Tag Archives: Interviewing

6 Successful Job Seeker Traits

One of my clients walked into our job search team meeting one day and declared:  “Persistence. I think it just really takes persistence to get a job today.”

The comment started me thinking. What had I noticed about the traits of successful job seekers?  What did they seem to have in common? Job seekers who landed new positions in recent years persisted in their searches when others gave up. But what else?

Consistency. Successful job seekers were consistent in performing job search activities. For instance, they established a work schedule for their job search and worked consistently on a daily basis — networking, writing letters, researching online, making calls, sending…

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3 Quick Tips for Interviewing Success

You’ve worked hard to get an interview. Prepare yourself and make the most of your opportunity. You’re interviewing your potential employer as well.

Patra’s 3 quick tips for interviewing success:

1.    First impressions count

You’ve got one chance to make a good first impression. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately and that you’re groomed. Walk in the door with a positive attitude and be courteous to everyone you encounter, from the receptionist to the President of the firm.

2. Be prepared

Make sure you’ve thoroughly researched the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Review the company’s social media accounts. Review your interviewer’s social media accounts.

Touch base with anyone you…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Debbie Cantin, Charles F. Day & Associates

Debbie, Tell us about yourself

I have been with the company for almost four years in December. I am an Air Force Veteran so I understand the challenges individuals face transitioning from the military to the private sector.  I started with Charles F. Day & Associates, LLC (CFDay) as a Business Development Specialist. After two years, I was promoted to a Senior Technical Recruiter. A year later, I became a Human Resources Generalist. My current job encompasses the full scope of Human Resources with a specialty in full-cycle recruiting. One of my primary roles is locating viable candidates for contingent contract work. If we win the contract, we move forward…

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How Do I Follow Up After a Job Interview

First things first. Did you check your network before the interview to see who can provide information and help you?

LinkedIn. Facebook. Twitter. Word of mouth.

If you didn’t do it before the interview, do it now. If you have a good connection try to get an employee referral up front.

After Interviews

1. Send a thank you note within 24 hours.
2. Check in after their timeframe by phone or email asking about progress and stating your interest.
3. Contact the hiring manager first, then the recruiter.
4. It’s appropriate to follow up 2-4 times over a 3-4 week period.


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Questions Job Seekers Should Ask an Interviewer

Job seekers should have a set of questions to ask the interviewer, just as the interviewer has their own set of questions. The job seeker is looking for an employer of choice; just as the company is looking for an employee of choice. The hiring manager will ask questions directly relevant to the job and must ask all candidates the same questions, while avoiding EEOC protected topics.

Some interviewers will ask the open-ended question, “What else can you tell me about yourself?” Many interviewees believe this is an opportunity to spill details about their personal life, but you should avoid talking about family, religion, politics, ethnic background, and…

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