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ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
 
Featured Article My Coaching Actions & Top Ten Mistakes Quick Tips Poll Quotables
 
Message from the Editor
 
Welcome to ReadySet HIRED! Weíre pleased to announce the launch of our new interactive website www.readysethired.com, designed to take you step by step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. With 10 easy steps, 50 different actions and dozens of downloadable resources including checklists, worksheets and an e-book, the ReadySet HIRED! website provides you with everything you will need to manage a successful job search.

In last monthís newsletter,you read about how Lois and Peter each use networking to help them in their respective job searches. This month, we'll learn how they approach the job interview. For the rest of the year, weíll be following their progress as they go through the various stages of looking for a job, including following up, negotiating job offers, and resigning. Thereís a lot to be learned from their strengths and setbacks, so come along with Lois and Peter on their way to getting ReadySet HIRED!
 
Interviewing
My Coaching
Before an interview, itís also important to prepare yourself psychologically. Psyche yourself up and work on your attitude so youíre ready to approach the interview in a positive and open frame of mind. Before your interview, make sure you get plenty of rest, have a nutritious, light meal, and avoid any stressful people or situations.
Through his networking efforts, Peter is able to line up a number of interviews. Despite his great career success and excellent interview manner, his lack of management experience seems to catch up with him every time. He simply isnít qualified.

When preparing for interviews, Lois doesn't spend much, if any time reviewing her experience and accomplishments. She doesn't refer to her resume at all before an interview. In fact, because she's so disorganized, she would be hard pressed to track down the specific version of her resume that she sent out to any given employer. Lois' interview preparation consists of online company research and a quick review of the job description. She feels she'll do just fine "winging it".

After several less than stellar interviews, Peter can't help but get discouraged. He discusses his concerns with a recruiter, who is able to find a number of lateral-move opportunities for Peter, but he graciously declines. If he is going to make a lateral move, he might as well stay in his current company.

Lois has two interviews today, and handles herself quite well in both. Sheís articulate, and able to establish a good rapport early on. The interviewers seem to like her. Her first interview, although rather lengthy, turns out to be somewhat of a general Q&A of her skills and interests, and she performs well. She takes both the length and her perceived performance as positive signs that the interview was a success. She takes this confidence with her to the other interview.

One of Peterís recruiter contacts finally contacts him about an interesting position. Although itís initially a lateral move to work on a sales team at a great organization, there will be the opportunity to make a vertical move. The team lead is moving to another region in three months, and if things go well in the interim, Peter can be promoted into that position. The recruiter sets up an interview between Peter and the VP of sales. The VP is impressed by Peterís knowledge of the industry, the company and their products, not to mention his sales expertise and enthusiasm to advance into management.

Lois is thrown off in her other interview which is primarily behaviour-based. The interviewers are looking for specific, past examples of her experience and accomplishments, and Lois finds she doesnít have much to draw on, despite the claims on her resume. She finds herself reaching for examples, and providing hypothetical answers. Having had one good and one questionable interview experience today, Lois wonders what the forthcoming interviews will be like.

Peterís responses to the behavioral questions indicate that he does not have the management experience necessary for an immediate placement into a leadership role. However, the VP considers Peter to be a great fit for his company, and becomes more and more interested in bringing him on board. He feels confident that spending three months under the guidance of the exiting manager will help Peter transition into the new role while making an impact on the sales team.

In our upcoming newsletters, we'll continue to follow Lois and Peter throughout their job search. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in one of them, and maybe you'll learn something along the way. For more tips to help you with your job search, visit www.readysethired.com.
 
5 Interviewing Actions
 
Hereís a summary of the five ReadySet HIRED! interviewing actions. Click Here for more detailed descriptions of these interviewing actions on our website.
 
Prepare
Interviewing can be extremely nerve-wracking, especially if you haven't had much experience. If you want to make your best impression, it's important to be well-prepared.


Look and act the part
If you're not sure about the company dress code, don't be shy to ask before your interview.Whatever you end up wearing, make sure you're neat and well groomed.


Know the typical interview format
There are many different types of interview formats. You may have experienced the most common interview format, which is one-to-one with the hiring manager.
  Know how to answer and ask questions
Always come to an interview prepared to discuss your strengths, weaknesses and why you want the job. Don't forget to ask a few key questions about the position and the company.


Practice
Don't show up to the interview without having reviewed and practiced what you're going to say. The more you practice, the more comfortable and articulate you'll be in the actual interview.
Top 10 Interviewing Mistakes
 
 
 
  • Use the SAR (Situation, Action, Result) method to answer behavioral questions.
    Click Here for more info.
  • Be sure to draw on specific experiences and examples.
  • Donít use hypothetical situations in your response.
 
 
 
 
"Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity." -Henry Hartman

"They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes." -Anthony Trollope

"Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best." -Anonymous
 
 
 
 
ReadySet HIRED! values your opinion. Take part in this week's poll!
 
 
Do you prepare for interviews?
 
 
Click Here for July's poll results.
 
Have you ever landed a job through networking?
Yes 27.68%
No 72.32%
 
 
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