Monday, February 3, 2014

Flying with the Eagle in 2014 …

You’ve probably heard them one hundred times before but it never hurts to hear them again. As we begin a new year, here are some pre-interview ideas for Candidates who are seriously interested in improving their career growth opportunities in 2014.

To “Fly with the Eagles, one must think and act as a Superior Achiever.” Remember, a
Candidate is evaluated by:

                        How they present themselves in the initial 30 seconds
                        Their appearance: Looking and acting in a professional manner.
                        Their initial attitude
                        Their charisma
                        Their attention to pre-planning
                        Their “homework” on the company
                        Their desire to get the job offer
                        Enthusiasm, eye sparkle
                        Eye contact
                        Firm hand shake
                        How they sit in the chair (sit forward don’t slouch, palms open – yes, Body
                        Language counts!
                        How they listen
                        How they present themselves with more than a resume
                        Portfolio of accomplishments
                        Letters of recommendation
                        List of references (confirmed, updated, work related)

Also, never underestimate the power of doing your ‘homework’ on the company to understand the product, markets, company revenues, the company’s weaknesses and strengths or opportunities. (Please, view the web site of the company).  You will also be judged by the questions asked of the potential employer’s representative. Be prepared.

YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY THE QUESTIONS YOU ASK. Rehearse in advance. 

Here are some examples of questions you could ask:
  • Do you have a written job description? Or I’ve reviewed the job description and have some questions about ________ and _________.  What do you envision as the job function’s most important goal?
  • What are you looking for in a candidate? (Explain at this point what makes you the perfect candidate).
  • Where are the Firm’s strengths?
  • Who is the Firm’s strongest competitors?
  • Research and do your homework.
  • What percentage of market share do they manage? (Homework)
  • Does the company have a 3-5 year plan and how do you envision my position would grow or develop?
  • If you were to offer, and I accepted the position, what do you envision as a new employee’s greatest immediate challenge; what would you expect from me for the first 60, 90, 180 days on the job?
  • What do I have to do at this point to obtain the opportunity? Great closing question; this would be a great point in the interview where you close them and ask for the job.
Hands down, preparation is key to a successful interview. These may be simple, common sense ideas but it never hurts to be reminded. The more things change, the more they remain the same. It’s a new year and a fresh start. As you begin a new fresh job search in 2014, keep these tips in mind and hopefully you will find the new position of your dreams in no time. 

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Cathy L. Sage is President of Robert Sage Careers, LLC.; a Residential and Commercial Modular Executive Search Firm and a Job Board Publisher who specializes in the Factory-Built Structures Industries. She can be reached at cathy@robertsagecareers.com and/or sales@robertsagecareers.com; phone: 727.504.5350. For your Commercial Modular inquiries, please contact Cindy Newberry, RSC’s Commercial Division Manager at cindy@robertsagecareers.com and/or cindyknewberry@tampabay.rr.com; phone: 863.662.4185. For more information about the company or to visit the Job Board, access http://www.robertsagecareers.com.  

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