Tuesday, October 10, 2017

3 Interview Tips From Recruiters

If you are about to have an interview, then you need to prepare yourself ahead of time and know exactly what to do to show the best side of you to the interviewer. You could get some solid advice while working with technical recruiters, but it is also useful to do some research to find out what hiring managers really want.

Knowing what hiring managers want or at least determining what they want job seekers to know is not easy, which is why we have compiled three interview tips from recruiters themselves.

1. Come Prepared

One of the most important interview tips that interviewers can provide is to come prepared. If you’re already taking the time to do your research, then you’re on the right track. It’s important to impress a hiring manager by demonstrating your preparedness for the interview and for the job.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to construct a script beforehand and then present it to the interviewer; that would seem far too robotic. Rather, what you should be doing is researching interview tips, roleplaying common interview questions, and researching the company to which you are applying.

Memorize a couple of details about the company and figure out what the hiring manager wants from an employee based on the company’s needs and the job description. Doing your homework will show the interviewer you’re well-prepared and ready to take on the role of an employee for the company.

Demonstrating how prepared you are for the interview will also reveal a lot of positive aspects about your work ethic and your passion about getting the job.

2. Appearance Does Matter

There have been countless debates on how important appearance really is, but all hiring managers can agree on one thing: appearance does matter. Therefore, one of the most essential interview tips from recruiters is to appear clean, well-groomed, and sophisticated.

This doesn’t mean you have to wear your most expensive outfit, but it does mean you have to dress in a way that demonstrates your professionalism. You’re being interviewed for the potential to enter a professional environment so you must be able to show that you belong in such an environment. Even though you don’t want to be too fancy, you have to understand that it’s always better to be overdressed than to be underdressed.

Additionally, your body language during an interview is part of your appearance and the way you carry yourself. Therefore, you have to be mindful of how your body language makes you appear. Avoid bad posture or nervous tics as much as you can; instead, keep your back straight while maintaining steady eye contact with your interviewer.

3. Leave a Lasting Impression

Your ultimate goal during an interview is to leave a lasting impression upon the employer.

There are several ways to accomplish this: Showcase your skills and experience, emphasize your passion for the job, and, most importantly, let your personality shine. Interviews may seem like they are an opportunity for showing off your skills and talents, but they are also the crucial moment in which hiring managers decide whether or not you are a good fit for the company.

Hiring managers are constantly asking themselves whether you would blend into their company’s culture. Therefore, you must recognize the company’s vibe and emphasize your ability to be sociable and confident in such an environment. You want to leave the interviewer with a sense that you have made a strong first impression and that your personality is on par with your qualifications.
Author: George Hoadley brings 11 years of experience in management to his role as the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Vancouver. With a LinkedIn Recruiter Certification, his areas of expertise are construction management, engineering, project management, estimating, and operations.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Body Lanuage in Job Interviews: What to be Aware of

You’re preparing for an interview (or maybe several). You’ve read up on the latest tips, and you’ve been rehearsing your answers to the most common interview questions. Maybe you’ve even done some research on the company you’re interviewing with, and you’ve come up with a few questions of your own.

In your research, though, did you think much about body language? It’s common for job seekers to focus on what they’re saying with words, but even seasoned candidates think less about what they’re saying with their bodies.

You can send many messages with your posture, your hands, and your face. What should you be aware of during your job interviews?

Your Hands and Arms

Some people complain about not knowing what to do with their hands during job interviews. Some people will hold pens; others will cross their arms or clasp their hands, simply because they don’t know what else to do.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have people who gesticulate wildly—their hands are everywhere as they illustrate every point they make with hand gestures.

It’s important to be aware of what you’re doing with your hands, because you don’t want to be caught at either extreme. Folding your arms could make you appear judgmental or nervous. And holding a pen might seem like a great idea—until you start playing with it.

Similarly, doing too much with your hands is a problem. While most experts agree some gesticulation is a good thing, too much may make you seem overdramatic. Pay attention to how much talking you do with your hands.

Your Posture

How do you usually sit in job interviews? Are you rigidly upright, or do you tend to slump or slouch in your chair? Do you cross your legs, or prop your ankle up over your knee? All of these different postures say something about you. The question is if they’re communicating what you want to say to your interviewers.

