Things You Can Do In Your Daily Life That Will Help You During Your Next Job Interview

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Are there areas of your interview game that you want to shape up? Here are four things you can do throughout your day that will help you ace your next interview.

Practice Making Good Eye Contact with Friends

Do you find it difficult to make good eye contact? One of the best ways to improve this is to practice with people you know, and then move onto people who you deal with in low stress situations. Next time you are out with friends, make it a habit to look them in the eye when they are talking to you. Once you feel more comfortable with people you know, start making better eye contact with baristas, waiters, attendants, and other people that you may say a few words to. A week of doing this will yield results, as you’ll start to default to making eye contact without having to think about it.

Improve Your Posture

Many people have a tendency to slouch and they may not even realize they’re doing it. This can undermine your professionalism in an interview, so it’s worth practicing your posture. Start by noting your posture throughout the day, and give yourself reminders throughout the day to sit up straight and straighten your spine. Give people around you the okay to tell you when your posture starts to slip. While it may seem odd when you see it in the movies, walking around your room with a book on your head will help you get in the habit of standing up straight. Working on this won’t just make you look more professional at interviews, it will also help you stretch your body better, meaning you’ll get the extra bonus of getting rid of that stress building up around your neck and shoulders.

Achieve the Perfect Speaking Pace

Being a fast or slow talker is not necessarily a bad thing when you are around your friends, but when it comes to your job interview, you want to find a pace that is appropriate for your region and for the speaking patterns of your interviewer. Start with recording yourself (with the other persons permission, of course) while having a conversation. When you listen back, you’ll be able to note not only how fast you are speaking, but also when you speed up or slow down. Next, get yourself into the habit of matching your pace to the way the people around you are speaking. Finally, take a second before you start speaking, especially when answering a question, as it gives yourself a moment to collect your thoughts so you know what you are going to say before you start saying it.

In the Waiting Room? Use Your Time to Fight Your Fidgeting Habit

Are you a natural fidgeter? Whether you do it out of stress or you simply can’t sit still, it’s a habit that’s worth breaking before you start going in for interviews. You only get one chance to make a first impression with a hiring manager, and you want to present yourself as cool, calm, and collected as you wait in the waiting room. It will take some work, but the key to acing the waiting room is to put your phone away, and don’t give into the temptation to adjust your clothing and hair. Try this next time you are in a waiting room at the dentist, DMV, or wherever else your day takes you. Sit upright in your chair, with your hands in your lap, and a pleasant smile on your face. There is no need to make this a ‘mannequin challenge’, just be in the moment and remind yourself that you are going to ace this interview.

 

These Four Tips Will Help You Get Your Friend a Job

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Referring a friend to a new job may sound easy enough, but some referrals are more effective than others. Sure, you could just forward a resume and maybe include a nice note endorsing your friend, but what else can you do to give your friend the best shot at getting the job? These four steps will help you to help your friend, and if you’re looking for work yourself, consider forwarding this to friends who want to help you!

Know What Your Friend Has Accomplished and What They Want to Accomplish

You know that your friend wants a job, but is there a department or job they are specifically targeting? What are your friends’ big career accomplishments that you can use to pre-sell them to your contacts within the company? Knowing more about your friend’s goals will help you better present them to management, and allow you to know which jobs you should push them towards.

Find the Right Person in Your Company to Talk To

To ensure that your friend’s resume doesn’t just end up in a pile of candidates somewhere, take the time to find the right person in your company to refer them to. Maybe you eat lunch with someone in HR, or a hiring manager that would be receptive to your pitch? How about a department head that you know well, or a manager that you know is looking to grow their team? Stay away from situations where the resume will be put through the same process as every other candidate (including the dreaded ATS). Instead, look for opportunities where you can present your friend at the beginning of a process, or even before it “officially” opens. Also, make sure that you either hand your connection the resume, or send it to their personal email address. No matter how well-intentioned their interests might be, sending it to general email addresses may get it lost in the crowd.

Follow-Up with Both Sides after the Interview

In some situations the hiring manager may seek you out to tell you how great your friend was and to thank you for saving them weeks of resumes and interviews. In the other cases, though, you may need to follow up with both the hiring manager and the candidate to see how it went. Just because you didn’t immediately hear back does not mean that the interview didn’t go well. People are busy and they may not have had a chance to talk to you. Getting feedback from both parties will allow you to get an idea of a next step. If your friend did not get hired, does the hiring manager think they may be a fit for another job in another department, and does the friend even want to proceed to another opportunity within the company?

