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3 Step FABulous Interview Strategy – Land Your Dream Job

October 19, 2010

Trust me. I’m not the job fairy but I would like to share a 3 Step FABulous Interview Strategy – Land Your Dream Job that I have successfully used for 14 years called a FAB. Here is a F-A-B-U-L-I-O-U-S secret that has been shared with thousands.

Your chances can increase ten-fold of being offered a job by prepping before an interview using a FAB, also known as Fabulous Facts About Yourself, to prepare yourself before the job interview.

My clients have told me time and time again that by using this exercise they were able to more clearly see strengths that they had overlooked and better articulate them during the interview process.

Here is why it works:

Research has shown that when hiring authorities interview a candidate, individually or by a team, the employer will not be able to recall specific facts about each individual after wards. This includes the whole gamut of interviews such as by telephone, SKYPE and or in-person.

To sum it up for a hiring authority all the qualities of each candidate becomes foggy recalling hundreds of facts such as to where each person went to college, their work history, etc. One thing that decision makers do more easily remember is what you bring to the table, what the benefits of hiring you will be at their company or “what is in it for them”.

Here is how it works:

Employers will remember the benefits you will bring if you learn how to clearly state them. Most candidates’ qualities are overlooked because they thought that it would be enough just by mentioning them. Inferring an important point is one thing but you will be more effective by turning each “F”act into an “A”ccomplishment into a “B”enefit statement.

Here is how to begin:

Take a sheet of paper and divide it into three vertical columns with headings. The left column title “F” for facts; middle column title “A” for accomplishments and also put a # sign next to it to quantify as to number of years, $, number of employees, etc.; and in the right column title “B” for benefits or specifically what benefit you will bring to that company.

To prepare yourself for each interview list 6 to 10 specific facts before you meet with the hiring authority, turn them into an accomplishment and then into a benefit statement. Select only the facts that pertain to the particular position at each company.

For example:

Fact 1.) attended XYZ college; Accomplishment 1.) graduated in top 10% of class; Benefit 1.) I can bring this level of top achievement to you.

Fact 2.) Title—Project Manager; Accomplishment 2.)15 years experience; Benefit 2.) I can bring my expertise to your organization.

Fact 3.) Oversaw a team; Accomplishment 3.) State quantity of each position—5 Directors, 2 Project Managers, etc.; 3.)Benefit – can hit the ground running in developing same size team.

These results/benefits should be stated in terms of the value added, and in as tangible and quantified a manner as possible. State the action you took to achieve those benefits/results. (What steps you took or what techniques you used). Use action words and avoid using words such as “responsible for” which aren’t as strong. Here are a few to choose from but there are hundreds more:

• I can hit the ground running
• I am proficient in and can bring this strength to you
• I am strong at this and can bring those results to you
• I can bring this strength to you
• I have brought projects on time and under budget

You will find a job, it’s just a matter of time!

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