Most people recommend sitting up straight and well back in your chair. However, this might seem too formal for some; you might look uncomfortable or nervous. On the other hand, slouching could indicate you feel a little too comfortable—or that you’re bored or not interested in the job.

Try to find a natural sitting position in which you feel comfortable without slouching. A slight forward lean can communicate interest and confidence.

Your Face

You may not know exactly how expressive you are; relatively few people spend a lot of time talking to themselves in front of a mirror or a camera. But human beings are incredibly expressive—and most people express a lot through their faces. Some people are more expressive than others, but happiness, sadness, and anger all show plainly on your face.

Much like hand gestures, you want to use facial expressions moderately. Smiling, naturally and genuinely, says “I’m friendly” and helps your interviewers feel more at ease. A stony facial expression throughout the interview might say you’re cold and standoffish, but smiling too much can also be off-putting.

Practise in front of a mirror to see how you’re using facial expressions to accompany your words.

Your Feet

Do you cross your legs or ankles? Do you tap your toes or swing your foot to and fro in an interview? Sometimes, this kind of fidgeting is a result of nervousness—but it can also look like impatience or boredom. Do you really want your interviewer to think you’re tapping your foot because you want to get out of the interview as soon as you can?

Try to pay attention to what you do with your feet during an interview. While you may not think the interviewer will notice, it could be distracting—and more noticeable than you think.

Author: Howard Gang. He is the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Markham, Ontario. With over 30 years of electronics design and manufacturing experience, Howard has held a variety of progressive positions including product design engineering, program management, business development and executive level leadership roles where he influenced company strategy and direction.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

To Keep Interviews Engaging, Use Plenty of Eye Contact

A number of years ago, I was trying hard to get support for an undertaking at work. When I finally got a meeting with a key stakeholder, I was determined to make the best of it.

I arrived at the senior vice president’s office prepared to capture and hold her attention. We sat at a coffee table in the corridor of the busy office, and I thought at first this was a good thing. She would probably be more relaxed here, I reasoned.

I didn’t realize she would be distracted by the many suppliers, clients, and executives walking past. It was like a having a meeting at a circus.

Five minutes into our meeting, I noticed the VP’s gaze shift from my eyes to somewhere over my shoulder. Without thinking, I turned around to see what caught her eye. It was her boss. I thought nothing of it, but when I turned back to the VP, she looked a little embarrassed for the disruption. Despite her best efforts, it happened again. That time, I tried something different: I redoubled my efforts to make eye contact, leaning slightly forward. A surprising thing happened: The VP shifted in her seat, adjusted her glasses, and fixed her eye contact on me. It was like she was saying, “Sorry, I have been rude. It will not happen again.”

While an entire book could be written on the subject of eye contact, today’s article is limited to how we can use eye contact to get and keep someone’s attention.

The Power of Eye Contact

We can feel it when people are looking at us, even from across the room. If someone raises their eyebrows in surprise (or delight) as they look at us, we subconsciously take it as a cue that they want to engage. When we want to go unnoticed, we’ll only glance at someone, usually sidelong. A longer stare is generally a strong indicator that we want to register our presence with the person we are gazing at.

The placement of your gaze on someone can say a lot about your intentions:

1. When you’re all business, your gaze will tend to form a triangle from the eyes to the forehead.

2. Turning the triangle down from the eyes to the mouth signals friendship.

3. Extending the triangle from the eyes down to the chest will indicate romantic intentions – or creepy ones, depending on the context.

You can certainly get someone’s attention by glaring at them, or staring at them when they look away, or staring at them when their eyes meet yours – but all that staring gets off-putting fast. So, just how much eye contact is recommended?

Generally, I say that 70 percent is the sweet spot – that is, maintaining eye contact for 7 seconds out of every 10. While you’re listening, you can increase that to 90 percent. While you’re talking, 50 percent should be plenty. It is very natural to look away while formulating your thoughts and then make eye contact to confirm you are being heard and understood.

As in all aspects of communication, variation keeps it interesting. Occasionally breaking eye contact is one way to bring some variation, but there is more you can do as well. For example, expressions like narrowing your eyes in concentration and widening them in surprise can change things up a bit.

