Get Noticed; Get Hired

thank you

Last week I was asked to be an interviewer for mock interviews at the school where I got my masters. There was a class of seniors who are preparing for life in the real world so the professor wanted some of us with different types of interview history to come in and help them be better prepared. There was a group of 5 of us who came with all different types of background in the interview process. There was one person who used to be an HR director at a small company, one who is part of an interview team, one who had to look over resumes before they were passed onto the boss, one who was in an industry for a long time and just went through the interview process in a completely different field, and me; I interview for a living.

We each had a different perspective on the interview process so it was fun to hear their tips and tricks to get noticed and get hired in this day and age. I thought that since I found it interesting, maybe you would to!

Tip 1: Be Yourself

Interviewing is the easiest thing to do because all you are doing is talking about yourself. You know your history, you know your skills so all you have to do is walk into an interview, act confident and talk about your work history. If you can stay true to who you are (or at least who you are at work) you are more likely to be placed in a company where you fit in and where the people around you are similar to you. If you walk into an interview and are outgoing and loud, but in reality you want to work in a quiet place, you will be placed in a company where the atmosphere is noisy. This will all be because the employer saw you and thought, “this person will fit in perfectly here!” Whereas if you were yourself the right company will notice that you are hard-working who likes to socialize, but knows there is a time for work and a time for chatting. Knowing what atmosphere you are most comfortable in and relaying that to an employer will ensure that you work in a place that you feel comfortable.

Tip 2: Never Put Down a Number

A lot of interviews will get towards the end and the interviewer will ask if you have a price point in mind. If possible, do NOT answer this question. Simply reply with, “it’s negotiable”. This will ensure that you aren’t saying a number that is too high or too low for the line of work you’re in. Usually they will quote you a figure and then you can work from there. If you absolutely HAVE to put a price on it, make sure you have done your work first. Look at jobs that are similar to the work you would be doing, understand why they are priced that way and take into account the company you are interviewing at. Knowing a little bit of why the job is salaried at the price it is will help you better explain why you think you should be paid $X (again, only if you have to).

Tip 3: Get Creative

Are you interviewing at a place where you will be doing something creative, it’s not a bad idea to tailor your resume to show off your skills in that area. Research creative resumes and see what other people have done, then put your own personal twist on it. Making your resume stand out will make you stand out while showing that you know the industry.

Tip 4: Dress Appropriately

Now this may seem like a no brainer, but I heard some crazy stories so I had to put this one in here. Make sure that you are dressing for the job you want. No logos on your shirts, clothes should fit properly, and try to not be too over dressed or under dressed. If possible, find a coffee shop near the business and spend an hour or so the week before watching what the employees are wearing (then get a little fancier). This will ensure that you don’t stand out and even that you would fit in at the company.

Tip 5: Send A Thank You Note

Finally, whenever possible send a hand written thank you note to the person you interviewed with. Thank them for having you and maybe even recap a point that will show why you would be  a great candidate. If possible, ask the interviewer what their hiring time frame looks like. If they are hiring that week make sure to send it the next day, but if they are hiring within the next day or two send an e-mail because otherwise they won’t get the thank you until after they have made their decision. The e-mail should really only be done if necessary. Also remember that thank you notes are not expensive so make sure that you invest in a good set because it is rather tacky to send one that looks like you fished it out of your mother’s junk drawer.

So there you have it; 5 tips on having a successful interview. What tips or tricks do you have to ensure that your interviews go smoothly?

Get Noticed; Get Hired

get noticed

Last week I was asked to be an interviewer for mock interviews at the school where I got my masters. There was a class of seniors who are preparing for life in the real world so the professor wanted some of us with different types of interview history to come in and help them be better prepared. There was a group of 5 of us who came with all different types of background in the interview process. There was one person who used to be an HR director at a small company, one who is part of an interview team, one who had to look over resumes before they were passed onto the boss, one who was in an industry for a long time and just went through the interview process in a completely different field, and me; I interview for a living.

We each had a different perspective on the interview process so it was fun to hear their tips and tricks to get noticed and get hired in this day and age. I thought that since I found it interesting, maybe you would to!

