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For the Candidates: Tips for Interviewing Success

Posted by Erin Borgerson on December 4, 2013

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Today, the entire Hireology team got to watch CEO, Adam Robinson, appear on WCIU's "You & Me This Morning," where he discussed tips on how to interview for your dream job. The hosts asked Adam different questions about best practices when interviewing for a job you want.

At 2:00pm CST today, Adam will guest speak at the Central Lakeview Merchants Association's "Getting the Job" seminar on the same topic. 

According to Central Lakeview Merchants Association's website, "CLMA recognizes that many recently laid-off employees (including the many laid-off by Dominick's and Tribune Co.) may be out of practice when it comes to interviewing and believes that the best holiday gift is providing the tools to succeed in an interview to lay the foundation for a prosperous 2014."

Here are the tips Adam discussed in the TV segment:

Have your resume reviewed

Candidates get 10 seconds to make an impression. If your resume is formatted oddly or is missing information, it goes straight into the "pass" pile. Use one of the standard templates from programs like Microsoft Word. Better yet, ask a professional recruiter if, after reviewing your
resume, they'd do anything differently. Most are more than willing to give you some pointers.

Fill your gaps!

Long gaps in employment make it less likely that you'll be hired. If you've recently lost your job, the best thing you can do to increase your chances for landing another job is to find something - anything - that can be discussed with a prospective employer as activities pursued since your
employment ended. Volunteer, take an unpaid internship, or get a part time job. Anything is better than saying, "I haven't been doing much since I was let go."

Practice interviewing

You can expect to be asked a few standard questions:

- Why do you think this is the right position for you?
- Why are you leaving / why did you leave your most recent employer?
- Why should we hire you over other candidates we're considering?
- When are you available to being work?
- What is your compensation expectation?

Practice answering these questions until you're blue in the face. Grab a friend, and ask them to play the "interviewer" role.

Be prepared

The employer is going to ask you during the interview if you have any questions for them. In my experience, being prepared with a list of targeted, relevant questions will not only help you understand the role, but also tells your prospective boss that you're professional, you're really
interested, and that you care about where you work. Those are all great things to project to a would-be employer!

Follow up

It amazes me how few candidate follow up with a written note or email after an interview has concluded. Take 5 minutes and let the interviewer know that you appreciated their time, and that you're interested in continuing the conversation. If you haven't heard anything a week after
your interview, call to see if they're still considering you. It'll really set you apart, especially with small companies.

To see the full video click here!

About Adam Robinson

Adam co-founded Hireology (www.Hireology.com) with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions. Previously, Adam was the co-founder and CEO of illuma, a leader in high-volume recruitment outsourcing solutions, and the creator of the Ionix Hiring System, a full suite of interview and assessment tools. 

Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. He serves on the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurs Organization, where he helped to develop and launch a national program that teaches core business skills to early-stage entrepreneurs (http://accelerator.eonetwork.org). Adam is also on the Board of Advisors for DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, where he serves as both a resource and speaker for this top-ranked Entrepreneurship program. 

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Erin Borgerson

About the Author

Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.