Archive for October, 2016
As LinkedIn and Facebook do an amazing job of telling the world, today is my 43rd birthday. That makes today special for me as I’m thankful for birthdays. Life is precious and God has blessed me with amazing parents who love me, supportive brothers (Tony and Andy), the best sister (Terese) a guy could ask for, a beautiful and loving wife, two great kids (wish they would quit growing up so fast), a loving home, great neighbors and friends, and the list goes on.
It may seem straightforward to look for a new job. After all it’s as simple as find open job, apply for the job, and wait to hear from the hiring manager. The reality is while you are applying for multiple HR and/or payroll opportunities, you are following a process – with each step in the process requiring varying degrees of effort. You may be applying for new jobs, interviewing and even negotiating all at the same time. In each instance, your goal is to get to the next step and eventually land your HR or payroll job.
Varying Efforts: Not every stage requires the same amount of effort, so while you look for your next HR or payroll opportunity, with hopefully many “irons in the fire,” balance your efforts appropriately. Focus on items that you are going to see the most return on your time investments. Spending hours sourcing openings isn’t going to help if you have an underperforming resume or aren’t prepared for interviews.
Searching: Today you can find numerous HR and payroll opportunities with search tools, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc. Set aside time each day to be on top of HR/payroll postings that would interest you. Additionally, use an HR and payroll staffing firm like Willory to help find unlisted opportunities.
Be prepared. It’s the number one piece of interview advice for good reason. Being prepared for an interview shows you care about the opportunity and respect those involved in the process.
When Willory works with our HR and payroll candidates, we make sure they are prepared for their interview with a briefing regarding both the opportunity and company. When you’re looking on your own for an HR or payroll position and you get an interview, don’t blow it by going in unprepared. But what does prepared look like? How can you impress the hiring manager to set yourself apart?
Before heading to an HR or payroll interview, your research will need to unearth information about the prospective employer that will impress in the interview. Any information you uncover can (and should) be tied into your skills and why you’re the person for the open HR or payroll position.
You can find out a lot of information out by researching the organization, sometimes too much. However, if you stick with these areas you will come across as knowledgeable and prepared.
What do they do? Don’t assume you know what a company does – visit their website, the About Us and Services pages and make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what the company does and perhaps how a past position you’ve held ties in. Depending on the organization you can also find out information through investor and annual reports. These can show you what is important to the organization’s stakeholders.
You may have heard in the past that hiring managers make a decision within ten minutes on a candidate. This came from a 2012 study where hiring executives were asked, “How long does it typically take you to form either a positive or negative opinion of a job candidate during an initial interview?” The median response was ten minutes. In other words, you have just ten measly minutes to make an impression to keep you in the running for the HR or payroll position you covet.
What do you do with your ten minutes? Start from the minute you walk through the door by being enthusiastic, upbeat, and projecting confidence but be careful, the line between confidence and arrogance is a thin one. The opening minutes of your interview will set the tone, so make sure you are ready, not rehearsed, to answer the typical opening interview questions.
Question: Why are you here today?
Be ready to tell the hiring manager for your HR or payroll interview why you are looking and why their open position appeals to you. What makes the company one you would like to work for? What makes the HR/payroll position a unique fit to your specific skillset? And of course, be ready to answer why are looking. With each answer, make sure you’re addressing the question and job description while remaining upbeat and positive.