The 90 Second Interview

Recently, I was reading an article by Undercover Recruiter. The survey results were not too surprising to us from older generations, but many in the under 40 crowds will definitely not like the findings. Of 2000 recruiters surveyed, 33% said they knew within the first 90 seconds of the interview whether they would hire the applicant or not.

What you need to know in a nutshell:

  1. 65% said clothes and the way in which they were worn was a deciding factor when comparing applicants. If they did not dress to the interviewer’s standards… forget it.  File 13.
  2. 55% said the way a person dresses, talks and walks into the office heavily influenced their opinion of the recruiter. Dress, talk, and walk in like you don’t care – they will not care either.
  3. 67% of the hiring authorities said the lack of eye contact did not reflect well.
  4. Number one mistake: Not asking for the job.
  5. Having no knowledge of what the company does a common mistake.  If you don’t care enough to visit the company website, their opinion of the applicant drops. 

Other items that knocked applicants out of the running were: not smiling, bad posture, crossing your arms, mumbling, and the lack of enthusiasm. Additional questions you should be prepared for are:

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Tell me about how your experience relates to this job.
  • What ended your employment at your last job?

Now that you know this: be prepared, look and act the part of a person who really wants the job and then ask for the position. Good luck!

Applying Everywhere, but Still No Job?

Please help me!

When you reply to a job opening by sending a resume or completing an online application, how many entries do you think that company receives? How many do you think the well known resume banks like Simply Hired, Career Builder, or Monster receive? How do you get noticed?

One of Two Things Happen to Your Information

One, it gets placed in a very large pile of resumes and applications on someone’s desk, or two – it gets scanned into a resume bank. Either way it gets buried, most likely gone forever if not written correctly.

True story

One hiring authority, with two large stacks of resumes on her desk, said she did not have time to go through every resume. When queried about her method of choosing the correct fit if she did not go through each resume, she replied “I grab a stack, thumb to the middle and pick the first person who appears qualified.” 

To Get Noticed, Use Key Words

If it gets scanned into a data bank, the only way you will get noticed is if your information contains the same exact keyword or keyword phrases the hiring manager will use to search for applicants. How likely will your information be found? An over simplified example: if HR is searching for a skill they call “customer specialist” for their company, only resumes containing “customer specialist” will be returned because that will be their search phrase.  While everyone practices customer service, few people call it “customer specialist.” So, list very descriptive job duties in various ways in your general resume that include keyword or phrases hiring authorities might use in searches. Attempt to add variables where it makes sense.  When you conduct Google searches, you use keywords and phrases – so do they. Better yet, want to know what words or phrases a particular firm is using? Look at their job posting! Their ads will give you their keywords, keyword phrases and titles! Customizing your resume for each company by working their own keywords into your resume will increase visibility. Companies search by what is familiar to them, their titles, and their descriptions. Use that knowledge to your advantage. Doing otherwise dooms your resume or application to suffocation in some over-bloated databank.

Now the Secret Weapon – STOP sending in job applications and resumes just be added to some “stack,” but that’s another story on creativity.

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Is Your Resume Battle Ready?

Your resume is either fighting for you, or sabotaging your job search. If you are submitting resumes and obtaining no results, you need to include with better ammunition in it. Start by getting feedback from family or friends. Give them a copy and ask:

1. Does my resume tell them the type of job I am applying for?
2. After reading, can they tell me how many years of related experience I have?
3. Does it spell-out my accomplishments pertinent to their opening?
4. After the company reads it, will they want to learn more about me?
5. How might they feel I could improve my resume?

While not employment experts, your family’s first impression can help. After reading your resume, will they be able to tell for what job you are applying? After naming the job, will they agree the resume addressing the jobs requirements?  Do they think it will “sell” you over your competitors? And Yes, this is a competition.

Your resume must entice the reader to want to schedule an interview to learn more about you. Does it? For more feedback and constructive criticisms, it is very helpful to have someone more experienced review your work who does not know you. 

Also, you can’t keep using the same version of your resume for every job. For certain jobs, you can make your resume stronger by tweaking your wording to address how your skills directly pertain to the job skills requirements they posted. Having a resume that results in interviews is an extremely important element to your job search!  Invest time in it. 

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