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Don’t Waste Your Time

During the interview process, it is ordinary for an inexperienced interviewer to ask questions to candidates that do not even want the job because of the demands in time or salary.  The candidates, however, do not realize this demand if they are only brought into a structured interviewInterviewer techniques and interviewer skills do nothing in an interview if they are talking to the wrong candidate because of the job demands.  Here is an interviewing technique to eliminate this waste of time.

  1. Most interviewers waste valuable time on face-to-face interviews with candidates who are well qualified for the position but who are not willing to take the position because of the unusual demands of the job, the salary, the benefits, the location of the job, the non-compete agreement that must be signed, or other reasons that may be deal-breakers.

RECOMMENDATION: Use an initial 30-minute phone interview to talk to the best candidates about the position and any of these potential deal-breakers. This is the first step to negotiating an offer (testing the offer) and a major time saver for the hiring manager.

As aforementioned, no amount of interviewer skills and techniques will be able to successfully hire an employee that will not be able to take a job because of deal-breakers that the job offers.  By conducting a phone interview, this problem will easily be avoided and there will be much more hiring success.

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The Resume Only Goes so Far

While it is important to create a great resume, the most important part of the hiring process is the interview process.  No matter what the employment cover letter states and how many resume tips and resume services have been used to create an awesome job resume, a poor structured interview will certainly diminish any chances of getting hired.  One important aspect of interviews is first impressions.

Let me start off with a qualifier here. The information in this section should be applied to traditional business environments. The vast majority of employers want people who can stand out in performance, not personal appearance.

Clothing – You need to dress for the position and be careful not to over-dress or under-dress. As an example, the levels of dress for a man might include:

- Suit & tie

- Sport coat & tie

- Sport coat without a tie

- Shirt & Tie

- Casual

- Work Clothes

A degree of commonsense needs to apply here. Obviously, if I were a Truck Mechanic, I would not go to an interview wearing a suit and tie; most likely, I would wear a shirt and tie at best. Similarly, I would not attend an interview in a Board Room with Board Members for a Chief Operating Officer position wearing casual clothes, unless I was specifically requested to do so.

Women also need to be sensitive to clothing as well as the issues of cleavage and skirt length. Again, depending on the position, you need to make a judgment call.

I’ve known women who have claimed that a low cut blouse and jacked-up hemline got them their jobs. I don’t doubt that there are some interviewers, specifically men, who are swayed by such tactics. And in today’s world, the saying, “Sex sells” is an accurate reflection of how to attract attention and get what you want. However, I know of many employers who assume that revealing clothing is nothing more than a ploy to move the interview away from the candidate’s lack of skills.

Making a first impression in the interview is just as important as positively reflecting your abilities on a resume cover letter or any of your resumes.  Stay conservative and dress for the job you are striving for in the interview.

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