Tip 1: Be Yourself

Interviewing is the easiest thing to do because all you are doing is talking about yourself. You know your history, you know your skills so all you have to do is walk into an interview, act confident and talk about your work history. If you can stay true to who you are (or at least who you are at work) you are more likely to be placed in a company where you fit in and where the people around you are similar to you. If you walk into an interview and are outgoing and loud, but in reality you want to work in a quiet place, you will be placed in a company where the atmosphere is noisy. This will all be because the employer saw you and thought, “this person will fit in perfectly here!” Whereas if you were yourself the right company will notice that you are hard-working who likes to socialize, but knows there is a time for work and a time for chatting. Knowing what atmosphere you are most comfortable in and relaying that to an employer will ensure that you work in a place that you feel comfortable.

Tip 2: Never Put Down A Number

A lot of interviews will get towards the end and the interviewer will ask if you have a price point in mind. If possible, do NOT answer this question. Simply reply with, “it’s negotiable”. This will ensure that you aren’t saying a number that is too high or too low for the line of work you’re in. Usually they will quote you a figure and then you can work from there. If you absolutely HAVE to put a price on it, make sure you have done your work first. Look at jobs that are similar to the work you would be doing, understand why they are priced that way and take into account the company you are interviewing at. Knowing a little bit of why the job is salaried at the price it is will help you better explain why you think you should be paid $X (again, only if you have to).

Tip 3: Get Creative

Are you interviewing at a place where you will be doing something creative, it’s not a bad idea to tailor your resume to show off your skills in that area. Research creative resumes and see what other people have done, then put your own personal twist on it. Making your resume stand out will make you stand out while showing that you know the industry.

Tip 4: Dress Appropriately

Now this may seem like a no brainer, but I heard some crazy stories so I had to put this one in here. Make sure that you are dressing for the job you want. No logos on your shirts, clothes should fit properly, and try to not be too over dressed or under dressed. If possible, find a coffee shop near the business and spend an hour or so the week before watching what the employees are wearing (then get a little fancier). This will ensure that you don’t stand out and even that you would fit in at the company.

Tip 5: Send A Thank You Note

Finally, whenever possible send a hand written thank you note to the person you interviewed with. Thank them for having you and maybe even recap a point that will show why you would be  a great candidate. If possible, ask the interviewer what their hiring time frame looks like. If they are hiring that week make sure to send it the next day, but if they are hiring within the next day or two send an e-mail because otherwise they won’t get the thank you until after they have made their decision. The e-mail should really only be done if necessary. Also remember that thank you notes are not expensive so make sure that you invest in a good set because it is rather tacky to send one that looks like you fished it out of your mother’s junk drawer.

 

So there you have it; 5 tips on having a successful interview. What tips or tricks do you have to ensure that your interviews go smoothly?

Time For a Revamp; The Online Makeover

blog update

Have you ever looked at something you’ve had for a really long time and thought to yourself, “What was I thinking?”

Over the last two and a half years I’ve been focusing on other things and other clients. This means that my company’s online sites such as Twitter, Facebook and the website have been pushed to the side, but that is about to change! I have created a “Business To-Do List” for my own company but I think those people who are looking for a new job and need some help knowing were to start can benefit from it as well:

To-Do List: 

1. Fix the business website-

Business- I have been working with one of my friends who have worked on projects with in the past to fix my website. He is amazing and does some remarkable work.

Personal- For the person who is looking for a new job, or might be in the near future I think it’s important to look at your resume. What are you putting out there for people to see? Your resume is the first thing a company looks at when they are deciding whether or not they are going to hire you, so why would you show them one that isn’t your best work? Take some time to look over your resume, or look at someone else’s resume to get some ideas so that yours will stand out. This is especially important if you haven’t looked at it in a while. Is it as good as you remember it being, or are some of the things on there not as amazing as you thought they were a few years ago?

[Click here for some more creative resume ideas: 10 Creative Resumes].

**Just remember to have a plain one ready in case you need to upload it : ) 

2. Put new things onto the business’ Facebook & Twitter 

Business- This is important for a company to do because then the audience isn’t just getting blog updates once a week. There is so much happening that can be shared with the followers.

Personal- This is important for the employee to do if they are looking for a job in the technology industry. It’s important to show your followers that you have your finger on the pulse of the industry. Share news, stories, photos or even funny jokes that relate to your interest. This way when you apply for a job and your future employer looks at your Twitter feed, it will show that you understand what is going on (And if you think that future employers aren’t looking at your social media activity, you would be wrong).