Refer Your Friends to a Staffing Company like AppleOne

If you have a great friend looking for work and know a Hiring Advisor at AppleOne, you can do your friend and your AppleOne contact a huge favor by making an introduction. AppleOne has connections to companies that are looking to hire immediately, and by hooking your friend up with a Hiring Advisor, they will get an additional, powerful resource for their job search.

Four Tips for Getting the Most from Your Hiring Advisor

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Want to get the most out of your relationship with your AppleOne Hiring Advisors and take the next step on your career path? We asked superstar Hiring Advisors from branches around the country what candidates can do to get the most out of the experience, and these are the four top items almost all could agree on:

Be Open and Honest about Your Job History

Being open about your past will allow you to succeed in the future. When a Hiring Advisor asks you about your past employment, the more detail you can give, the better they can promote your strengths to employers. Every employee makes a difference where they work; share your achievements and talk about situations where you either saved or made the company money. As Lindsay from the AppleOne Charleston, SC, branch stated, candidates who come ready to talk about their past achievements will help Hiring Advisors “create a billboard” to promote them to employers looking for a specific type of employee.

Get Paperwork Done In a Timely Manner

Nearly every Hiring Advisor surveyed made a point that getting “paperwork” done in a timely manner makes a difference in the overall employment process. Not only does it help speed things along, but, as Laura from the AppleOne West Des Moines, IA, branch states, it helps show that the candidate has “initiative” in the process. Whether it’s an application that needs to be filled out, or a skills assessment activity that will help promote you to employers, completing it quickly will be beneficial to everyone involved.

Be Forthcoming About Your Desired Career Path

While you may not have a long-term idea of where you want your career to go, you no doubt have goals on what you want to achieve and where you would like to achieve it. Being honest with your Hiring Advisor allows them to have a better idea of the types of companies you want to work for, and what types of positions to look for.

Follow Up With Your Hiring Advisor

Communication with your Hiring Advisor is important, and while they will be calling you when opportunities come up, it’s important that you communicate with them as well. Hiring Advisors may be able to help you get the inside track on a job opening you find during your own search, as they may have a contact within the company that could give you a better shot at getting an interview.

AppleOne’s Internship Program Focuses on Experience for the Real World

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AppleOne is excited to announce the launch of its official Internship program which will give students the opportunity to learn skills that are relevant to not only staffing, but to any future career. Opportunities are now open for the Southern California region, with plans to roll out nationwide for future classes. Apply today at www.appleone.com/Students/Internships/Default.aspx.

In the spirit of putting your best foot forward for your internship, here are three ways to make a great first impression at internship interviews:

Dress to Impress

Don’t let your clothing do the talking for you during an interview; make sure your interviewer remembers what you said, not what you wore. Dressing professionally and conservatively, always works for an interview. While a company may have a “casual” dress code for employees and interns alike, this should not apply to interviews. You can find additional guidance on what to wear to your interview at http://appleone.com/Career_Seekers/nhp/.

Know What You Want Out of the Internship

Companies with internships want to know that the time they invest in you will be truly meaningful and helpful to you. During your interview, convey what you are looking to get out of the position. Highlight specific points from the internship description, and talk about what you hope to learn by the end of your time there. In addition, mention coursework or other campus activities you took part in to highlight qualifications that will allow you to immediately make an impact in the position.

Leave a Thank-You Note with the Receptionist Before You Leave

Thank-you notes may seem old-fashioned, but they really work. While there may be circumstances such as phone interviews or off-site interviews where you may have to send the card via mail, you can make a big impact by leaving a card with the receptionist as you’re leaving the interview. Have the card written before you go to the meeting so the hiring manager can see it ASAP, but be sure to leave a little room to reference something from your interview to better personalize it.

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The One Tool Every Job Seeker Needs in their Arsenal

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Looking for a tool that will add a new dimension to your job search? Partnering with a (free) employment service, like AppleOne, will enhance your job search and provide you with the personalized assistance that every job seeker needs. Here are the three most important ways that an employment service will help you:

Develop a Better Understanding of What Local Employers Are Seeking

The “X-factor” that can you get a job at one employer may be a turnoff to another one. Knowing what specific companies are looking for in your area will help you get you the job you are targeting. AppleOne Hiring Advisors track local and national employment trends. Because they work with specific employers, they can give you valuable insights into how best to present yourself for a particular job.

