7 Tips For Jobseekers to Seal the Deal on your Next Interview

Here at N Liten Resume Services we pride ourselves in not only helping our clients with cover letters and resumes. We also provide career counseling to better prepare our clients on their job search and eventually interview. According to studies employers only request an interview from the top 2%” of candidates. Thus, making it imperative to have a great interview once you get the invitation. Here are seven tips that will help any job seekers on their next interview

  1. Conduct Research on the Employer One of the keys to success in a job interview starts with having a solid groundwork of knowledge already attained before the interview. Having an understanding of the company, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you do the better prepared you will be for any question the interviewer might ask. A great place to start your research is on the organization’s website and other available materials, search engines, research tools, and ask questions about the company in your network of contacts.

 

  1. Review Common Interview Questions & Prepare Your Responses This is an important step in preparing for an interview. First, you can research similar question that might be asked for the specific field you’re interviewing for. The main goal is to be well prepared for any question that the hiring manger might ask and be able to give concise responses to said questions. However, there is no need to memorize responses (in fact, it’s best not to), but do develop talking points.

 

  1. Dress for Success – The popular saying “you look good you play good” does not only apply to sports, but in the work environment. When it comes to interviewing, a cardinal rule is to dress business causal unless the employer informs you otherwise. Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under.
  1. Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview – Arriving on time to an interview is a must in today’s competitive job market. Unless extreme emergency arriving late is never a good way to portray yourself to a hopefully soon to be employer. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. The day before the interview look up directions to your interview to ensure you arrive on time and are able to avoid road work, traffic or accidents.
  1. Make Good First Impressions – The first impression you make on an employer is key factor whether or not you get the job or not. A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be well-mannered and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet. Make a strong first impression by greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (not bone-crushing) handshake. Remember having a positive attitude and expressing eagerness for the job and employer are vital in the initial interview.
  1. Ask Insightful Questions – This tip ties back into #1 and #2 on most interviews the hiring manger asks the majority of the questions. However, usually towards the end of the interview session the interviewer allows for the interviewee to ask any questions they might have. The best way to be prepared for this is to formulate questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. For example, you could ask “If hired what are the potential growth opportunities do you offer”?
  1. Sell Yourself & then Close the Deal – Often times when it comes to the hiring process the most qualified candidate are not always the one who is hired. The applicant who is hired is usually the person who does the best job responding to interview questions. Showcasing his or her fit with the job, department, and company. The better you’re prepared for the interview increases your chances of being hired.

 

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Appearance is everything…Right?

Whatever you focus on grows…

Imagination may be used effectively in even the smallest details of appearance which in result can bring you much success.

Searching for a career/ job is complicated, frustrating and rewarding if tackled correctly.

I know a few of us have been in the position where you submit your resume over to what seems to be 100 jobs and you have the sudden dread of the let downs…rejection letters and the best one, you hear nothing back at all.  Dead silence…I hate that!!

But it doesn’t have to be this way….that why I developed a workshop designed to make job hunting not only easy and fun but beneficial to your overall personal growth.  It’s about identifying the most important part of the equation to finding a job.  YOU!  Knowing the specifics and focusing them so others can receive you how you want them to.

I remember going into a job interview for my first job.  I was applying to be a host at a breakfast restaurant/ j.christophers, and when in the interview… my mind was racing with loads of negative thoughts like;

Am I dressing the part?

What if he asks me this question I don’t know?

Did I turn the curling iron off when I left?

He just glanced at my mouth…do I have something in my teeth?

All of these negative thoughts just turn into a tornado of uncertainty.

These uncertainties can hinder us from soaring to our true potential.  That’s what I will be able to provide you here.  I will be giving you 3 strategies that can help you reach that next level of confidence to withstand the overall job hunting experience.

The three strategies are very beneficial and I will walk through these and explain how you can benefit from each one.  A. stands for attire…I. stands for interview techniques and R. stands for Resume.

The first, Attire is the workshop I will be covering today and it is the most important.  Why do you think attire is most important more than Interviewing and resume?  Let’s think about it here

What we see overrides what we hear and as much as we’d hate to admit it, appearance is everything. You can look at something and immediately decide if you like it or not. This is because human beings are visual creatures.  According to, 3M Corporation and Zabisco,

  • 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text/words.

So knowing this, we can use this information to our advantage.

I conducted several experiments with some interns where there were about 5 students and they were told to dress in a particular way in order to see how they’re appearance was received.  One dressed in wrinkly clothes, one dressed in clearly mismatched attire, one in provocative clothing and extreme make-up business casual, and the last dressed in business formal.  Mind you we sent in the ones with wrinkly clothes, and the outcome was none of the individuals who went in looking disheveled or untrustworthy received a phone call back. The ones who looked as if they had everything together did receive a call.The stats stated that 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual…so what information or message are you trying to relay to others?  Don’t really know yet?

The stats stated that 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual…so what information or message are you trying to relay to others?  Don’t really know yet?

That’s what we will dive into later..

With this A.I.R. you can soar to your highest potential.

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Inside Advice for Career Planning

On average, you will probably change careers seven to ten times during your life.
Sometimes you change careers because of changes in your own needs, desires, and requirements. Sometimes you must switch careers due to changes in your profession
or industry outside your control. For these reasons, career management and planning should be a life-long endeavor. The first step in career planning is determining whether your current career meets your personal and professional needs.

Commission having a Job interview.

