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10 Helpful tips for a job interview

  1. Be Yourself - Tell them about yourself. Don’t be shy; be open minded and welcoming.
  2. Be Prepared - Do your homework on the company. Try to understand what they do and what their mission statement is.
  3. Be Interested - Explain what interests you about the job opportunity and why you want to work for them.
  4. Be Knowledgeable - Tell them what you have learned so far about their company and why it is appealing to you.
  5. Be Experienced - Explain your past work and relevant experiences.
  6. Be Confident - Elaborate and brag about your previous job; be confident in your abilities.
  7. Be Honest - Tell them about your strengths (and briefly touch on your weaknesses if they ask); be honest and upfront.
  8. Be Patient - Do not mention salary or compensation. That can wait.
  9. Be Curious - Ask questions about their current business, what your daily tasks would involve and how you can grow with the company.
  10. Be On Time - Don't start out on the wrong foot. Make sure you are puntual for your interview.

Your Resume is Important. Make it Count!

Be Clear and Concise

Design matters and paying attention to the format of your resume is important. Don’t drag on job descriptions or your qualifications – be direct and to the point.

Focus on What Counts

Research the job description and customize your resume to fit the requirements. Do your due diligence to know what you are applying for and how you can outshine the other applicants.

Emphasize Key Skills

After having researched the job description, be sure to plug in key skills and the keywords to pop out to the hiring managers. Shine light on the skills that are relevant and make sense to the job opportunity.

Be Contactable

Don’t forget to include your name, phone number, email and address on your resume.

Sell Yourself. Always Have a Quick Pitch Ready

Whether it is in an elevator or a conference room, every professional should have his or her elevator pitch ready to fire. When you hear, “Tell me about yourself”, you should have your run down illustrated in your mind.

Body Language. Actions speak louder than words and before you speak the hiring manager observes your body language. Your nonverbal cues are just as important as what you say during a job interview. Good posture, eye contact and firm handshakes.

Self-Confidence. Hiring managers admire seeing strong-minded individuals. They look for job seekers who are ready to take control in a position. Be sure of yourself and what you bring to the table.

Your Value. Piggy-backing off the self-confidence pointer, be sure of the value you bring to the company. Be humble but brag about your strengths and the skill set that you can provide to their company.

Be Personable. Remember that you’re going to be talking to a human being; someone similar to you. Get comfortable with talking to strangers and be open about asking how someone else is doing. Not many people are good at it, but those who are, get hired.

Remind Them About You, Follow Up After Your Interview

Sending a well-thought out note of appreciation after an interview is an excellent way to stick out from the other applicants you’re competing with.

Always Say Thank You

Time is money and you took up some of the hiring manager’s time during your interview. It’s only natural to thank him or her for the time. Whether you are applying for an internship or an executive level position - always say thank you for the time. Typically it is assumed that this token of appreciation should be sent within 24 hours of your interview.

Act Interested

After learning more about the company, position and your potential work atmosphere, act like you care about it. Even if it’s difficult to do, act like you’re interested in the opportunity. In your follow-up thank you note, be sure to elaborate on why the position draws your attention and why you are interested in taking the next steps.

Ask For More

Don’t just thank them for their time, but ask for more. Ask what the next steps would be and how to proceed with the hiring process. Ask him or her for another time in the following week to speak more about the position or tell them that you are anticipating the next steps.

Follow Up, Again

If you don’t receive a reply to your thank you note for 2-3 days and you do not hear back regarding the job opening, make sure to follow up again with him or her. You don’t have to follow up yet again to say thank you, however you can follow up to simply check-in to see if there are any updates regarding the job opportunity.

Some Telltale Signs That You Have Outgrown Your Job

You’re on cruise control. You’ve completely lost interest in your position and your daily tasks seem redundant. Your role has become more or less too easy and comfortable for you to continue pretending that the job is a challenge anymore.

  • Fixing the Problem: Stay fresh, stay alert and stay proactive. Look for a new opportunity. Breaking out of your comfort zone will allow you to enjoy work more freely and build self-confidence.

You’re bored, unmotivated. College is long gone and you’ve grown tired of the daily grind. You wonder why you spent an arm and a leg on your degree when your job seems to be moving nowhere. Everyday there seems to be more work piled high on your desk while you remember back to your professor telling you to stay on your toes in the workplace.

  • Fixing the Problem: Instead of growing bored at work, become engaged at work. If this is not possible then explore the possibility of changing jobs.

You've stopped learning. With hands on experience, acquiring new skills is an everyday task you. Your job becomes apart of your life and with that, your skill set becomes much more specialized and narrow. When you slow down or stop learning new things, you know you’ve become stagnant in the workplace.

  • Fixing the Problem: Become eager to learn new skills, acquire new strengths and always sharpen up on your weaknesses. Self-improvement is a constant work-in-progress that is not a competition. Everyday you should set a goal to be better than yesterday’s-self.

Top Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

  1. How can I help bring value to this company?
  2. What do [successful] employees bring to the table and what have they done to succeed at this company?
  3. What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  4. What is my top focus at this company?
  5. What are the qualities and skills your company needs from a candidate?
  6. What are some challenges and obstacles that I will be faced with in this role?
  7. Are there any questions I can answer for you regarding my qualifications?
  8. When should I expect to hear back from you regarding the next steps in the interview process?

Top 5 Jobs That Don’t Require a Graduates Degree

  1. Computer Systems Analyst
    • Median Salary: $85,000
    • Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
    • Expected Job Openings: 118,000
  2. Software Developer
    • Median Salary: $98,000
    • Unemployment Rate: 2%
    • Expected Job Openings: 135,000
  3. Registered Nurse
    • Median Salary: $67,000
    • Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
    • Expected Job Openings: 439,000
  4. Financial Advisor
    • Median Salary: $89,000
    • Unemployment Rate: 2%
    • Expected Job Openings: 74,000
  5. Actuary
    • Median Salary: $97,000
    • Unemployment Rate: 1%
    • Expected Job Openings: 4,500

Steps to Customize Your Resume

Review the job description and note the keywords.

Read the job description and make note of the buzzwords used. Keywords are usually nouns that highlight a specific skill or set of skills.

Make yourself searchable and plug-in the buzzwords to your resume.

Leverage the buzzwords you found in your research of the job so you can plug in the keywords in your resume. Make it a point to place a buzzword in each job title you have held so you can show your experience throughout your career.

Customize and create new headlines.

It’s time to bring this strategy full circle. You’ve plugged in the buzzwords to your resume headlines, skills and experience. Now take it to your introduction. When you email the hiring manager for an interview, use some of the buzzwords you found in the email subject line and in the email context. It will show the hiring manager that you’ve done your due diligence to apply for the position.