6 Ways To Overcome Job Interview Anxiety - Monday, June 19, 2017

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6 Ways to Overcome Job Interview Anxiety

Nervousness and a little bit of anxiety are perfectly normal feelings to have before a job interview. In fact, they are actually a blessing because they make you more alert and conscious of your actions and words. However, a high level of anxiety will work against you. You will come across as lacking in confidence, unsure of yourself and not particularly capable of dealing with stress. So, how can you get your anxiety under control? Read the six interview tips below.

  1. Be Well Prepared and Plan Ahead

If you only follow one of these 6 steps, make sure it is this one. Nothing will be more effective at overcoming your job interview anxiety than being well prepared. Prepare answers to as many job interview questions as you can. Thoroughly research the company, its products and its competitors.

  1. Run A Mock Interview

Once you have your interview answers prepared, ask a friend to help you run through a mock interview. Don’t just practice answering the questions. Make sure you wear your interview outfit and go through every step of the actual job interview. Practice good body language, good flow with your answers and ask the interviewer some questions too. This will ensure you have been through all the key steps before the actual day. It will help you overcome the job interview anxiety you feel when you do something for the first time.

  1. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety. It produces endorphins in the body and makes you feel more relaxed and calm both physically and mentally. Try and get 40 mins of exercise before your actual job interview and you will be surprised how much less anxious you feel.

  1. Eat Something

A good meal before the interview will make you feel full, calm and reduce your level of irritation. Try and stick to mainly healthy foods with a sustained energy release. There is nothing worse than being hungry before the interview. You end up focusing more on stopping your stomach from making weird noises than giving great answers.

  1. Listen To Music

Listening to music can affect our mood in so many ways. Playing slow sad songs makes us cry while fast, catchy songs make us run faster on the treadmill. Think about what songs leave you feeling upbeat and positive. It does not have to be the latest music; it just needs to be music that works for you. If Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ does it for you, then that’s what you should listen to on your way to the interview.

  1. Think and Act Positive

Go into every job interview thinking positive and acting like you are guaranteed to get the role. Believe it or not this does affect your anxiety level and the impression you make on the interviewer. Be careful of your body language. Use powerful, positive poses throughout the interview and always believe you are a winner. It will come across in your actions and answers.

It is important to overcome job interview anxiety before you walk into the actual interview. A high level of stress or anxiety will affect the first impression the interviewer forms about you. Practice 1-6 to help you land that perfect job. Good Luck!! – Lia Liaros

Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help!  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017 - Monday, June 12, 2017

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When it comes to packaging your work experience, crisp writing and brevity still reign supreme.

Resume trends change quickly. From head shots to QR codes to company logos, it’s hard to tell which extras will get your application noticed, and which will get you tossed out of the running.

Some things never go out style, though: When it comes to packaging your work experience, crisp writing and brevity still reign supreme. Add a clean, modern design and some descriptive storytelling, and you’re well on your way to landing at least an interview — if not a whole new gig.

While the job market is expected to keep booming in 2017, competition will be stiff. As you shop the job market, make your resume stand out by using the tips below.

 

  1. Pay Attention to Format

Design matters. What you want is a balance — a smooth, clear look that’s got just enough panache to stand out. Adding a small pop of color is an easy way to spice things up without jarring the reader, says Dana Leavy-Detrick, owner of Brooklyn Resume Studio. Also, put some thought into the font you choose. Times New Roman is dated and boring, she says, but “a clean, sleek font gives a more tightened-up presentation.”

  1. Make the Top Count

“The top one-third of your resume is what a recruiter or hiring manager scans to determine if they will read the rest … and they only give it three seconds,” says career coach Jennifer Braganza. Make yours an attention grabber: Point the reader to places where you have samples of your work product — LinkedIn, a personal website — and add your phone and email address. Bonus tip: If you’re still using a Hotmail or Yahoo account, now’s the time to get a Gmail address — or, if applicable, an email tied to your website. “Having a Yahoo, AOL, or education-based email address makes you look like you’re living in the past,” says Christy Hopkins, a human resources consultant.

  1. Promote Your Brand

If you’ve still got an objective section underneath your header, dump it. You want to show what you can do for an employer, not what they can do for you, says Sam Nolan, a professional resume writer and the blogger behind the career advice column “Dear Sam.”

“A qualification summary should take up the most valuable real estate on your resume,” Nolan says. “The point is to highlight what you can’t afford a potential employer to miss … It’s a high-level overview of your candidacy.”

This should also parallel the “Summary” section on your LinkedIn page, which serves as a virtual resume, says professional resume writer Laurie J. James. In both places, you’ll want language that calls out some of the achievements and attributes that make you most valuable to an employer.

  1. Emphasize Key Skills

Also near the top, catch the hiring manager’s attention by emphasizing your skill set. Doing so cements the value you can bring to the role, as opposed to what you’re looking for in a job, Leavy-Detrick says.

As you eye different postings, rework this section to emphasize the skills that make the most sense for each (rather than using the same boilerplate language for every job). Applicant tracking systems, or the software used to scan resumes, look for relevant keywords to move a candidate forward. The trick to making it in the “yes” pile, Nolan says, is to identify phrases from the job posting and mirror them on your resume.

Also note: No bot, nor human, is looking specifically for soft skills, James points out. So delete overused phrases like “quick learner,” “hard worker,” and ”great attitude,” and sub in a list of hard skills. Distinguishable tech and social  media knowledge is particularly relevant in today’s job market, she says

  1. Highlight Performance

Don’t make hiring managers hunt for your achievements, says executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx. Instead, pull out a standalone summary of what you’ve accomplished. This is another place where you want to tailor the mix of awards and benchmarks to a job you’re applying for. If you were promoted, why? If you saved your department money, how much? Did you successfully lead a high-stakes project? How?

If you’re having trouble populating this section, Smith-Proulx suggests looking to past performance reviews for ideas. What have your bosses and coworkers said that you do better than anyone else? Or, as Smith-Proulx puts it, “What is your superpower?” Differentiate this section from the summary at the top by focusing on quantifiable evidence. Think dollar signs and percentage points.

  1. Show Key Work Metrics

When you get to your work experience, don’t just list titles and dates. Use a few lines of text to weave a story for hiring managers. When did you change industries? Why were you promoted? Where do you aim to go next?

Then, use bullet points to back your claims with relevant facts and figures. “The only way to make yourself look unique is to dig into what you did beyond the expected,” Nolan says. Statistics are an easy way to prove you did more than the job description demanded.

  1. Control Your Timeline

Your resume is a selection of your most relevant work history. If you’re anything beyond an entry-level employee, your internships and other early jobs are taking up valuable space, Smith-Proulx says. Omit experience that dates back further than 10 years unless it’s essential to your narrative —  You can also leave out graduation dates. No sense giving an ageist hiring manager an excuse to pass you over because you’re too young — or too old.     Kristen Bahler

 

 

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8 Communication Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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8 Communication Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Most of us know the standard work communication “don’ts”: Don’t swear, don’t tell racist or sexist jokes, don’t lie, don’t send the whole office an email meant for your best friend. It’s the less-obvious mistakes that are the problem, because they could damage your reputation—without you having any idea.

Here are the communication mistakes to stop making, ASAP—because in this case, ignorance is not bliss.

  1.  Dont abuse the subject line. If you’re starting a new conversation, start a new email chain. The subject line is your headline. Make it interesting, and you’ll increase the odds of getting the recipient’s attention. 

  2.  Don’t send an email when you need an urgent reply. It’s unreasonable to expect one—instead try calling, instant messaging, or talking in  person. 

  3.  Don’t make huge hand gestures. They actually make you seem less powerful.

  4.  Don’t use buzzwords. Speaking in clear, direct language does much for your credibility. 

  5.  Don’t use one-size-fits-all style. When talking to a group of people, you should use a variety of communication techniques to make sure you hit every type of listener. 

  6.  Don’t ask conversational dead ends. Questions that can be responded to in two words don’t lead to meaningful conversations. 

  7.  Don’t apologize when it’s not your fault. It’s a conversational filler that has you accepting responsibility—and blame—you don’t deserve.

  8.  Don’t finish people’s sentences. Rather than making you appear in sync, it just makes you seem impatient for them to finish. (Business Insider)Rather than making you appear in sync, it just makes you seem impatient for them to finish. (Business Insider)

      AJA FROST

Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help!  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

 

 

The fear is understandable. No one wants to be annoying or bothersome to a professional contact, especially when you want a job… - Monday, May 15, 2017

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5 Ways to Follow Up On That Job Interview Without Being Annoying

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about his job search that went something like this:

Friend: I wrote to him last week and still haven’t heard back. It’s so frustrating.
Me: Why not follow up and check in?
Friend: I don’t want to be annoying.

