Are you a clock-watcher? A self-starter? A team player? An initiator?
These are four "I ams" that should be communicated to a prospective employer, according to a recruiting firm executive.
Mitchell Berger, director of the accounting and tax division of the executive recruiting firm of Howard Sloan Associates Inc., recommends memorizing these four "musts" and then developing a comfortable way of expressing them to a potential employer.
Hiring decisions, he says, are based on a combination of chemistry and face-to-face discussions.
"Too many job-seekers concentrate on their resumes and disregard preparing for the interview," Berger said. "The resume is a door opener. Keep this in mind, prepare yourself with what to say--and not say--and you will increase your chances of receiving job offers."
Among the things not to say: "I really need this job" (But why does the company need you?); "This is a good career move for me" (Why is it good for the company?); "I have no questions to ask" (If you're interested in the job, you should have questions).