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What You Don’t Know About Interviews

With the technology today, you may have been interviewed for a job without even knowing it. There are several types of interviews with each method serving a different purpose.

Online Detective Work

Human resource receives an interesting resume.  One of the first “checks” or unofficial job interviews will likely be conducted over the internet.  Your name is Googled for news or social media persona to see what you say, do, think, and post.  Does it match the resume in hand? It’s an internet background check. You will likely never know they have done this online detective work.  If your online presence looks and acts professional, you would progress to job interview number two, a telephone interview.

Why Phone Interviews? 

Phone interviews allow management to evaluate your phone manners, communication skills, maturity and professionalism as they might relate to their job opening. No physical distractions like “body language.”  Assuming you make it past the phone interview, body language and personal appearance are graded later during personal meetings. 

Second or Third Interviews

Never assume the previous interviewer has shared any of your info with these new interviewers. They rarely share your information. Whatever information they shared, it is on your best interest to start over.  Treat each contact as your first contact with that company.  Assume nothing of value has been shared.

To Enhance Your Image, Start Now

Most job seekers only place importance on the in-person interview. Huge mistake. Be aware that is not likely the first research the company has done on you. If necessary, get your online persona cleaned-up before starting your job hunt.  Additionally, even if using an employment agency, dress appropriately for the job.  If the recruiter does not feel you are serious, even at an agency, you will be looked over. 

Bottom line, be prepared for every type of contact with little or no advance notice and never assume your information has been shared. Do this, and you will be way ahead of your job seeking competition.