How To Help Interviewees Relax – Without Getting Too Comfortable!

May 14th, 2014

Do candidates with the jitters perplex you? The fact is, interviewees need to be able to relax in order to represent their true personalities. It’s understood that all job interviews are stressful and that it takes a lot to relax for an interviewee, but it can be done. It begins with the interviewer’s approach.

In this article, we will outline some of the most important tips for helping interviewees relax when screening them for job openings at your company.

Choose a Good Location

You may have read the title above and are thinking about a job interview in a park or a coffee shop. That is not what we mean. Never interview your candidates in tiny meeting rooms, the company cafeteria or a dark office — which only serve to freak the candidate out. This will not send a strong impression of your company nor will it help them to relax.

Instead, reserve a large conference room ahead of time to ensure that you have a quiet and roomy space to enjoy. The room should also have some pictures of your campus or awards earned by the company. This will help make a good impression on the candidate.

Introduce the Company Right Away

An excellent way to ease the tension is to introduce the company right off the bat. Even though the strongest candidates will likely already know this information, it is still an excellent idea instead of turning right to the questions you have prepared for them. This is a non-confrontational method of beginning the interview that helps the candidate relax, take a breath, and move forward with the discussion.

Be Professional, Yet Approachable

Another important tip is to be professional, yet approachable. Employers can come across as cold and unapproachable when trying to be professional in an interview. This can send the wrong signals to candidates and even cause them to turn down job offers or offers for second and third interviews. Use your demeanor to impress candidates. This can be done by smiling upon being introduced and offering the candidate a glass of water and a comfortable chair.

Know the Candidate’s Resume

When an interviewer knows the candidate’s resume, he or she will be able to have more of a conversation with the interviewee. This, in turn, makes the candidate feel a little more relaxed during the interview. You do not need to grill the candidate from start to finish. Instead, help the candidate shine in the interview by focusing on their most recent accomplishments and by finding out what they have enjoyed most at their current job.

Get Rid of the Industry Jargon

If you want to confuse a candidate, or make them worry, then use industry jargon throughout an interview. If you want the candidate to relax and enjoy the process, as much as possible, do not use industry jargon. Even if it is part of your everyday vocabulary, make a point to use it as infrequently as possible.

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Appropriate Attire for a Skilled Trades Interview

April 18th, 2012

Many people struggle with what to wear for many occasions in life. Traditional wisdom dictates that business suits and business dresses are always the right choice for job interviews. However, for every rule there is an exception. There are some careers and industries where business-formal dress is a little over the top for the job in question. If you’re planning an interview for a skilled trade job, you want to dress accordingly for the occasion. Here are a few tips to help you dress for success for this particular interview.

Ditch the Three-Piece Suit

There’s no need to be quite as formal when interviewing for a skilled trades job. It should be the quality of your work that speaks volumes about you. A solid portfolio will make the point much better than a business suit or sports coat ever could. More importantly, you’re probably not at all comfortable in business suits – and you need to feel as comfortable as possible in the interview process.

Ladies, you can get rid of the dress and heels. There’s no need for them. Other attire options will be a much better fit for the position to which you’re applying. It will also make it easier for you to be treated like one of the guys.

Keep it Casual, but Professional

While that might sound like a contradiction, there is method to the madness. You don’t want to go into the interview looking like you slept in your clothes. It’s a good idea to go for the “business casual” look that has you wearing a nice pair of khaki pants and a nicely ironed button-up shirt. Don’t forget to wear a nice pair of shoes, which does not mean your best tennis shoes.

Women might opt for a pair of slacks and a professional looking top or blouse. Choose shoes that match the professional look of the slacks and shirt you’ve selected. Flats, dress boots or loafers are a good idea.

If the interview has been arranged through a recruiting agency, don’t hesitate to ask the recruiter what the recommended attire for the interview would be. They have a better understanding of the specific client performing the interview and what attire might get the best results with that client.

The point is to look professional without going over the top. You don’t want to look completely out of place but you also don’t want to look like you’re not taking the interview process seriously. Dressing the proper way for the interview shows the person conducting the interview that you take yourself, your talent, and this interview seriously.


How to Prepare for an Interview for an Admin Position

December 15th, 2011

You have landed the interview you want for the administrative position you need. Now, you are trying to get yourself ready to go and ace it. What should you do to prepare for such an interview? Chances are good you will do well on this interview if you take a few steps now to fully prepare for it. It does not have to be hard or time consuming to do so either.

Tips for Interviewing for the Admin Position

The following tips can help you to do well in any administrative position you are applying for this time around. As an admin professional chances are good you will be working hand in hand with others. This means that not only are the answers to the questions important, but so is the way you answer them. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

  • Know what the company is looking for when it comes to computer skills. Often, this is one of the most important features for individuals working in these positions. Having at least the minimum required skills is often necessary to get into an interview.
  • The phone is your best friend as an administrative assistant. Do you have good phone communication skills? Are you organized enough to handle a high-paced phone system? Be sure to know how to do this as well as how to do it well.
  • Chances are good you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Know them. An administrative professional needs to be computer literate, but also organized, positive, motivating and a leader.
  • Stress and pressure can also be a tipping point with some professionals. It is a good idea for you to be ready to answer questions about how you handle stressful situations. It is often important for you to verbalize this. You may say that you are organized and can keep a cool head under pressure. You may wish to describe what you’ve done in the past to manage a stressful environment.

Depending on the position you are applying for and your work experience, the interviewer may ask you questions about managing others. You may also need to demonstrate skills and proficient in various computer programs or with various phone systems. Be ready to roll up your sleeves to show off your skills. Even more so, the interviewer may ask you bizarre, non-traditional questions to find out what you are like. Answer those questions honestly and with as much information as you can that is on point.

The best way to be ready for this interview is to turn on your charm. Your job will involve working with other people so you will need to demonstrate your ability to do just that. Have a positive attitude and be professional. It is a good idea to showcase your personality during these interviews as that is one of your biggest selling features. This is especially true if you are working the front lines with customers. If you can be positive, outgoing and a nice person to be around during your interview, you will be one step closer to landing the big job.