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At Advantage, our mission is clear: create opportunities by matching our customers with our talented workforce.  At the same time, the world of work is changing.  There are new ways to recruit, new ideas about managing your workforce, and new ideas about how the workers are employed.  

Let us share our knowledge to help you take advantage of these new opportunities.

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So, You've Landed An Interview

Congratulations!

 

That’s the first step, but what should you do now?  There are three things that you should do to increase your chances of getting the position:

1. Understanding Expectations

2. Network

3. Research

 

 

1. Understanding Expectations

When the recruiter offers you an interview, it is expected that you may have some questions.  It is completely okay to ask whatever questions you have so that you are well prepared for the interview.  Below is a checklist of things that you should know BEFORE you interview:

 Where will the interview be conducted? Are there special instructions about where to park, what door to enter, what floor to go to?
 What is the expected dress code for the interview?  You may not want to ask what you should wear for the interview, but you might consider asking about the environment.   This will give you an idea.  It is always appropriate to dress up for an interview.
 With whom will you be interviewing?  Will it be an in-person interview or a video conference?
 How long should you plan to be at the interview?
 Are there any tests or other assessments that you should be prepared for?

The key here is that the more information you have about what to expect, the more comfortable you will be.  This will translate into you putting your best foot forward.

 

 

 

2. Network

Are you interviewing at a company where you know someone who works there already?  Don’t know?  You need to find out.  By networking with people who work for the company for which you are striving to work, you will not only learn more about the environment, but there is also the chance that someone will know the person with whom you are interviewing and could put in a good word for you.

So, how do you network?  This depends on what type of position you’re seeking.  If it is a professional position, try LinkedIn.  LinkedIn allows you to search for people who already work for the company with which you’re interviewing.  You may not know someone directly who works there, but it is likely that someone in your network will know someone at the company.

Another way is to try your social media channels – ask your Facebook friends if anyone knows someone at the company or Tweet about it.  You never know who may know someone who can help you.

Finally, talk to your friends, family members, people in your Yoga class, or people with whom you attend church.  You will be surprised to see how people step up to help you.

 

 

3. Research

You need to make sure to do your homework about the position, the company, the industry, and the person with whom you will be interviewing.

Below are the things that you should know about the opportunity before you walk into your interview:

 What does the company do?  You should be able to clearly state what the company does.  Look at the company website, do a search on Google, talk to current or past employees.  Practice your explanation so that if you are asked, you can give a concise response that accurately captures what the company does.
 What are the position responsibilities?  Even more important.  You need to understand how your position fits into the company and what your responsibilities will be.  When you interview, you will be asked your understanding of the position.  Your answer will sometimes make or break your chances of getting the job.  Practice.  Did the recruiter provide you with a job description? If not, get one.  Then, read it and be sure you understand what it means.
 Depending upon the type of position for which you are interviewing and your past experience, you may also want to research trends and news about the industry in which the company operates.  Understanding what is going on in the industry can be a big advantage when interviewing for a position.

Now you are well on your way to landing not only an interview, but also the job that you’ve been looking for.  Advantage is always hiring for lots of different skillsets and locations.  If you’re interested to see what we have, please feel free to search our open jobs or send us your resume and we’ll add you to our database.  Good luck in your job search!

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