Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 19, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
Of 585 recruiters recently polled, 36 percent chose “arriving poorly dressed or groomed” as the “worst interview sin,” reported Kevin Flood, editor of HRnext. But nearly as many — 35 percent — voted for “arriving late.”
“Being preoccupied with money” got 16 percent of the vote, while the remaining 13 percent said “knowing nothing about the company” is the worst interview sin.
For more about what NOT to do, read the war stories posted under the discussion question, “What’s the worst job interview you’ve ever conducted?” in Top 10 Traditional, Behavioral Job Interview Questions.
As part of the survey, hiring managers, and job seekers were asked to rate the following traits and behaviors they consider most and least appealing during a job interview:
|Appealing Traits and Behaviors||Hiring Managers||Job Seekers|
|Good listening skills||74%||93%|
|Good body language||68%||88%|
|Traditional business attire||46%||83%|
|Unappealing Traits and Behaviors||Hiring Managers||Job Seekers|
|Poor listening skills||76%||86%|
|Inappropriate body language||63%||75%|
|Poor eye contact||60%||71%|
|Focus on salary/benefits at initial interview||51%||63%|
|Revealing too much personal information||50%||72%|
More than two-thirds — 69 percent — of financial executives polled said the most productive time for meeting with applicants is between 9 and 11 a.m.
Asked “Which of the following times of day do you believe is the most productive for conducting hiring interviews?” responses from 1,400 chief financial officers from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees were:
Among other tips that Accountemps suggests for a successful interview:
- Practice. An interview is like an audition, so make time to rehearse with a friend or family member standing in as the interviewer. Audio- or videotaping these sessions can provide additional insight.
- Be prepared. Have a clear idea of what the company does and how you can contribute to the organization. The more thoroughly you prepare, the higher your confidence level during the interview.
- Arrive on time. Showing up late always creates a bad impression — even if you have a good excuse. Find out in advance exactly how to get to the interview location and if you’ve never been there before, plan a trial run.
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