I Love Job Interviews!

Ok, I never hear anyone say those four words, not even recruiters 😉 When I recently looked through some Twitter feeds I unfortunately found a lot of people tweeting that they hate interviews. I think hate is a strong word but so is love. I don’t think people will all of a sudden start loving interviews but hopefully I can help people hate interviews a little less.


Interviews

Job interviews can be stressful especially when you really need a job. Not all interviews are created equal and there will always be something that you won’t like about them but hopefully these 3 things will help you better prepare for job interviews and learn to hate them less.

Problem #1: Not having a Good Resume

When you decide to start searching for a job you need to get organized. You need to update or create a fantastic resume, which will hopefully get you the interview you need.

You can spend hours online searching resumes that you think are better than yours and trying to piece together something that you think will impress a recruiter. You can also save yourself a lot of time and ask a professional recruiter what they think about your resume and what you should change so you can get the interview for your dream job.

This is exactly what I offer. A resume critique costs only $20.00 and it provides you with the essential tips that can help you land an interview. I’m not your friend or family member who can’t really help you write a better resume. I am a professional recruiter who works with different companies and hiring managers and reviews and screens hundreds of resumes a month. I know what hiring managers are looking for and can help you get a resume that will be read and not tossed out.

Maybe you think your resume looks good. Maybe since you are getting some job interviews that the resume is actually really good. If you think your resume is great why not let a recruiter take a look at it and confirm that for you.

What does your track record look like? Have you ever really looked at how many interviews you’re actually getting compared to how many jobs you’re applying to? Are you really getting the most of your resume?

Problem #2: Never Feeling Prepared

Only when you have a great resume are you ready to start marketing yourself and begin your job search. Before you get your first phone interview you need to first create a document that will help you track all your job applications.

Here is a document that I have created that has helped hundreds of people. It’s a great tool that will enable you to keep track of all the jobs you apply to and where you are in the recruitment process.

The Job Tracker

Click here to view this document in a new window.

One of the worst things to happen to someone who is looking for a job is getting a phone call from a recruiter and you can’t remember the details of the job you applied to or where the company is and even if you are really interested in the job. This spreadsheet lets you track the following;

  • The Date you Submitted your Application– This will allow you to track your submissions and help you move on once a few weeks or months have passed and you haven’t heard anything.
  • The Posting Closing Date– This will help you anticipate when you’re likely to get a phone interview.
  • Job Title– A great reference when a phone interview sneaks up on you.
  • Company Name– Another great reference when a phone interview sneaks up on you.
  • Brief Job description– It’s hard to remember all the jobs that you apply to especially when it takes an average of 7 months for a person to find a new job. This will help jog your memory but I would also create a separate document where you can save job descriptions.
  • Your Relevant Skills & Experiences – This will remind you of the reason you applied to the role. A few points should remind you why you’re qualified for the job and a great help when you find yourself in a phone interview.
  • Location– This will help you remember if it’s a local job or if it’s out of state.
  • Commute to Work– This should help you decide whether you want this job badly enough to commute 30, 45 or over an hour to every day.
  • Salary– Many postings will not include the salary but you can aslo make a note of the salary expectation that you provided if you were asked on the application.
  • Comments– This is where you make notes on everything. If and when you had a phone interview, the name of the person you spoke to and their job title, when you should hear back from them etc.
  • Questions– These are questions that you should not forget to ask at the end of a phone interview.

Problem #3: Nerves

Nervous people don’t get jobs. They just don’t. You need to believe in yourself, your skills and your ability to do the job. People want to work beside and hire confident people. Remember that the interviewer or panel is looking at you and asking themselves – Do I like this person enough to want to work with them 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?

I always think being yourself is really important. You don’t need to be an extrovert to get a job. People tend to think that they won’t get hired unless they are not “on” and the life of the party. You just need to show that you want to work for the company (enthusiasm) and that you are a great person to work with (positive, happy attitude) who has the qualifications to do the job.

I believe it’s just a matter of being comfortable with yourself and knowing how to communicate. If you’re shy but can communicate and are comfortable talking about yourself, past jobs and career goals than you’ll do fine.

You just need to learn that being you is ok. Employers don’t want an office full of extroverts and Type A personalities. They want to hire people who can do the job and more importantly know how to communicate and add value to the company and team with their skills and unique experiences.

At the End of the Day

The more interviews that you go through the more confortable you will be. I believe that having a great resume that really represents you and your accomplishments helps build confidence. Once you have a well written resume you feel more confident about your background and your abilities. You start to really believe in yourself and start to plan and reach your career goals. Your confidence also increases when you start getting responses from your resume.

Many readers have told me that they feel flustered during phone interviews. The pressure to answer every question perfectly so you can get to the next stage of the interview process is too great. Well, personally I have never found a perfect candidate. It’s not all about giving the right answers so stop putting so much pressure on yourself and focus on the job description. Focus on demonstrating key skills that are required for the role and how your skills and experience match the criteria.

