Archive for March, 2014
Often a phone interview is a necessary step along the journey to your new opportunity. No one ever landed a job with a stellar phone interview, but many candidates have lost one. Remember the goal of the phone interview – to obtain an in person interview. Keep that in mind and don’t try too hard by trying to get everything in on a ten minute call. The resume’s goal is to get you an interview. The phone interview’s goal is to get you in the door for a meeting.
The phone screen is really a chance for the HR or hiring department to whittle down their list of candidates who at first glance seem to be worthy of the “next step.” Often this call will be to delve a little deeper into an area of your experience that is especially pertinent to the open opportunity. Other times the phone interview can be a lengthy process as hiring managers just don’t have the time to meet with candidates in person. So the top performers in a phone interview will advance to in-person interviews.
How do YOU set yourself apart as a top performer? Beyond having the “right” experience, which you cannot control, here are a few things you can:
It’s easy to settle in to a position and put it on cruise control. You have a great job, you are happy, and/or life circumstances dictate you are sticking with this position for the foreseeable future. Well just because you haven’t started looking or even placed a stake in the ground for when you will start looking doesn’t mean you should be complacent. Here are a few things that you, as an HR/payroll professional, should be doing to keep you and your skills sharp for when the time comes.
Even with the economy bouncing back, there are still a lot of great people who have had difficulty landing an opportunity. At the same time, life’s circumstances can lead to a prolonged time when you are “between jobs” by your own choice. The downside with employment gaps, be it by your own choice or not, is that they can look troubling on your resume. So how do you get past this? Here are a few ways: