Wednesday, August 13, 2008

5 Interviewing Tips To Beat the Crowd

Job Interview TipsWe all the know the actual job interview is super important. Below are 5 things that were on my mind about the interview process and how you can use them to make a more powerful impact on your first face-to-face meet with your possible future employer.

  1. Laziness - Timing is everything. Someone close to me had an interviewed lined up with one of the theme parks here in town. They were waiting on the confirmation call from the company. Being lackadaisical, my friend didn't check their voice mail for 6 days. 6 Days!! The company had called, left a message asking for the person to call in to get a final confirmation. When my friend called, the job was already filled. In a time when jobs are scarce, and interviews are few and far between, missing an opportunity due to laziness is just not acceptable.
  2. Inappropriate e-mail address - These still get to me and there is good reason. Most companies block terms that are unrelated to their business. "Babydoll" and "Sexymamma" before your hotmail, yahoo or gmail account usually will not get through filters. Make it easy for the person that is getting ready to interview you to get in touch with you.
  3. Dress code - Do some homework on where your interview is being taken place and dress accordingly. If ever in doubt, overdress. Nothing says "I don't care" more than an outfit that looks like you slept in it the night before.
  4. Not asking questions - A job interview is a 2-way street. You need to be interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. It not only shows that you are paying attention but that you are mentally ready to work for this company.
  5. Follow-up - Make sure yo leave the interview with a method of contacting the recruiter or an individual at the organization. Even in a busy day, recruiters like to be thanked for their time and be reminded of who would really be a great fit for their organization.
As you get ready for an interview, be sure you ask yourself the following question:
Am I sure that I did everything possible to be prepared for today?
If you can answer that, then you should be "a ok!"

Happy hunting Orlando!

-Greg Rollett

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