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You Had Me at Hello: Making a Good First Impression at a Job Interview

You Had Me at Hello: Making a Good First Impression at a Job Interview

It is said that Will Rogers once remarked, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Richard Branson says he tends to make up his mind about people within 30 seconds of meeting them.

The bottom line is that first impressions are lasting, and nowhere is this more relevant than in the job interview room.

While interviewers use many methods to assess candidates, it pays to make an effort to impress from the moment you walk in the door. Here are some tips to help you work your magic from the first hello.

 
 
 

Is it Time for a Career Change?

Is it Time for a Career Change?

Are you feeling bored, burned out or just indifferent in your current job? A complete career change may well be the answer to your work life blues.

In my line of work, people often ask me whether it’s possible to make a career change. The answer, of course, is yes, but the key is knowing where to start and how to get there–smartly.

Three Things to do Before you Change Careers

There are three crucial things to do as you ponder a career change…

1. Reflect and Research Ask yourself:  What do I like about my current job, and what do I not like? What am I aiming for? Is it greater job satisfaction, more autonomy, an opportunity for learning or a desire to do something more meaningful?

 
 
 

To Email, But When To Email… That Is The Question!

To Email, But When To Email… That Is The Question!

When I entered recruiting, one of my first lessons was about timing. I was told I had to make my calls first thing in the morning, send my emails in the afternoon and post my jobs late on Friday afternoon. At first, I accepted this advice without question. But over time, I began to wonder if there was any data to back up these assertions. I was told time and again that recruiting was, “nothing but a numbers game.” Like Marcellus, I began to think that, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. “ Hamlet (Act 1, Scene 4)

As it turns out, I was right, kind of. As it relates to emails anyway, “Though this be madness, yet there’s method in’t.” Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2)

 
 
 

What is a Hiring Manager really looking for?

What is a Hiring Manager really looking for?

Insights based on a 2-day, 28-person interview event with a leading Health Care Company

Ever wonder what is going through a Hiring Manager’s head when you’re being interviewed? After spending two full days onsite at a leading international health care company to support a 28 in-person, in depth interview event (including per candidate: a case study, a role play and an hour long HR interview based on prior personality assessments conducted), it occurred to me… What do hiring managers really look for in a candidate?

 
 
 
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