1) Always show up 15 minutes early with several copies of your resume and references
2) Always fill out an application thoroughly and completely with neat, legible hand writing
3) Always research a company prior to an interview
4) Dress professionally
5) Uncross your legs and your arms during your interview. Remember that your body language is just as important as what you are saying.
6) Always have a firm handshake upon meeting the person your are interviewing with
7) Always have good eye contact
8) Be flexible when asked about salary. Remember that until you have the offer, it does not matter how much you want, you are not in a position of power until you get the offer
9) Be CONFIDENT. Do not get intimidated by what could be awkward silences, rather you could engage the interviewer
10) Always come to any interview prepared with at least 3-5 great questions to ask the person you are meeting with about themselves or the company
Use websites such as www.indeed.com and www.simplyhired.com to leverage your time spent job hunting. These websites will send you a comprehensive list of any positions that meet your search criteria which will save you time from going to websites such as www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com individually.
Your resume only needs to go back 10 years, and should be kept to no more than 1 page ideally. If you have more than 10 years of experience with one company then it can be appropriate to go onto a second page.
Answer all interview questions by focusing on your PEP-ie. where you have increased productivity, efficiency & performance in your most recent position.
Before you go out to look for a new job, it is critical to make your own “wish-list” of what your ideal job is so you will know when you have found it. Your “wish-list” should include everything from company culture and location, to the types of personalities you would most prefer to work with.
Always have a minimum of 3-5 references you can provide to an employer including at least 2 supervisor references
If you are someone who is looking for a job, you are probably spending a lot of your time applying to positions on-line. This can begin to feel rote and even tedious. Leverage time spent in front of the computer by not only applying for positions on-line, but also by using social networking sites such as www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, and www.linkedin.com to update your community on what is happening in your job search. Instead of primarily using these sites for personal use, begin to use them to tell your community you are looking for a job and to utilize their help in your search for a new position. You could post a comment such as “Just had a great interview” or “Trying to get into X Company.” By using your network, you are increasing your visibility and broadening your group of contacts which can lead to opportunities you may have not otherwise been aware of.
In addition to using on-line networking tools, you can attend FREE networking events that could lead to potential interviews. One of these types of events is called Pink Slip Mixers. By attending a mixer you are no longer just your resume, you can get valuable face time with both recruiters and potential employers. Maximize your time by bringing copies of your resume, and business cards, which can easily be attained through websites such as www.vistaprint.com
Check the Pink Slip Mixers website for upcoming events throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas:
In today’s technology driven market it is easier than ever to be prepared for an interview, and key to thorough preparation is research. Prior to your interview, research your potential new employer to assist you in formulating 5 answers to the common interview question, “Why would you like to work at this company (in this position)?” Many job seekers reply with simple answers such as, “Your building is close to my home, so I’d have a better commute,” or “This company seems stable and I really need that right now.” Those answers, while truthful, are not going to impress your interviewer. Remember, in most cases right now, it is you and many other applicants all applying for the same position. Why not go a step further by researching not only the company, but also your interviewer?
Expand your research after you read the company’s website by looking your interviewer up on a site like www.linkedin.com prior to your interview. Many organizations are encouraging their executives and human resources professionals to post their profiles on professional sites like Linkedin, and more people are registering every day. Imagine the advantage you will have over your competitors if you take the time to discover specific information about the person you’ll be meeting with, things like how long they’ve been with the company and any common interests you may have! Use the information you gather from your research to formulate your 5 answers to the question of why you would want to work at that company, and don’t forget to cite specific examples of what you read on the company’s website (don’t forget to read their press releases which are generally on a separate page of the website).
Going the extra mile means you will stand out from your competition and will be remembered after your interview!
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