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Job Interview Advice Part 1

Talking about abilities and limitations

In the interview, you can control how you present your physical abilities to an employer.

  •         Talk about what you can do–not what you can’t.
  •         Make sure you can do all parts of the job you are seeking. Be able to explain this to an interviewer with examples.
  •         If you have a release from you doctor, bring it with you. This is a benefit to the employer. It’s as if you have had a pre-employment physical.
  •         Help the employer be specific about the parts of the job he or she thinks you may not be able to do. You can only correct a misunderstanding, if you know about it.
  •         Be able to talk about any financial incentives an employer may access by hiring you.
  •         Be prepared to talk about possible job site modifications. You might not be able to change your physical abilities but you can change the job site to match them.

Remember, it’s not just your physical abilities an employer needs. Your attitude, skills, and results you can produce are also important. Let the employer know about these.

The close of the interview

As the interview comes to an end, you must lay the groundwork for a job offer. The steps below show how.

Step 1: Pick two or three major parts of the job as explained by the employer. Briefly summarize them. With each part, state how you can do it or learn to do it.

Explanation: This shows the employer that you understand the job requirements and that you believe you can do it or learn to do it. You also are giving the employer a chance to clear up any wrong impressions you might have.

Step 2: Ask which of the required skills you may lack.

Explanation: As the employer answers this question, he or she is telling you what could stand in the way of a job offer. This gives you a chance to correct any wrong impressions the employer may have.

Step 3: Ask which of your skills will be useful in doing the job.

Explanation: The employer will be telling you why he or she should hire you. This helps the employer see how you are the right person for the job. If important points are left out, you can add them.

Just before you leave the interview, take the last three steps of “the close.”

Step 4: State very clearly that you want to work for the company.