What Recruiters Want to See at Each Stage of the Interview Process

Everyone sort of prepares for their interviews the same way. They research the company theyre applying for and brush up on long-forgotten academic material. While this is a great start, its important to realize that recruiters and hiring managers have a vastly different set of criteria for what makes the perfect entry-level candidate than for what makes the ultimate executive. After all, the average day in the life of a second-year financial assistant is going to be far different from that of a CFO. 

For Entry-Level Employees

1. Dont be afraid to be afraid

 Recruiters arent demonic perfection seekers. They understand that entry-level job applicants will most likely be pretty new to this whole interviewing thing. If youre young and just starting off on your professional career, dont be too worried about showing some anxiety or a few jitters. In fact, during my career as a recruiter, many job applicants have outright professed to me at the start of their interviews that they were totally nervous. And you know what? I was totally fine with that, and other recruiters will be too.

2. Be prepared to talk about your college experience and your goals

At this point, you dont have too much work experience to talk about with your interviewers. Interviews can last as long as an entire day, so you can bet that your college experience and career goals will come up at some point. Failing to plan can often mean that you plan to fail, so go into the interview with a strong idea of what you want to say. It would be difficult to come up with a good response right on the spot to nebulous questions such as Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” or What about your college experience has prepared you the most for this job? 

3. Befriend the interviewer by showing your likable side

I hate to say it, but interviewers often care more about the likability of entry-level candidates than whether or not theyre actually qualified for the job. This is because the person interviewing you will often also be your future boss and mentor, so it makes perfect sense that they would want to hire someone whom they personally like and want to work with. A strong interview performance means establishing a strong connection with your interviewer. Try to show off your personality instead of just answering questions robotically. You can even get a bit personal if you’d like to.

4. Show that you are committed

 According to Julia Scott, a founding partner at Mock Interview, companies oftentimes lose money by hiring you – at least early on. They have to train you, and this requires time and effort from more senior employees who could be doing something else to benefit the company. On top of that, they need to pay you a yearly salary. So what companies are really hoping for is that youre committed to sticking around. That way, their efforts will be rewarded down the road once youve become a true asset to the company as opposed to a liability. This is why its super duper important to show interviewers that you are in it for the long haul.

For Mid-Level Employees

1. Emphasize your achievements at past jobs 

Youre no longer a wildcard. Youve been working for a number of years now so recruiters are going to be expecting you to tell them what youve managed to achieve over the course of your previous jobs. Conveying to your interviewer that you were an effective employee in the past is perhaps the most important message to get across, because this is one tell-tail sign that youll be an effective employee in the future as well.

2. Present your unique value proposition

Your past work experience should have molded you into an employee with a unique set of skills and capabilities that set you apart from other candidates.Now its up to you to bundle all of these valuable traits together and present them as your sales pitch on why you should be hired. Unlike the case with entry-level employees, interviewers are expecting mid-level employees to be able to start generating the company profits immediately upon arrival. 

3. Showcase your hard skills and technical expertise 

Mid-level job interviews de-emphasize soft skills and focus on what you can actually do as an employee. Those who show a superior technical proficiency will be the ones who edge out a win here. Even though your hard skills may already be listed on your resume and cover letter, you should be actively seeking opportunities during your interview to advertise the arsenal of skills youve acquired over the years. 

Its not enough to simply say that you know how to program in C++. Youve got to provide evidence that your C++ prowess is better than that of the next guy waiting in line to be interviewed. Try your best to bring up examples of the most impressive projects that youve completed in the past.

For Executive-Level Employees

1. Flaunt your leadership and management abilities 

senior-level employee is likely to be the manager of an entire team. While its still, of course, important to know the technical side the job, interviewers will test your hard skills far less than they will for job applicants at other levels of experience. In fact, with all your years of work experience, hiring managers often make the assumption that you already have complete mastery over the technical aspects of the job. Now the emphasis is placed on your ability to lead and coordinate others in doing the work you once did in the past. 

2. Explain your vision

Its all about the big picture. Often times, companies want to bring on a seasoned executive who has the vision necessary to steer them in a new and better direction. The person sitting across from you is going to want to know what that new direction is and where it will take the company. Not only do you need to clearly explain to the interviewer your vision and overall game plan, you may also need to give reasons for why your approach is superior to alternatives that other job candidates may propose. 

