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Interview Preparation Package

This Interview Preparation Package is an in-depth guide to doing all the correct things in your interview. Included are ideas for preparation and follow-up, sample questions and suggestions, video interview etiquette, pitfalls and much more. This is everything you will need for a successful interview.

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The Road To Perdition Is Paved With Wrong Assumptions

Many years ago, the National Safety Council discovered that most accidents do not occur out of ignorance – but rather from false assumptions. For Example: “I can read this book and keep my eyes on the road at the same time.” “I can skip the safety goggles just this once.” “That electric circuit can’t be live.” Clearly, wrong assumptions can be deadly – and those we make in our careers are no exception. For Example: “The company will promote me when I’m ready.” “If I los...

When Opportunity Knocks, Is It Knocking for You

Maybe you were thinking about a job change when the recruiter called – and maybe not. In any event, opportunity seems to have knocked. Let’s assume you are not the proverbial “tire kicker” – the kind of person who likes to check out the market periodically but has no real interest in switching jobs. Let’s assume the potential new position is neither a lateral move nor a step backward. And let’s assume it has some genuine excitement attached. You don’t want to anger the recruiter...

Make Your First Impression Count

Congratulations! You have an interview. Whether a recruiter assisted you in obtaining this interview or you earned it through your own efforts, now is the time to put your best foot forward. Many of you have not interviewed for several years and your interviewing skills may be rusty. The following is the first in a two-part series of how to prepare for an interview and make your first impression count. Initially, you should think of the interview as both an information-gathering session and a sa...

First Impressions Count – Common & Challenging Interview Questions

In Make Your First Impression Count, we provided suggestions to help you prepare for your next interview. The following continues our discussion of making your first impression count by examining some of the most common and challenging interview questions. When a prospective employer conducts an interview, not only are they looking for a particular skill(s) and cultural match, they also are interested in how you think, make decisions and solve problems. The interviewer also wants to learn about...

Resume Preparation Do’s and Dont’s

Résumé — Do Do include company description. Do keep both a plain online text version of your résumé and separate hard copy résumé formatted with bullets and italics. Do keep both a plain online text version of your résumé and separate hard copy résumé formatted with bullets and italics. Do list your jobs in reverse chronological order. Do quantify whenever possible. Use numbers to tell prospective employers how many people you supervised, by what percentage you increased...

Change IS NOT a Dirty Word

Interview Tips After two months of interviewing, you are offered the position. What began as a curious whim to give a recruiter five minutes of your time is now about to change our life. Initially, you are excited. However, reality begins to sink in and you find yourself becoming nervous about making the change – even though you know it is a great career move. Successfully managing change in our careers is a big step – and often a stressful one that involves many emotions. Feelings of insecu...

Resigning Without Regrets

Leaving a job is one of the most exciting things you can do in your career – and also one of the most terrifying. You have decided to leave your current employer because your present position doesn’t offer the growth environment you need. Nevertheless, your company has helped you progress professionally, and as a result, you may feel a bit uncomfortable resigning. What then should you expect when you tender your resignation? One of the first issues that can strain the relationship is how muc...

The Dangerous Allure of Counter-Offers

Top executives agree that the “good old days” of rewarding employees for 35 years of loyal service are a thing of the past. Years ago, individuals who had experience at several companies were considered “job-hoppers.” Potential employers wondered what was wrong with them and why they couldn’t hold a job. Today, changing jobs has become a necessity if individuals expect to advance their careers. The very traits that made them unstable are now hallmarks of a well-rounded, ambitious and...

Following Up After an Interview

Interview Tips After interviewing for what could be your dream job, you are excited about the position and interested in pursuing the opportunity. Your next step is to follow up – a step that can be just as important as the actual interview. Since you may be one of several candidates for the position, your goal is to create top-of-mind awareness throughout the interviewing process. Employers want to be thanked for their time. After an interview, write the hiring manager a letter or email expre...

Successful Telephone Interviews

Interview Tips If you are seeking a new career opportunity, chances are you will be asked to engage in a phone interview – a screening tool favored by most employers. Phone interviews allow hiring managers to explore a candidate’s work history and abilities as well as evaluate the candidate’s enthusiasm and interest level before committing to a face-to-face meeting, thus saving companies time and money Schedule a specific time. Suggest that you will make the call and arrange a specific tim...

FAQs About Recruiters

Interview Tips Recruiting often seems to be a mysterious process. Candidates wonder how they can best “use” a recruiter…how they can get a recruiter’s attention…why recruiters aren’t calling them back…and so forth. FAQs about recruiters — below are some of the most frequently asked questions of Toft Group search consultants and how we answer them. How can I select a recruiter to help me with my job search? Unfortunately, you can’t. Professional search consultants represent empl...