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How To Follow Up After An Interview

Wondering what your next steps should be now that the interview is over? Don’t let your momentum falter. Up your post-interview strategy with these tips from Adecco for making the most of the waiting game.

The interview is over, now what? Aced all those behavioural interview questions? Looking for what to do next? From sending a follow-up email after your interview to staying active on your job hunt, it’s important to maintain a to-do list after an interview. Need a little guidance? The HR experts at Adecco share their best tips on how to follow up after an interview.

1. Mind your manners

Good manners go a long way in impressing your future employers. Whether you’re sending a thank you email after your phone interview or mailing a personalized card, thanking your interviewer for their time is essential post-interview etiquette. Use your interview follow-up email to highlight your qualifications and how they align with the position’s requirements and to reiterate your interest in the position and company. Keep your message short and concise. To go that extra mile, opt for a handwritten note. Make sure your writing is legible and send it by mail. This will highlight the effort you’re willing to put in for the employer.

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2. Reach out to your recruiter

If you’ve received the opportunity through a recruiter, make sure to follow up with them after the interview to provide your feedback. Discuss the highlights and lowlights of your interview and be sure to address any surprises you may have received, including position responsibilities, skill requirements and salary expectations. Make sure to be as thorough as possible. This phone discussion will also serve as a reminder for the recruiter to follow up with the employer on your behalf.

3. Connect over LinkedIn

If you feel like the interview went well, consider connecting with the hiring manager via LinkedIn after your meeting. Be sure to include a personalized message that mentions a professional topic that came up in your interview. This will help keep you top of mind with the interviewer. Did your interview go well but you weren’t the perfect match? Connecting on LinkedIn can also help the interviewer keep you in mind for future positions. Before sending your connection request, ensure your LinkedIn profile is in top shape with Adecco’s LinkedIn tips to get you noticed.

4. Follow up

Did your interview go smoothly but you haven’t heard from the employer in a few weeks? It’s time to send a quick follow-up note to check in on the status of the position. Whether you make a quick call or send a short email, keep it concise. Directly reference the job you interviewed for, restate your interest in the position and politely request an update on the hiring decision. Keep in mind that if you received the opportunity through a recruiter, your follow-up should be directed to the recruiter. For more information on following up with a hiring manager read Indeed’s guide here.

5. Stay active in your job search

If you’re familiar with the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” you understand that relying on that one interview to come to fruition can lead to many missed opportunities. With that in mind, keep active in your job search after the interview. Continue checking online job boards and submit resumes to any positions you feel are a match. Remaining active in your job search will help keep you distracted during the wait and ensure you don’t miss out on a position that offers better responsibilities, hours and compensation.

Whether you are looking for direction on post-interview etiquette or need help with your job search in its entirety, the professional recruiters at Adecco have you covered. For recruitment support that includes resume advice, skills training and interview preparation register with your local Adecco branch today!

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

 

LinkedIn Profile Tips to Get Noticed

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool, connecting qualified candidates to top employers. So it’s no secret that top recruiters use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates to fill their positions. Are you taking advantage of the full potential your LinkedIn profile has to offer? Crafting the perfect LinkedIn profile that generates results is closer than you think!

For professional advice on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out, rely on the professionals at Adecco. With 46 years of experience, the experts at Adecco Canada have been connecting top candidates with some of the best employers worldwide. To help you build an effective LinkedIn profile, check out Adecco’s tips to creating a LinkedIn profile that gets you noticed!

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

 

Administrative Professionals Day 2019: Skills You Need to Succeed as an Admin

Administrative Professionals Day is a day to recognize the office professionals that keep businesses running smoothly. Ever wonder what it takes to be an administrative professional? We’re looking at the skills that help administrative professionals make businesses work. 

Though administrative professionals are often the unsung heroes of the office, on April 24th we celebrate the contributions these employees make to the workplace. This Administrative Professionals Day, join us as we look at the many skills that are key to an administrative assistant job description. So, whether you’re looking for administration jobs, thinking about entering the field, or just brushing up on your resume, here are the top six skills you develop as an administrative professional.

1. Time management and organizational skills

Successful administrative professionals have one thing in common: superb time management and organizational skills. With multiple essential and often times sensitive responsibilities to tackle throughout the day, there is a focus on effective time management and organization to skillfully manage the workload.

2. Creative problem-solving skills

From troubleshooting and providing technical support when required, to assisting with employee and client relations, an office environment is riddled with time-sensitive problems. As the office administrative professional, it is your responsibility to keep the business’s policies in mind and find a quick resolution to keep the office running smoothly.

3. Software competency and computer skills

From Microsoft Office Suite to CRMs, as the office administrative professional, you are expected to know and excel in them all. These productivity and organizational programs maintain the flow of business in the office. With these skills, you’ll be able to rule the office!