Our expressions are usually congruent with the idea we’re discussing, and they generally occur naturally. However, in a recent workshop, a client told me they didn’t have expression in their eyes when they spoke. This is not unusual. Some people are just not that expressive. I advised this client to practice eye gestures that were congruent with what they were saying – e.g., if recalling information, shift your gaze upward; if formulating a thought, look down. This type of “avoidance” actually makes eye contact more interesting, which helps to keep the conversation engaging.

Author: Anthony Awerbuch is a certified body language trainer and an expert in facial expression identification. You can contact him at anthony@bodylanguageonpurpose.com.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top 5 Job Interview Blunders

1. A candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair in the middle of the interview.

2. A candidate answered her mobile phone and asked the interviewer to leave his own office because it was a "private" phone call.

3. A candidate kept ranting about the last company she worked for. Speaking negatively about your last job will give the interviewer the impression that you are a difficult person to get along with.

4. A candidate was overly modest during a job interview. Modesty won’t help you land a job. Confidently highlight your strengths and accomplishments.

5. A candidate arrived casually late for a job interview. Arriving late to a job interview won't help you in any way. Make sure to appear 10-15 minutes in advance and notify a receptionist that you have arrived.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bad Advice from Friends

This particular scenario happens way more often than you might think, so I’m sharing a recent experience in hopes of saving someone else.

One of my candidates was offered a job. The salary offered was over the top of the original salary range. By the way, this is a clear indication that the company really, really wants to hire you. It is extremely rare for an offer to come in at the top of the range, let alone more than the top of the range.

I found out after it was too late that the candidate took the advice of a “friend.” The friend advised my candidate to push for more money with specific instructions to avoid the recruiter and go directly to the hiring manager with the request/demand. The friend’s point was “What have you got to lose?”

And the answer to “what have you got to lose” is: The job offer. It was withdrawn.

This particular candidate had already exhausted his unemployment benefits and had told me he was desperate to find work. The salary that was offered was more than he had ever earned in any past job and he was convinced by his friend that even what was offered was lower than he could get if he just pushed for more money.

If you are working with a Professional Recruiter, you may want to consider this person actually knows what she is doing and will be able to advise and guide you in a way that your friend can’t.

After all, your friend truly does have nothing to lose when you lose the job offer.
Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Networking Your Way Into a New Job

Is networking your way into a new job the best approach? When it comes to questions like this my answer is always "it depends." I don’t see the world as black and white.  To me there are always gray areas.

There is so much black and white/one-size-fits-all advice on job hunting. I see people taking this advice to heart and not getting the results they thought they would get.

Standard Advice says:  Network your way into the hiring manager. Don’t go through Human Resources.  Use social media sites and all of your networking connections to find the name and contact information for the person who is ultimately hiring for the position you want.  Then, contact that person directly and ask for an informational interview.

That advice actually works, sometimes.  Other scenarios I’ve seen have not worked well at all.

In some cases, I’ve seen the job seeker succeed in getting the information.  They have bypassed all the gatekeepers including Human Resources and are in direct contact with the hiring manager.

Depending upon the size and configuration of the company, they may have just succeeded in eliminating any chance of getting the job.

If it’s a very small company, the Human Resources person may be related to the owner/president of the company.  The HR person may have more influence than you think.

If it’s a very large company, the Vice President of Human Resources may have the ultimate signature authority on the position.

Either way, they won’t be smiling favorably on someone who didn’t bother to submit a resume through the proper channels.

"Informational interviews" have become synonymous with trickery.

What used to be a good way for someone to find out if a career field, company culture or company mission was the right place for them, has turned into a sneaky way to get a job interview.

So many people use a request for an informational interview for the wrong reasons now; it is increasingly rare for anyone to agree to it.

While this method of job hunting may still work in some situations, be very careful who you bypass, step on or step over on your way to that perfect job.

