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The hidden agenda of interviews

The Hidden Agenda of Interviews

Copyright 2005 The Perfect Interview

It’s Not What They Ask – The Hidden Agenda of Interviews What do
you think you’re going to an interview for? To list your
qualifications and discuss what’s on your resume? That’s just
the tip of the iceberg, and you’re the Titanic if you don’t go
in with at least an idea of what is behind their questions.

Sure, there are the standard questions, because the basic
information has to be conveyed some way, and besides reading
your resume, they like to see you sweat and whether you can be
caught out with any inconsistencies between what is on paper,
and what comes out of your mouth. But interviews can be full of
potholes that you won’t even see coming, because you’ve been
lulled into a false sense of bonhomie by the pleasant manner of
the recruiter. Before you know it, and sometimes even without
knowing it, you’re spilling all your little job secrets, your
insecurities, and clues as to your character or work ethics.

Preparation as always, is the key. Having talent and being
committed to your employer won’t cut any mustard, if the
interviewer snags a juicy bit out of something you just said,
and tosses it back at you, only to be greeted with a blank stare
and stuttering.

It’s not what you want out of the job, it’s what you can bring
to the job.

Face it, you can be the most qualified (technically) candidate
on the planet, but you’re not going to get the position on that
alone. Do your homework and find out what the company wants in
the person who does get the job. What do they expect in the way
of job performance? How do they view initiative? Then when
you’re interviewed, give them a potential employee who has all
that and the technical skills. Because a successful interview is
not always about what you can tell them, but about what they
want to hear.

Employers want people who are not only going to keep the company
running, but who are going to take it to new levels of success.

You can tell an interviewer what you’re capable of, but how are
you going to sell them on your aptitude and attitude? Show them,
that’s how!

Don’t just say “I work well with others”, tell them how you
involved different departments in a cooperative effort to cut
waste within the office, and how your past employer benefited
from it, as well as how the company “team” enjoyed their joint
efforts.

Never mind boasting that you have a nose for new things. Give
them a rundown (not a brag list) of new procedures that you
initiated, which resulted in more efficient operations at your
last job. Or tell them about the ideas you presented, which were
incorporated into the company marketing plan, resulting in
increased profits for the last year.

As stated in The Perfect Interview Book
(www.theperfectinterview.com) interviews are not just
fact-finding missions. Recruiters and company interviewers are
looking beyond the person in front of them, to find the right
one for the job. And the applicant who gives them a potential
employee with depths to be plumbed to the company’s benefit, is
the one who’s going to get that job.

A successful home business begins with a plan

A Successful Home Business Begins With A Plan

Would you like to make money by starting your own home-based business? People choose to work from home for several reasons including the desire to stay home with their children, the need for extra income, or simply being dissatisfied with their current job. A home-based business will provide you with an exciting way to make money and be your own boss. Numerous opportunities are available to internet marketers.

When starting your home-based business you should develop a business plan and research your options thoroughly. Making wise decisions and following your business plan each step of the way can help you in creating a steady stream of income. Operating a home-based business will require hard work and effort. You will not become wealthy over night. It will take determination to succeed as an internet marketer. The amount of money you make will be directly related to the amount of work you are willing to do.

When making your business plan, include both short and long term goals. Determine how you will achieve those goals and put your plan into action. Affiliate programs are excellent home-based business programs and there are numerous other internet marketing offers that will create steady income if you are willing to make the effort. Some of these opportunities may require an initial investment from you and others are advertised as free. Research all internet marketing opportunities carefully to make sure you understand the terms and conditions.

As an internet marketer, you will have to distinguish yourself from the competition if you want to succeed. You should know your target audience and know your competition even better. Do not let self-doubt stop you from accomplishing your goals. Every successful internet marketer gives their business the very best effort possible. Hard work and determination will make your home-based business a success and provide you with a steady stream of income.

Starting a home-based business is one of the most exciting and challenging endeavors you will ever undertake. A sound business plan and the will to succeed will set you apart from the competition. Choose the products or services you provide carefully. Make certain your services will be needed over the long term and make customer service your top priority. A loyal customer base is the key to the success or failure of your home-based business. A home-based business is an excellent way to gain independence and financial freedom. A sound business plan and a strong work ethic are all it takes to succeed.
Your Business Plan Will Become Your Partner

Are you planning to start a new business? Or are you considering expanding your current business and require a bank loan or investment from outsiders?

If you are going to look for an investment of capital it is quite likely that you will be required to have a business plan. If you are starting a business, despite the work involved, a business plan can prepare you for the obstacles ahead and help ensure your success.

A business plan is something that many small businesses fail to create; however, many business owners are adamant that having a written business plan is one of the keys to their present success. Creating a business plan forces you to contemplate possible obstacles to your business and prepares you to find solutions that will help you to overcome them.

To find investors or get a bank loan, they will want to see that you have the experience or resources to run the business. They will want to see your projected income as well as your suggested repayment plan already laid out. Taking the time to do this is not only important for them, but it gives you a measuring tool to verify if your business is growing properly. You can gage your success on how close to the plan your business has actually performed. Perhaps you’ll do worse, or perhaps you’ll do better, either way it helps you determine how well your business is getting on.

If you have never seen a business plan before you may be concerned that is too difficult a proposition for you to manage on your own.

While there are services available where you can hire someone to write a business plan for you, depending on your needs it may be wise to familiarize yourself with a business plan’s layout. This will not only help you to provide the necessary information, but may encourage you to try your own hand at it.

There’s a free tool at www.bdc.ca which will assist you in creating a business plan. Some of the topics you will be required to explain are your Market, Customer, Competition, Marketing Plan, and Research & Development along with financial forecasts. You may consider hiring someone to help you with your financial sheets after completing the written part of the Business Plan.

Your Business Plan will become your guide and silent business partner – indicating where you need to improve and helping you stay one step ahead of your competition. Make it a priority to have this crucial road map for your business.