The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, you may actually have to work for it.
Just a few months ago, the job interview was an opportunity for candidates to present their demands and screen the best offers. Today the tide has turned and employers are running the show again. It’s no longer enough to be qualified. If you want a job in today’s business environment, you have to shine in the job interview.
One way to really shine is by asking questions. Questions are the best way for you to demonstrate that you understand the company’s challenges, emphasize how you can help the company meet them, and show your interest in the most unmistakable manner possible—by actually asking for the position. This book will help arm you with new interview questions and techniques for selling yourself and getting the
job you want.
After more than a decade of job seekers calling the shots, the collapse of the dot-com economy has resulted in a much more restricted hiring environment. Employers can now afford to be much more choosy. With dozens or even hundreds of applicants competing for every job, employers are raising their standards.
Competition for jobs has never been higher. The ease of recruiting with the Internet has radically decreased the expense of accumulating résumés. Today, you are competing not only with other job seekers from the same community, but with highly qualified people from all over the world. Scared and frustrated, employees still fortunate to have a job are staying put, decreasing opportunities for career advancement.
For organizations, the stakes for making the right hiring decision are higher than ever before. Business moves more quickly today than ever before. Organizations are leaner and more networked. If a critical task is not performed, the whole operation is at risk of falling apart. Often a critical hire is all that stands between organizational failure and success. Organizations today have no guarantee of second chances. They must get it right the first time.