Remember, even if you get the job, you will have to work with the people you avoided, alienated and in general ticked off.
Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stages of Grief – Job Loss

I thought everyone knew about the stages of grief.  When you lose someone you love, you go through five stages of grief.  Well, that’s the theory at least…
Some people go through five, some people skip a stage or two and some people get stuck in one stage and can’t seem to move on.
Why am I talking about this?  Because I see these same stages in people who have lost their job.
They are mourning and everyday I see and hear job candidates who are obviously in a “stage” and need to get through to the “acceptance” part because interviewing in any of the other stages is pointless.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined the stages of grief for those facing their own death as:
1. Denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Depression
5. Acceptance
From a job interview perspective, this is what they look/sound like and why it’s not a good idea to go into an interview with any of these attitudes:
Denial – When asked why you left your last job.  The correct response is not – “I was laid off, but I’m sure they will call me back any day now.”
Why should I hire you, you’re not really looking for a job.  You expect to go back to your former employer.
Anger – You can guess where I’m going with this one.  The answer to why you left your last job should not include any four letter words or expressions that would tempt your grandmother to hand you a bar of soap to use to wash out your mouth.  Also any description of your former employer other than glowing is going to be perceived in a negative way.
Bargaining – I don’t see much of this one in the recruiting world.  I don’t doubt it goes on privately.  Most of what I’ve read and heard about the bargaining stage includes talking with a higher power.
Depression – Oh boy!  Nothing screams “don’t hire me” like someone dragging themselves into an interview, staring at their feet, hair not combed, clothing rumpled, mumbling answers to questions and even (yes, I’ve seen this) crying.
Acceptance – Why did you leave your last job?  The company hit a financial rough patch and had to let some people go.  Unfortunately, one of them was me.  But, I understand why they had to do it.   My time there was a great experience, but now I’m ready for a new and different challenge and am looking for my next great employer.
If you don’t recognize where you are emotionally, ask someone who knows you well.  I bet they can pick out a stage almost instantly.  They will have to be a true friend though because it’s a tough thing to tell someone and even tougher to hear.
I’ve seen people get stuck in Anger for years and not understand why they never get a job offer.  I’ve seen others go straight to the Acceptance stage the day after they’ve been laid off.  Everyone is different.  Don’t be too hard on yourself!
Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.


Monday, April 04, 2016

How to "Ace" a Follow-up Job Interview

You recall a friend telling you that at the second job interview level the competition is that much tougher than the first, and the questions you'll receive will be more challenging to answer. This time the employer wants to make sure you're the most qualified of all candidates who've applied.

That means preparing for the new interview even more carefully. Consider doing a little more networking and inquiring from people who've had a similar experience. If possible, talk to a human resources representative who may be willing to give you feedback on your progress. Or if you know an employee at the company, he or she might help you prepare for the next interview.

Never Hurts to Ask . . .

Assure them you're not looking for an unfair advantage or inside information—just support for making wise choices on what to prepare for. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing perhaps you can gain some insight into that individual's personality and interviewing style.

Once you've reached the second job interview, keep your cool. Remember how well you did the first time. Something you said or did won you this current opportunity so you don't want to change your approach. Answer questions in a friendly yet forthright way, citing an example to back up the response whenever you can.

For example, if you're asked about your problem-solving ability, avoid a general response such as "I'm pretty good at restoring tranquility after chaos." Instead share a specific incident: (example) "During a power outage at my previous place of employment when all computers went down, I gathered the employees in my department together and led a discussion on how to remain calm in a crisis so that everyone benefits. I received the Employee of the Year Award for having turned the tide at the company during that time."

By the time you've gotten to the second interview, you will likely be meeting with a high-level company executive. The interview may allow time for informal conversation so he or she can get to know more about you on a personal level. Be ready and willing to share a few anecdotes and experiences from your life outside the office. Keep in mind that the interviewer will be hiring an individual, not just a professional.
Author: Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

6 "KEYS" To Job Interview Success In The New Year

A new job in the New Year. Wouldn't that be wonderful? You may be nodding your head. Read on to find out how to ring in 2016 with a first class interview. The keys below will help you unlock the door to your next job interview.

Key #1:  Turn off negative thoughts. Look at yourself in a mirror and affirm what you see and know. You are a capable and experienced person who can talk clearly and with confidence.

Key #2:  Practice with a friend what you want to say and do during the interview. Such an exercise is a good way to shake off worries and to make changes before the big day.

Key #3:  Remember that fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Some apprehension is perfectly normal. It means you are eager to do your best and you're taking the interview seriously.

Key #4: Avoid drinking or smoking before your appointment. Raising a glass or two during the holiday season may be fun at a party but not before an interview.

