prove yourself. At the end of nearly every talk show appearance during the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush ended by saying, "I'm askin' for your vote."

Do not Burn Bridges

Don't go negative on your past employer. It weakens your stature and makes people wonder what you'd say about them! Instead follow John Edward's lead. Be positive and gracious toward everyone even if you don't land this job, they may be able to offer you another one down the road.

Never Give Up
One trick on how to be a winning job candidate; You cannot win them all. JFK ran for class president at Harvard and lost. Nixon unsuccessfully ran for both president and governor of California. And Lincoln lost his bid for the Senate before going on to become one of the most revered presidents in history. The great ones take losing in stride and come back to run and win another day. Never give up!

Top Tips for Radiating Confidence

How do you convey confidence even if you're quaking inside? Here are the top tips for you to be successful;

* Use positive body language, eye contact and a good firm handshake (people never forget a grasp like a limp fish). Concentrate on giving off enthusiastic energy so you appear upbeat and confident.

* Try to exude effortless authority: be animated but economical, without fidgety gestures or superfluous mannerisms.

* Speak clearly with energy and variety. Loss of confidence comes out in the voice, which trails away and becomes a monotone as we stop breathing. Consciously practise taking energy in the voice through to the end of the sentence.

* Listen carefully to what is said. People like to talk about themselves, so focus on others, not yourself and to paraphrase President Kennedy, " ask what you can do for people, not what they can do for you", an attitude that helps you build up a network of influence.

* Put yourself in a positive frame of mind. If you feel down, this comes across in body language and voice and it`s hard for others to listen to ideas expressed in a downbeat way. Enthusiasm is attractive and infectious, so be positive at all times to win. It`s obvious but often hard to deliver in practice.

* Remember, `Present Yourself like a Stage Star` and you will win the job.

The next step is to invest into the powerful publication to help you win the job;
`The Guide to a Successful Interview` - details below.

Open your mind to the ‘Challenges’ you face in winning the job for your success.

Incorporated in the publication

Winning Interview Skills

So, you have landed an interview for a seemingly wonderful job! Now what? Successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in to an offer. This publication is full of tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through delivery.
Learn and Practice

Knowing as much as possible about the company can make your interview more interactive and could be just what you need to get ahead in a competitive job market. We share with you techniques that work and will win you the job.


* The Guide to a SuccessfulInterview
* TheInterview
* Company and JobResearch
* Advice on InterviewTips
* Questions to ask theInterviewer
* Overview - ten MinuteGuide
* Summary on winning thejob
*7 Simple Steps to ImproveOptimisticOutlook

Details on the publications page:

"Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW."

Success is a journey, not a destination
Our goal is simple…to help you reach yours

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by Colin Thompson ISBN: 978-1-84549-289-2

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Note: About the Author Colin Thompson

Colin is a former successful Managing Director of Transactional/Print Manufacturing Plants, Print Management/Workflow Solutions companies and other organisations, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives and Non-Executive Director, helping companies raise their `bottom-line` and `increase cash flow`. Plus, helping individuals to be successful in business and life in general. Author of several publications, research reports, guides, business and educational models on CD-ROM's/Software and over 400 articles published on business and educational subjects worldwide. International Speaker and Visiting University Professor.

How to be a Winning Job Candidate!

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Comments on this item:

David Johnson
16-05-2012 13:20:18
All input on this subject is always eagerly received.
But - how does one react to a turn down such as "you were too confident"? Not over-confident, or arrogant, just relaxed and composed. Sometimes you just cant win.

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