4. High attention to detail

Whether acknowledged or not, administrative professionals fill an essential role for the organization’s operations. Supporting every department within the office requires strong attention to detail for administrative professionals to accurately complete projects or work assignments. An error on even the smallest detail can have a ripple effect on the entire organization.

5. Multi-tasking

No two days for an administrative professional are ever the same. Their job and responsibilities shift based on business demands and colleague needs. As top priority tasks accumulate throughout the day, it is the duty of the administrative team to multitask to efficiently complete their workload and projects in a timely manner.

6. Communication

An obvious, yet under recognized skill, strong communication is essential for every aspect of an administrative professional’s job. After all, administrative colleagues are responsible for communication such as coordinating meetings, presentations, workshops, training sessions, memos, reports and so much more.

 

Are you ready for a challenging and rewarding career as an administrative professional? Adecco has you covered. Check out our full range of administrative positions available  and visit your local branch to register today!

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

Resume Help: Make an Impact

Building the perfect resume isn’t just a technique, it’s a science. Crafting a resume that highlights your skills, exemplifies your experience and mirrors what the organization is looking for is essential to opening that first door in your job search.

For practical job advice that guarantees results, turn to the experts at Adecco. We’ve been placing qualified candidates in high paying positions with some of the best companies for over 40 years! Looking for help on your job hunt? Check out our resume help guide to create an impactful resume and contact your local Adecco branch to register today!

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

 

Preparing for Behavioural Interview Questions as a New Grad

 Behavioural based interview questions essentially give an interviewer an idea of how you’ve performed and behaved in the past based on actual results and scenarios. When compared to traditional interviews, behavioural interview questions are said to be 55% predictive of future on-the-job behaviour, whereas traditional is only 10% — making them increasingly popular today. As a recent grad or student with limited professional experience, it may be challenging to showcase your future on-the-job behaviour, so interview preparation is key.

The behavioural interview question style is being adopted by many top employers globally. Responses to these questions allow hiring managers to gain insight into past behavioural patterns to help predict future actions and select the best fit for their organization. To knock your interview out of the park, it’s vital to form structured responses that highlight your skills, competencies and experiences. It can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve compiled five simple steps so you can ace any behavioural interview questions that come your way.

1. Recognize the skills required for the job

Study the skills that are outlined in the job description since it’s the perfect insight into what they’re looking for. A thorough understanding of these skills is a great way to anticipate the behavioural interview questions they may ask to gauge your proficiency as it relates to these skills. For example, if time management is a sought-after skill, the interviewer may ask you to describe a situation where you had to be strategic to meet your priorities.

2. Consider your varying experience

Entering the workforce as a new grad may leave you feeling like you’re lacking in experience. But don’t forget, experience is gained through more than a job. As a new grad, you’ve accumulated a great amount of experience through your education, group projects, exam preparation, co-ops or volunteer work, and maybe even your part-time work. Take the time to review your past experiences to identify when and how you harnessed the skills and transferable experience required for the position.

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3. Showcase your talents and skills

Your answers should not just exemplify your priorities and values, they should also highlight your talents and skills. Showcase some of your best attributes which could be communication, organization, creativity, responsibility and stress management. Include in your answers the qualities needed to be successful within the position. Use real-life examples to demonstrate to the hiring manager what makes you the best candidate for the job.

4. Structure your answers

Structuring your answers is a sure way to guarantee that you have painted a complete picture for the interviewer. Employ the STAR method — situation, task, action and result! Describe how the situation unfolded, identify your task at hand, detail the action you completed and explain the results of your actions. Pre-develop your answers to keep them in line and focused, ensuring you don’t lose direction from the question at hand and provide the interviewer with a clear and concise response.

5. Practice your responses

Practice truly does make perfect. Simulate the interview experience with help from family or friends. Provide them with some common behavioural questions and even let them improvise with their own. Practicing your structured responses will help you gain the confidence you need to be successful in the interview process and to fine tune your answers along the way.

Fire up your job search with the help of an Adecco recruiter. With access to hundreds of positions and resources to help you nail the toughest interviews, Adecco can fast track your entrance into the workforce with the career of your dreams. Contact your local Adecco branch today!

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

How to Find a Job: 30 Tips

Even the best candidates struggle with deciphering the best job search techniques. Building a strong resume and practicing interview strategies are just some of the vital components that go into landing your next job. Our comprehensive job search tips combines traditional techniques with personal branding methods and compensation negotiation strategies, to keep you ahead of the curve and get you to where you want to land.

Here at Adecco, we are committed to providing recruitment assistance and educational resources to help our applicants gain the skills they need to succeed within their employment. For 46 years, Adecco Canada has been linking qualified candidates with their dream jobs. A partnership with Adecco for job search help gets you access to hundreds of jobs, with some of the best companies in the world. Ready to get started? Check out our 30 Tips to Find a Job guide and register with your local Adecco branch today!

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