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Never knowingly underdressed

A couple of articles over the weekend focused on the decline of the business suit.  One such article on the BBC website highlighted a recent poll of 2,000 British workers by online bank First Direct that “found that only one in 10 employees wears a suit every day, more than a third of staff opt for jeans and only 18% regularly wear a tie”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12418046

This got me to thinking as to the impact of the ever-changing face of workplace attire on the interview process.  Knowing your audience is crucial to interview success.  Doing your homework as to the culture, the people, the environment in to which you are heading is a crucial part of your interview preparation.  So, what to wear?

A simple rule of thumb applies.  You are unlikely to be criticised, to lose out on a job opportunity, for being overdressed.  You are however very likely to be ruled out for being under – dressed ( in every sense of the phrase ).  So don’t hedge your bets.  Once your through the door you have earned the right to sit alongside your colleagues in board shorts and flip-flops if that’s de rigueur.  Until that happens, step up, smarten up, sharpen up.

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Let them fall in love first ….. interview tips from a Recruiting Pro (part two)

Continuing in our series of guest blogs, we welcome back Ann Zaslow-Rethaber, President of ISC with her second installment of tips for interview success

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http://www.iscjobs.com

  • Be prepared for the questions that you will be asked. If you have a spotty job history, rest assured you will be asked your reasons for leaving each position, and have ready replies, that are brief and positive. The more you can prepare yourself for a variety of questions, the better you will do in the interview. For example, some sample behavioral questions the interviewer might ask include:
  • Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way.
  • Describe a time when you were faced with a stressful situation that demonstrated your coping skills.
  • Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
  • Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.

Keep in mind, that a question that often can throw a candidate is when the interviewer asks them to describe their worst trait. A great response is to tell the interviewer with a straight face that you have always been accused of being a work-aholic or something that is somewhat funny but doesn’t reflect poorly on you….a little humor can be a great thing. Have a good answer for that question, funny is great, but for goodness sakes, have an answer in mind.  And remember, never interrupt the interviewer!

  • Prolong any talk of salary — When it comes to money, defer that topic as long as possible. You already know the salary range when you applied for the position or when you were approached for the job.  Other than that range, you should not be talking about what it would take to get YOU, until an offer is made.   Statistically, we have found that the longer you can put off talking specifics, the more money you will get.
  • Let them fall in love first, BEFORE you tell them what kind of ring you need –-You get the picture…you are not going to open the door for your first date and tell your date that it will take a three carat, unblemished stone, top grade, etc for you to date him or her. In the same way, you do not want to tell the interviewer that you will take the top end of the range and endless benefits to get you interested in the position. We have had candidates do that and it never fails, the entire interview the interviewer is comparing that candidate to others in the pipeline, thinking are they worth it? Are they THAT much better than the other candidates? Much smarter to focus on making sure the position and corporate culture is a great fit, and then sell them on YOU, get the offer and then you can push for more money if desired. But never before the offer.  “Let them eat the steak BEFORE you give them the bill. “

Ann Zaslow-Rethaber will be back tomorrow with yet more great interview advice including affecting the close and getting the job offer you deserve.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/annzaslowrethaber

http://www.iscjobs.com

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Let them fall in love first …… interview tips from a recruiting pro (part one)

I just googled “interview tips”.  The response was 56.2 million search results!

Clearly there are countless views and opinions as to how best to approach an interview.  Whilst interview success cannot be guaranteed there are basic fundamentals that can and should be applied without exception that can massively improve your chances of success.

As always from The Recruiters Little Black Book there is little by way of startling revelation.  The best advice is always simple and easy to action.

This week we will be running a series of guest blogs on Interview Tips.  I am delighted to welcome to The Recruiters Little Black Book Ann Zaslow – Rethaber, President of ISC http://www.iscjobs.com one of the United States most reputable search firms.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/annzaslowrethaber

Ann’s wealth of knowledge and experience has proved of huge value to an enormous range of job seekers over more than 14 years as a Recruiter and Business Owner.  Join us over the course of the week and experience this great advice for yourself.

Let them fall in love FIRST, before you tell them what kind of ring you need!

Interview hints from a recruiting pro …the Do’s, the Don’ts, and the Don’t Even Think About It’s!

As a job seeker, it can be exciting yet daunting when you get a call from one of the companies on the top of your list to set up a job interview with you.  In many cases, how you prepare and conduct your first interview, will determine whether or not you close the deal and get the job.

Where to start you ask? How about approaching it as a first date –where instead of getting a second date, you get that second interview, which can then lead to a final job offer.

Here are some basic steps to improving your interviewing skills to land that job you desire:

  • Do your homework –just as you would want to do a casual background check on someone you are about to date, a company background check is that and so much more. Start by reviewing their website on the Internet to find out the main headquarters, regional offices and the names of key company representatives.  Research recent news on the company and get general information about the industry if you haven’t done so already.
  • Check out other resources–Hoovers (www.Hoovers.com) can be a terrific source of information, not only on the company itself but it can also give you industry trends and other information. Also visit Linked In (www.linkedin.com) and look up current and past employees –that can be a fantastic place to try to connect with someone who may be able to give you the ‘inside scoop’ on corporate culture, etc.
  • Dress the part and be prepared –Wear appropriate business attire and always remember, it’s ALWAYS better to be a little over dressed than too casual. No one has ever been accused of being over dressed for an interview, as long as that attire is professional. Also, be sure to turn your cell phone off and bring a pad of paper and pen to take good notes. You can also have a copy of the job description discreetly in your notepad for reference. By studying their job description and requirements beforehand, you can make a point of emphasizing your skills that you want to highlight during your interview, matching to those mandatory requirements. You should do your best to have that job description and requirements virtually memorized prior to your interview.

Join us tomorrow for further insight and great advice from Ann Zaslow-Rethaber, President of ISC.

http://www.iscjobs.com

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