United Career Fairs first and for most is committed to helping equip you to land the career of your dreams. Here are some resources you might find helpful before, during, or after the career fair.
The value of a piece of paper... Resumes are just that paper, right? Wrong resumes are so much more than a piece of paper they are essentially who you are. Have you ever wondered why you are not getting any calls when you submit your resume for a position that would be a great fit? In today's extremely competitive job market you need to stand out and be better than the rest, from the get go... Starting with a skillfully crafted resume! It is true you only have a few seconds to influence someone's perception of who you are and it is even more difficult when trying to do it with a piece of paper.
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Finally, you have passed all the smoke screens, jumped through all the preliminary hoops, and now you have the interview you have been waiting for. What now? We have outlined 3 phases to help you prepare for the interview itself, and hopefully you started phase one even before you applied for the position.
Phase 1- The Homework
In order to prepare yourself for the onslaught of questions you need to make sure you study up. Below is a list of questions you should ask yourself before the interview begins, as well as some study tips. Not only do you want to know about the company who's doors you are about to walk through, the position you will be discussing, and as much as possible about the person you will be meeting with. Make sure to study your resume and know every line of it; also take notes on what you learn and formulate some questions of your own.
In order to learn about the company spend some time on their website and learn their products/services. You also want to poke around to try and figure out some basics... How long have they been in business, what is their mission statement, and how are they governed. Pay special attention to the about us link on there website. You are also able to find some of this information on outside websites (www.hoovers.com , www.dnb.com ).
It is more difficult to learn about the position you are interviewing for, but you can still track down some basic information by studying the job description, as well as looking for previous postings on the big job boards.
It is equally important to know not only who you are interviewing with but also their title. Most times you will know this simply by the phone call setting up the interview. It is never a waste of time to plug their name into www.linkedin.com to learn more about their professional back ground.
Possible Questions from Interviewer:
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Phase 2- The Interview
You have your notes, you brought 3 copies of your updated resume printed on professional paper stock, and you arrived 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
When you meet the person, deliver a firm handshake, make great eye contact, and give a warm "thank you for seeing me I am very excited to be here" maintain eye contact from that point on.
Most hiring managers will not waste any time. You may have 5 minutes to schmooze with them and during this time work on building a good rapport and let your personality really shine through.
As the questions start to roll they will typically start with your resume, so make sure to study and have an answer for the above questions.
When answering any question it is imperative to be confident in your ability, and point to a time in your career that exemplifies your answer. The fine line between arrogance and confidence is blurry and easy to cross... never get caught on the wrong side of that road. Humility is never frowned upon, just lack of confidence, so carry yourself with a humble confidence. Do not be scared to think for a moment before answering, you never want anything to sound rehearsed. Be yourself and act like you naturally would. Allow your true personality to show through.
Ask for the deal once the interview is over. State your feelings only if you are interested. Make sure to thank them again, and let them know you are excited about the opportunity. Ask what the next step of action will be.
Think of an interview as the biggest sales call of the year only you are selling yourself and your abilities to someone you know is shopping around.
Phase 3- Follow-Up
Ok the interview is over. Before you even start your car write down some key notes. What just happened. If the interviewer said something intriguing, or anything you thought was significant make a note so you do not forget. Once you are back at home or near a computer type a short two paragraph letter to the interview thanking them again for consideration. It is always good to start with a thank you followed by a line or two about how equipped, and excited you are to work there, draw on the interview itself for this specific example.
See the below example of a thank you/ follow-up letter:
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet with me today regarding the Inside Sales position you have available! After meeting with both of you I feel like I have a good rapport and I want you to know that I am even more excited about the position now that I know more details and specifically learning more about Company Name.
Mike, after going over the duties and expectations for this position I know my past professional experience's will be an asset to your sales force, and I hope we will be working together soon.
Charlene, your first question to me was in reference to how I was feeling about the position thus far, implying that you are busy and not wanting me to waste your time. I appreciate your honesty! As I said I will be receiving at least one offer letter next week and after meeting with both of you, I can say with confidence I want this job! I hope to hear from you soon and please give me a call if you have any questions.
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