As a recruiter there is one thing that always gets under my
skin, when applicants down play their past skills! I realize that you may have
left your last job because you didn't like the ethics, or the pay, or the movie
Horrible Bosses hit a little too close to home. I get it. But
that doesn't mean that your last job was a total loss to your development! I
think that all too often people get caught up in the search for a new job that
they overlook the research that goes into being successful in THAT job that
they are applying for!
When you get that call from that company that you applied to
last week trying to set up an interview, take a minute to do just two simple
things to put you in the right place to win.
Research them MORE: I know you did your
research but do MORE! Your research topic has changed. You have shifted from Is this right for me? to How can I stand out? Look for things that
match your skills, making you a unique candidate. What do you do well? What can
you do that no one else can?
Think outside the BOX: You are a unique person
with a skill set that no one has! Analyze every position you have held, match
it with their skills and highlight that in the interview. Think outside the
box. Altering the lens at which you see your past job is paramount to thinking
critically about switch careers.
There wasn't a class you have taken, a club you joined or
task you have completed that you haven't learned something from and made you
who you are today! For that interview make sure your skills aren’t lost in
If you think interviewing for a job is a one way street,
think again! This is a common misperception when in reality; you should ask
follow up questions. Asking questions not only shows a higher level of
interest, it also allows you to decide if the company fits your needs. When
asking questions, the type of question is really important. Be sure to ask thoughtful,
good questions. The biggest turn off for a recruiter is having no questions or only
asking about compensation.Need some
help?Check out a few suggested
questions below by Monster Staff Writer, Thad Peterson:
1.Can you tell me about the culture here?
·Company culture can be a bit difficult to get a
handle on until you walk through the door and experience it yourself. The interview
is a great time to ask questions that reveal the company’s personality.
2.Would you mind telling me about how your career
got to this point?
·This question is good on two levels: It gives
you a chance to learn a bit about potential coworkers or potential bosses, and
it's also a nice ego rub for the interviewer. “People love to talk about
themselves, so if you can get the interviewer talking about himself, you're one
step up,” explains Cooke.
3.Can you tell me about your management style?
·If you're interviewing with the person who may
be your boss, it's important to understand how he'll manage you and the people
The interviewer's answer to this question should reveal a few things. It
will give you a sense of some of the challenges you'll face if you end up
joining the team, as well as tell you how your potential coworkers handle
sticky questions. It may also provide some insight about how forthright they
4.What’s your biggest source of job satisfaction?
·This question can help you understand both what
makes your potential workmates tick and what they think the company's strengths
No matter how much research you do on a company, few can
give you greater insight into the company than the recruiter.So, don’t forget to interview the interviewer!
Aretha Franklin sang it best in her 1967 hit, Respect. As
her song continues to fill the minds and lips of the world (especially mine all
day today), Aretha made us realize that we should demand our respect. But as important
as it may be that we are given respect, it’s important that we give it as well.
For Example, Hiring Managers spend hours of their time preparing
to find their next future employee. Hiring managers show their respect by taking
time out of their day to meet you, dressing up for the interview, and listening
carefully to what you have to say during the interview process. They even will
do their best to provide timely decisions to you so you know where they stand
in the hiring decision. Let’s return that respect to the Hiring manager. Below,
you will find a few ways how you can show your respect to the hiring manager.
R- Remember your
job experiences. Most questions you will be asked will be situational or
behavioral based questions. It’s important to know and be able to communicate what
you have been doing in the last few years.
yourself on the company and its mission. Provide the skill sets you can bring
to the table to benefit the company
S- Suits are
preferable, so invest in a nice suit. Dress for the job you want, not the job
P- Prepare before
the interview. Set your clothes out the night before and do a mock interview
with a friend or mentor.
E- Early to bed,
early to rise! Make sure that you are well rested and ready to make an impact
in your interview
C- Come prepared
with good questions. You’re interviewing the company just as much as they are
T- Timeliness is
key. Arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview.
Now you are ready to “Sock it” to the hiring mangers by
showing your respect. (Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…… A little
respect. Hopefully, you now have this song stuck in your head just like me)
We have come to a close on our Fall Semester with Collegiate
Recruiting! As a new recruiter, this fall was an eye opening experience for me!
I had the opportunity to attend several career fairs nationwide and I couldn’t believe
some of the interesting things I came across at these fairs. If you are looking
to land a career there are a few things you need to do to make sure you make a
lasting impression on the recruiter!
research – Find out what employers will be at the Career Fair, do some
research on all the companies in your field and go to those first. If you
really want to impress, have some facts ready about the company you are
visiting as a conversation starter for the recruiters. This is a great way to
show your interest and an AWESOME start to making a memorable first impression.
impress – There is an old saying that says “dress for the job you want and
not for the job you have.” You want to look GOOD. Business professional is
best. Wear a nice suit, get a fresh
haircut, avoid gaudy jewelry, and look polished. Your first impression depends
resume on hand – Have a revised and updated version printed on resume
paper. A nice touch is to have business cards made with your information. There
are many websites available to guide you in this process.
shake – A firm hand shake with an upbeat smile on your face exudes
confidence. Studies show there is a
sizeable relationship between the features that characterize a firm handshake
with a favorable first impression. Whether male or female have a firm and full
handshake with great eye contact will leave an impression to remember.
Use these tips to make a great first impression at your next
career fair! Happy Hunting!