We have collected some helpful tips to give you an edge in your job search and really shine in the interview. As a candidate, you should always be fully prepared for your interview… and part of that is to have a list of questions to ask while you’re talking with the hiring manager. These sample questions should give you a jump start on the process:
- Sample Interview Questions
- What are the biggest challenges you face that you are hoping to overcome by hiring for this role?
- How would you describe your management style? How would your employees describe you?
- What do you like best about working here?
- What are your distinct advantages over your competition?
- What are your expectations for someone coming into this position?
- How do you see me as a potential fit for this position? Is there anything upon which I can expand where you still have a question about my abilities or background?
- What is the next step in the interview process? When do you expect to have a decision?
It’s Time for the Interview
Here’s another job search tip: Don’t commit these common mistakes during the interview. Look at this list and really think about what impression you want to make on this employer.
- 50 of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:
- Arriving late.
- Arriving too early.
- Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
- Bad-mouthing your last boss.
- Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
- Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
- Forgetting the name of the person you’re interviewing with.
- Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
- Wearing sunglasses.
- Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece or headphones.
- Failing to research the employer in advance.
- Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
- Inquiring about benefits too soon.
- Talking about salary requirements too soon.
- Unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
- Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
- Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
- Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
- Asking too many questions.
- Asking no questions at all.
- Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
- Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
- Talking more than half the time.
- Interrupting your interviewer.
- Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
- Bringing along a friend, relative or a pet.
- Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
- Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
- Saying “you know,” “like,” “I guess,” and “um.”
- Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
- Asking to use the bathroom.
- Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
- Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
- Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
- Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
- Becoming angry or defensive.
- Complaining that you were kept waiting.
- Complaining about anything!
- Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
- Letting your nervousness show.
- Over-explaining why you lost your last job.
- Being too familiar and jokey.
- Sounding desperate.
- Checking the time.
- Over sharing of information.
- Sounding rehearsed.
- Leaving your cell phone on, answering your cell phone or texting.
- Failing to ask for the job.
You Got the Job…It’s Time to Give Notice
Congratulations! You just received a job offer and are ready to give your two-week notice to your current employer. When you resign, your current employer may give you a counter offer. It’s generally not a good idea to accept a counter offer. Here’s why:
Top 10 Reasons NOT to Accept a Counter Offer from your Employer
Reason No. 1: What type of company do you work for if you have threatened to resign before they give you what you are worth?
Reason No. 2: Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is it your next raise, early? (Many companies have strict wage and salary guidelines that must be followed).
Reason No. 3: Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a lower salary.
Reason No. 4: You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
Reason No. 5: When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t. Which list do you think you will be on?
Reason No. 6: When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
Reason No. 7: The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer.
Reason No. 8: Statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm the fact that over 80% of those people who elected to accept a counteroffer are not with their company six months later.
Reason No. 9: Accepting a counteroffer is a bribe and a blow to your personal pride. Were you bought?
Reason No. 10: Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.
Conducting a job search isn’t always easy and if you haven’t done it in a while, these tips may be a good reminder of how to make a good first impression, starting with your resume, all the way through to getting the interview and the job of your dreams.
Remember these job search tips, especially when you’ve been granted an interview and need to make a great first impression on the hiring manager. If you’d like more information about resume tips or how to interview, please contact us or call at (303) 534-4441.