What Employers Look For in an Interview
By Mark Anthony

With this thought in mind, let's take a look at the nine areas in which a candidate is judged during an interview:

1. Educational Background - Be prepared to talk about your education and how it relates to the position you're applying for.

2. Work Experience - Be prepared to describe, in detail, what skills you have acquired and how they qualify you for the available position. Be specific; talk about a project you helped to implement and how it affected the company.

3. Oral Communication Skills - Getting your point across during an interview is extremely important; make sure that you're Clear, Direct and that your Speech Flows. Use appropriate language.

4. Impact/Appearance/Personality - Make sure your first impression is a good one. Look like you fit in. Take note of the work environment. Are people laughing and joking or are they quiet, busily working? Make sure your demeanor fits with the genre.

5. Motivation/Commitment - Never tell an employer that the position you're applying for will be a good stepping stone. Employers don't want to hire someone who is constantly going to be looking for something else. Make it clear that you're looking to commit to a job.

6. Initiative - Talk about specifics from your past that show your ability to take charge.

7. Independence/Conflict Resolution- An employer wants someone with the ability to think for them. If you have to make a difficult decision on the job, the employer wants to trust that you'll make the right decision.

8. Broad Range of Interest -The employer is looking for well-rounded employees that have had work experience and life experience. To broaden your appeal, make sure to mention activities and hobbies you have outside of work - this will help give your personality definition.

9. Work Standards -An employer wants an employee who has personal goals, someone who is interested in personal excellence and not just in being outwardly rewarded.

So, un-cross your fingers get with a buddy and practice, practice, practice your responses. Remember, now that you've landed the interview, preparation is the key to your success. Master these nine areas and you will face the interview.