I hope that all college graduates have launched their first job already by now. If not, let’s revisit an old topic of job interviews. The following discussion is built on a CNN News video:
Practice “Elevator Pitch” --- A candidate needs to catch the interviewer’s attention in 10 to 30 seconds.
Prepare five or more copies of resumes --- It is possible that more than one manager will be interviewing the candidate.
Have an online profile ready (i.e. LinkedIn) and list the hyperlink on the resume --- It would be better if a candidate’s profile has good recommendations to support his/her credentials and qualifications.
Maintain a professional demeanor --- Showing up on time (not too early or late; it is good to show up 10 minutes before schedule), wearing professional dress, and having a firm handshake are important.
Listen and maintain good eye contact --- the video suggests a “50/50 rule”, which means 50% listening and 50% talking. Writing down two or three thoughtful and engaging questions for interviewers is important. By asking intelligent questions, a candidate will be able to demonstrate his/her interest in the job and keep up an on-going conversation.
Practice and practice --- complete mock interviews before doing the actual appointment.
If you took my Leadership and Career Management class, Ms. Susan Terasaka and I have covered all these topics. Do you think these suggestions helpful? What other topics do you think the Leadership and Career management class should cover? If you interview candidates at work, what other advices will you provide to job seekers?
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