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An interviewer has just one objective: to decide whether or not to make you a job offer. While the interviewer will examine your work history and educational background, your strengths and accomplishments will also be important criterion. He or she is also interested in evaluating your level of motivation, values, attitude and personality. In other…

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12 Common Mistakes

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1. Prenegotiating: do not Prenegotiate an offer you do not have!The preemptive eagerness to inform a potential employer of your hiring “conditions”, before an offer is even rendered, is a critical, major mistake in the interview process! A candidate must first impress a hiring authority of his/her sincerity in seeking an opportunity and a position within…

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Telephone Interview

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A client may elect to begin their interview process with a telephone interview, prior to scheduling a face-to-face interview. The telephone interview step is principally used by clients who are out-of-town and thus wish to gauge the candidate prospects prior to their travel to the interview city. The client wishes to select a minimum of…

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Dress Code Suggestions for a Successful Interview Dress Code Rule of Thumb Appearance and first impressions are critical in an interview Conservative appearance is the rule Is there any unusual or out of the ordinary item in your appearance— You want the interviewer to focus on your qualifications for a position, and also view your…

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Sequence of Events

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Interview with personnel (general questions, review of the company and their benefits.) Interview with the immediate supervisor and peers. Interview with the hiring authority (manager, etc.) Shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Maintain a high energy level. Sit up with back straight. No coffee (to spill) and no smoking. It is…

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Potential Questions – Clients

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1. Exploring your Background Questions Tell me about yourself.Answer these questions in terms of the qualifications required of the position. Keep responses concise and brief and avoid being derogatory or negative about previous jobs and bosses. “Tell-me-about-yourself” means, “Tell me about your qualifications.” Prepare a one to two minute discussion of your qualifications. Start with education…

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Potential Questions – Candidates

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1. Interest Questions Why do you want someone for this job?Force the interviewer to explain why this job can’t be done by one of his/her current employees. The answer may give you a valuable job description. 2. Job Satisfaction Questions Ask questions that relate to the responsibilities, importance and authority of the position as well as those…

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Post Interview

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A very professional and important, perhaps crucial to a hiring authority’s decision to hire, is your letter of appreciation to thank the employer or interviewer for the opportunity to interview and the person’s time. This is another occasion for you to reiterate your interest in the position and in the company, and also a forum…

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Interview Learnings

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Reasons Why They Don’t Ask You Back 1. Poor attitude.Many candidates come across as arrogant. While employers can afford to be self-centered, candidates cannot. 2. Appearance.Many candidates do not consider their appearance as much as they should. First impressions are quickly made in the first three to five minutes. Review the appearance checklist. 3. Lack of research.It’s obvious…

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10 Reasons to not accept a counter-offer

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You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question. Consider the following ———- an employer offers you a position – you accept – you resign – you turn down the counter offer – a few days later the new employer notifies you…

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