Finally… it took months to get one and nothing is going to stop me from making the right impression and landing a job offer (or at least making it to the next interview round). Securing an interview appointment is only half the battle – actually, getting the interview is only the beginning.
Over the past few days, I had the luxury of interviewing five candidates. The following summarizes the high points and a couple low points:
- All five entered the reception area in a timely and professional manner
- All five dress professionally and fit the part, clothes tight and holding an eager and smiling face
- All five engaged in a “conversational” style during the interview (as opposed to being stiff or rigid – for the record, I prefer a relaxed discussion – one not predetermined and overly practiced)
- All five offered a firm hand shake upon initial greeting and departure
- All five could do the job
From the surface, it is a neck to neck rating.
- None of the five have sent a thank you follow up (I prefer snail mail [yet did not even receive an email or a phone call] showcasing a bit of personality, innovation, attention to our conversation, and sincere interest)
- None of the five appeared to perform due diligence regarding pre-interview company research (I am only guessing here but as no one shared an in-depth knowledge of what we do and how we do it, I can only conclude based upon the premises provided)
- With no clear-cut candidate advantage, what do you recommend I do? Having all return for a second interview would probably result in the same result. As a hiring agent, I want someone to step up to the plate and force me to recognize him/her as the one. Guess I will just keep interviewing, checking the mail, and hoping someone will rise above the complacency…
What does this mean for you? From the student to the entry-level first-time employee to the seasoned professional, interviews (if you are lucky enough to get one) are YOUR time to shine.
The concept is simple:
Interview Shining Requires:
- Making sure you hit all points on the thumbs up category.
- Perform due diligence prior to the interview; this means researching the company, what they do, how they do it, and what you bring which will add/contribute to the success of the company.
- Send a thank you/follow up letter if you remain interested in the position immediately after the interview.
Take it from me, a typical employer, sometimes the little things can make a huge difference!
Getting that initial interview is only the beginning.
Prove your value AND reinforce your contributions and interest. I have five good candidates treading, all I want now is a reason to believe one of them wants the job as much as I want to hire him/her… what else can I do?
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Danny Hufman, MA, CEIP, CPRW, CPCC
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