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Advice from the Experts

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To be Early is to be On Time!

Having my job candidates punctual for their interviews shows me that they mean business and are serious about the task at hand.  Most times  we (the interview panel) are interviewing several candidates in one day. We typically give ourselves at least 20 minutes between candidates so that we can complete our notes and have a short discussion of our impressions.  Having our candidates punctual is paramount to our busy day.  However, a word of advice to potential candidates is to not be too early.  Getting to the interview about 15-10 minutes before the actual interview is a perfect time-frame. This gives the candidate time to settle, and get their thoughts together before the interview.  It’s been my experience that people who had to rush in the door at the last minute didn’t do well in their interviews.

Jessica Conklin, Administrative Manager

KTS Enterprises, LLC

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Do your Homework

We probably interview 25 or more people annually for various positions in our company.  We hire for everything from clerical to executive staff.  It’s amazing to me the amount of people who really don’t know much about our company when they come in for the interview.  These days, it’s extremely easy to get information about a company via the internet.  If you don’t have internet access, then get a friend to do your homework.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  If you come in prepared with a working knowledge of the company and the job you are interviewing for, you will be able to use your experiences from past jobs and relate them to the prospective company’s needs.  This is very impressive to a perspective employer.  This shows that you really want to work for THAT company and jot just going from interview to interview with a bunch of nameless companies.

Jose Gutierrez, Human Resources Manager

Courier Systems, Inc.

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Make your Application Stand Out

I work in a large human resources office and we receive dozens of applications. When an application hits desk, I will give it a quick look to see if the applicant meets the minimum qualifications of the position. I highly recommend that applicants really look at the job announcement and pay attention to the key words. Those are the words I’m looking for!  A good first impression to me is an application that is typed or printed neatly with concise descriptive words that explains the applicant’s experiences. This makes it easy for me to quickly read the application since I have many to go through.  I particularly find it helpful if the applicant has submitted a cover letter that summarizes their experiences for the job they are applying. I highly recommend that individuals have their cover letters and resumes professionally done.  That way, when an applicant fills out the application, they can mirror the content from their resume. Neatness and thoughtful responses really count!

June Connely, Human Resources Analyst

SFT, Co

How to Ace your Job Interview

 

The job interview is 50% a test of your knowledge of the job and 50% psychological test of your ability to work with others and take direction without being a huge problem. People are trainable in technical areas, however its much harder to teach a person social skills as adults! If they hadn’t learned these skills in kindergarten, chances are they aren’t going be learned on the job!
1. Be on time 15 minutes EARLY!

2. Cell phone off- double check it!

3. Know the company, and why you want to work there

          Google the company and look at articles or other materials from their website.  

4. Bring resumes, and samples of work if it requires

5. Bring a notepad

Write down the names of the people on the interview panel and other important info that you may forget later.

6. Dress in a clean conservative manner

Wear a business suit or at least business casual if it’s a construction or trade type of job.

7. Profiles to private Facebook, Myspace, Youtube etc! Google yourself!

What kind of internet presence to you have?  Its best to know up front if there is a mug shot of you floating around on the internet!

8. Don’t make jokes

If you have a very light and fun interview panel, you may lighten up a little.  If they are conservative and not a joking crowd, making jokes could hurt you!

Be personable but don’t be a stand up comedian unless this is the job you are applying for!

9. Don’t babble. Keep you answers concise and to the point. Don’t over-answer the questions

10. Don’t badmouth a boss or prior workplace!

Your perspective employer may see this as bad character.  What would stop you from badmouthing them?  Don’t do it, period!

11. Don’t flirt during the interview.  

12. Don’t play with your face/hair

13. Less is more (see #9)

Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid.

14. Have good eye contact

15. Have goals and tie it into this particular job in some way

16. Have accomplishments

Be prepared to talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).

17. Have passion

Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you’ll look.

18. Ask Questions

At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the job.

19. Send a thank you note

It’s easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn’t need to be long, just make it sincere.

There you have it. The best job interview tips you’ll ever get. Stick to them and you’ll be on your way to getting hired!

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