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Using People Skills to Get that Job

by on 21st of July, 2008 in Career Development & Networking

So, you see an ad for your dream job and, of course, decide to apply. But how do you make sure you get it?

Your chances of getting any given job are mainly influenced by two things; your technical abilities and how you come across in the job interview.

At short notice, you can't do too much about your technical skills, apart from making sure you present them optimally in your CV/resume but you can do something about how you come across, and that can set you above the competition in the eyes of the interviewer.

One approach, according "job interview master" Vj Vijai is to use his tried and tested formula, which he describes briefly in the following short, entertaining video.

Let us know what you think of his ideas in the comments.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KyCPiJPx48]

Photo: language translation

About the author: Nick Oswald
I started Bitesize Bio on a Macbook on my kitchen table in 2007 while in my 7th year of working as a molecular biologist in biotech. My aim was to share the know-how that I had acquired from the school of hard-knocks in the lab, so that others could learn from my mistakes and small victories. Nowadays my mission is to facilitate the gathering of hardcore know-how from whole spectrum of bioscientists and share it here on Bitesize Bio to create a super-mentor that any bioscientist can turn to for much-needed guidance.

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3 thoughts on “Using People Skills to Get that Job”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Heh, made me chuckle – but aside from all the chuckles, the main thing about going into an interview with some "method" in mind is that it has to come off _naturally_. If the interviewer gets a clue that your try to sell them too hard, then it's a bust and your done. Natural Confidence, along with VJ's suggestions, are probably a good combination.

    Of course, in science the interview process is often you vs. the search committee; so its much harder to sell your technical expertise in this way to more than one person.

  2. Rob says:

    Brilliant Nick, great find. He's spot on this guy and what he's saying isn't that hard to do. I've summarised what he said in a document and keeping it for a later date. Ditto to Jonathan, i'd also say that the most important thing is to be yourself. They're employing your technical expertise but they're also employing a person, so it's important to be yourself.

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