Be Sure Not To Disregard Human Resources

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          So many people forget that the first contact a job seeker will have with a hiring company is a member of the HR department. More often than you would think job seekers view HR members as an annoyance and simply  an obstacle between them and the hiring manager. Many handle the phone interview or meeting with an HR representative apathetically. This is a big No-no, always remember that first impressions are everything and you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot before you even set it through the door.

          It is a shame that a good chunk of people think it’s a waste of time to explain themselves to the HR manager during a phone interview. Be sure when speaking to them you don’t just quickly inquire about the next step in the process, meaning wanting to speak with the actual hiring manager versus someone in HR. Also try not to get  annoyed at the questions they ask you and put some thought into your responses as well. Remember most people get jobs based on who they know and having the HR manager like you right off the bat won’t hurt, especially when it’s time for them to explain who you are to the hiring manager.

“Always remember that first impressions are everything and you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot before you even set it through the door.”

         
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          Job seekers often make the mistake of judging the age or seniority of the HR representative. Whether they are someone that’s only been there for two weeks or is an experienced HR representative, make sure you always show respect, patience and understanding when describing your future goals with the company. The phone interviewer has the power to give you the key to success or cause you to never get a call back. So forget about if whether or not they are in a senior or junior position. This is the person holding the stack of cards in your favor or not, period.

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          One of the major details that a recruiter or hiring manager is looking to see in an interview is personality and character. Don’t forget what makes you ‘you’, what your hobbies are, what your passionate about; your story. After  interviewing hundreds of candidates, those who stick out the most are usually the ones that are genuine to the interviewer and to themselves. Don’t forget the company is hiring for several openings at any given time. You want to act like your happy that you have been selected for an opportunity to showcase your skills.

          You have to demonstrate that you are eager, have energy, and enthusiasm. No one wants to speak with a person who is uninspiring and overanxious about putting in the work to carry their own weight. The job of the person doing the first phone interview is to bring your work experiences to life for the hiring interviewer. So the hiring manager can plan out the type of questions he will ask you, as well prepare for the questions you will ask him.

“At the end of the day people are going to band together with other people they can get on the same ‘wave length’ with.”

          Remember, the recruiter’s reputation is on the line as well, they have put the time in finding and selecting the most qualified person in their eyes for the job opening and pretty much opening the door for the job seeker to get an in-person interview with the manager. When your in the actual interview you want to make sure you have the proper interview etiquette so you can have the best outcome possible; you getting hired.

          At the end of the day people are going to band together with other people they can get on the same “wave length” with. This pretty much happens when someone treats us with respect and gratitude, we are more prone to be on that persons “side” or lend support when needed, putting all qualifications aside. 

          I hope we brought a new aspect of your job search to your attention, so you can now have the best tools in your arsenal to blow the competition out of the water. Good luck out there.

 

 

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