Interviewing Tips From the Recruiter

1. The One-Minute Resume
Be prepared to succinctly tell the interviewer(s) about yourself in 60 seconds or less. Summarize your background and articulate how those experiences make you the best candidate for this position. A lot of the time I have already summed you (the interviewee) up in the first 60 seconds.
Example: Interviewing for a Project Manager position "For the last 15 years I have managed progressively larger and more challenging projects in the private sector. My most recently completed project was the successful opening of a major office building; this multi-million dollar project was multi-faceted and required extensive collaboration with the construction company, local government for permits and area businesses. I believe my prior work experience and education has prepared me well for a position with your agency. "
Develop and practice your One-Minute Resume, for these reasons:
1. It shows you are comfortable with yourself. This puts both you and the interviewer at ease.
2. If you have a polished one-minute resume, YOU begin to control the interview.
3. A well-delivered one-minute resume will draw the interviewer in to you.
Be careful not to brag - simply tell a short and concise story about yourself.
2. Interview Preparation
I am asked to tell the interviewer something about the company at every interview I have ever been on. I always provide my candidates with a data sheet on the company they are interviewing with. It also helps to read up on news and events relevant to the company and/or industry you are interviewing with.
When interviewing with my last employer I actually ran into the VP in the break room (I did not know it at the time) and we chatted about economic impact of the recession on the staffing industry blah blah blah... Needless to say he was super impressed with me and I got the job. Prepare for the interview by researching the company and the person interviewing you. Almost everybody is on social media these days. It shows you care and are ambitious. Giving thought to some difficult questions that may be asked and how you might answer them. For example, the interviewer might ask you to "Describe a challenging situation and how you handled it."
The more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be during the interview. The interview is your turn to show all that is great about you - your specific work experiences, your outcomes, and your approach to achieving those results. Remember, resumes don't hire, people do. So, let your preparation and positive attitude be the key to your success in an interview.
3. Day of the Interview
Dress for success. Be sure to wear business clothes, be well-groomed, and have a professional appearance, because first impressions are important. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early for the interview. You may need to go through security or wait to be escorted to the interview. Also, bring any relevant documents to the interview, e.g., extra resumes, writing samples, updated reference list. Here are my must-have items for a job interview:
· Lint roller
· Breathe mint-not gum!
· Clear nail polish for runs in hose
· Extra pen
· 3 questions to ask the interviewer
· Notes about the company and interviewer
· Extra copies of resume and cover letter
· Business cards
· Leather portfolio-not a purse!
4. Interview Follow Up
After your interview, follow up with a thank you note. Writing thank you notes is another opportunity to highlight additional skills and qualifications that you may have for the position and to thank the interviewer(s) for the interview opportunity. An email thank you note is appropriate. Hardly anyone does this nowadays but employers love getting thank you cards. You will definitely gain some brownie points here.
I recommend the following books, they really helped me with my interviewing skills and corporate etiquette:
· 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions
By Vicky Oliver
· How to Win Friends & Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
· How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
By Leil Lowndes
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