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You’ll be surprised how interviewing has changed since the last time you did it many years ago. All you had to do was show up and answer a few easy questions. Today you need to know how to prepare for an interview.

How to get ready for an interview

You must be proactive by putting together a presentation that shows how you would do the job if you worked there. That means to know, before each interview, what you can do for the employer.

So your primary task is to put yourself in the employer’s shoes. This is accomplished by making two lists of questions:

On your first list are questions you would ask if you were hiring yourself for the job. Specifically, ask yourself,

“If I were hiring me for the job I’m about to interview for, what skills and abilities would I need to bring to the table?”

The bulk of your sales pitch is based on your answers to this question.

On your second list, write questions to ask employers during interviews.

Answers you get from both lists of questions will give you two keys to successful interviews: (1) The ability to target your interview pitch to the prospective employers needs; and (2) the ability to decide if you want to work for the company should you get an offer.

How asking questions will impress your interviewers

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.