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Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 3)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

interview tipsSo far, we have Research and Logistics ready to go. If you take care of those two, the job is yours. I wish it was that easy. Let’s take a small step back and look at a few other things that you need to consider during this preparation phase.

What to Bring
Resume folder presentationYeah, you guessed it…the resume. As I mentioned before, remove the fluff. I’ve read hundreds of resumes and it’s obvious when someone is filling in the page with useless information. You’re not going to be hired because you enjoy origami…unless you’re interview is with a paper folding company. Only if it directly correlates with the interests of the company should it stay on or be added on. I can’t stress this enough…proofread your resume. Making careless mistakes here will imply that you make them elsewhere too. Think of it this way, if you were hiring for this position, what would you want to see on a resume. Now make sure you have that on yours. If you don’t have that specific experience, be ready with an answer as to how you’ll overcome that challenge.

pen and paperMake sure you have a professional pen and notebook/folder to write in. Do not use some old chewed up thing. Take notes, but never let it be a distraction. Stay focused. If you printed up information on the company, bring it in the folder. You can refer to it during the interview. I’ve always appreciated the added effort some candidates put in prior to interviewing them. This is a good way to show it. Don’t forget to bring all the pertinent information you’ll need to fill out an application (ID, references, employment history, supervisors, addresses, phone numbers, etc.). You don’t want to have to call it in later.

How about a few more do nots? Okay, don’t walk in eating, chewing gum, carrying a drink (let them offer you something) or on your cell phone (it should be off). If you’re a smoker (quit), do not smoke in the parking lot. You don’t want to smell like a carton of Marlboros during your interview. Cough, cough.

Most of this is common sense, but you’d be surprised how often people forget these little details. I know you won’t be one of them.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

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Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 2)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

interview tipsGotta get that job?! Follow the tips I laid out yesterday and will continue over the next few days. The likelihood of showing up to an interview unprepared and landing the position is very unlikely. It’s never easy, and in this crazy economy, where jobs are scarce but candidates aren’t, you’ve got to do your homework and be well-prepared.

Logistics
interview puzzle piecesYou’ve done your research and prepared your resume. There are a few logistically details to keep in mind. Depending upon how far in advance you’ve scheduled your interview, I suggest you reconfirm the date, time, place and people you’re meeting with the recruiter or human resources. Situations change, as do staffing. Who you were going to meet a week ago might be different today. If that’s the case, you might have to jump back online and see if there’s any information on the new interviewers. If you’re in a situation where you will have multiple interviews, be taking a test, participating in a job-specific discussion group, going on a tour, whatever it could be, you can again confirm that the agenda has remained the same. Last minutes changes or no changes, you have all the pieces of the puzzle and they’re in place.

Directions compassDirections…get ’em. Use Google maps and your GPS too, but that might only get you to the block where the company exists. There might be a specific building and parking details you’ll need to know. The last thing you want is to feel lost once you’ve arrived. Speaking of which, don’t get there too early. Stay in your car if necessary…but make sure you know exactly where your meeting is. Walk in about 15 minutes prior. Don’t be late!! I hesitate to even mention it, but if you are going to be, call them. You’re excuse better be spectacular…cause traffic ain’t gonna cut it. You need to plan ahead, just as an employer would expect you to do if you were attending a meeting as an employee.

When you get there, be polite and personable. The first person you say hello to could be the person you’re about to interview with. Remember, first impressions…. And don’t ask anyone for “pointers,” “the inside scoop,” or anything else related to the job. They expect you to know everything there is to know. Be confident!

You’ve done more homework than most applicants. You’re in good shape.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 1)

Posted in General Management, Tips For A Successful Interview with tags , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

interview tipsThe job interview! Ooooh, scary. For some, it’s a total nightmare, and yet for others, it’s exciting, with the realization that a new opportunity awaits. That’s the way I looked at it and that’s the way I suggest you do too. I was prepared, confident and ready to step into the next chapter of my professional life. Over the years, I’ve interviewed quite a few times. I didn’t always get the job, but that was their loss, right? And if I could have a dime for every interview I’ve conducted, I’d be a rich man. So I decided to put some tips down in my blog that I’ve learned over the years. Hope they help you too.

job research preparationResearch
This is where it all begins. You’ve found a job descriptions that interests you. Remember, you don’t have to have every qualification listed. We’ll get to that later. Read the description thoroughly though. Get a feel for what they’re looking for. Do you know anyone who works there? (Just a reminder why networking is SO important). Always helpful to have someone on the inside pulling for you. If the company has a website, study it. Find out who they are, who the management team is, what their products are, their plans for the future, where they’re located, are they global, growing, a public company, and if so, how’s their stock performing. The more you know about them, the more confident you’ll feel when you go in for that interview…with your appropriately detailed resume. Lose the fluff, the hobbies (unless they somehow relate to the company), pictures, etc. Your resume needs to be targeted specifically for each company you interview with. As I said, the more you know, the more armed you’ll be…and your resume can help reflect that.

interview questionsAdditionally, prepare yourself for the inevitable questions.
“What is it about our company that interests you?”
“What are your 2 year and 5 year goals?”
“What are you weaknesses and strengths?”
“Why should we hire you?”
“Why did you leave your last job?”
“Give an example of a problem you’ve solved.”
And after you’ve thought these through, come up with your own. If you’re not experienced in all the areas covered in the job description, plan a response in case you’re challenged on those points. Boost up your strengths so that they overshadow any of your shortcomings.

You will significantly improve your odds of landing the job you want if you follow these simple interview tips. It’s competitive out there, so give yourself an advantage by being prepared.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.