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Always a Candidate, Never a New Hire

June 9th, 2014

Invitations to job interviews can give your job-search mood a real boost. They’re a signal of interest from employers you may enjoy working for, and they offer a chance to learn more about great companies in your field. With so much opportunity at stake, few things are more frustrating than attending interview after interview, but never receiving a job offer.

How can you prevent yourself from joining the ranks of the “always a candidate, never a hire”? Polish your interview skills by employing the following tips:

  • Prepare thoroughly. Preparing for an interview requires you to do your homework and plan ahead. Learn as much as you can about the company before the interview, so you can discuss how your skills and abilities fit within the organization and help address the needs and duties listed in the job description. The day before your interview, make sure your clothing is clean, pressed, and appropriate for the employer’s company culture. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview, so you don’t arrive late.
  • Ask questions. Not knowing anything about the organization implies you don’t really want to work there – and so does failing to ask questions during the interview. Treat the conversation as your chance to interview the company, as well as the company’s chance to interview you. If you’re not sure where to start asking questions, consider classics like “What qualities are necessary to succeed in this position?”, “What are the three most important things you would like me to accomplish during my first month on the job?”, or “Why do you choose to work here?”
  • Sell yourself. Yes, you’ve heard that bragging isn’t polite. But during an interview, you are the only person in the room who can sell your accomplishments. Give the hiring manager several good reasons why you are the best possible choice for the position.
  • Talk to a recruiter. Recruiters specialize in placing the right people in the right jobs. This includes helping candidates show off their best qualities during an interview. Improve both the quality of your search field and your performance in the job hunt by working with a recruiter who focuses on your industry.

At 1st Staffing, our experienced recruiters help qualified candidates interview well and negotiate job offers in Odessa, Texas and other cities. To learn more, contact us today!

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