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Recruiters Reveal

Laura’s back with the newest segment of Recruiters Reveal: Nailing Your Interview!

“Make sure to ask qualified questions to show that you’ve done your background research.”

Laura gives us the important information on everything from preparation to follow-through.

As always, please leave comments and questions for Laura below so she can address them in the next video!

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Essentials for Acing the Interview

Guest Post by Tammy Chatkin-Newman

Approaching the interview process in all the right ways is vital and sometimes that means doing the little things that most people neglect to do. In today’s marketplace, exceptional thinkers, creatives, innovators, strategists, visionaries and experts are highly sought after. To that point, it’s key to capitalize on your soft skills [tenacity, eagerness, cultural fit, willingness, etc.]  If you’re new to the job market, these types of skills can be greatly overlooked but in the long run can be a strong indicator to an employer that you’re the better fit overall for the job at hand. Know your soft skills, and sell them!

Along with your soft skills, your hard skills should be packaged within a resume that has the ability to communicate who you are in 20 seconds or less. Many times I come across resumes that are filled with “fluff” rather than substantial information. Overall, a resume should not be too wordy, and it should be easy to read and should clearly identify a candidate’s skill set and accomplishments.

Now let’s talk technology for just a bit. From Skype or video interviews, digital portfolios and the emergence of video resumes, technology has evolved to be a very important aspect of the interview process. What does this mean? The more you prepare yourself for the interview, the better you will be at translating your presence within a digital environment.

Here are a few other critical “Do’s + Don’ts” for the Interview Process:

Do’s:

  • Research the company.
  • Be on time.
  • Be confident.
  • Be able to sell yourself in a tactful manner.
  • Articulate your skills and what makes you right for the job.
  • Be likeable.
  • Take pride in the work you’re presenting.

Don’ts:

  • Bad mouth anyone.
  • Fib within an interview.
  • Present a portfolio that isn’t updated.
  • Have pages falling out of your portfolio.
  • Show up looking underdressed; you should appear polished, put together & clean.

Finally, know your own strengths and weaknesses. Be realistic. There are different jobs for different stages of life. Know what is important to you. Be prepared and make sure you have the answer to what makes you stand out amongst the rest!

About the Author

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Tammy Chatkin-Newman is the Executive Vice President, Full-Time Division, West Coast at 24 Seven. In 2001, Tammy established 24 Seven’s West Coast presence, which has tremendously grown and now includes six West Coast office locations. Tammy is a vital, practice leader at 24 Seven, specializing in the recruitment of exceptional talent for global fashion and retail brands.

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Tips For First Day Success

Study and review.

Consider the on-boarding period of a new job an extension of the interview. The same amount of study and preparation that helped land you the role will also help make the transition into it easier. Reread your interview notes and any materials you collected during the interview process. Do some web research on current events or news about your new company and industry. Your up-to-date knowledge and recall of key discussion points from earlier meetings will reassure those that hired you that they’ve made the right choice.

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Thank You Note 101

 

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So you just left the interview and you feel confident about the job.  What should you do next?  Send a thank you to the interviewer expressing how excited you are about the opportunity and how much you appreciated their time.

US News posted some great advice on what to avoid when writing your Thank You.  Avoid these common mistakes and you will be even closer to your dream job!

  • Never start the interview with HEY.  This is much too informal.  You want to seal the deal and show that you are taking the opportunity seriously.
  • Do not wait too long.  Send a follow-up email within 24 hours.  We also suggest sending a hand written note. This has a much more personal touch.
  • Spell the interviewers name wrong.  Double check on LinkedIn or the company website to make sure that you have the correct spelling.
  • Avoid sending gifts. At the time you might think that this will get you ahead.  In reality this will take away from your interview and could offend the interviewer.
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Top 5 Tips Straight From Our Clients

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  1. Be Yourself.  During the interview process it is easy to lose yourself. You get caught up with the pressure and the unknown.  Remember to take a step back and think about what you really want in an employer.  Be true to yourself, don’t settle. Also – letting your great personality shine will surely impress the interviewer!
  2. Show Confidence. When the question is asked, “Tell me about yourself,” have your answer prepared. Practice your elevator pitch, so that when you are asked this question  you can own the room.  The more confident you are, the better your chances!
  3. Ask The Right Questions. This is key to showing that you are there and present at the interview.  Make sure to ask appropriate questions that show you have done your homework on the position. The more research that you do, the more prepared you will appear!
  4. Utilize Linkedin. Make sure that you have a complete and accurate profile before you hit go.  Also remember to research, research, research.  Look at the alumni from your college, make a list of the top 10 companies that you would like to work for, then follow them. Take advantage of your connections and you will be amazed how your network will expand!
  5. Push The Limits. Think outside the box.  What can you bring to the company or brand?  Don’t be afraid to re-engineer the brand and share your ideas.  This outward thinking will give you a step up on the competition.
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