Landing your Dream Job

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Everyone would love to proudly say they’ve got the job of they have always dreamed of, but that isn’t always the case. Landing you dream job can be easier said than done.

Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, Allan Ageman, managing partner at The Bachrach Group shares some expert advice on how to land your dream job.

Ageman talks about the three simple steps if you are looking to make a career transition. He also explains the preparation process and the 4 steps it involves:

1) Pre-Interview: A massive amount of patience and the right attitude. Yes, skills and experience do matter as well, but in order to get hired or at least get a callback, you need to have the right attitude. You won’t always get the job you want when job hunting or get an offer from every interview you go on. But, you need to have the healthy viewpoint in order to not get too down and fixate on not getting a callback. What interviewer is going to want to hire someone clearly in despair who has a negative, angry vibe coming off of them during the interview? You need to have patience as well if this keeps happening to you. You need to be in the right and encouraging state of mind in order to be successful on job interviews. Networking helps tremendously as well! Network at the post office, at the supermarket, taking the bus, etc., just whatever you do don’t stop networking. When putting together your resume, be truthful and make sure you are capable of the duties you put on there. The interviewer will ask you about your experience and if it seems as if you are not being honest, then you obviously cannot be trusted or you do not prove yourself as having a character.
Also, do your research. Research the company, what they do, what year they were established, who they work with, etc. Familiarize yourself with what you’re interviewing for. If you drop this knowledge that you have on the company you are interviewing for during the interview, you just pushed yourself ahead of everyone else that interviewed/will interview for this job. If currently working, remember to always keep in mind why you want to leave your present job in the first place. Upon your resignation there, there’s a very likely chance they will try to make a counter-offer with you to stay at your current job – be strong and remember all of the reasons why you want career advancement at another job and do not fall for a counter-offer that may just make you temporarily happy.
2) The Interview: Arrive on time…please!! That already is very telling to your interviewer on what your character is all about. If you arrive late, that shows that your time is much more important than someone else’s time and you can’t be bothered with making the effort to show up on time. You MUST dress professionally. Image really is everything, the interviewer will already have made a decision about you before you open your mouth to say ‘Hello.’ Be polite – be polite to not only your interviewer, but to everyone you come across before your interview. This can include the Receptionist who welcomes you to the people you are riding in the elevator with. Once you meet your interviewer, make sure to give them a good firm handshake and keep eye contact during the interview. Be confident, but not arrogant; arrogance comes from insecurity and there’s no room for that at a successful company. Make sure to squeeze in that knowledge that you brushed up on the company prior to the interview. Another must that is sure to get that interviewer to call you back is to ask questions. Ask questions on where do they think they will be in 5 years, what are the 3 most important skills needed to excel in this position, how do they see this position contributing to the success of the organization, etc. Do NOT ask what does the company do, about increasing pay, and most importantly do not ever bad mouth your previous employers. This is both unprofessional and immature. Make sure to end the interview with a firm handshake while maintaining eye contact and thank them for their time and that you hope that you will hear from them soon.
3) Post-Interview: Write a thank you note to everyone you interviewed with. Thank them for meeting with you, reiterate why you fit the opportunity that you interviewed for, and that you hope to hear from them soon. Also, do not stop applying for other jobs. Keep going, keep applying and don’t just put your hopes on this one interview.
4) Got the Job!! Congrats! Once you get the job, remember to not get too comfortable just yet. You still need to keep that right attitude and encouraging state of mind that got you this job. You still need to be professional and confident. Be grateful for this opportunity that you’ve patiently been waiting for and always go above and beyond with what you were hired to do.
To watch the full interview, click on the video above. For more information, you can learn more at www.bachrachgroup.com.

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