Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 22, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
Lynn Padgett, National Training Manager for Linkage, Inc., suggests remembering the acronym BEFAR for interviews:
B — Build Rapport — This step helps to break the ice with the employer. Make a comment about the office, the local sports team, the weather, whatever … It helps get you and the employer out of “interviewing” mode and into “talking” mode.
E — Establish Needs — Find out what the employer is looking for. Questions can include “What type of person do you need here?” or “What qualities do your best employees have?” or “What makes a person successful here?”
F — Flush Concerns — Find out what red flags the employer may have about you. The best question to ask at this point is “Do you have any concerns about my qualifications?” It is much easier to handle employer concerns while you are still in the interview than it is for you after you’ve already left.
A — Ask For The Job — If you are interested in the job, ask for it. The best statement is “I really like what you have to offer and feel good about the company. When can I start?” Employers are much more excited by a candidate that wants the job then they are in someone who is nonchalant about it.
R — Restate Interest — Let the employer know that you are interested in the job and you are excited for them to get things started. When you get home from the interview make sure you email (and possibly snail mail) a thank-you note. Make sure you get the hiring manager’s card and contact information. If you meet with multiple people, get all their cards and send each of them a note.
For Experienced Job-Seekers and Career Changers:
For College Students and Recent College Grads:
- College Student Traditional Questions
- College Student Behavioral Questions
- College Student Mixed Questions
The Interview Question Database: We also provide 109 typical traditional and behavioral job-interview questions that employers ask of job-seekers for both established job-seekers and college students and recent graduates. View the entire list of questions or go through the list of questions eight at a time and view sample excellent responses
Remember you are trying to make your best impression. Interviewers realize you will not always arrive for work dressed like a million. Do not let them wonder for one second how bad your daily hygiene might become. Attend to the details of yourself and it will be assumed that you will attend to the details of their company.”
This Q Tip courtesy of Diana C. LeGere president of Executive Final Copy and the employment coordinator for Greenbacks Bringing Hope Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT.
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