3. Spend more time on LinkedIn

Business- I tend to find a very supportive and interactive community on LinkedIn and I don’t think I utilize it as much as I could be. The people on there have some great ideas, love to share their thoughts and always prove to have insight that I would never think of. I love sharing my blog posts on there as well as reading theirs!

Personal- LinkedIn can be a really important tool when it comes to job searching or even accomplishing tasks while at a company. It is so helpful in finding someone who works at a company you are interested in applying to, or finding groups that pertain to your interests. This is one site that the person who is job searching should go to first.

 

Whether you’re running a company, or searching for a new job, it’s sometimes hard to know when to take a little time to work on yourself. Work can be demanding and time is usually limited, but if you are really trying to advance your career it can be the thing that makes all the difference.

 

Get Noticed; Get Hired

get noticed

Last week I was asked to be an interviewer for mock interviews at the school where I got my masters. There was a class of seniors who are preparing for life in the real world so the professor wanted some of us with different types of interview history to come in and help them be better prepared. There was a group of 5 of us who came with all different types of background in the interview process. There was one person who used to be an HR director at a small company, one who is part of an interview team, one who had to look over resumes before they were passed onto the boss, one who was in an industry for a long time and just went through the interview process in a completely different field, and me; I interview for a living.

We each had a different perspective on the interview process so it was fun to hear their tips and tricks to get noticed and get hired in this day and age. I thought that since I found it interesting, maybe you would to!

Tip 1: Be Yourself

Interviewing is the easiest thing to do because all you are doing is talking about yourself. You know your history, you know your skills so all you have to do is walk into an interview, act confident and talk about your work history. If you can stay true to who you are (or at least who you are at work) you are more likely to be placed in a company where you fit in and where the people around you are similar to you. If you walk into an interview and are outgoing and loud, but in reality you want to work in a quiet place, you will be placed in a company where the atmosphere is noisy. This will all be because the employer saw you and thought, “this person will fit in perfectly here!” Whereas if you were yourself the right company will notice that you are hard-working who likes to socialize, but knows there is a time for work and a time for chatting. Knowing what atmosphere you are most comfortable in and relaying that to an employer will ensure that you work in a place that you feel comfortable.

Tip 2: Never Put Down A Number

A lot of interviews will get towards the end and the interviewer will ask if you have a price point in mind. If possible, do NOT answer this question. Simply reply with, “it’s negotiable”. This will ensure that you aren’t saying a number that is too high or too low for the line of work you’re in. Usually they will quote you a figure and then you can work from there. If you absolutely HAVE to put a price on it, make sure you have done your work first. Look at jobs that are similar to the work you would be doing, understand why they are priced that way and take into account the company you are interviewing at. Knowing a little bit of why the job is salaried at the price it is will help you better explain why you think you should be paid $X (again, only if you have to).

Tip 3: Get Creative

Are you interviewing at a place where you will be doing something creative, it’s not a bad idea to tailor your resume to show off your skills in that area. Research creative resumes and see what other people have done, then put your own personal twist on it. Making your resume stand out will make you stand out while showing that you know the industry.

Tip 4: Dress Appropriately

Now this may seem like a no brainer, but I heard some crazy stories so I had to put this one in here. Make sure that you are dressing for the job you want. No logos on your shirts, clothes should fit properly, and try to not be too over dressed or under dressed. If possible, find a coffee shop near the business and spend an hour or so the week before watching what the employees are wearing (then get a little fancier). This will ensure that you don’t stand out and even that you would fit in at the company.

Tip 5: Send A Thank You Note

Finally, whenever possible send a hand written thank you note to the person you interviewed with. Thank them for having you and maybe even recap a point that will show why you would be  a great candidate. If possible, ask the interviewer what their hiring time frame looks like. If they are hiring that week make sure to send it the next day, but if they are hiring within the next day or two send an e-mail because otherwise they won’t get the thank you until after they have made their decision. The e-mail should really only be done if necessary. Also remember that thank you notes are not expensive so make sure that you invest in a good set because it is rather tacky to send one that looks like you fished it out of your mother’s junk drawer.

 

So there you have it; 5 tips on having a successful interview. What tips or tricks do you have to ensure that your interviews go smoothly?