Key #5: Put off vigorous exercise for another day or when the interview is over. You'll want to be alert and attentive as you listen to the interviewer's questions and to your own responses.

Key #6: Stick to the point. Talk about what is relevant to the interview––your work experience, job qualifications, and your goals for supporting the company and increasing revenue and so on. Avoid talking about their family and friends, hobbies and health. If you are asked questions about such matters, of course answer honestly, but briefly. Too much unrelated information can ruin your chances.

Before the interview, slip these 'keys' onto your keychain, review them, and use them. Watch how they will unlock the door to a first class interview for the job you desire.

Happy New Year!

Author: Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and creator of the brand new, "Job Interview Secret Document." 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Handle Interview Questions on Employment Gaps

When asked about employment dates, DO NOT lie; do not even try to hide the gaps.

You should have an acceptable reason for leaving a job and explaining a long gap in your career.

The acceptable reasons for leaving a company:

1. Relocation

2. Taking time off to take care of your children.

3. Health Problems

4. You were underpaid for your skills and contribution.

5. The company was not stable.

6. You wanted to join a reputed company.

Be positive in attitude while answering. Appear composed and unapologetic.

A simple and honest interview answer that explains the long gap in your career is the the best way to handle Interview Questions on Employment Gaps.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Phone Interviewing Do's and Don'ts for Job-Seekers

Here are the keys to successful phone interviewing. Job-seekers who follow these simple rules and guidelines should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.

Do give accurate and detailed contact information in your cover letter so your interviewers can easily connect with you.

When in job-hunting mode, don't have a disproportionately silly or long greeting on your answering machine or voicemail.

Do ensure that household members understand the importance of phone messages in your job search.

Do know what job you are interviewing for.

Do practice, if possible. Have a friend call you to do a mock phone interview so you get the feel of being interviewed over the phone.

When being interviewed by phone, do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes, take notes, and concentrate.

If you cannot devote enough time to a phone interview, do suggest a specific alternate time to the recruiter. It's often best to be the one who calls back so you can be mentally prepared.

Do consider using a phone-interview log.

Do consider keeping some notecards or an outline in front of you to remind yourself of key points you want to cover with the interviewer. You don't want your responses to sound scripted, but you don't want to fumble for important points either. Do also have your resume in front of you so you can remember highlights of your experience and accomplishments.

Do ensure that you can hear and are being clearly heard.

Do consider standing when being interviewed on the phone. Some experts say you'll sound more professional than if you're slouching in an easy chair.

Do consider dressing nicely for the phone interview. It may sound silly since the interviewer can't see you, but you really will project a more professional image if you're dressed for the part instead of wearing, for example, a ratty bathrobe.

Don't feel you have to fill in the silences. If you've completed a response, but the interviewer hasn't asked his or her next question, don't start babbling just to fill in airtime. Instead, ask a question of your own related to your last response.

Do create a strong finish to your phone interview with thoughtful questions.

Don't panic if you have special needs. If you are hearing-impaired, for example, phone interviews are still possible.

Don't snuffle, sneeze or cough. If you can't avoid these behaviors, say "excuse me."

Don't chew gum or food, or drink anything noisy.

Author: Maureen Crawford Hentz. She is a nationally recognized expert on social networking and new media recruiting. With more than 15 years of experience in the recruiting, consulting and employment areas, her interests include college student recruiting, disabilities in the workplace, business etiquette, and other issues. 


Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Should a Woman Wear for a Job Interview?

