The Working Class: Interviewing
Interviews are daunting to some, and exciting for a few. Regardless of how you feel about them, they are inevitable. Below are some tips to make your future interviews a little more comfortable:
- Interview the interviewer.
Think of your interview as a conversation instead of an interrogation. Interviews are the perfect time to get a preview of your future work life. Below are some questions that you can ask to get to know the company:
How would you define success in this role?
How often and in what way do you provide feedback to employees?
How would you describe the culture of your organization?
What are some things that you believe the company can improve on?
How well do employees/ managers handle change within the company?
How often do employees stay late/ work additional hours from home?
What are some challenges that a person in this position may face?
- Dress professionally.
Even if your interview is via Skype or Facetime, look like a professional. Dress for the position that you want, not for night of Netflix.
- Thank the hiring managers for their time and thank the receptionist for directing you to where you need to go.
A thank you note is a great way to stand out and leave a lasting impression, whether you get hired or not, you never know what opportunities can arise from small acts like these. If you’re not ready to go the extra mile, at the very least, thank your interviewers for their time before you exit the building.
- Ask about the next steps in the process so that you’ll know what to expect.
Some people are afraid of this question, but there is nothing wrong with asking about the hiring process. Most organized managers have a soft timeline that includes when they will stop interviewing and a target date of when they will make their decision.
Remember: Interviews are conversations, not interrogations,
The Working Class: Smart Search
July 31st marks my one year anniversary of being in the workforce. What better way to celebrate than to provide tips for those entering the workforce, or others who need a refresher? To begin the Working Class Series, I want to discuss how to tackle your job search. Below are tips on how to make your job search a smart search:
- Keep a list if each place in which you applied.
In addition to the company name, add the position title, location of the job, and any other relevant information that you learn during the search. This will prevent you from asking “what position are you calling me about” to the recruiter or hiring manager that calls you. Be prepared! Job boards like indeed are a golden tool, but it is easy for us just to click and apply. It will Don’t just click and apply. Take some time to research and get organized.
- Take job reviews with a grain of salt.
Do not let one review turn you off from a company, but pay attention to patterns. Write down things that are important to you when looking for a new job and see what employees and former employees are saying about that topic. For example, if it is important for you to have a good work/ life balance, and employee reviews are saying that they work 10+ hours each day, the company may not be the best fit for you. Also, be sure to look up each organization you apply for up on the Better Business Bureau to check out the reputation of the company.
- Remove your address from your resume.
You can give this information when you apply into the company’s applicant tracking system to make sure your info reaches into the proper hands. Job boards make it easy to click and send; sometimes, we have no idea where the information is going.
A smart job search takes more time and effort than an easy search where you just click and apply, but, everything worth having is worth working hard for.
Invest time in yourself so that you can find a company that will invest in you,