Tagged 'interviewing'

Cocky or Confident? A Fine Line That Can Make or Break an Interview

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on October 1st, 2015 at 4:39 am

A few weeks ago, I sent a candidate on an interview that didn’t go very well. My client thought he was cocky and rejected him.
This got me thinking. Exuding just the right amount of confidence is incredibly important when interviewing for a job. Like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, some of us ooze too much, some too little and then there are those who are juuuuust right! On an interview, you’ve got to walk a fine line, promoting your ability to do the job at hand without getting all Donald Trumpy.
Let’s start at the beginning -- when you meet the Receptionist. A confident person will introduce herself, smile, and maybe dabble in a little bit of conversation while waiting for the interviewer to show up. A cocky person states “Jane Turkewitz here to see Joe Shmoe,” without attempting to show any interest in the person behind the desk. This is not necessarily a deal killer because, maybe the Receptionist is busy and doesn’t have time for you anyhow. But, being rude to a Receptionist — or talking down to one — is definitely in bad form... Read more

Top 5 Things to Know About “Thank you” Letters

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on November 20th, 2013 at 7:20 am

The “thank you” letter. Sounds old school. But, when it comes to this topic, old school isn’t a  bad thing.
I have seen many candidates completely blow their chances of getting a job by not properly following up after an interview. A strong “thank you” note is incredibly powerful for 5 key reasons:

It Shows Off Your Follow Up Skills — This is of the utmost importance if you are applying for a sales position. The interviewer is going to assume that your follow up with her is a direct reflection of how you would follow up with a client.  Even if your specialty area does not include client-facing responsibilities, chances are you are interviewing for a position that will require you to manage projects, liaise with internal departments and/or oversee external vendors. In any one of these cases, strong organizational and communications skills are necessary and the “thank you” letter is basically a mirror into how you would perform these duties.
It Shows Off Your Listening Skills — An interview is a give and take session in which you learn about a company and a position and the hiring manager learns about your skills and how you can possibly make a positive... Read more

How a Little Empathy Can Go A Long Way When it Comes to Hiring

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on February 4th, 2013 at 8:42 am

em •pa•thy (definition): the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another....(Source: dictionary.com)

Recruiters are matchmakers, hunters, negotiators and, most definitely, therapists. There’s not a week that goes by — or maybe even a day — when we’re not providing some sort of mental release for a job seeker frustrated with his/her search and the process as a whole. I don’t mean this as a complaint. Just a statement of reality.
A sample of things that I commonly hear:

“I had five interviews, making it all the way to the C-suite, when all off a sudden, everything went radio silent.  Nobody will return my calls or emails. I can understand if they don’t want to move forward but you’d think they could have the courtesy to just say so. A little closure, please.”
“I put a weekend’s worth of work into doing a project that was requested of me and then I never heard “boo.”  Did they just use me to get a project done for free?”
“I was hired by a company and then a week after I started, the division I... Read more

The "How To" on Answering Closed- and Open-Ended Interview Questions

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on July 20th, 2009 at 12:00 am

There are two types of questions asked on an interview: open-ended and close-ended. The key to answering both is to make sure you answer fully, positively and that you always leave room for options.
An open-ended question starts with who, what, where, when, why, or how. "How did you positively effect change in your department?" "What would you say are your greatest skills?" Hiring managers ask these questions because they want to know more about you without having to do all the talking. This is your time to speak. Answer each question as thoroughly as possible, stay focused, and try not to ramble. Remember to capitalize upon your strengths and/or accomplishments.
Here's a sample interview question: "When and why did you decide to go into advertising sales?" And a sample response: "I have been working as a sales assistant for a year, reporting to the Ad Director. All the sales people were in and out of his office on a regular basis and told me how much they loved their jobs. The nice thing about sales is that it allows you to be out and about. I don't think I would enjoy sitting behind a desk all day. I also think that... Read more

Prepping for the Phone Interview

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on June 24th, 2009 at 12:00 am

Interviewing usually starts with a phone call. Once your resume is circulated, every time you answer the phone, you need to be upbeat, friendly and enthusiastic. You never know if a recruiter or hiring manager is going to be on the other line.
Get organized As a recruiter, there are times that I call a candidate who has responded to an ad I posted online. When receiving my call, the candidate doesn't know what the heck I'm talking about because he's responded to so many different ads and has not figured out a way to organize his job search. To avoid this problem, keep a log of every job you've applied for, along with a printout of any advertisements (online or off) that you responded to, in a well-organized notebook. If a friend has given your resume out, make sure that you have all the pertinent information logged in your book as well (company name, division name, contact, job title, salary, etc.) Keep this logbook by the phone so that, when it rings, the information is right at your fingertips.
Handling cold calls Now that your resume is circulating, you need to get rid of that "f--- off " tone of voice... Read more