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Interview with Confidence

Interviews can be awkward, uncomfortable and downright terrifying no matter how many you attend. A great confidence booster is knowledge! If you take the time to get to know the position, responsibilities and company, we promise that your confidence will grow. For more tips to help make the interview process as smooth as possible, check out Adecco’s guide to interviewing with confidence.

1. Get to know the company

Trying to make a lasting impression? Don’t go into the interview room unprepared. Instead, research the organization ahead of your interview to gain a better understanding of their expectations. Use sources such as:

  • The company website
  • Google “News” search
  • Friends and colleagues
  • LinkedIn and other social media platforms
  • Glassdoor

What should you look for while doing research?

  • Company Values: Familiarize yourself with the organization and their expectations of their employees.
  • Leadership: Pay attention to profiles of upper management or hiring managers and what they care about. They just may be your interviewers!
  • News: Check out the company’s recent triumphs and struggles in the media.
  • Clientele: Delve into the organization’s products and services to better understand their target market.
  • Culture: Differentiate between the company’s desired culture and the reality. Learn about the real workplace environment from insiders.

 2. Review your accomplishments

Think you know the company inside and out? Now you’re ready to make the connection between the organization and how you will fit in there.

  • Start with the job description: The company has given you a road map of their expectations of the successful candidate. Reference this often during your research and make sure to keep detailed notes.
  • Brush up on your professional history: Now that you are familiar with what the organization is looking for, examine your past roles for examples of related past achievements. Make sure to cite concrete examples that demonstrate savings of time, money and/or resources.
  • Practice your answers to those cardinal questions: Regardless of how creative your interviewer gets with their questions, they will always want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be sure to select strengths that compliment the job description. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your weaknesses, but follow with how you manage them at work.
  • Put your best foot forward: Your resume may have gotten you through the door, but it’s your soft skills that make the lasting impression on the hiring team. Relax, be yourself and stay positive! Remember that employers are assessing you on your presentation and attitude as well as your professional background.
  • Clean up your social media: How are your social media privacy settings? Have you ever tried to Google yourself? Take a closer look at your online presence to make sure it’s appropriate for all future employers to see.

3. Get your questions ready

Here’s an insider tip from your friendly Adecco Recruiters: interviewers prefer candidates who ask questions. It identifies critical thinking skills and exemplifies confidence. Jot down questions that arise throughout your research phase to ask during your interview. If you need help, consider these:

  • What are the main responsibilities of the job?
  • Who does the position report to?
  • What are some of the challenges of this position?
  • How does this team support the company’s current goals?

Try to refrain from first asking questions about salary, vacation and other forms of compensation. It leaves the impression that you prioritize your financial gain over the company’s collective goals.

Once you’ve finished your research, practice! practice! practice! Make sure you’re knowledgeable about the organization and your contributions to easily overcome any surprise questions that may come your way. Then walk into that interview with the confidence of a tenured employee and not a potential new hire!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Job References: How to Ask for Them and Who to Use

So you’ve landed yourself a job (almost). Congratulations! Now your potential employer has asked you for three references and you start to panic about who to pick and what they’ll say about you. Don’t stress; if you choose the right people, the rest will fall into place. It is important to choose carefully because reference checks can make – or break – a job search. Who do you want talking to your future employer? Do you have your choices in mind? Okay, good. Now let’s double check if they’re the right fit, and then how to ask your top choices to be a reference.

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Benefits of Submitting Your Resume Online

Looking to have your resume fall into the hands of recruiters? The more career websites and staffing sites you submit your resume to, the easier it will be when it comes time to securing job offers. A simple way to have your online information working for you is by submitting your resume for job postings online.  Employers and staffing companies utilize portals which store your resume and contact information in one location for them to access later. Have you ever considered setting up a profile? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits to establishing a profile on a staffing website or employer’s career portal.

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What I’ve Learned (So Far) – Career Advice from an Adecco Summer Intern

Adecco’s Proposal and Marketing Intern Katelyn Reischke is sharing her advice on how to take advantage of career opportunities as a student seeking relevant employment. Check out her tips below.

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The Anatomy of a Handshake

Too firm, too soft, and too sweaty are all key indicators that you need to work on your handshake. The way you present yourself to someone for the first time speaks volumes about the type of person that you are. Want to make a good first impression? We’ve broken down the anatomy of the handshake to help you master this hands-on approach to networking.

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How to Highlight Technical Transferable Skills for Any Role

Are you an engineer who’s disenchanted with engineering? Maybe you’re a programmer who’s peeved with programming? Career changes are a part of professional life now more than ever, even if you’re “simply” moving from a technical career path to a managerial one in your current field. Unfortunately, technical professionals are sometimes stereotyped as lacking the kinds of soft skills that employers like to see in non-technical roles.

Employers sometimes believe – mistakenly – that technical people, while great when it comes to the nuts and bolts of particular products and other pragmatic problems, are not practiced enough in the delicacies of dealing with people. They assume not only that “soft skills” is synonymous with “transferable skills”, but that these skills are innate rather than learned (or learnable).

So if you’re a technical professional trying to transition into a non-technical role, the key to success lies in overcoming the unfair stereotypes surrounding your soon-to-be former field by highlighting just how transferable your skills really are. Read more