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Posted February 25, 2016 by

10 interview guidelines

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Lisa Smith, guest writer

The interview is the most crucial period to secure a career that will better your life. For job seekers going on their very first interviews, the thoughts would sound limitless to end-up a big “YES” from the hiring manager. Impressing the interviewer should be their target within the short amount of time. There are certain things which can turn out pretty well for candidates in professional interactions apart from their resume templates: The way candidates present themselves, the way they align the entire narration, and the way they speak confidently with the hiring manager right from the beginning til the end.

Before starting interview preparation, candidates need to list a few things that will increase the chances of their selection.

1. Body language: Have better control over your body. Don’t keep pursed lips and give eyebrow gestures.

2. Greet the interviewer: Utilize the opportunity to express friendly greetings to the interviewer after entering into his/her office.

3. Excel in self introduction: Plan how to introduce yourself to the interviewer with no space for fog horns. Ensure interconnectivity for every preceding sentence.

4. Be thorough with the job role: Be aware of the job roles and responsibilities before the interview. Depending upon an employer’s requirement, prepare the desired skills and highlight the same in an interview.

5. Short & sweet conversation: Make your answers brief rather than detailing every minor thing.

6. Limit personal information: If needed, outline your personal information, but don’t prolong this as a main part of the conversation.

7. Be frank: Never try to answer the question in an untruthful way. If you know the answer, say it.

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8. Have an answer for every query: Be prepared to ace the 5 W’s and 1 H (who, what, when, where, why, and how) questions in an interview because every organization needs consistent candidates to serve with them in the long run.

9. Speak fluently: Avoid grammatical mistakes. Never let the nervousness get recognized in your voice. Job candidates’ voices can decide how confident they are with their skills.

10. After completion of the interview: Few interviewers may ask candidates’ expectations from their end. At this moment, be very polite to convey your views in a professional manner. “Career growth” could be among the best answers to date.
Finally, job candidates should be themselves to answer every question without sensing a nudge.

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Lisa Smith is a designer by profession but has a love for creativity and also enjoys writing articles for almost all topics. Career, web, social media and self-improvement are her favorite topics. Apart from this, she is also a great animal lover and loves to volunteer for a few rescue centers.

Posted October 02, 2015 by

Diversity and inclusion: Bringing our best selves to work

Have you ever considered why we’re invited to parties? It’s probably because of who we are. Diversity is being you, not anyone else. When people are comfortable with themselves, inclusion follows.

To help explore these issues, College Recruiter recently hosted a College Recruiting Bootcamp on LGBT and other diversity hiring issues on Tuesday, September 29, at the Twilio headquarters in San Francisco.

College Recruiter has been publishing the opinions from a number of talent acquisition and recruiting leaders about why and how employers should diversify their workforces. Steve Humerickhouse, Executive Director of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion at Opus College of Business, shares his thoughts on the difference between diversity and inclusion. (more…)

Posted January 01, 2015 by

Out With The Old, In With A New… Cover Letter!

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

Say good-bye to the old and hello to the new! There’s something special about a bright new beginning, an opportunity to start fresh. And there’s no time like the present––January 2015––to create a cover letter that will lead you to the job you’ve only thought about.

You’re not the only one eager to start over. Employers want to pair qualified job seekers with quality jobs. Help them look good and help yourself at the same time by creating a job search cover letter that will place you front and center. How can you do that? By following the proven strategy outlined below. (more…)

Posted October 09, 2014 by

Prepare for the Interview in 3 Stages

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Young businesswoman shaking hand of male candidate during job interview. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Congratulations on landing a job interview!  Now, it is time to prepare for the big meeting.  Remember, this is your opportunity to make a great impression as a candidate, which could potentially lead to getting hired.  The more prepared you are for your interview, the more confident you will be.  Michelle Joseph, a talent acquisition expert and CEO of PeopleFoundry says, “It’s so important for job seekers to understand the people they want to work for. With the job market being so competitive, it is no longer enough to have a good attitude and strong resume, you need to be able to fit seamlessly into a company’s culture.”  She discusses preparing for the interview in three stages in the following post. (more…)

Posted September 08, 2014 by

What Does Body Language Say about People?

While we might not realize it, our body language plays a role in how people look at us.  The following post includes an infographic that can help us understand body language and can benefit job seekers during interviews or when networking. (more…)

Posted September 03, 2014 by

College Graduates, 12 Tips for Success When Interviewing for Jobs

When interviewing for jobs, college graduates should keep these 12 tips in mind in the following post to have success.

Many experts and mentors – and maybe even well-meaning peers and parents – will tell you that the only way to ace your job interview is to provide the perfect job interview answer to every job interview question. And while that is an important issue, so many other factors go into who gets the

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Posted August 26, 2014 by

Have Phone Interviews for Jobs, Recent College Graduates? Succeed with These 10 Tips

Recent college graduates who interview for jobs by phone should absorb these 10 tips for success from an infographic in the following post.

The dreaded phone interview. It makes our hands wet, our throats dry, and causes all kinds of anxiety. And yet, with more and more employers using phone interviews (or their video counterparts via Skype, G+ Hangouts and Zoom) to help choose which candidates will be invited in for a face-to-face interview, it is

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Posted May 16, 2014 by

Interviewing by Phone for Recent College Graduate Jobs? Mistakes that Will Turn Off Recruiters

When interviewing by phone for recent college graduate jobs, make sure you take the interview seriously.  Don’t make the mistakes mentioned in the following post that will turn off recruiters from you as an ideal job candidate.

Many employers use the phone interview as an initial screening; this short conversation decides who moves on to the next round… and who doesn’t. Unfortunately, many professionals don’t take the phone interview as seriously as an in-person interview. Big mistake…

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Posted May 16, 2014 by

The Correct Use of Email in Your Job Search

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Blue square button for email. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Technology can be a great tool. Email is fast and often times efficient, but in today’s society it is often overused and/or used incorrectly in a job search. Not only have we seen the incorrect use of email cost candidates a job offer, we’ve also seen it slam a door on a relationship with a future employer.

We thought it might be helpful to break the interviewing process down and discuss the dos and don’ts when it comes to email: (more…)

Posted May 07, 2014 by

Searching for Entry Level Jobs, College Grads? Don’t Show Desperation to Find Employment

It might be easier said than done but when searching for entry level jobs, college grads should not act desperate an for an opportunity.  Learn more in the following post.

You’ve tried everything, and it seems no one recognizes your potential; that you’d be a great employee… at any company, for any work! All you need is for someone to see you for what you are. Right? Trouble is, they may already have seen the “real” you. If you’ve done any of the following, they may already have classified you,

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