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16 thoughts on “I Love Job Interviews!

  1. February 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I must be a freak of nature as job interviews excite me! They give me the chance to sell myself better than a resume can and represent opportunity.

  2. February 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I think that’s GREAT Todd. Very rare but great 🙂

  3. NK
    February 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Dorothy, Thank you for posting the job tracker sheet. It is of immense help. A ready made template like this one has helped me save my time.

  4. February 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hi NK,
    Thanks for leaving a comment and I’m really glad you find the job tracker helpful 🙂

  5. Charisse
    March 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Dorothy,

    Thank you for posting the Tracker, I did not think about this, and I have gotten caught wondering “who is this and what job is this that I applied for in my mind while on the phone with someone”. Your a life saver.

  6. March 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Hi Charisse,
    Glad it was helpful 🙂

  7. Fritz
    March 3, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I don’t hate interviews, I hate the interviewers…

  8. Cindy
    March 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I agree, Fritz. Some of the interviewers have this holier-than-thou attitude. They ask ridiculous questions that have nothing to do with the position, just hoping that you will screw up. Then they don’t even have the decency to call or email afterwards, as if their time is too valuable and your time is worth nothing. The manners and protocols should go both ways, but it seems to be a one way street every time.

  9. March 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Hi Cindy and Fritz,
    Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Some recruiters need to get off their pedestals and be professional and call candidates back.

  10. Charisse
    March 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Dorothy,

    Just following up with you about the last time I posted about the position that did not call me back after several form interviews since last year. I learned that all upper management was fired and I am assuming they have hired all new management and reorganized positions and job duties.

    That (company)(several months later) called me today and asked if I was still interested in job opportunities ? Then the recruiter immediately asked what is my salary range? After listening to my favorite vertical recruiter (YOU). I did not get super anxious, or even happy but very surprised! Its been since last year November I heard from them. The recruiter led me on until February of 2012 and just dropped off the face of the earth.

    I responded back by asking about the position? salary range? and would I have to do the process of interview with 90 people again?! LOL

    She stated YES, different position, different manager so I would have to do this all over again. I am feeling personally (looking at them side eyed). Like you been through a bad breakup and someone comes back smiling and all along they want to trick you again and lead you on until they get what they want and there off again, laughing down the street….

    What should I do?

  11. March 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Charisse,
    That is horrible. I can’t believe they are asking you to go through the whole process again. Fair or not it’s something you will have to do if you want to work for this company. It’s something you will have to really think through before you decide. It’s not an easy decision and you have no guarantee’s that they will hire you after going through all of this. Good Luck!

  12. Charisse
    March 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Dorothy,

    I chose to move on, and not even reply to that perspective employer to lead me on again. I must say since the job market situation, these employers have adapted a new attitude, at the expense of the potential employee and its certainly making a sour note I’m most people’s mouth. I feel like I’m on some kind of assembly line of widgets and gadgets for a job.

  13. March 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Hi Charisse,
    I know its difficult but you need to stay positive.

  14. M. T.
    June 16, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I am elated a happened upon your article. It has truly been therapeutic. I interviewed for a position and sadly was not selected. I prepared for days for this position. I researched, composed a PowerPoint presentation, and a tabbed folder containing a plan of action for the school term for each interviewer. I was passionate about making a difference in their school. I was sobbing when I found out it was not ment to be. Thanks again for posting.

    I still don’t know why I wasn’t chosen.

  15. JustAGirl
    January 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Dorothy, 50+ in-person, interviews in a year don’t make you more confident. Obviously, I am doing something wrong. My resume is fabulous – a recruiter at my old company said so. I love phone interviews. They are easy, I can kick back in jeans and a hoodie and be happy, fun me. It’s the in person I hate. I don’t like business clothes, I hate having to deal with my unruly hair, I’ve gained weight. The whole concept makes me uncomfortable. I agree with @TheSilverSurfer above. I hate talking about myself and I hate being asked personal questions by strangers. Yes, I also loathe dating. I’ve never been social and being put on the spot is not the way for me to shine. I’ve always liked temp agencies because in the past I would just go in and prove I could do the job but alas, companies are making people interview for temp to perm jobs as well.

  16. January 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Hi JustAGirl,
    Well at least you know what you need to work on 🙂 Talking about yourself doesn’t need to be a terrifying thing. Just pick a few things/jobs that you are proud of and expand on them. In regards to business clothes, you don’t always need to wear a suit and tie or a skirt. There are so many options now but it all really depends on the work/industry you are looking to work in. A cute blazer (blazers are soo cute) with a great pair of pants and a fun top is super cute and if you have unruly hair then try to work in a hair band or an up-do. Thanks for the comment and I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong I just think you need to be more comfortable in your skin. Good Luck!

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