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National Interview Day is Today! 3 Ways to Prepare

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Happy National Interview Day! Express Employment Professionals is excited to celebrate this day with you, so come by and learn about the jobs available near you.

To prepare, here are a few common questions from our job seekers that our recruiters have shared insight into in previous articles.

  1. I’ve been asked the following: “Tell me about your experiences, specifically, how do you attribute your successes?” What are good answers?

The answer to this question is going to depend on your individual experiences. There aren’t any specific “good answers” our recruiters can provide here, since everyone is different. However, there are a few topics you can cover and adapt to your personal circumstances.

“I think good answers are ones that are quantifiable! For example, an accounts receivable person could say that they were successful in their last role by cleaning up aging reports and collecting over $1 million in 2016.”—Shannon Jacoby, Bellingham, WA.

  1. Why do companies require a college degree when it isn’t necessary for the job?

Many companies use a college degree as a baseline. Sometimes a degree is indicative of passion and hard work. However, you might be able to make up for the lack of a degree in other ways.

“Sometimes, this is a company policy. I tell people to never let it deter you in applying. Many clients will take on-the-job experience in lieu of a degree.”—Shannon Jacoby, Bellingham, WA.

“Some positions may require a degree for specialized positions, for example, a mechanical engineer. For other positions, completing a degree signals to an employer that you are a person who is determined to see a task through and committed to doing so.”—Desiree Stevens, Littleton, CO.

  1. What behaviors are recruiters and hiring managers looking for in an interview?

Although much of the interview focuses on testing your hard skills (your job experience and abilities), your soft skills are being tested as well. How do you handle stress? Do you make the proper amount of eye contact? How does your personality fit in with the company culture? Interviewers look at certain cues for insight on how you might function as an employee.

“I recruit primarily on the industrial side, so I look for behaviors that indicate that the individual can handle the position. For example, if someone can physically do the job, can understand the industry terminology I use, can fill out their own paperwork, etc.”—John Calabrese Jr., Utica, NY

Apply now to join your local Express Employment Professionals office for National Interview Day on Aug. 9, 2018. Applying online will expedite the interview process and allow us to schedule a time for you to interview.

Express can help you find the type of job that fits for your needs and abilities, and you’ll never pay a fee for our services and support.

Contact a local Express office or register online today!

Click here for more information regarding National Interview Day at Express.

Do you have any questions about National Interview Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

National Interview Day is Next Week: Prepare with Our Top Tips

Are your interview skills up to the task?

National Interview Day is coming up next week on Aug. 9!

To prepare for the big day, we’ve compiled a list of our top interview tips.

Introduce Yourself with an Elevator Pitch

In the world of interviewing, your “elevator pitch” is a quick way to describe who you are and why you’re right for the job. Think of it as a more concise version of your cover letter.

You should have one of these speeches handy for networking events and interviews. Or even when you run into someone who is in a position to hire you in a bid to leave them knowing more about you. An elevator pitch isn’t just for business professionals—it can also be helpful for any person as a quick and concise summary of who they are.

Prepare to Speak on Your Skills and Experience

Practice makes perfect, right? This mantra doesn’t just apply to sports’ it applies to interview, too! If you’ve never had an interview before, your first one probably isn’t going to go very well if you don’t prepare in advance. To avoid that, practice interviewing with professional groups, friends, and family members.

Also do all of your research on the company ahead of time. Have some idea of not only the position itself, but also the company’s culture and mission statement. Be sure to brush up on projects the company has done recently to sprinkle into the conversation.

Ask Relevant Questions After the Interview

After an interview ends, you’re almost always asked if you have any questions. And your answer should always be yes. Asking questions shows you’re interested in the company. You can ask for more information about the job, something specific about the company culture, a question aimed at your interviewer, or something about the recent history of the company. Remember to always ask about next steps! That way you won’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll email you back.

Come to Express for National Interview Day!

Apply now to join your local Express Employment Professionals office for National Interview Day on Aug. 9, 2018. Applying online will expedite your interview process and allow us to schedule a time for you to interview. Applicants are contacted for interviews based on the time of your application and the type of work you are seeking.

Express can help you find the type of job that fits for your needs and abilities, and you’ll never pay a fee for our services and support. Express matches job applicants with the needs of our client companies.

Contact a local Express office or register online today!

Click here for more information regarding National Interview Day at Express.

Do you have any questions about National Interview Day? Let us know in the comments section below.