Get the Job At Your Next Interview

November 26, 2013

How to Get the Job At Your Interview

T – T is for “tracking.” Keep a record of the jobs that you have already applied for so that you are able to keep track of when you need to follow up.

H – H is for “hand deliver.” Applying online is only one step in the job search process. Don’t forget to apply in person and apply everywhere! Even if you don’t know if the company is currently hiring walk in your resume. You never know when that perfect job may become available. Sometimes, the early turkey does catch the farmer. “Eat more chicken,” as Chick- fil-A would say. Okay, okay, that’s just me being silly and having fun with the old saying, “the early bird catching the worm,” but you get my point.

A – A is for “ask.” Ask for letters of recommendation from your externship sites, instructors, and associates from previous and current positions.

N – N is for “Networking.” Networking is such a simple thing to do. While sitting around the thanksgiving table with your loved ones start up a conversation about your job search and what type of position you are looking for. The perfect connection may very well be filling up on their second plate of scrumptious thanksgiving treats.

K – K is for “Keeping in touch.” Keep in touch with old positions that you have already applied for even after they have already been filled. A good follow up method with this is to touch base with them monthly to see how they are doing. Say something like, “Hello, this is Amanda, I was wanting you to know that I was very impressed with your company culture when we met last month and wanted to make sure that my resume was still on file for any openings that you may have in the future.” Don’t forget to “keep in touch” with Career Services as well. If you remain in contact with us regularly we can continue to assist you in the job search process helping you to land a position faster.

S – Is for “sell it.” I am a big Careerealism fan. I recently read a blog there called,” 5 Things Every Employer Wants To Hear In An Interview.” This blog gave some really great information on what employers are looking for during a job interview. In short here is what I learned that an employer is looking for a candidate to communicate: (1) You will never have to tell me what to do twice. (2) I will complete the job with excellence. (3) I am an agreeable person. (4) I am easy to correct and instruct – I am teachable. (5) I am a loyal employee. Make sure that you can back these things up with examples of ways that you have done this in past positions and they hold true for what you will bring to the organization. 

G – G is for “Gratitude.” It is always appropriate to follow up after your interview with a handwritten thank you note.

I – I is for “Invest.” Invest in your appearance. Find an outfit to wear while conducting your job search. You already know the importance of a good first impression. You want to bring your “A” game when meeting that potential employer.

V – V is for “Volunteer.” So you don’t have enough experience? Spend some time volunteering in your field. This is a wonderful way to not only gain experience but to connect with people in your industry and learn of other job opportunities.

I – I is for “Investigate.” Investigate or research the company that you are interviewing with. This will help when presented with questions such as, “Why do you want to work for us?” Also, having done your homework helps you show that you have an interest not only in the position but the company that you are hoping to work for.

N – N is for “Negativity.” Just loose it! Make sure to clean out your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with anything that may come across as negative. Also, when answering interview questions there is no need to bring any personal drama. Show that you are the problem solver and that you are adaptable to challenges that are presented your way. If you need any assistance with this contact Career Services to help turn your negative into a positive.

G – G is for “Go get em!” Every interviewer is searching for confidence. If you can show that you are confident in your ability to do the job during the interview, you are likely to land the job that you will be thankful for next Thanksgiving.