The fear is understandable. No one want to be annoying or bothersome to a professional contact, especially when you want a job, meeting, sales dollars, or something else very important from that person.

But here’s the rub. The average person can get a few hundred emails a day. That makes it pretty tough to respond to all of them, and things naturally fall to the bottom of the list. If you don’t get a response, it doesn’t mean that someone’s ignoring you — it just may mean that he or she is too busy.

So, to the question: Should you follow up? Absolutely. In fact, it’s your job. And how often should you do so? One philosophy is: As many times as it takes. The important thing is to do it the right way. Or, as some may call it, to be “pleasantly persistent.”

Here are a few tips on how to (nicely) follow up with that hiring manager, sales lead, or VIP—and get the answer you’re looking for.

Rule 1: Be Overly Polite and Humble

That seems obvious enough, but a lot of people take it personally when they don’t hear back from someone right away. Resist the urge to get upset or mad, and never take your feelings out in an email, saying something like, “You haven’t responded yet,” or “You ignored my first email.” Just maintain an extremely polite tone throughout the entire email thread. Showing that you’re friendly and that you understand how busy your contact is a good way to keep him or her interested (and not mad).

Rule 2: Persistent Doesn’t Mean Every Day

Sending a follow-up email every day doesn’t show you have gumption or passion, it shows you don’t respect a person’s time. The general rule of thumb is to give at least a week before following up. Any sooner, and it might come off as pushy; let too much time pass, and you risk the other person not having any clue who you are. I typically start off with an email every week, and then switch to every couple of weeks.

Rule 3: Directly Ask if You Should Stop Reaching Out

If you’ve followed up a few times and still haven’t heard back, it’s worth directly asking if you should stop following up. After all, you don’t want to waste your time, either. I’ll sometimes say, “I know how busy you are and completely understand if you just haven’t had the time to reach back out. But I don’t want to bombard you with emails if you’re not interested. Just let me know if you’d prefer I stop following up.” Most people respect honesty and don’t want to waste someone’s time, and they’ll at least let you know one way or another.

Rule 4: Stand Out in a Good Way

I once had someone trying to sell me something that I was remotely interested in but that was nowhere near the top of my priority list. Every week, he’d send me a new email quickly re-explaining what he sold—as well as a suggestion for good pizza to try around the city. Why? He had seen a blog post where I mentioned I’d eat pizza 24/7 if I could, and cleverly worked that into his follow-up. It made him stand out in a good way, and as a result, we eventually had a call.

Rule 5: Change it Up

If you’re not connecting with someone, try changing it up. In other words, don’t send the exact same email at the same time of day on the same day of week. Getting people to respond can sometimes just come down to catching them at the right time. If you always follow up in the morning, maybe try later in the day a few times.

Remember: If someone does ask you to stop following up, stop following up. But until you hear that, it’s your responsibility to keep trying !!

– ELLIOTT BELL

 

Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help!  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

 

10 Guaranteed Ways to Move Up in Your Career - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Want to get more out of your career ?

Here are 10 guaranteed ways to move up the ladder.

Career advancement–much less even finding a job–is no longer guaranteed, as we navigate an era in which there is no true job security. While some people are still stuck on the idea of the way things “should” be, others are taking the opportunity to run their careers like their own personal businesses. There’s no going back to the days of 30-year career trajectories at the same company, complete with pensions and a cushy retirement. Instead, learn to view your career path as an opportunity to make it exactly what you want it to be.

Figuring out how to advance your career on your own not only accelerates your progress, but builds in a layer of personal security. Once you know how to move up and get ahead, you’ll never want to go back to the traditional method of ‘Show up, work, and wait for someone to notice’ again. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 guaranteed ways to move up.

  1. Find a Mentor

Having a mentor to help you rise through the ranks in your career is an invaluable asset. A mentor can help you refine your career approach, land new promotions, and find unadvertised positions. Spend time fostering your business relationships and identify someone you would like to approach about being a mentor.

As you work on getting to know each other, ask specific questions that show you’ve done your homework and respect their time. And remember, finding a mentor doesn’t have to be a fit for the life of your career.

