Archive for June, 2016
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Are you having trouble landing interviews for the HR or payroll jobs you are applying for? Well, you could blame luck, the economy, the president… the potential president. But have you thought about what may really be hurting your chances to land an interview? Your HR/payroll resume. As we work with HR and payroll professionals every day, we see some common resume mistakes that definitely stand in the way of interviews.
Have you ever said to yourself… “I’ll take anything, I just need to get out of here.”
When you have that mindset, your HR/payroll resume may stink of that desperation. Not literally of course, but it may be the resume of a generalist who is hedging bets and literally positioning themself for anything that opens up in the HR or payroll space. Take a hard look at your HR/payroll resume and see if you can ascertain who you are… the position you are best fit for. You may think HR is HR or payroll is payroll… but employers tend to be looking for cultural fit, the right level, the right skills for the level, etc. Figure out your HR/payroll niche – and have your resume target that.
Recently a client mentioned to me that the best interviews are the ones that seem to just “fly by” and have a natural conversation flow. Going to a job interview can sometimes feel uncomfortable for both parties. Don’t miss out on your dream job by letting the whole process get into your head. Try and relax, and let a natural flow develop. But careful – don’t be so relaxed it may appear you are not enthusiastic and a positive force.
It could go without saying, but appropriate engagement can be one of the factors that helps you stand out against other candidates. Not only does it show that you want to be there, but that you’re ready to hit the ground running if you’re hired. Oftentimes being nervous can be mistaken for disengagement.
Ask Relevant Questions
Ask questions that have to do with the conversation being had. It’s part of the conversation process. Your questions should be relevant to both the topic and the open job opportunity.
Interviewing is difficult, especially if it’s for a position you really want or the process is drawn out with either lots of steps or a lot of delays. As a candidate you will often feel out of the loop (because you are) and unsure. It’s an emotional roller coaster as you attempt to manage the job seeking process with the responsibilities of your current job. So how do you get through the roller coaster? Here are a few tips:
Stay in the Moment
Hopefully you aced the interview, but don’t assume that will get you the job or even the next interview. Your interpretation of how an interview has gone for your next HR/payroll opportunity may differ than the hiring team, and even if you absolutely nailed the interview, don’t know who else is in the running or if someone “perfect” for the HR/payroll position comes in after you. Be excited for the opportunity, but don’t mentally place yourself in the HR/payroll position could end up crushing you if you aren’t the chosen candidate.