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.
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.
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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.