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A positive interaction with those interviewing you is a key in employee selection. You will not be selected if you are unable to demonstrate that your skills and qualifications match the demands of the position being offered. Be mindful however the interviewer is valuating you with the understanding that (beyond your technical skills) their success or failure of selecting the right candidate centers more on how well you understand and fit with the culture of organization.
The focus of the majority of interview questions asked during a job interview are to assess how well you will be able to perform the job at hand. However a second tier or underlining all questions will be your cultural fit. You may find yourself addressing your compatibility and harmonization in the organization rather than solely your abilities, skills and experience. It is essential for the organization that they weight your fit as well as your technical qualifications.
Being able to express how well you can perform the job should not be your only consideration going into the interview. Equally vital at the interview is your ability to convey that your personality and work style conform to the needs of the organization. You will want to exhibit that you have the necessary qualifications to perform the job at the highest level however you will also need to demonstrate that you have what it takes to work effectively within the organization. The interviewer is assessing whether or not you will thrive in their culture. Are you a good fit?
Organizations must have the right people and right skills to meet their mission and vision. The interviewer will be listening closely as to how you approach a variety of work situations. This will tell the interviewer whether your style and behavior is compatible with the style used successfully in their organization. How well you design your responses to show you are a good hiring fit may ultimately be the deciding factor in their selection process.
There are many reasons that people volunteer. Volunteering allows you not only to give of yourself to contribute in a meaningful experience but there are other rewards. Not only do you help others learn new skills, you make lifelong friendships. There are those that sincerely devoted to a cause while others just wish to make a contribution. Read this article ON CAREERS by Allison Green to learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and find tips on helping yourself to advance your career.
How Volunteering Can Get You a Job
by Allison Greene of Money Magazine
If you’re searching for a job, here’s one strategy you may have overlooked: Volunteering.
Volunteering for a nonprofit organization in your community isn’t just a way of doing good. It’s also a way to keep your skills up-to-date, expand your network, and possibly even get a paying job. And there are all sorts of nonprofits from which to choose, whether you’re drawn to community service groups, political organizations, or religious institutions.
Here’s how volunteerism can help you in your job search. MORE
Larry Goldsmith and James Gonyea team up to write, America’s Top 200 jobs and How to Pick the One that’s Right for You. The new book release, published on the iPAD features the Top Fastest Growing Jobs, Top Most Openings, Top Largest Employment Jobs and the Top Highest Paying Jobs, based on statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. A fifth category features the Top Most Jobs in Decline. A highlight of the publication is the section on how to pick the right job for you. The purpose of the book is to help you develop a roadmap, i.e., a plan – to your new career goal – including finishing any required training, conducting a job search and securing employment.
James Gonyea is most recognized for his pioneering work with America Online (AOL) in the development and management of America’s first commercial online career guidance service. James, with a staff of nearly 100 career experts, created the AOL Career Center and served the career and employment needs of 28 million members nationwide.
Larry Goldsmith is the Author of “Building the Looking Glass Résumé and the Anatomy of a Job Fair. Larry, a Certified Workforce Development Professional, Professional Resume Writer and Job Coach has worked with more than 20,000 individuals. Both James and Larry are Career Development Specialists with significant backgrounds in career guidance having served as heads of career development services in a collegiate environment.