Career Program – 5. Get Great Interviews

Get Great Interviews
Get Great Interviews

Create a supportive community. Don’t allow self-doubt to destroy your future

Getting interviews?

If not, perhaps it’s time you learned how others are meeting HR decision-makers. Here are some practical but indirect ways to get noticed by the people who can get you hired.

Video: Tips From the Experts

Best Referrals Are
a Friend of a Friend

When the opportunity presents itself, be open and honest about what you’re seeking. Ask friends, “Do you know anyone who might know someone?” Then, don’t be afraid to discuss your job search wherever you go-at the gym, church, ballgames, parties, social media, etc. Many times, friends of friends will work harder to support you than friends.

Attend Association Meetings in Your Field

Search for associations in your career field and attend their meetings and networking events. You can find where to go under MORE INFO/ ASSOCIATIONS.  Meet and greet potential employers and other professionals. When you walk into the room, look around and see who is there and who could help you. But be equally generous and see if there are people you can help, too. Helping others can pay back a great interview.

Find Your Social Media Fit

For example, advertising and branding companies might prefer Twitter. “Soft sell” your skills by telling them what you dream of doing and having some interaction with the company, even if it’s with the social media community manager.

Make friends with people who work in your chosen field. If your career is relevant to their industry, you could find support. 44% of employers say they have hired candidates through social media. Chances are they can get you an interview as well.

Hearing “No” Isn’t Personal.

Referral Do’s & Don’ts

When finding the right people to refer you, especially at a networking event, avoid pitfalls by being the person they want to give support.

  1. Don’t be nervous or shy. Smile. Keep it light. Others will see you as confident.
  2. Don’t make it all about you. After saying hello, get them to talk about themselves. Listen for how you can support them.
  3. Don’t ask for a job. Even if they work at the perfect company for you, they’re probably not the decision maker.  And if they are, don’t put them under pressure. Remember they’ll need approvals from others.

How Do You Win Support?

When meeting with someone, here’s what to do.

  1. Do speak with enthusiasm about the job/career you’re seeking. Ask for a business card. Then ask, “Do you know anyone to whom you can refer me?”
  2. Do end the meet-up by looking them right in the eye, giving a thank-you handshake, and sending a résumé right away.
  3. Do send them press articles about their industry. Take their advice and tell them how you did it. If they’re unsure about your experience, offer to work as an intern or for a smaller salary.

What If It’s Not Working? 

Perhaps it’s time to transition into a more in-demand field?

  1. Apply for a related, more in-demand occupation.
  2. Click on Color Career Indicator 4.1 More Jobs for career niches or specialties within your chosen field.
  3. Consider getting more opportunities and pay with a certification course or additional training.

Who Would You Hire?

Looking for a job can make you feel worthless.
It’s essential, however, to feel good about yourself.
Who would you hire? A person down on their luck or full of positive energy?

“You Get back What You Send Out.”

Create a supportive community around you. Don’t allow self-doubt to keep you from moving forward. Be energized. Become excited, looking forward to a new chapter in your life!

• It’s not personal. Get your face or résumé in front of every friend or potential career opportunity. Don’t let false pride slow you down.
• Run up the numbers. Get as many interviews and résumés sent out as possible. Make it fun!
• Be proud of every “No.” Don’t fret over rejections; it will diminish your self-confidence.

Protect Your Privacy

Almost all employers (93% to be exact) say they will search social media profiles during the interview process. While not limited to these, the most common for recruiters to screen candidates are on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Make your accounts private when necessary. Crazy drinking parties or political statements, for example, can end a possible interview. Make your Facebook page Private.