1. Dress professionally. You may wear a great blazer or a fitted jacket with a tailored trouser.

2. Choose neutral colours.

3. A pair of comfortable shoes.

4. Always wear light make up.

5. And, above all, wear a confident smile.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year

It's that time of year again—the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that's coming your way in 2015.
Being invited for an interview is a good sign. It means you've said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry or fear drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year.
•  The hiring manager is a human being—just like you.
He or she probably has a family, hobbies, problems, and interests, as you do. Meet and greet the person with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. People can tell immediately if you're sincere or merely going through the motions. Are you sincere and friendly or a character in a story? Make this opportunity count for you and for the other person.
• Present a professional appearance so you will create a favorable impression.
Dress appropriately for a job interview. A suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men work best. A dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman are perfect. Avoid spike heels that might cause you to slip or fall. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager to look at you, not your accessories.
• Be prepared to show the employer that you're the ideal candidate for the job.
Mention practical and specific examples of your talent, skills, and experience. Avoid talking in generalities about your character traits (leader, problem solver, and decision maker, and team player). Instead illustrate those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your education or work life that shows your ability to lead or solve a problem.
For example, did you step up and resolve a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a spontaneous decision that determined an essential outcome? A word picture will help the hiring manager envision what happened.
• End the interview with a sincere 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of gratitude.
People who remember to express their honest appreciation are rarely forgotten. The road that leads you from job interview to job placement intersects with honesty and gratitude. Don't miss it!
Author: Jimmy Sweeney


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Top 5 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

1. "Let's talk money."

2. "I don't have any question for you."

3. "I had so many problems with my former boss; he was a constant headache."

4. "You look great."

5. "You'll regret it if you don't hire me, I'm the most qualified."

You won't get a second chance if you make a mistake and say something inappropriate in a job interview. So, be really careful! All the Best!


Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Make Your Job Interview "Work" For You

Instead of you doing all the work to make your job search interview successful, consider sharing the responsibility. Put your job interview to work for you. Lay the foundation with the following six steps and then watch your interview take it from there. It will work for you without effort or worry.

Step #1: Arrive early—not merely on time. Allow time for unexpected traffic snarls, a coffee break, and a restroom stop. Use a navigation system or print out directions from the Internet so you will not risk a late arrival.

Step #2: Empty your pockets ahead of time. No one likes to speak with someone who is fiddling with keys or coins in his pocket at the same time. Place your jingly items in your purse or briefcase until after the interview.

Step #3: Leave cigarettes and chewing gum at home or in your car. Your interview can only work for you if you rid yourself of any distractions. Be ready to focus your attention on the interviewer and his or her questions. If you experience dry mouth while speaking, sip a glass of water.

Step #4: Avoid expectations. It can be tempting to think about the future when sitting in the interviewee seat. Will the hiring manager like you? Is he or she considering you for the job? Do you look okay? Did you forget anything important? Such thoughts will keep you from living in the moment. So put your interview to work for you by focusing on what is right in front of you—the opportunity to make a lasting good impression on the person you hope will offer you the job.

Step #5: Be ready. Come prepared to talk about the job and your qualifications, as well as your previous work experience and your skills that are transferable to the new position. Ask questions. Find out what you need to know in order to make an honest decision about whether or not this company is a good fit for you.

Step #6: Believe the best. Arrive at the interview with a winning attitude. Whether or not you are hired give your best. At some point you will land the position that's right for you. In the meantime, you'll be practicing your communication skills and presenting your true self to a decision-maker. Step up to the opportunity to make your interview work for you.

Author: Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and is the author of "Tough Times Job Tips".
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Job Interview "Etiquette" is KEY to Getting Hired

Paulette remembers her mother often reviewing the importance of good manners at the dinner table. "'Use your napkin, chew quietly, listen when another is speaking and say thank you to the cook (Mom or my older sister Beth) before leaving the table.'" Paulette smiled as she recalled the 'rules.' "I didn't appreciate it much till I lived on my own and took my first job.
"Manners are not only important at the dinner table," she added, "but also during a job interview. I've been on both sides of the desk and I know how annoying it is when a job candidate jingles pocket change, chews gum - even quietly, and stares over the employer's shoulder."
This experience made Paulette more aware of her own manners when she was being interviewed for a position as Head Nurse at a local hospital. "Sweaty palms, a racing heart, and a dry mouth can distract you, but none are reasons to forget your manners," said Paulette.

