The dreaded interview! Interviews are often plagued by feelings of anxiousness of the unknown. It does not have to be this way! Here are a few tips for a successful interview:
1.Make sure you have everything you need for the interview ready the DAY BEFORE.
Print your resume, have your required identification, write out a list of references, write down questions for the hiring manager. Don’t wait until the last minute as feeling rushed can make pre-interview nerves worse! This also allows you to get focused for the interview instead of focusing on not forgetting anything! Pick out your outfit the day before as well. There is nothing worse than rushing to get ready and realizing your best shirt is a wrinkled mess!
2. Check over your resume! Making sure you list all previous employment is important, but also look at your resume and make sure that the appearance is professional and appropriate. Resumes do not need to be 20 pages. Keep each section short, sweet, and to the point. Resumes need to be spot-checked and edited for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Saying that you spent 7 years as a mechanic at a “cat” shop may not be what an employer is looking for and they might point you to the vet’s office down the street! Why not have a loved one or job placement office check over your resume as well?
3. Practice basic interviewing questions with a loved one!This can be done over the phone, FaceTime, or in-person. Make a list of common questions or field-specific questions. Then, give it to a loved one to practice with you. Do not be afraid to ask for advice/critiques. Try not to over-rehearse responses. Ask loved ones to ask follow-up questions if they think of any. This will prepare you for the flow of a real interview conversation.
4. Have an idea of your strengths and weaknessesEmployers will ask these tough questions. This is a great question to practice and have an answer lined up. Coming up with strengths is relatively easy, but coming up with job-specific strengths may take some consideration. Also, in my experience, weaknesses are difficult to think of and even harder to describe/discuss on the spot. No one wants to talk about things they are bad at, but employers want to know what skills you are passionate about improving on. Have examples of how you think the job you are applying for will help you build those skills you may not be great at! Employers LOVE to see ambition and desire to improve.
5. Dress for success.
This tip seems obvious. Dress appropriately! This does not mean wearing whatever you decided to roll out of bed and throw on. Take time and think about your attire. Though hiring managers are typically skilled at not judging a book by its cover, first impressions are vitally important during interviews. Therefore, you should dress professionally in a way that makes you feel confident. I have personally dressed for an interview in an outfit that was appropriate, but completely uncomfortable. Because of this, I did not feel as confident as I should have and most of the interview all I could think of was how bad my feet hurt. We all know that feeling when we choose an awesome outfit and we just ooze confidence. Do that for your interview -dress professionally, comfortably, and confidently!
Happy job hunting!
Members of Hire Quality Strategies had the opportunity to attend the webinar, "The Great Rehire and What Job Seekers Truly Care About." This webinar presented by CareerBuilder, Clearlyrated, and the American Staffing Association presented up-to-date data from the 2022 Job Candidate Study which surveyed about 1300 job candidates. Hire Quality Strategies is always trying to learn more about the trends within today’s job market.
We were excited to have this opportunity to understand more about what attracts candidates to a position as well as what keeps them at a position long-term. The leading reason a job seeker applies to a position is for the compensation. This supports the importance of offering fair wages to top-notch candidates. Job seekers are also more likely to apply for or accept a position that gives them a strong sense of job security as well as traditional benefits such as health insurance. The third most prominent reason why candidates are attracted to a job includes flexibility of schedule. The need for flexibility has increased significantly in the last two years especially with all of the changes that have occurred. Hand-in-hand with flexibility is also the opportunity to work remotely. The large push to WFH during the pandemic has changed the way employees view being in the office.
The webinar discussed the correlations between age of candidate and reasons for leaving a job position. Older candidates, in this case Baby Boomers, leave positions more often for a higher compensation than younger candidates. The number one reason for younger candidates, in this case Gen Z and Millennials, to leave a position is to find another with more opportunity to grow within a company. Mental health concerns rank equally between younger and older candidates.
Now, what helps keep candidates at a position? Actually, it’s the same things that originally attracted that candidate to the position. When job security is called into question, candidates will start looking for new positions where the stress of job security is diminished. Candidates also stay at a company if there is continuous flexibility in their schedules. One of the rising reasons for candidates to stay in a position is the positive impact their career has on the world. If a candidate feels as though what they are doing is truly making a positive impact, they are more likely to stay at a position long term. Performing job functions day-after-day that do not seem to make any type of impact pushes employees to leave their positions.
Partnering with a hiring agency means that your company will have access to knowledgeable recruiters who have a strong sense in what candidates are looking for. Using trends based on the study in the webinar, our recruiters are better prepared to help you in your candidate search! Staying up to date with current staffing studies helps HQS employees stay on top of the changes that matter. Happy hiring!