Ways to impress the interviewer

Last updated: June 10, 2014

Best Ways To Get An Interview

Knowing that you are likely one of many applicants, how do you get “noticed”? There are a few steps that you can follow to greatly increase your odds of landing that interview.

Breaking down my favorites, David Letterman style, here are my top 10 ways to get an interview:

10. Be Specific

Develop a list of specific target companies that you can identify to those with whom you are networking. For example, if you say, “I want to work in engineering,” that doesn’t really get my brain working. However, if you say, ” I want to work for XYZ company in an engineering capacity, namely leading a team of hardware engineers,” that helps me to a) understand what you are looking for and b) start thinking about who I may know at XYZ company.

9.  Know Your Strengths

Knowing what you bring to the table and clearly articulating it sets you apart from the masses right away. Often, people are not clear on what they can do to specifically help a company. Hiring companies want to know what you can do for them… it helps to answer that question well.

8.  Research Your Target Companies

Know those companies that appeal to you and appear to be a great fit. If you don’t know about the company or if you don’t really want to work there, it typically shows in a conversation. If you are excited about the potential of working for the company and you have clearly done your research that will make you extremely appealing and different from the rest.

7.  Develop A Resume That Stands Out From The Rest

I have seen great resumes and terrible resumes.What makes a great resume? Clearly defining what problems you will solve for the company and adjusting the resume based on the job available are two important factors.

6.  Develop Marketing Material

What can you leave with a new contact that sets you apart from the other people they have talked with? Professional business cards are a must but what about a biographic?  This doesn’t replace a resume but is rather a marketing piece that visually tells the story of your job history.

5.  Don’t Be Afraid To Call The Hiring Manager

Be assertive. If you know who the hiring manager is, call him/her and briefly state that you have applied for the position. Take the opportunity to alert them to this and let them know that if they took ten minutes to meet with you, they would find you a viable candidate. The worst thing that can happen is that you get turned down.

4.  Don’t Rely On Job Boards

Not that you cannot find a job utilizing a job board but statistics show that 90% of jobs are never posted (which is why #2 is what it is) and those that are posted are swamped with job seekers taking the traditional, ineffective route.

3.  Create Your Brand Utilizing Social Media

Develop your brand as an industry expert using LinkedIn and, if you’re brave, Twitter. Post professional, relevant articles that are pertinent to the type of jobs in which you are interested.

2.  Network

I can’t say this strongly enough. The best way to make it to the top of the resume pile is to network. Your goal is to have someone hand the resume to the appropriate person and say, “I think we need to look at this person.”

1.  Follow Up

Networking and all the other steps are worthless without following up. Be persistent without being obnoxious. Ask your contact how best he/she likes to be communicated with and how often. Respect that they have their own priorities but don’t give up if they don’t respond immediately.

While nothing can guarantee an interview, taking a proactive, professional approach will certainly increase your odds. What are some tips I may have missed? I would love to hear from you!

About Susan Ruhl, founder of OI Partners-Denver, has developed a sharp eye for how job seekers can adjust their approach for a strategically focused career.

Posted on February 9, 2013 by 

How to impress the Interviewer

By HEALTHeCAREERS.com : January 29, 2013

Your resume may get you the interview, but impressing the Human Resource Manager is the only way to land the job. Oftentimes, highly qualified candidates fail their job interviews without even knowing it. In health care, it is important to understand that the attributes an HR manager looks for during the interview is very different from what an HR manager would look for outside of the medical field. HR managers are looking for punctuality, politeness, compassion and experience. If you convey these skills during your interview, you will certainly impress the HR manager.

Be Early

Showing up early to an interview shows initiative and dedication. If the HR manager isn’t there when you arrive, take the time to go over your resume and rehearse the interview to yourself. According to Work Smart California, you should practice your interview before arriving as well. Be polite to the secretary or front-desk person who directs you to the waiting area to be seated. Your conduct while waiting may trickle down to the HR manager after you’ve gone.

Be Accurate

Read more:http://www.healthecareers.com/article/5-ways-to-impress-the-hr-manager/171943?type=sm&source=twitte


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