We have all experienced it…just walked out of a job interview with an empty feeling…what on Earth has happened here?
You are not alone…interviews are a dynamic process…like a growing organism that changes indefinitely…not really knowing what it will metamorphosis into. However, nature has given us a tool called the gut feeling and we all have it within us to feel our way through an interview. Some are naturally gifted at recognising the cues at an interviewand some take a little longer to grasp it….but if you can tune into it…then it’s a great barometer of interview success.
Here are some cues I think you will find useful in determining your gut feel during a job interview that are most common with recruiters…even the better ones give it away!
The recruiters eyes start to wander off into the never-never and there is alack of interest…preferring to look at an ugly print on the wall instead.
The recruiter appears to be distracted by text messages on his phone…what on Earth must be so important they can’t put the phone away?
One of the recruiters sends a signal to the other recruiter to wind it up…a kick under the table or a secret comment or code appears to have been ingeniously executed..they must think we are stupid and have not noticed!
You are not asked about your salary expectations or notice period…and that is because they don’t like you and it’s not important anymore.
There is no subtle banter or laughter around the table…its strictly business…and lets get this process out-of-the-way and move onto the next candidate.
The interview has been cut short to a point where it is not possible to make an assessment any longer…in which case it was not really an interview in the first place but a tick the box to show the successful candidate was selected from a short-list.
The recruiter has wound up the interview by informing you…we have more candidates to interview next week and will determine fit after that and come back to you with the outcome…oh really…you may as well tell the candidate they are out of the process and not inflate their optimism!
So next time you’re at a job interview and you’re feeling you’re on the way out…you are probably right! Move on and use it as an experience…there is sure to be another interview around the corner.
You have applied for a job and it’s getting close…the field is competitive and not much is separating the applicants. Its going to come down to relationship building and demonstrating your point of difference. You want to give that little bit extra in terms of profile and projection so you can stand out. So what is it you can do that will count?
The follow-up letter is a powerful tool often ignored by applicants during job search. Written effectively, it can add weight to your application, particularly when a short list for second or third interviews is being determined by the recruiter. The follow-up letter has 5 key uses:
A method for continued dialogue between yourself and the recruiter
An opportunity to restate your skills and experience
Evidence that you have considered the position seriously and wish to reaffirm your interest
It’s a proactive document, providing a vehicle for selling yourself further
The ability to offer solutions to key issues and objectives discussed during the interview.
The structure for your follow-up letter is similar to your covering letter with some minor variation as follows;
Commence your letter with a thank you statement in appreciation of the recruiter’s time
Include references to key selection criteria discussed during the interview in bullet-point form. This will confirm you have paid attention to the recruiter’s comments
Be proactive by offering solutions to key issues and objectives discussed during the interview
Reaffirm that you are still interested and challenged by the position. It will reflect your enthusiasm.
Here are 5 follow-up letter tips;
Write your letter on the same day after the interview
Send your follow-up letter on the same day of the interview. It’s important that your letter gets to the recruiter as quickly as possible
e-mail is an ideal method of correspondence
Do not courier your letter, as it may appear exaggerated
Write a follow-up letter after each interview stage and not just the first.
The benefit of the follow-up letter is that it’s not commonly used as a technique by job applicants, and by applying this powerful tool, you will certainly have an edge on other applicants.