3. Show how you can increase the companys bottom line today

This should be one of your main selling points. How are you going to improve the companys bottom line once hired? While describing your vision and goals is one thing, its another to present numerical data and facts that support the notion that youll be able to ultimately increase the companys net income. Many candidates can seem quite wishy-washy when explaining their ideas, so always be sure to bring things back to dollar terms.

 

Five things you should never do at a group interview..!!

Group interviews can be pretty stressful…  

When you’re not the only one in the room, working out what the interviewer actually wants from you may seem even tougher than usual. Not only do you have to prepare for a new format you’ve also got to factor in the competition.

So what’s the best way to stand out, and what should you avoid doing?

We’ve already covered group interview dos and don’ts, but here are a few more things you should never do at a group interview:

 

1.Forget you’re always being assessed: 

In almost all group assessment situations, your interview starts as soon as you enter the building. And you know what they say about first impressions…

Many employers will even ask other members of the business (including the receptionist) for feedback on how all the interviewees did on arrival – so take the introductory stage as an opportunity to give yourself a head-start.

After all, your initial interactions with both your fellow interviewees, and the organisation’s current employees could make or break your chances.

And, making sure you’re positive, friendly, and polite at all times won’t just demonstrate your suitability. It’ll also prove that your personable behaviour isn’t fake from the outset.

 

 2. Make comments that have no real meaning: 

In an attempt to contribute as much as possible, it’s tempting to say absolutely anything just to get your voice heard. But remember: what you say is more important than how much you talk.

Take the time to think before you speak, and most importantly, have confidence in the point you’re making.

After all, if your answer is filled with ‘maybes’ ‘probablys’ and ‘sorrys’, you’re unlikely to convince yourself of what you’re saying, let alone a room full of people.

Similarly, answering any question with a rehearsed stock response will do everything but help you stand out. So instead of making sure you’re always first to speak, come up with answers that’ll actually impress the interviewer, and make you a memorable candidate.  

 

3. Be judgmental:

Silent judgments have no place in a group interview. So when it comes to interacting with other interviewees, always play fair.

Instead of letting the competitive nature of the interview take over, working with your fellow interviewees instead of against them is far more likely to win you points.

After all, group interviews are often designed to test your ability to get along well with others and work in a team, and putting your fellow interviewees down to get to the top definitely isn’t the way to do that – no matter how subtle you think you’re being.

And, in the interviewer’s eyes, the best candidates won’t need to feel superior to others to make their skills known.

 

 4. Copy everyone else:

No matter how well you think the other candidates are doing, copying their responses, tactics, or attitude won’t get you anywhere – for two main reasons.

Firstly, it won’t make you unique or memorable. And secondly, they might not be doing as well as you think.

For example, you might see someone who’s overly confident, loud, and is showing ‘good’ leadership skills. But even if you feel like they’re impressing enough to get the job, the interviewer might see it differently.

Instead, use your own skills, experience, and personality to your advantage – and stand out in a way that’s different to everyone else. Icebreaker scenarios in particular are a great way to show your individuality – so always think of a few distinctive things to say about yourself beforehand.

 

5. Refuse to take criticism: 

Remember: you’re not always right (despite how much as it may seem at the time).

Group interview situations are no different. And taking all feedback and criticism on board is vital to showing you can listen, improve, and understand other peoples’ points of view.

Letting other candidates speak up won’t damage your chances of being considered (it will more than likely improve them), and neither will being wrong –as long as you don’t react with a defensive argument and/or sulk.

If you feel strongly about something, backing your points up with good reasoning will help to boost your case – but no matter what, always take everything else into account first.

Because no one wants to employ someone that can’t take a little criticism on board…

Commonly asked questions in Interviews

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If you are going for your first interview, you will be anxious to know what questions they are going to ask you and what you will answer. The key in acing your interview is by answering those questions in the right way.

here are some of the questions that most Employers ask while hiring for their Company.

So tell me about yourself

We assure you that you will come across this question and the best way to answer this is by shortening your life story and by being conscience about what is relevant to getting you that job. Start with saying your name, where you are from, what you are doing/studying and why you are here for this interview.

Why do you want to work here?

Don’t be rash and say something like “I need money to pay back my loans or I need this job for my visa status “say something that connects your needs with the companies need. Do a research on why the company is looking for candidates and relate to what they are looking for.

What are your greatest strengths?