 

Are You in the Right Career?

To help determine whether you are in the
right career, ask yourself some of the following
questions:

  • 􀂄 Do you enjoy going to work most days?
  •  Do you enjoy what you do on the job?
  •  Are you motivated to seek advancement
    in your career?
  •  Are you willing to put in the extra effort
    to succeed in your career?
  •  Are you in a stable or growing profession
  • Do the requirements of your career
    match your lifestyle?
  •  Are you satisfied with the time commitment
    your career requires?
  •  Where do you see your career taking
    you in the next three to five years?

If you answered “Yes” to many of these
questions, you are probably in the right career.
For you, career planning will entail seeking ways to learn and grow in your career. You must determine what skills and characteristics to develop, and what additional experience you need to continue your professional development. If you answered “No” to more than a few of these questions, it may be time to consider a new career.

Gather Information about Yourself
When researching a new career you first need to understand more about your own personal and professional goals. You should develop a clear sense of what you enjoy doing,
what you don’t enjoy, and the balance you are seeking between career and lifestyle. To help you determine your personal and professional needs, review the following self-assessment topics.  Consider your talents. What are you good at?  What do others say you do well? What do you learn easily? Make an inventory of these skills, abilities, and talents and consider jobs or careers that require these attributes. Consider your interests. What do you enjoy doing? What do you wish you had more time to do? What field of study do you want to learn more about? What classes have you taken in the last three years? You will devote more energy to your career if you enjoy your work.  Consider your reward. What is important to you? What will keep you motivated and energized? Decide how important things like salary, time off, prestige, and work environment are to you and use these criteria when thinking about your new career.

Asking these and other questions, and then researching the answers, can help you narrow your choices and find the ideal career.

Stay Focused and most importantly, Stay Professional!

 

What does the future hold for Resumes?

Many have asked this question and there have been various assumptions.  It also is very obvious what the future holds for the Resume.  Some may believe that resumes are dead and unnecessary, while others say that everything will be online so it really revolves around social media platform that’s linked with networking.

Meanwhile, career expert Katharine Brooks writes in Psychology Today that the resume is merely evolving, not dead. To make it in today’s workforce, “it’s important to make sure your resume reflects the field in which you plan to work and that you have created a social media support system to present your story to potential employers,” she writes.

For one, when you apply to a large company and submit your resume, there are an extremely enormous amount of other applicants that you are against.  Companies are now using Applicant Tracking Systems to filter through candidates quicker.

Lauren Weber at The Wall Street Journal reports that companies spent an estimated $6 billion on online recruitment tools last year because there are just too many resumes for hiring managers to sift through themselves.

And the filtering software won’t work with online profiles. A traditional resume is needed for it to work.

We are also still in the time of Boomers in charge of hiring so they are used to the old fashion ways.

“A resume on nice stock paper shows you have a sense of decorum, especially since the Millennials are being interviewed by Gen X-ers or Boomers,” Jaime Klein, founder of Inspire Human Resources, an outsource HR department for other companies, tells Ensign.

If there is some way that you can get a hard copy of your resume to the hiring manager, your chances of getting hired increase significantly, Terry Pile, principal/consultant of Career Advisors.

Pile says: “I always tell my candidates to focus on three things when looking for a job: Update your LinkedIn profile, get your resume up-to-date with keywords, and get the physical resume into the hands of hiring managers.”

Basically, resumes are still in and only evolving into more of an online presence.  If you need resume assistance contact N.Liten Resume Services, http://www.resumenlite.com, or call 770.771.2865.  Stay Focused and most importantly stay PROFESSIONAL.

 

Does social media help you land an interview???

All of us know the importance of making sure your resume is in tip top shape.  All of us knows the same for your LinkedIn profile.  But does Twitter, instagram, reddit, Quora, and facebook, help you get noticed as well?

According to an interview specialist, here is what she says, Over 45% of employers now look at Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles to screen job candidates. “Employers will look at your social media. Guaranteed,” says Burik. “So take a moment to clean out those photos of you having a wild party or any comments that undermine the impression you want to make.

Jon Gregory, a job search and interview specialist, agrees that “everything you put online should be as professional as practically possible”. Though he says sometimes it can be worth running separate profiles for professional and private use.

However, Burik adds that “showing a little personality” online is no bad thing, as long as you “keep it within professional boundaries”.

 

Now, don’t rely on social media alone to land you a job.  Indeed and many others will give you an idea of what is out there and what sort of skills and experience employers are looking for. It’s also worth contacting recruitment agencies, particularly if there are any that specialise in your field. Call them up and send them your CV – and keep in touch.

Hopefully this information helps you on your search for a new job and creating your resume online!  Stay focused and most importantly stay PROFESSIONAL!

30 Day Resume Revamp

This 30 day guide will inform you of the most up to date information on your resume.  Take a look at your resume right now, look it over.  Did you notice any errors?  Do you know what to look for?  Continue reading each day to find out how to improve your resume to give you the confidence you need when going in for an interview. Knowledge is power!

Week 1 : Personalizing your resume

Day 1: Colors and graphics

When designing your resume be sure not to over do it with graphics and colors.  Unless you have a career in graphic design and/or art.  This can be distracting for the reader.  Keep your resume simple, consistent and polished.

Pops of color like lines in the heading is just enough to be interesting but not exaggerated.

Stay tuned tomorrow and the rest of the month to revamp your resume for success!

Stay focused and most importantly stay professional!

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