The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for executives to increase only 5 percent through 2020. That’s significantly lower than the average growth rate of most positions. With fewer executive positions to compete for, you’ll need to have the right resume, the right image and the right answers for critical interview questions. Get yourself prepared with these suggestions to keep yourself in the game. (more…)
January 27, 2014
December 16, 2013
Dressing Right for the Interview
Looks can be deceiving, but there is one area where this rule may not apply – the job interview. What a person wears and how they look can instantly convey their appropriateness for a company, whether done consciously or subconsciously.
Establishing rapport and sharing past accomplishments are important, especially when applying for leadership positions. Often, higher-level positions require multiple interviews with different parts of an organization. But this also creates increased pressure for candidates to dress appropriately.
Know the culture
Companies may have different dress-codes for employees and managers. Where employees can wear polo shirts or dress shirts, higher-ups should be a little more formal. Some companies throw the style playbook out entirely. The Fiscal Times reports business casual company Urban Planet Mobile has a pro-jeans philosophy, and candidates showing up in full suits are told to relax.
Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes
Monster.com’s Career Advice suggests looking at yourself in the mirror the night before and imagining how you could be judged on appearance. Even if you may think a wrinkly shirt tells the world you’re too important to iron, your interviewer may conclude you don’t care. If you decide to wear a tie, practice tying it the night before. ToTieatie.com suggests larger, symmetrical knots and dark colors are winning interview combos.
Skip the sexy
While women might think showing cleavage or lots of leg can add sex appeal, it could be distracting or seen as unprofessional to interviewers. Likewise, while men may consider an unshaven look mysterious and alluring, it may also show interviewers you don’t care enough to look your best.
Look the part
Columbus Technical College’s Career site suggests that you dress like you would for a typical day in that position, so imagine that you’re already the CEO deciding what to wear. This can give you a boost in confidence to feel like you not only belong but are prepared to get things done.
Don’t be remembered by what you wear
Instead, wow them with what you have to say. Interviewers suggest initially avoiding anything to draw attention to your appearance, even if it shows a little flair. Cover up tattoos, bring the subtle handbag instead of the bright purse, and don’t wear a favorite perfume. Instead, as Deborah Sweeney, a CEO and contributor for Forbes, suggests, candidates should focus on learning about the company and sharing how they can deliver results.
Pay attention to accessories
Are your earrings discreet or big and jangly? (Discreet is better). Do you have multiple necklaces and bracelets or only a small chain? (Discreet, remember) Did you pick stylish, yet conservative shoes? (Skip the sexy, strappy pumps.)
Do your homework
Redfish Technology, nationwide high tech recruiters, suggests you should ask the interviewer or recruiter about dress code, style and culture before you show up. Whether you’re interviewing to be the next CEO, part of the C-Suite, or any other position, consider this part of your research.
About the Author: Randy Reed
Randy is a former HR director for a large, multinational corporation. These days he blogs and gardens to keep himself busy.
November 18, 2013
Do You Really Want to Work There?
Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology
The interview process is the usually final step in a company’s selection and vetting process, contingent upon reference and background checks of course.
For candidates this is also the last step typically in the application process. And certainly it is the best opportunity to learn as much as possible about the work environment and company culture, the personalities on the team and the management style, the less tangible aspects that aren’t written on the job description or the company website.
Recruiters often ask candidates along the application process to gauge their interest in a specific opportunity. This is something the candidate should be doing throughout the process. (more…)
September 16, 2013
Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview
Unless you are a reporter, a recruiter, or other special personality, you probably don’t interview on a regular basis. An interview is a sales presentation, the company’s goal is to purchase (hire) a new employee and you want to be the choice. Honing any skill set requires practice and preparation.
You can practice with a friend or colleague by using a list of interview questions and asking your mock interviewer to change them up and throw some curve balls. You can practice aloud in the shower or in your car, answering classic questions that are likely to be asked, varying your vocabulary and presentation while hitting your main points. You can prepare by researching interview questions in your sector. Ask.com has a list of 20 common interview questions, and Forbes a list of 50 questions, or search for your niche, ex. Java developer interview questions. (more…)
July 1, 2013
Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
You Only Get One Opportunity to Make a First Impression
Make a great first impression, you only get one shot at this. When you meet the interviewers or any of the staff, look the person in the eye and say hello, offer your hand and shake hands confidently. (more…)