Here is the etiquette she practiced before, during, and after her interview at the hospital.
Arrived ahead of time. It may be fashionable to come late to a dinner party but it's poor form to walk into an interview after the established time. Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can find parking, visit the rest room if necessary, and sit quietly before being called.
Maintained good eye contact. Paulette knew how important it was to make eye contact with the interviewer - to show her ability to do the same with the nurses she'd be supervising if she won the job.
Listened well. "As a nurse, it's vital that I listen - to patients, to doctors, to other nurses and attendants," said Paulette. What better place to practice that skill than during an interview. It may help to have a small notepad and pen in your hand. You might even tell the interviewer ahead of time that you'll be taking notes because you don’t want to miss anything. That too, is a sign of good manners.
Expressed appreciation. At the close of the interview, Paulette shook hands, and shared her gratitude for the time and information she received. "Everyone likes to be acknowledged and thanked," said Paulette. And finally show your manners by sending a personal thank you card or note in your own handwriting.
Practice old-fashioned manners and you'll be among the first job hunters who demonstrate what really matters—being polite, kind, interested, and equipped to do the job in question.
This worked for Paulette. It can work for you too.
Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast


Monday, May 05, 2014

Show a Little LOVE in Your Next Job Interview?

Here are some ways to show a little love in your next job interview and to receive it in return!

Arrive ahead of time. Always arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can catch your breath, go over your notes, and freshen your appearance before walking into the interview room.

Maintain eye contact. Looking a man or woman in the eye when speaking is not only polite and a good business practice, it's also a way to share a little love—in a professional way. It assures the other person of your sincerity and genuine interest.

Listen well. Take in what the interviewer is saying. Avoid jumping ahead to what you're going to say next. Have a small notepad handy so you can jot down an important point. You may refer to it later—showing the interviewer that you paid attention and that what he or she expressed mattered to you.

Say thank you. At the close of the interview, be sure to shake hands and express in warm words your appreciation. Don't just dash for the door, happy to have the ordeal over with! People who express gratitude will not be forgotten because they are so rare in our culture. A day or so after the interview send a personal thank you note in your handwriting. People who show a little love always win—professionally and personally. Become one of them.


Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast


Friday, March 28, 2014

How to ACE the Job Interview—the First Time

Do you think of a job interview as a nerve-wracking experience? Do you feel afraid, negative or pessimistic about your chances of succeeding? Maybe you say to yourself, "Other people always get the jobs; why not me?" It doesn't have to be that way. If a hiring manager invites you in for an interview it's a good sign. It means you've said something in your cover letter that motivated the employer to call you. So rather than letting fear and worry drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and get it 'right' the first time. Here's how:

• Keep in mind the hiring manager is a person—just like you.

Meet and greet him or her with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. These first few moments can make or break the interview. Don't discount them just because they are routine gestures whenever you meet someone new. People can tell immediately if you are sincere or merely going through the motions. Are you the genuine article or a cardboard cutout? Make this experience count for yourself and for the other person. Then you can settle into the interview with peace of mind.

• Present your best self so you will leave a favorable impression that will linger.

Dress appropriately for a professional interview. This means a suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men and a dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager's attention on you, not on your accessories.

• Show up prepared to persuade the employer that you are the one for the job.

Be ready to share practical and specific examples of your ability, skills, and experience. Instead of talking in generalities about your character traits (responsible, compassionate, decisive, friendly), display those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your career, education, or personal life that illustrates them.

Refer to a time when you resolved a critical problem. Did you step in and handle a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a last-minute decision that determined an important outcome? Provide a word picture for the hiring manager to envision. This will help determine whether or not you are the ideal person for the job.

• Close the interview with a hearty 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of appreciation.

One of the most neglected phrases in the English language is 'thank you.' People are remembered for their expression of gratitude—and they're also remembered for not expressing it. The process that takes you from job interview to job placement flows over the bridge of gratitude. Don't neglect this important step—the one that will help you "ace" the job interview—the first time.
Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

6 Tips to a 'Joyous' Job Interview

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It's easy to get caught up in the holiday buzz––shopping, wrapping, baking, visiting, partying! And it's also a way to escape thinking about the job interview that's just around the corner—maybe even right in the middle of all the feasting and fun. You may be tempted to put it off, change the date, and delay preparing for the moment you walk into the interviewer's office.

On the other hand, this is an excellent time of year to interview for a job. Why? Because people are typically in a cheerful mood, full of 'good will toward men' (and women) and eager to extend a helping hand and a hearty handshake to friends and strangers.

This is your opportunity to return the favor by approaching the hiring manager with a sincere smile, a firm handshake, and solid answers to questions that will help him or her move your name to the top of the list of people to consider for filling the job opening.

Here's how to make the most of a job interview during this merry and happy time of year. Set aside a few hours to be alone with your thoughts and goals and desires for your new job. Then use the following six keys to unlock your future.

