4 Videos to Watch Before Your Next Big Interview

By ATR International |   Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 06:56 AM

We've all been there. You found the perfect job at the perfect company. You are the ideal candidate to fill the position and now you just need to convince the company of the same. So you spend hours putting together a customized resume that proves it. You submit your resume,  Make it through the phone interview, and now it's time for the all-important in-person interview. You really want this job. So you study the company's website, maybe take a look at their competitors, review the industry, and read through all of their reviews on Glassdoor.

You are all set. But you're still nervous. Really nervous.

What can you do to calm your nerves and set yourself apart from the competition? These 4 Ted Talks have the answer.

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Illegal Interview Questions and How to Address Them

By Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting |   Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Questions. Questions. Questions. When you are applying for jobs, you will most likely participate in many different interviews to determine whether you are the right fit for the role. These will feature lots of questions. As a job seeker, it is important for you to understand the difference between an illegal and a legal question. What may seem like an innocent question asked by the hiring manager could end up fitting the criteria for an illegal or discriminatory question or subject. In this post, we want to help you recognize an illegal question, and understand how to respond in the event that you are asked one.

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Watch The Most Stressful Job Interview Ever

By ATR International |   Fri, Jun 05, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Think of the worst possible scenario for a job interview. Getting lost on your way to the interview? Interview questions about how many ping pong balls fit into a school bus? How about interviewing in front of a panel of VPs? Go ahead, come up with your worst case scenario.

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The Job Search: When Experience Isn't Enough

By ATR International |   Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 08:35 AM

A nationwide study conducted by CareerBuilder has uncovered the factors that influence a hiring manager beyond matching job skills. The survey included 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals across a variety of industries and it asked them to reveal which factors would make them more likely to choose one of two equally qualified candidates. The top responses were as follows:

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Are You Sure That's Why You Didn't Get Hired?

By ATR International |   Fri, Jun 07, 2013 @ 08:47 AM

Last week I appealed to employers to be more circumspect in considering the unemployed when hiring (Are you Tapping the Most Underappreciated Talent Pool). Discrimination is real and it happens for many reasons, not just unemployment. Humans are imperfect, make mistakes and behave very badly sometimes. We must all be vigilant against discrimination throughout our society, not just in employment. 

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Be Prepared: The Interview Checklist

By ATR International |   Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Going for a job interview can be one of the more nerve-racking things in life. What will they ask you? Will you be able to answer correctly? Are you dressed appropriately? It’s almost more stressful than a first date. But if you are properly prepared, you can increase your comfort level and boost your performance.

Here is an interview checklist to make sure you are fully prepared on the big day.

Directions
You definitely do not want to get lost on the way to your interview. If possible, make a trip to the interview location a day or two before the big day. Knowing where the location is ahead of time will ease your mind and ensure you make it to the interview on time.

Pen and Paper
Nothing says “I’m interested” more than someone taking notes. Don’t rely on your memory. Jot down the names of everyone you meet along with any important information you hear during the interview. You can refer to this information later on when you write your “thank you” emails.

5 Copies of Your Resume
Bring at least 5 copies of your resume, maybe more. You never know when someone will be pulled in to speak with you who has never seen it and has no idea who you are. This is a great way to show that you are prepared.

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References
Never volunteer your references (it’s too presumptuous). But do make sure you have them printed out on nice paper just in case someone asks for them. Be sure to let your references know if you do give them to someone who interviewed you.  

Knowledge
This really is the key to your success. Research the company to exhaustion. Their history, products, services, culture, locations, news items, industry, etc. Also read everything you can find about the individuals that will be interviewing you along with any information that is available about the senior officers of the company. Leave no stone unturned in your pursuit of pre-interview knowledge.   

Questions
Always ask questions. Become engaged in a conversation with the interviewer rather than simply answering questions.

Answers
Practice, practice, practice your answers to every interview question you can think of. There are countless resources on the Internet that address this subject. Read a number of them and then formulate your answers based on the knowledge you have gained during your research.

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9 Questions You Should Ask an Interviewer

By ATR International |   Wed, Nov 07, 2012 @ 08:47 AM

Asking questions in an interview is one of the most important things you can do. It enables you to gather valuable information and also allows you to control the direction of the interview to a certain degree. Here are 9 questions you should ask an interviewer.