  1. Ask for More Responsibilities

There are few people who would say sitting around at their desk idly pushing papers is their dream career. But you also can’t expect to land thrilling new responsibilities without first going above and beyond with your current position. Thoroughly tackle each task and brainstorm what else can be done to make it better.

Offer to help a colleague wrap up their own project, or take on a task at work that no one wants, like organizing inventory. Once you’ve established that not only are you an asset in your current role, but you’re wasting your valuable talents, ask for more work.

  1. Work at a Startup

There are few experiences in life that can rapidly accelerate your career more than working at a startup. Whether you’re interested in digital marketing or learning how to navigate the funding process, startups are hungry for new and ambitious talent, and will throw you more responsibilities than you’ll know what to do with.

Identify goals you want to accomplish while working at a startup, but stay flexible. It’s likely you’ll wear many different hats and be pulled in numerous directions as you figure out how to land on your feet. As your responsibilities and career start accelerating, keep notes on the new skills you’re learning and projects you’re exploring to update your resume and portfolio. Chances are you’ll miss something if you try to recreate the experience in hindsight and will fail to pull out relevant details that can impact your next career step.

  1. Make Friends with VIPs

Seeking out the top players in your industry, whether seasoned executives or rising stars, can take your career far. But know the difference between blatant stalking and brown-nosing, and offer genuine feedback on a project you enjoyed or ask thought-provoking questions. It’s relatively easy to become memorable and well-liked the more you can show you’re an interesting, proactive worker who respects his superior’s opinion.

  1. Stay Agile

Look up the meaning of agile, and you’ll find definitions ranging from “The ability to move quickly and easily” to “Dividing business tasks into short phases of work and reassessment.” Both are relevant to moving up in your career, whether you’re looking to quickly adapt to new challenges and pick up new skills, or to approach your career path as a series of different phases that push you towards your end goals.

  1. Solve Problems

Being seen as the go-to problem solver around the company can make you irresistible, and a candidate ripe for quick advancement. Start with something small like streamlining work orders and creating a more efficient system, and graduate to training sessions for the staff or tackling a complicated project.

  1. Take Accountability

Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and own up to your mistakes, shortcomings, and involvement in conflicts. By being transparent and staying accountable, you’re sending a message that you’re a trustworthy and competent employee who can handle big responsibilities. Meanwhile, taking the opposite approach and pointing fingers at everyone else when a project goes sour just pigeonholes you as the backstabber in the office.

  1. Creatively Self-Promote

Promoting yourself doesn’t have to be completely shameless. Offer to organize an upcoming company meeting or write up notes from a morning meeting to send out by email. Make sure your job title is updated in your email signature before you hit send. Soon everyone in the office will know your name, title, and that you’re an engaged team member working in everyone’s best interest.

  1. Be Helpful

Nothing makes you stand out faster in your career than being helpful. Prove you’re dedicated to your career and job by being helpful to those around you. But don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap. Regularly attend networking events and trade advice, offer to mentor a junior person in your industry, or volunteer your skills to help your community. Not only will you feel great being helpful, but you’ll also develop a lifelong habit of being generous that makes you irresistible to clients, bosses, and investors alike.

  1. Keep Learning

No one is going to just hand you the reigns of a superstar career. Go after the position you want with passion and vigor, and above all else, keep learning. Whether you need a business coach or to take a leadership course or pursue an MBA, take the initiative to push yourself forward. By Chad Halvorson  Founder and CEO, When I Work

 

 

Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help!  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

 

7 Strategies for Influencing Without Authority - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Most of us believe we need to be a “VP,” a “Manager,” an “Assistant Manager,” etc., in order to influence others. Surprisingly, a title alone doesn’t necessarily elicit compliance. Here are some of the best tactics for achieving sincere support—even when you don’t have a title before your name.

