Hello people of Julia’s blog! My name is Brittney and I have known Julia for three years! We met on a retreat in college where Julia was the leader of my small group and since then I can call her one of my very best friends. Graduate of the University of St. Thomas, I work in marketing for an electronics part’s manufacturer. Today I am going to talk about how to nail that interview you have coming up and the best way to get a recruiters attention with your resume and LinkedIn. I’ve had my fair share of interviews and job so am semi-qualified to be writing this post. Feel free to keep reading to land WHATEVER job you want including that dream job!
Suzy Welch. She is a legend. Wife of Jack Welch, business executive and author, Suzy is very knowledgeable when it comes to knocking the socks off of your interviewers. I suggest watching as many videos from her as you can to take in her techniques. The videos are also short, sweet, and always less than 2 mins. A summary of a few tips I have learned from her:
- Do not let your guard down too soon especially in the 2nd This means keeping it on professional basis – do not ask the interviewer where they live or what they are getting for lunch. These sorts of things.
- Don’t go in to the interview to answer questions, go in to have a conversation. For example: “What is your weakness?” you may respond, “My weakness is public speaking and something that I have never been good at naturally but am taking an online class to improve my skills.” Don’t end there proceed to ask/say, “I’d love to hear about what kind of public speaking this job involves.” Explain your tactics, then ask a question and converse like a colleague.
- Be an energy giver. Pour your energy into others and always leave people feeling invigorated. How often do you initiate events for others? Pizza lunch, weekend hiking trip, holiday gathering. Also, when was the last time you call up someone just to encourage them, with no agenda? Be the one who pours energy into others’ success. (this tip is to think about for after getting the job as well)
Looking for some inspiration on how great you can be?
Richard Branson for his wit and entertainment always has something encouraging to say to his followers. Also, Brene Brown is someone I just started following but have loved her philosophy on being vulnerable and applied it to the workplace (she also has books on Audible). Check out these three and comment below on which one was the most useful in your life!
Remember your interviewing answers should always be interesting. Meaning, what makes you different and sets you a part from the rest, use it to your advantage.
I also love myperfectresume.com for reference on what template to use for resume, but if these are not your style feel free to Google ‘free resume template’ and other great websites will come up as well. They give you recommendations on what to put for bullet points and fun designs that are better that the boring ones Microsoft sometimes gives. Make your resume tell a story. Recruiters get bored and have been looking at resumes all day and want something that gets them excited about you. Let your personality come through.
On my resume, its one page, I have a sentence or two right above the bullet points or my description of the job, which has really done wonders for me. I recently looked at my Aunt’s resume for an electrical engineering position and she has THREE pages with paragraphs below each project or job she has done. It really depends on what your experience level is but try and keep it to 2 pages max. That being said, you do not need to list every responsibility you have done in the job. Keep it to 4-6 bullet points to leave room for your explanation when they call you for that phone interview.
For interviewing attire, it is always better to be over formal than not formal enough. Even if the interviewer in more underdressed than you, this shows them that you know they are in control and you are taking the interview seriously. If you are in a male-dominated industry, consider wearing a pant suit. They expect you to wear a skirt or dress but when you come in pants it turns the shift in perspective. That being said, I am definitely a skirt and dress wearer and love to pair with heels. Remember 55% of first impressions are made by the way you dress. Remember to stay away from too bright of colors. Below are examples of what you can wear to that first and second interview:
Finally, remember to smile (but not when talking about serious topics otherwise you may be discredited – see video here), make eye contact, have a firm handshake, sit up straight, do not fidget, do not play with hair or touch face, do not cross arms over chest, do not use too many hand gestures, and let your personality shine through but always keep it professional.
Thanks for reading and thanks Julia for letting me post!! This was fun! For more tips on negotiations, or ways to get a raise, or any other questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers and happy job hunting!