How would you define “success” for this position?
Showing that you don’t just want the job but want to know what it takes to succeed in the position is a must. The answer to this question will also give you information that can be used for later answers, in this interview or subsequent ones. Discuss examples of past accomplishments that match up with the interviewer’s definition of success for the position.  

What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
This question shows you are thinking long term and want to be a valuable contributor to the company. The answer to this question may also help you determine whether the company is a good fit for your long term career goals.

What can I tell you about my qualifications?
Most interviewers won’t show all of their cards, waiting to see if you will provide them with the right information to justify making you a job offer. This question may draw out any information he/she is looking for that you haven’t yet discussed. It will also give you some insight into what is really important to the interviewer in terms of qualifications.

What are the biggest challenges the person in this position will face?
Taking on challenges is a key to success at work and life in general. And vocalizing, up front, that you want to hear the challenges the position presents demonstrates your willingness to take them on. It also allows you an opportunity to offer some potential ways you might deal with them. A win-win for you and the interviewer.

How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive, and what type don't do as well?
Another great question that will help uncover what makes for a successful employee at the company. Again, make sure you tailor your answers to highlight the ways that you would fit in with their culture.

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How would you describe your management style?
Everyone likes to talk about themselves and interviewers are no different. Finding out a manager's style and then relating a story from your past work experience that demonstrates your comfort with his/her style can set you apart from the pack.

What would a successful first year in the position look like?
Similar to the first question, the answer to this question should give you some concrete answers about projects and goals. Be sure to take notes while the interviewer lists the projects and goals that should be accomplished in the first year. This is invaluable information for subsequent interviews with other stakeholders and follow up communications.

What have been the main characteristics of your favorite employees?
Everyone prefers to work with people that they like and managers are no exception. This question will go a long way towards helping you decide if your working style is a good fit with the manager.

What was the company’s most strategic decision made in the last year? Could you describe how they came to this decision?
Showing that you are interested in the big picture can set you apart from other candidates who are simply interested in the job. Every manager wants people working for them that understand how their position impacts the company as a whole. Demonstrating this in an interview will enable you to have discussions about the company that other candidates won’t be having.

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An Unsettling Trend in Hiring

By ATR International |   Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

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The Job Interview: Why Didn’t They Call You Back and What To Do

By ATR International |   Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

There is nothing more frustrating than interviewing for a job that you really want and then sitting and waiting for a phone call. The interview seemed to go really well. You were prepared, dressed appropriately, and you arrived on time. All of the stars were aligned. So why aren’t they calling you back? Here are a variety of possible reasons, and how you should respond to each.

A better candidate
As much as you know you could do a great job in the position, the hiring company sometimes finds someone they like better. There’s really nothing you can do in this situation. The other candidate may have known someone on the inside, they may have had more relevant experience, or maybe the interviewer just liked them more than they liked you. Sometimes hiring decisions are made for reasons that are never fully revealed.

What you should do
All is not lost in this scenario. Write a follow up letter or email thanking the hiring manager and anyone else you interviewed with. Express your interest in working for the company should a role matching your experience open up. Monitor the company’s careers page and contact them if you see anything of interest.

They like you, but have other priorities
Hiring new employees is just one of many responsibilities for a manager. Every manager typically has a staff to manage as well as other timelines and projects to oversee. It is not uncommon that a company’s hiring timeframe is much longer than yours.

What you should do
Stay in contact. Emailing or calling once per week is sufficient. Any more than this may be seen as desperate or viewed as stalking. If you are a leading candidate for the job they won’t forget about you.

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They are waiting to see how you follow up
For certain positions, such as sales, the company may be waiting to see how you follow up and how persistent you are. Quite often, the follow-up is just as important as the interview. Follow-up should be timely, professional, and targeted.

What you should do
No matter what the position, always follow-up with everyone that took the time to interview you. Email is fine. Just make it personalized and professional.

Things got put on hold
The urgent need to hire a Marketing Specialist last week may not be as urgent this week. Other things come up, priorities shift, companies change direction. The position may still be open, but the hiring may have been put on hold for now due to shifting priorities.

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