Stronger Resumes and Cover Letters

The average hiring manager takes only eight seconds to look over your resume to decide whether to call you in for an interview. That is if you can get past the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that they use to cut down the initial job pool. An employment service knows what employers are looking for in cover letters and resumes, and they can help you craft something that will get past the computers and catch the manager’s eye.

Access to Jobs That Aren’t Posted on Job Boards

Did you know that up to 85% of all available jobs are never posted on online job boards? Because of the costs associated with hiring and advertising, many of these jobs are actually never even available to the public, as companies look to sources like AppleOne to handle the hiring for them. This means an employment service can help you apply for jobs you would have not found otherwise. These are jobs that aren’t looking for a pool of applicants, but only the ones they want to either interview or hire on the spot.

How to Nail “The Hello” and Get the Job

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Want to know the secret to getting a leg up on your competition during a job interview? It’s all about how you handle the initial meeting with the hiring manager, also known as “The Hello.” Studies have shown that everything from the handshake to the smile of the initial hello shapes the way that hiring managers think of candidates during the interview. Here is the advice you need to nail “The Hello” and get your interview off in the right direction:

Be Smiling Before “The Hello” Commences

People want to interact with others who seem positive and happy, and there is no better way to show this off than your smile. If your natural resting face is anything less than smiling and enthusiastic, practice and be aware of how you carry yourself from the moment you drive onto the parking lot. You never know who is going to see you or when, and it may be too late to put on a big smile if you wait until your name is called in the lobby.

Let Eye Contact Show Your Confidence

Eye contact is important to maintain throughout the interview, as it shows you are engaged and confident in your abilities. This engagement needs to be shown from the very start. When the hiring manager first comes to greet you, try to lock eyes before you start your handshake. If you have a bad habit of not making eye contact during conversations, train yourself by doing it with people you deal with on a daily basis. A couple of hours of looking people in the eye as you talk will reverse your bad habit and make it a regular part of your conversations.

Squeeze… But Don’t Crush: Find the Right Balance for Your Handshake

The perfect handshake is all about finding the right balance: it needs to be firm, but not so hard that it feels crushing. As you approach for the shake, remember to keep smiling warmly and make confident eye contact. Connect with palm to palm contact instead of just reaching for the fingers. Keep the grip for one or two pumps, and then release. As with other aspects of your job interview, practice your handshake with friends and family, and be willing to hear advice from those who give plenty of handshakes throughout their workday.  If your palms get sweaty when you’re nervous, consider keeping a hanky in your purse or pocket so you can give your palm an unobtrusive wipe before you meet the hiring manager.

The Practical Gifts That Job Seekers Want To See Under The Tree

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the job seeker in your life? Think practical. Whether they are a new graduate who is jumping into the job market for the first time, or a seasoned veteran looking to take the next step in their career, here are some great ideas for practical gifts they can use:

A Stylish New Interview Outfit

A crisp, comfortable professional outfit makes a huge psychological difference in a job interview. When you know you look good, you feel like you can take on the world. With this in mind, give the job seeker in your life either a brand new interview outfit, or a gift card to a their favorite store where they can pick out their own. Accessories like belts, shoes, ties, and scarfs make great gifts as well.

A Gift Card to a Local Dry Cleaner

Job seekers need a clean, wrinkle-free outfit every time they go in for an interview, meaning that they will be making multiple trips to their local dry cleaner during their search. These costs can add up, which is why a gift card to a local dry cleaner will be a welcome gift to them this holiday season.

A High-Quality Haircut from a Salon

Many job seekers would not even think of indulging in a salon-style haircut. While they may be happy with the cost-effective haircuts they get on a regular basis, treating them to a salon-experience haircut of the highest quality is a great gift, and one that will give them the confidence to take on any interview.  Gift cards to places like nail salons and day spas will likely be appreciated as well.

A Handy New Portfolio Bag or Briefcase

Walking into a job interview holding four copies of your printed out resume makes you look unprofessional even before the hiring manager opens their mouth. With this in mind, every candidate needs a professional-looking portfolio bag or briefcase to accompany them to interviews, making it a perfect gift for job seekers.