If you’ve been following my last few articles, then you know I’ve been sharing success tips for both hiring organizations and job seekers in the candidate/job search process.
Here’s a recap of what I’ve covered so far:
For hiring managers:
- Be sure that you review and update job descriptions before posting to ensure that they align with your needs today and into the future.
- Don’t rely solely on applicant tracking systems – they often overlook good candidates through their keyword filters; leverage your networks.
- Train all interviewers, and prepare good questions that evaluate skills, experience, and behaviors that are a fit for the job and the organization.
For job seekers:
- Before updating/posting your resume, take time to gain clarity about what you want next – the skills you want to use, the type of organization, the work environment, etc.
- Do the research (or work with a coach) to ensure that your marketing tools (resume, LinkedIn profile) reflect your career vision and that you have a job search plan; leverage your networks.
- Spend time before each interview researching the company, preparing answers to anticipated questions, and preparing questions to ask. Practice, practice, practice.
Now I’d like to talk about the importance of making a good first impression.
These tips apply to both the hiring organization (HR, hiring manager, all interviewers, even the receptionist) and job seeker.
Be on time. Whether it’s an in-person interview or, as so many are today, a Zoom interview, be ready at least 5 minutes in advance so you can start on time.
Test your technology. For remote interviews, be sure you are familiar with the technology being used and that you are set up in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Don’t forget to turn your camera and speakers on.
Dress for success. Whether in person or remote, dress professionally.
Pay attention to your body language. Nonverbals speak volumes. Sit up straight, make eye contact, smile, and convey that you are engaged in the conversation. Consciously suppress any little habits you may have, e.g., tapping your pen, as these can be a distraction.
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