Keep this as job related as possible by relating to a job or skill that you know to be an asset of yours. “I like traveling and making new friends” is not a good answer.

What are you greatest weakness?

This question is asked to test your honesty. However, you don’t have to be too blunt in explaining all your weakness. If you don’t know how to use some software or have less experience in a field, let them know that.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

For this question, don’t give out any naïve answers. Say what you would achieve with this company or what post you want to hone by then. “I hope to have enhanced my experience in this field and hopefully I am working on bigger projects by then”

Tell me about a time you faced a challenge

Everyone must have faced a challenge at some point in your life. Talk about why you had that challenge and what you did to bounce back from it. You can also talk about what you had learned from this experience. Avoid answering anything over confident like “I have not faced any challenges yet”.

 

6 tips to dress professionally for an interview

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When you go for a job interview, you make your first contact with your potential employer and it’s always best for you to give them a great first impression. Here are some tips that you can use to look professional and confident when you go for your interview.

Feel comfortable

You should wear your attire that you are comfortable with. This will prevent you from twitching on your seat that makes you and your interviewee look uncomfortable. So wear something lose that let you feel light.

Limit Jewelry

Not just women, but even men should limit wearing swaying earrings, loud bracelets and other unnecessary accessories that might cause distraction. Flashy jewelry will also be a distraction for the recruiter to keep eye contact with you

Don’t overuse perfume.

It’s good to smell fresh and attractive. But don’t over use perfumes or deodorant which will let you be that unwanted standout person in the room. The recruiters shouldn’t remember you for having that distinct smell.

Hide your piercings and tattoos

Tattoos and piercing are the latest trend among young adults. However, it doesn’t show a professional character when you apply for a job. It is better if you have any markings covered and made invisible to your employer.

Have a back up

It’s always good to have a backup shirt just in case you happen to get some dirt, sauce or some stain while you are on your way to your interview. Even if you plan not to take the public transport or not to have a meal before your interview, you might still be prone to have an accident because of someone else.  You don’t want to be in those commercials!

Look good, feel great

Have a shower, comb your hair, and look as if you are going on a date with a celebrity. You shouldn’t always rely on deos to cover up your smell. Also don’t forget to have some mints before you walk in.

Ask if you are not sure

If you are not sure what you should wear for your interview, don’t be afraid to ask your employer. It doesn’t give out any negative impression about you and you don’t end up having a dilemma on what you should be wearing that morning for your interview.

7 Tips for preparing walkin interviews

 

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A walk-in interview is a job screening that happens without an appointment or scheduled meeting. They are common at career fairs and informal meet-and-greet sessions, and they tend to be relatively short and often consist of only a few questions. Here are 7 tips for help you in walkin Interviews

1)  Be calm and self-assured

The first important thing in an interview is to remain calm and self-assured. It doesn’t matter how many people are there for interview. You should be confident about yourself. This will help you to focus on question asked and answer them gracefully.

2) Keep your documents organized and ready

You should always keep documents in organized file. So that when asked for documents you can easily handover them in tense conditions. It will save your time

3) Be prepared well

When you see walk-in advertisement be sure you read it carefully and prepare yourself accordingly. You should be aware of company requirements.

4) Keep resume updated

Carry a copy of updated resume, mention skills which you are confident about. Also be prepared for common interview question like “why should company hire you?”

5)  Be honest

Honesty is the best policy. If you don’t know answer say “NO” politely. No one is perfect in this world. This will create long lasting impression.

6) Be confident

Be confident about yourself but please don’t be arrogant and keep bragging about yourself. Interviewer can ask twisted question to check your confidence. Answer only if you are confident.

7) Know your interviewer

Always make sure to know the person whom you going to meet in an interview. Remember his name or carry his business card with you.


 

Walk-in Interview For Property Consultant in Dubai

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Things You Should Never Do At An Interview

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We always remember to take care of little things while going for an Interview, but we forget things which can go wrong at the time of Interview. So can we be confident that we have awkward free interview?

Here are things candidates SHOULD NOT do at the time of Interview

Don’t arrive late

Arriving late at an interview just shows how unorganized or ignorant you are for your interview, turning up late on your interview is not an option. Use your mobile map’s to plan your travel well in advance, always leave half an hour early then planned.

