Tips and Best Practices

Applicant Advice

Learning how to present yourself for a new position can be a challenge. The entire process is time consuming, it can raise lots of questions, require business networking, and the development of an updated resume. Let us remove the mystery of this in-depth process for you. By choosing ExecuSource as your placement firm, you will have a partner who will care about your career transition. We have spent the past 20 years forming strategic partnerships with our clients. Most of our clients work exclusively with ExecuSource during their hiring process. You will not see their listings on the Internet or in the newspaper. Let us make the introductions to our partners and our clients. Your success is our success.

Some things to think about before you interview

  • What type of position are you seeking?
  • What are your unique qualifications?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • In which geographical location would you like to work?
  • Do you have any limitations on the hours you are available for work?
  • Which benefits are important to you?
  • Which industry are you targeting?
  • How to Get the Position You Want

Show up for your interview on time. If you’re too early you may put your interviewer under pressure.

  • Wear your most professional outfit — first impressions mean everything
  • Bring at least 2 extra copies of your resume
  • Shake hands firmly with the person you are meeting
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Look your interviewer in the eye
  • Be a good listener
  • Sell yourself; tell your interviewer why you feel you are qualified for the position
  • Answer questions with concrete examples of past experience
  • Have questions ready to ask the interviewer
  • Tell your interviewer you are interested in the position at the end of your interview
  • Ask what the next step in the process will be
  • Follow up with your consultant at ExecuSource immediately after the interview
  • Send a thank you note immediately following the interview

Interview No-No’s

  • Don’t be late, but if it is unavoidable, call to let them know
  • Don’t wear casual clothes
  • Don’t dominate the conversation, let your interviewer lead the discussion
  • Don’t talk about salary or benefits during the interview (ExecuSource will give you these details)
  • Don’t be a know-it-all; admit what you don’t know
  • Don’t speak badly about any past jobs or past bosses

Remember, interviewing is a chance for you to sell your skills and abilities. It is a time for you to put your best foot forward and let the interviewer know about previous experience that would be helpful for you in a new position. For more interviewing tips, contact a consultant at ExecuSource.