- Complete application – If you really want to look like you don’t care, have no attention to detail, and can’t follow directions – don’t complete the process/application or put in “see resume”! An application is a legal document that can only be filled out by you to be valid. It will be a part of your employment record if hired. Make sure to carefully read the paragraph where you sign it, most of the time is states that if you falsify information it is grounds for termination. This is why most employers want it done correctly and complete.
- Email – Today you can have several emails. So my suggestion is make one specifically for your job search. Make sure it is professional and does not reflect anything negative or not politically correct! This is definitely a reflection on you and says something about your character. Also, make sure on your application or resume it is correct and not misspelled. Otherwise you will wonder why no one is contacting you. You would be surprised how many people have incorrectly spelled email addresses on their resumes.
- Social Media – Make sure that your personal social media is blocked from the public during your job search. You may be someone with a good sense of humor and think something is funny. But if a potential employer sees it and disagrees, it could cost you a job and you may not know that is the reason. Everything you put out there on-line is out there forever – that is the rule you should live by. Employers are not suppose to make decisions based on your social media – but how would you know.
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How do you handle the phone interview without freaking out? In this economy a lot of companies and recruiters do not want to waste your time coming in for an interview yet. Companies time management is key for them. So preliminary discovery is very important, and proves to be productive for both the candidate and company. The concept of a phone interview can be as stressful as an interview in person for some people. Here are some basic theories that work!
- Your phone picks up all sounds around you – Most updated phones can pick up all the noises around you. For example, babies crying, kids playing, loud vehicles, TV’s, wind and many others. Make sure you are in a quite area that you can concentrate on your answers and questions you may have for the interviewers.
- Preparation – Make sure you have your resume handy – Have your reference information, as well as your educational information. I know you think you know everything about your own life! But when nerves come in to play mistakes can be made. Your looking to make your best first impression.
- Don’t wear your PJ’s – We all like to be comfortable while home – but not for a phone interview. Be showered and dressed – I would also be at a home workstation with your laptop.
- Speaking – This is the opportunity to be articulate, knowledgeable and show your presentation of grammar skills. It is a full reflection of the picture they will create in their own mind. You know sometimes when speaking to someone you’ve never seen, based on their voice you create an image of what they will look like.
- Following up – The follow up is the most important! Don’t forget to ask for the email, correct spelling of their name or look them up on “LinkedIn”. Send emails to whom ever you spoke with thanking them for their time and the interview. This amplifies your interest in the position, and reminds them of you.
In today’s market many companies are trying many different methods to interviewing. Including heavy usage of employment recruiter’s and staffing agencies. The phone interview is just one of them, but has been very time management sensitive.