Weekly Job Byte

8 Ways to Make a Great First Impression During a Job Interview

Forming a first impression of someone takes seconds, and that can feel impossible to nail when you’re in a job interview. Luckily, most hiring managers take more time to form their opinion. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that the first 15 minutes are when an impression is made during an interview, and that’s enough time to connect and sell yourself.

We spoke with hiring managers and found out what impresses them. Here are eight things to do to help you land the job.

Be careful when waiting for the interviewer to come get you, as the receptionist may get a first impression that he or she can share with the interviewer, says Patricia H. Lenkov, founder and president of the recruiting firm Agility Executive SearchRead More.

8 essential sites for researching your next employer
Landing a job interview feels great, but how much do you know about your potential employer? Job listings often illicit more questions than provide answers. Knowing where to find inside information can mean the difference between getting a job from a great company and heading down the wrong path.It’s tempting to jump on the first job offer you get, but the last thing you want…Read More. 

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9 questions to ask in a job interview that make you look smart
You should always have a few questions prepared going into any job interview.But it’s not as simple as throwing out a bunch of random queries. The wrong questions could make you look unprepared, ignorant, or just plain foolish.

Your questions should be thoughtful, intelligent, and demonstrate that you are serious about the role and the company.

Here are nine questions to ask during a job interview that will make you look smart:

‘Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?’

Smart people want to know exactly what they’re getting into.

Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its…Read More.

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