Cell Phones Off, Not On Silent

Mobile devices have invaded every aspect of our professional lives–it seems. Most people turn their cell phones on vibrate to avoid appearing unprofessional. This makes a lot of sense, since you probably don’t want the interviewer to know your ringtone

However, keeping your mobile on vibrate mode is also bad. The Interviewer may hear buzzing sound of your phone. So avoid this awkwardness, keep your mobile off.

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What to do after Job Interview?

What to do after Job Interview

 So, the job interview is over

Did your interview go well or not, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. It’s always important to be prepared for any possible outcome – and do the most you can to boost your chances. To help turn your potential post-interview stress into a positive attitude that could help land your dream job, here are some of our top tips on what to do after a job interview:

Follow up, but don’t be impatient

Do follow-up with a telephone call to the employer within a week to ten days (or sooner, if the employer had a shorter timetable) to ask about the position. And do continue to build rapport and sell your strengths during the phone call.

Take notes on what worked, and what didn’t work.

A great interview might tempt you to put your job search on a shelf and move on with your personal life. You should have some time to write down what did, or did not, go well in your interview. Evaluating yourself after an interview — even a great one — can help you learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses.

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Reason’s you are ignored for interviews

Reason’s you are ignored for interviews

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People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they apply for jobs. You might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again.  With recruiters, they need a candidate, but want a great candidate. With job seekers, we need a job, but want the job of our dreams. There are many reasons  you are ignored for interviews

Your resume is uninteresting and universal.

For every job there must be 50-60 applicant. To compete with all those applicants your resume must be uncommon and relevant. Employers large and small now use applicant tracking software to parse the information from your resume and map it into a database i.e. application tracking system. For this your resume must be optimized.

Your resume is not keyword optimized.

You have not given relevant keywords while applying for jobs in Career Website’s. Job descriptions are salted with keywords specific to the skills or attributes the company seeks in applicants. If your Resume is not relevant employer may never find you in there database. This can be the reason to miss your job opportunity

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Things to Stop Doing in Interviews

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10 Things To Stop Doing in interviews

Landing in an Interview is just a start that you have impressed the HR manager and interviewer by writing a perfect resume. You must be aware of what you are doing in your job interview.  Unfortunately, a lot of talented candidates get to their eye to eye interview and completely blow their chances through one or many mistakes that gives the interviewer the wrong impression. Following are the things to stop doing in interviews

#1 How will you feel if the recruiter hadn’t bother going through your resume? Same way don’t go without any knowledge about the company. Visit the Company’s website and go through their about us tab, it will help you to tackle the interview with confidence.

#2 Don’t show up late on your interview,

be on time, and if some situation arises, inform your interviewer about being late. Interviewer had blocked his time for you, so you should respect that.

#3 Don’t fiddle with your mobile, it will give a bad impression that you are avoiding the interview. Best thing is to switch off your mobile before entering main entrance of building.

#4 Don’t go with a bad attitude, you can have a terrible day in train or bus, taking that vibes with you in an interview will give the employer an idea that you are more concerned to everything in the world except your job.

#5 Don’t over-rehearse. Company’s hire people and not robots. Give genuine answers to the employer questions also don’t be too comfortable or familiar that  the employer feels awkward about that.

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How to Search Job Effectively in ME

How to Search Job Effectively in Middle-East

 Effective Job Search in Middle-East

Whenever an executive think for career change or a fresher headhunt for a job in Midde-East, they tend to choose the wrong way

this article will explain you how to search job effectively in Middle-East

. Effecive Job search is not a cake-walk, you need to be proactive in LinkedIn and optimize it carefully so the Recruitment Consultants in Middle East can locate you for the specific job role. Also, professional and good approach towards recruiters and head hunters can help in maximizing the effectiveness of your job search. To attract recruiters it is essential to optimize your LinkedIn profile which we had already covered. This article is more specific towards the Effective Job Search in Middle-East

Operation of Head-Hunter

First method to approach the headhunter is to understand the operation of the recruiter prudently and have an efficient interaction with them. Instead of convincing the recruiter to explore the job as per your capabilities, interact with the recruiter with pretty clear intention of the job role you need to opt for. Also, there are executive headhunters who search for candidates in a specific job industry which makes them expertise in their role. Hence initiate your job search by researching and contacting the recruiters that have expertise in your industry.Help the recruitment consultant with the insights of the issues and trends regarding your expertise building valuable professional relationship with the recruiter.

Proactive & Patience

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