Get the Scoop Before You Interview for Your Next Job

August 11th, 2016

You’ve sent your resume and received the all-important callback, now what? Before you step into that interview, you need to do your homework. You know to search the company and review their website. You know that you should have all of the important information about what their company does. But what else? If you want to take this to the next step, try to get the inside scoop before your meeting. Here are some ways you can do that.

Find and contact a mutual connection

Start by reviewing your network to see if you have a mutual connection. You may have a mutual friend who can put you in contact or there may be someone in your alumni association. Otherwise, the best resource is LinkedIn. You can see who you are connected with and if there is also one degree of separation from the company. Finding a mutual connection can take some work, but the effort can lead to some great results.

Communicate with complete transparency

Once you have identified someone to talk with, send them a message. You can do this directly through their email or through LinkedIn’s messaging system. Be honest about what you’re trying to accomplish. Let them know you’ve applied with the company that they are familiar with and you want to talk to them about their experience.

Offer to meet and discuss the company

Next, set up a meeting time to talk with them. If they are in the same town, offer to meet over coffee. If not, schedule a phone call or even a skype so you can ask them questions about the organization. The important thing is to avoid gossip and focus on the details of the company that will influence your decision or the company’s hiring decision.

Ask them to act as an icebreaker

If the conversation goes well, ask them to become an icebreaker between you and the company. You’ve already submitted your resume, so they could simply put in a good word about you. They may send an email to their contact to let them know that you’re a recent applicant and the company may want to take another look at your resume.

Thank them for your time

Someone took time out of their day, either professionally or personally, to help you take the next step in your career. At the least, send them a thank-you note, and it’s even better if it’s a handwritten note. You may have already taken them out for coffee, but send a gift card to a local restaurant – especially if they helped you get the job!

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Here’s What NOT to Ask in Your Next Job Interview

January 28th, 2016

You’ve been told that you should have questions for the interviewer when you’re looking for a job. While it’s great to have a lot of questions prepared, did you know that there are some questions you should never ask? While you prepare for your interview, consider these questions to avoid.

  1. Tell me more about the company.

    If you don’t know what the company even does you have no business interviewing with them. This is the most basic information you can acquire for yourself before the interview. This question will be an immediate red flag for the interviewer. They’ll assume that you don’t pay attention to detail or aren’t willing to put the work into learning. Framing this question in a better light “Tell me more about this new initiative” shows you did some research on the company’s website or in the news sources.

  2. Does the company monitor computer usage?

    When you ask if a company does a thing, then it demonstrates that you’re worried about that thing. Companies have the legal right to monitor their computers and other property. By asking about this technique, you’re admitting guilt to misuse of equipment before you even start the job. You will not get hired.

  3. When can I get a promotion?

    Most companies encourage employee career growth, but you won’t qualify right away. If they believe that you view this job as a “foot in the door” or a stepping stone, they will be worried that you’ll abandon ship before you finish your first year. If you really don’t want this job, don’t apply for it.

  4. How much does this job pay?

    A first interview is not the right time to talk about money. Even if they ask, let them know that you want to look at the numbers and talk about it later in the process so you can discuss the options. If you ask about money in the first meeting they will rightfully assume that the pay is all you care about.

  5. Do you run drug screens or background checks?

    By asking if they test for drugs or if they run a background check, then you are admitting that you have concern for the results. It is best to assume that every company will perform these checks, even if they don’t. That being said, the company must also provide you the results of these tests so you are able to review the problems and provide mitigating details of they apply.

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Make Interviewing Simple – Strengths, Motivation, Fit

October 9th, 2015

How can you guarantee that the person you hire will be the best for the job? Of course, nothing in life can be guaranteed to that degree but there is a simple way to refocus your interviewing strategy to ensure the employee checks all the right boxes for your company. How can you make interviewing both simpler and more effective? Let’s take a closer look at three things that can help you determine the best candidates to hire.

What are their strengths?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses is a staple of the interviewing process. But why do you ask this? What you want to know is what they excel at, how accomplished they are with their expertise, and what aspects need improvement. Weaknesses aren’t a deal breaker, everyone has them. What you need to know is what they are doing about them. Motivated job prospects want to improve, so they recognize weaknesses and have a plan to improve. Incorporate these topics in behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of from your previous position.”

How are they motivated?

You also want to know what makes them excited about what they do. Some people are money driven while others are looking for personal fulfillment. How they interact with their own job and how they are naturally motivated will help you determine the way they will work in your office. Ask them questions such as, “What kind of manager do you like to work for?” Or, “How do you like to be recognized for your work?” The keys to effective leadership is learning what drives your employees. Since everyone is different, there is no one method to getting the best out of each member of your team.

How do they fit with your existing team?

Lastly, besides whether or not they can do the job, you need to know if the new employee will be a good fit with your existing team. Why? Because your employees need to be a well-oiled machine and if one cog in that wheel doesn’t work well with the rest, the entire system can quickly break down. One of the best ways to determine this potential fit is to include your employees in the interviewing process. Have them meet with each candidate and then compare notes after the interview. If you like the candidate, don’t totally dismiss their input and feedback. That can have you lose respect since your employees will think they sat in the interview and had no input on the decision.

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