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Preparing is essential - Do your research to make sure your interview is a success

April 16, 2012

It’s your time to shine make sure you have a plan.

The most important part of any meeting takes place prior to the actual introduction. Do your research to make sure your meeting is a success. Knowing yourself and knowing the company that you are meeting with are two elements that provide proof that you are a good fit and bring value.

Knowing yourself and communicating your value.
When communicating your value, tell people what you do and how you can provide value. Do you know what the most valuable attributes you bring to a company are? Be prepared to share examples where you have demonstrated leadership and creativity. Tell a story about your successes to demonstrate your abilities.

It starts with passion.
It is essential to be able to talk about things that you are excited about. In some cases, passion can trump qualifications. In preparing for interviews, you should be looking for every opportunity to talk about things that you are excited about. Learn as much as you can about the company or the individual before your meeting.

Practice and be ready.
Once you know yourself, what your passion is and the value you bring, you will need to practice delivering the message. Practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. Practice can be the single most important thing you do. Have your elevator pitch ready at all times; you never know when you will be asked a question. Every question is an opportunity to shine.

A sister company of one of the largest CPA firms in Boston, KLR Executive Search Group uses its proven search process, industry knowledge and worldwide network to successfully place candidates in senior management roles in major organizations. Its industry reach as Boston executive recruiters stretches from healthcare to technology to life sciences, with permanent placements as well as contract placements and HR consulting.

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