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Judith Mallard President of Recruiting Now Inc.

Job Interview Tips and Techniques…by the Recruiter

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Judith Mallard President of Recruiting Now Inc.

This is a Quick Tip list for that very important upcoming interview that you really want to ace. What I have not included in this list – please read my post on “What not to do” at an interview:

  • When you are asked if you have a particular skill – always try to give a real work example of when you had to use that skill. Whatever you do – don’t make it up. It’s quite ok to say “I haven’t had experience in that particular area but here is how I would handle it”. Keep in mind if the Interviewer does feel that you may not have experience in that area or that you may not have answered truthfully – they will work the questioning back again to address the area of expertise they are looking for.
  • Another very important point to keep in mind is that you are not at an interview to see if the person across from you is going to be your new “best friend”. By this I mean – Keep your interview on a business level at all times. This does not mean you have to be “too” formal. Instead try to engage the Interviewer. This can be done through positive body language – such as an occasional smile and nod – and making sure that you portray the energy level of someone who truly wants to be at the interview in question. Let the interviewer “feel” that you appreciate the time and opportunity they may be giving you. Even if – half way through the interview you discover “to yourself of course” that the job is not a fit for you, then take advantage of the opportunity to practice your interview skills – never just throw an interview. Walk in with your head held high and walk out the same way, knowing that you gave it all you could and in the best way that you could.
  • Of course all Interviewers, myself included – want to see all potential candidates and applicants show their confidence in their own capabilities and areas of expertise. However, keep in mind arrogance is not the same as confidence. You are there at the interview to show what you can do and how you believe you are a good fit for a particular role. This is an amazing opportunity where you are given time to basically “strut your stuff” and sell yourself in a positive and professional manner. It is not something you should take lightly. As I mentioned previously, use the opportunity wisely, even if it is just for practice.

Please do stay tuned for other tips and techniques that we will bring your way. If you have any questions about navigating through the waters of looking for that perfect job or launching a new career, please do send us a quick email and we will try to post it live so that others can also benefit from your queries.

Have yourself a great day!
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Employment & Job Interview Tips – “What NOT to do….”

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Judith Mallard President of Recruiting Now Inc.

Here are more interview tips and interview techniques pointing out some of the things you “should not do” at an Interview? 

Summary: One of the things that you must always keep in mind is that there may be aspects of an interview that are simply beyond your control. However as long as you do the best that you can and within a pre-defined awareness of what is “right and wrong”, then you should be confident that you are putting your best foot forward. And it is that confidence that will enable you to keep moving forward until you do secure that position that you want to have.

Here is a brief summary of things you should not do at an interview:

 

  • Be practical when answering the question, “What are your future plans?”: The most common mistake that the interviewee commits is that they answer the question with their “dream job” in mind and not what is the practical advancement for their present career path. Also keep in mind that sometimes you can also go too far, including right up to when you plan to retire. Keep it brief and within a reasonable time frame making sure that you include that you wish to grow through the company, in respect of position, profile and financial condition.
  • Always remember to turn off your cell phone during an interview. Many a candidate has been taken off a shortlist for doing so. However keeping in mind that most interviewers do realize that it may happen accidently, but it is how you respond to the interruption that can keep you on the shortlist. In other words, apologizing and turning your phone of immediately is a positive move. Taking the time to answer it, is definitely not a good move.
  • Do not go to an interview even with a 3rd party agency or recruiter looking like you are on your way to a social gathering. By that we mean dress appropriately. It does not have to be a full piece suit, unless of course you are going for a senior role, then err on the side of caution and dress your best. For other type of roles – business casual is always a safe bet.
  • Another Interview faux pas is showing up late for an interview. What compounds this error is when you don’t even bother explaining or mentioning you were late. Keep in mind as a professional who has had countless interviews I do not forget that tiny little detail when we finally do sit down for the interview.

Have yourself a great day!
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