  1. Build strong relationships. You needn’t be friends with everyone, but you must have positive interactions with everyone. You want people to see you as their ally, and vice versa. The better relationships you have across your organization, the less you’ll have to beg others to follow your lead.
  2. Support co-workers whenever you can.If you see a colleague struggling to meet a deadline or master a new software program, offer to help. That person will be happy to reciprocate when you come to them for their help.
  3. Stay on top of organizational initiatives.Be aware of your organization’s short- and long-term goals and projects, its financial ups and downs, changes in personnel, etc. Being aware of all this will allow you to make informed decisions that will be respected by peers and higher-ups, which in turn, will give you greater inherent authority.
  4. Show gratitude.Express appreciation to everyone who helps out. Do this publicly—in a staff meeting or an all-department email. (And make sure the boss knows who to thank, too.) If you’re able to, bring people into a fun and challenging new assignment.
  5. Listen attentively.If you want others to change their behavior or adopt an idea of yours, listen to their input and objections. Be prepared to explain how you might incorporate their suggestions or overcome their reservations.
  6. Highlight benefits.Let others know “what’s in it for them.” How will your request benefit them, their department, and/or their clients? Perhaps what you’re asking will help them to learn a new skill, make new connections or vary their routine.
  7. Be honest.If you need help with a less-than-exciting project, don’t pretend otherwise. Explain that while you know this particular task may be dull, it will help you/your department/your organization. Hearing that, most people will happily pitch in.

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Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help.  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

Job Seekers: What You Can Do If The Hiring Process Seems To Have Stalled - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Waiting to hear about the next step in the job-interview process can be agonizing. Here’s how to move it forward.

Q: I received a call from the company about the job I had applied for online. The telephone interview went well and it seemed like the interviewer was impressed with my resume. At the end of the discussion, he said he was going to pass my information and resume to his boss, the department manager.

He then said that his manager is extremely busy and wasn’t sure when he would be able to call me. It’s been one week since then, and now I’m not sure what I should do. Do I send an email to the department manager or just wait it out? I’m still searching for other jobs, but this is the one I really want.

A: It sounds like the hiring manager (the department manager) asked a lower-level employee in the department to conduct the initial telephone discussions and forward to him the most qualified candidates’ information. While this is unusual, it’s not unheard of, although it’s more often the HR recruiter who conducts the telephone screening interviews with job candidates.

It can be frustrating when the hiring process isn’t moving forward as expected. Since you haven’t yet spoken with the hiring manager, here’s what you can do.

Send an email. Send a polite follow-up email to thank the interviewer (the person who works for the hiring manager) to reiterate your interest in the job. Mention that he had said the next step in the process was to pass your resume and information to the department manager. Let him know you understand how busy things can be this time of year, so you were checking in to find out when you should expect to hear from the hiring manager for a discussion about the position.

If no response, call. If you don’t receive a reply to your email after two or three days, call your contact person.

Be prepared to leave a message. If it rings into voicemail, leave a similar message as what you mentioned in your email — that you are calling to follow up on the next steps in the hiring process for the open position of (job title).

Contact HR. If an HR representative or recruiter was involved, you could also try contacting that person to obtain an update on the job opportunity.

Look online. If you still haven’t heard back after sending an email and leaving a voicemail, check online to see if the job is still posted. If you no longer see the job posting online, it’s a sign that the position may have been filled.

By Lisa Quast Author of Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach” A Foolproof Guide to Getting The Job You Want.  Every Time.

Option 1 Staffing recruiters specialize in placing talent in some of the most desirable areas on the Peninsula including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, San Jose and the East Bay. All our recruiters are experts in their field and have years of experience. Working with us is easy!  Whether you’re looking for a job or looking for top talent we can help.  Contact us today to learn more about our technical and professional staffing services and beyond.

 

- Monday, April 24, 2017

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our committed staff of Administrative and Support Professionals. We thank you for all your hard work, and we appreciate all that you do to make our client companies a better place.  According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, there are now more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals working in the United States.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~ John F. Kennedy   #adminappreciation

10 Interviewing Rules – Stay focused on these 10 basic tenets to prepare for your next interview and to drive off any potential jitters. - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

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TEN INTERVIEWING RULES

In the current job market, you’d better have your act together, or you won’t stand a chance against the competition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview.

  1. Do Your Research

Researching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company’s needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself in the interview. You also should find out about the company’s culture to gain insight into your potential happiness on the job.

  1. Look Sharp

Select what to wear to the interview. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes and check them over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don’t want to look like you slept in your outfit. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.

  1. Be Prepared

Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.

  1. Be on Time

Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview.

5. Show Enthusiasm

A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky.

  1. Listen

One of the most neglected interviewing skills is listening.  Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said.

  1. Answer the Question Asked

Candidates often don’t think about whether they are actually answering the questions their interviewers ask. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure.

  1. Give Specific Examples

One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance.

  1. Ask Questions

Many interviewees don’t ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job.

  1. Follow Up

Whether it’s through email or regular mail, the interview follow-up is one more chance to remind the interviewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. Don’t miss this last chance to market yourself.

It is important to appear confident and cool for the interview. One way to do that is to be prepared to the best of your ability. There is no way to predict what an interview holds, but by following these important rules you will feel less anxious and will be ready to positively present yourself.

Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer

 

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How to Conduct an Effective Job Interview In A Candidate Centric Market – - Monday, April 10, 2017

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Tips On Hiring:  You Have to Sell the Candidate On Your Company

The virtual stack of resumes in your inbox is winnowed and certain candidates have passed the phone screen. Next step: in-person interviews. How should you use the relatively brief time to get to know — and assess — a near stranger?

What the Experts Say
As the employment market improves and candidates have more options, hiring the right person for the job has become increasingly difficult. “Pipelines are depleted and more companies are competing for top talent.” Applicants also have more information about each company’s selection process than ever before. If your organization’s interview process turns candidates off, “they will roll their eyes and find other opportunities.” Your job is to assess candidates but also to convince the best ones to stay. Here’s how to make the interview process work for you — and for them.

Prepare your questions
Before you meet candidates face-to-face, you need to figure out exactly what you’re looking for in a new hire so that you’re asking the right questions. Begin this process by “compiling a list of required attributes” for the position. What do they have in common? How are they resourceful? What did they accomplish prior to working at your organization? Those answers will help you create criteria and enable you to construct relevant questions.

Reduce stress
Candidates find job interviews stressful because of the many unknowns.  What kinds of questions will he/she ask? How can I squeeze this meeting into my workday? But when people are stressed they do not perform as well. Tell people in advance the topics you’d like to discuss so they can prepare. Be willing to meet the person at a time that’s convenient to him or her. And explain your organization’s dress code. Your goal is to “make them comfortable” so that you have a productive, professional conversation.

Involve (only a few) others
When making any big decision, it’s important to seek counsel from others so invite a few trusted colleagues to help you interview. “Monarchy doesn’t work. You want to have multiple checks” to make sure you hire the right person. You want to make the hiring process swift and rewarding.  The longer the interview process the higher the chances of losing the candidate to another company.”  Experts say three people interviewing the candidate is the ideal number.

Assess potential
Budget two hours for the first interview. That amount of time enables you to “really assess the person’s competency and potential.” Look for signs of the candidate’s “curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination.” Ask the candidate how he learns and for his thoughts on where your industry is going.

Ask for real solutions
Don’t waste your breath with absurd questions like: What are your weaknesses?” Instead try to discern how the candidate would handle real situations related to the job. After all, “How do you hire a chef? Have them cook you a meal.” Explain a problem your team struggles with and ask the candidate to walk you through how she would solve it. Or describe a process your company uses, and ask her to identify inefficiencies.

Consider “cultural fit,” but don’t obsess
Much has been made about the importance of “cultural fit”in successful hiring. And you should look for signs that “the candidate will be comfortable” at your organization. Think about your company’s work environment and compare it to the candidate’s orientation. Is he a long-term planner or a short-term thinker? Is he collaborative or does he prefer working independently?  Your perception of a candidate’s disposition isn’t necessarily indicative of whether he can acclimate to a new culture. “People adapt.”  “What you really want to know is: can they adjust?”

Sell the job
If the meeting is going well and you believe that the candidate is worth wooing, spend time during the second half of the interview selling the role and the organization. “If you focus too much on selling at the beginning, it’s hard to be objective.” But once you’re confident in the candidate, “tell the person why you think he or she is a good fit.” Bear in mind that the interview is a mutual screening process. “Make the process fun!” Ask them if there’s anyone on the team they’d like to meet. The best people to sell the job are those who “live it.” “Peers give an honest picture of what the organization is like.”

Principles to Remember

Do:

  • Lower your candidates’ stress levels by telling them in advance the kinds of questions you plan to ask
  • Ask behavioral and situational questions
  • Sell the role and the organization once you’re confident in your candidate

Don’t:

  • Forget to do pre-interview prep — list the attributes of an ideal candidate and use it to construct relevant questions
  • Involve too many other colleagues in the interviews — multiple checks are good, but too many people can belabor process
  • Put too much emphasis on “cultural fit” —  remember, people adapt

 

Rebecca Knight – HBR

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