Posts filed under ‘Interview’

The follow-up phone call

Here’s a great little article that includes scripts to follow when you’re calling to follow up on a resume submission or after an interview.

Check it out!

August 28, 2010 at 2:03 am Leave a comment

Why Don’t They Call Back

After talking to some friends dealing with frustration over going on job interviews and not hearing back from potential employers, I thought it might be helpful to share this article from Talent Zoo offering Nine Reasons Recruiters Never Call and some advice on how to overcome these obstacles. It’s a good read.

March 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Send Thank You Notes

I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but I’ll say it again.

Send a handwritten thank you note within 24 hours of your interview.

Over and over again, people tell me they never got a call back from an interview. When I ask if they send a thank you note and they shrug their shoulders, I know at least one reason they didn’t get a call back.

Don’t believe me?

Read these two articles that say what I’ve been saying all along: SEND THANK YOU NOTES! TO EVERYONE WITH WHICH YOU INTERVIEW!

http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2009/12/great-thoughts-on-thank-you-notes.html

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/a-little-thank-you-goes-a-long-way/

December 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

It’s getting harder than ever to get your foot in the door. Often times, employers and recruiters use phone interviews as their first line of defense to weed out unqualified candidates.

I recommend reading this article from Talent Zoo, which includes lots of helpful tips on how to improve your chances getting past the gatekeeper so you can score an in-person interview.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Do your research about the company AND THE INTERVIEWER ahead of time
  • Write out your answers to common interview questions, as well as your top selling points you want to make sure you get across to the interviewer no matter want
  • Draft up a list of questions and make sure you ask at least a few during the call if given the opportunity

November 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm 1 comment

Advice on making a job switch in a tough market

Read Amy Hoover’s latest article “Salary and Title Expectations” on her Talent Zoo “Career Oxygen” blog for some great advice on how to make a job switch in a tough market.

I have a lot of friends that have been out of school for about 2 years now that are ready to make a move to a second job, but aren’t sure about what to do in an unstable market. Hoover’s article explains what to expect from the process, including moves that can help or hurt your career in the long term.

March 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Beating around the bush

Salary negotiation can be scary. And with the latest job market – where people are getting laid off left and right – it’s even scarier right  now.

Lots of people are being passed up for raises. Companies are in “hiring freezes” and often times the higher people are paid, the quicker they are to let go of you. It’s hard to tip-toe around numbers when it comes time for a job offer.

If you ever wondered what to do when someone asks you your salary requirements, please read this article by Penelope Trunk.

She does a great job of providing alternate responses to the dreaded question of “How much?”

January 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Marketing Yourself

Since I studied (and work in) marketing communication, I have a different perspective on job hunting than an HR person or even the average job applicant. Looking for a job, much like dating, is about marketing yourself. The more competition there is, the more important it is to differentiate yourself from the pack.

When I came across Michael Driehorst’s latest blog post on Talent Zoo today, I immediately knew I had to share his thoughts with you. Michael is a PR professional that’s currently out-of-work. He’s a blogger (check out his blog: Mike’s Points) with some great insights into how you can market yourself in a job search much like advertisers and public relations professionals market their clients’ brands.

Continue Reading December 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm 2 comments

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

This weekend one of my best friends called with a dilemma. She’s going on an interview for an internship and was told not to wear a suit… Since the company she’s interviewing with has a casual-to-business-casual dress code, should she wear should wear a suit anyways? Some people suggested a pair of slacks and a basic button-down shirt.

She wanted to show that she had personality and style, but still be professional.

I recommended that she wear a pair of tailored dress pants with a modern blouse or sweater. Nothing too tight, distracting or inappropriate.

Continue Reading November 24, 2008 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

The unchartered world of salary negotiation

Hands down, the scariest part of the job search, for me, is salary negotiation. Especially coming right out of school. With no comparable past experience (“Well… uh… I made $8/hour at my last internship…”), it’s difficult to know what’s a fair asking price. And since most employers don’t even talk money until after they make an offer, I know it can be quite nerve-wracking.

I just read this article on how to negotiate your salary on CNN.com/CareerBuilder.com and thought it was worth a read.

Continue Reading July 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Top Interview Mistakes – Part 4

This is the fourth installation of commentary on the worst mistakes interviewees make. Please see parts one, two and three for more on how to become a better job candidate in the interview room.

Forty-eight percent of hiring managers cited that the worst thing a person can do in an interview is be disinterested. This bothers me. When I first read this, I though, “Now why would you interview when you’re not interested in the job?” But then I realized that often times people may come across as disinterested because they’re not adequately prepared for the interview and do not understand how to interact during the conversation.

Continue Reading July 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

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