Key #1: Polish Your Resume
Check for typos and long-winded sentences or inaccurate information. Read. Read. And read it again. Then ask a trusted friend to read, read, and read it again—making any necessary spelling corrections or wording before printing a final copy.

Key #2: Plan Ahead
Set out your clothing, shoes, and accessories the night before so you can dress without stress and arrive early. Ladies, leave dangling earrings at home, and men, empty your pockets so you won't be tempted to play with your coins. A business suit or sport coat and trousers for men and a pants suit or skirt and jacket for women are always in good taste. This might seem obvious but many people appear in a professional setting in jeans and sandals. That's fine if you're competing for a job as a swim coach!

Key #3: Know the Company
Find out as much as you can ahead of time. For example, what is the organization's mission, its products and services, and how about customer and employee relations, and vacation, retirement, health coverage and salary ranges? You may not be able to get all of this info, but a bit of homework ahead of time can make all the difference.

Key #4: Prepare Real Life Examples
Write down some real-life examples from your current or previous employment, volunteer work, or community service. If you're someone who solves problem quickly and equitably, and has a way to overcome conflicts with difficult coworkers or customers, be sure to mention this during the interview. Always answer a question with an illustration from your experience. SHOW rather than merely explain.

Key #5: Think Before You Speak
Take your time answering a question. Don't let a nervous flutter cause you to blurt out an answer you'll later regret. On the other hand don't boast about yourself. Keep a humble honest demeanor. Be yourself. If you made a mistake somewhere along the line, it's fine to admit it. Then tell what you learned from it. This will show you're human and teachable.

Key #6: Follow Up With a Thank You Note
Whether or not you're offered the job at the end of the meeting, be sure to send a handwritten 'thank you' note as soon as possible. Display your thoughtfulness as well as your eagerness to keep in touch. Even if you don't get the job, you'll want to remain true to yourself. Never give away your power just because things didn't go your way at that moment. Make a good impression by being kind, honest, and professional and you may be the one the hiring manager calls when another position opens. It happened to a friend of mine and it can happen to you!

Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to "Nail" Your Second Job Interview

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Getting called in for a second job interview is gratifying but also nerve-wracking. Just the fact that you have made it to this stage in the interview process means that you are definitely one of the top handful of candidates for the job, which is very good news. However, at the second interview level the competition is that much tougher, and the questions that you will receive at the interview are likely to be a lot tougher to answer. Unlike the first stage, which looks to see if you are qualified, the second stage of the job interview process wants to make sure that you are the most qualified. As a result, the questions that you encounter are likely to be a lot more focused and pointed than the first round.

Since you know that will be the case, the first thing that you want to do is prepare for the second job interview inn a manner that is also more focused and pointed. Specifically, you want to find out the areas of greatest interest to the second interviewers and make sure that you are especially prepared to answer questions about those subjects and topics. This will require that you do a little bit of networking and asking. At this stage in the interview process, you should have made some sort of contact with someone at the company who you can use as a resource or ally in your job search. Perhaps this someone is the HR representative who has been working to schedule you for interviews and giving you feedback on your progress. Alternatively, you might know someone at the company already, or have had a first interviewer express a willingness to help you as your candidacy moved forward.

Here are a few tips to you nail your second interview:

Be sure to subtly and politely leverage whatever contacts you have made in the company as you prepare for your second interview. Though you can't expect someone to put an extraordinary amount of effort to help you, there is no reason why you can't ask the HR representative for some feedback on what areas the first interviewers thought were strong and what areas were not as impressive. In a similar manner, there is no harm in asking your contacts what elements are most important to the people you will be speaking to for the second interview. Don't try to sound like you are seeking an unfair advantage or inside information, but don't be afraid to ask honest questions about what you can expect at the next level.

Once you've reached the second job interview, don't change your style and responses too much. Your interview strategy got you into the second interview, so must be doing something right. Just like in the first interview, during your second interview answer questions with references back to the experiences and successes of your career and life so far. Also, follow the lead of the interviewer. By the time you've gotten to the second interview, you will be dealing with a higher level of executive. It's possible that he or she will want to see you in a more informal, relaxed kind of way and you should be prepared to do that if you are directed.

Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast