It has taken me about a year to finally get around to talking about some of the topics I covered extensively in my corporate career. I think I needed a little bit of a break but I realized that if I am going to be true to my idea of this blog honoring both my identities as a former corporate recruiter AND a mom then it was about time to throw back in some recruiter talk.
First a bit of backstory in case you are new here, I worked for the same company for close to 15 years. The last 12 of those years as a corporate recruiter hiring for various positions internally and externally. During those years I can’t even count the thousands of interviews I’ve conducted but let’s just say I have a good amount of experience in this area. Today I’m going to touch on a few main areas that can help you in that initial interview.
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I know that this may seem like a logical step but you would be surprised the amount of people that go into an initial interview without researching the company and position. Here are the things you need to know:
General history of the company
What department/ position are you interviewing for and how they work within the organization
What are the main competencies of the job
Why you want to work there
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PRACTICE YOUR ANSWERS
It makes me laugh sometimes when I would get the question “What are they going to ask me?” Generally, outside of companies that do a stress interview (think high tech companies) in a first interview the recruiter is trying to get to know you and see if your prior experiences match up with the responsibilities you will have in the job.
**BIG HINT** go back to the job description, all the bullet points that you see describing their ideal candidate and the responsibilities of the position that’s what they are looking for! Be prepared to answer how you would use your prior experiences to successfully fulfill those responsibilities.
Now here sometimes is where is gets tricky, maybe you haven’t done those things in the past. That’s ok! Use the areas where you have succeeded that could translate.
For example, leadership is needed in management but whether you got that leadership from playing athletics, management role or leading an organization I don’t really care. You just need to be able to talk about it.
Every company has a different dress code so when you are setting up the interview ask the expectation for dress. Many organizations are going to a more business casual dress code and even jeans! Now I believe it’s always important to look polished and professional but COMFORTABLE!
When I found these Liverpool Los Angeles Kelsey Knit Trousers I knew they were the perfect work pant. They have some stretch and soft fabric but also look polished and professional. These are also a great option for teachers who need to move around a lot.
The Kelsey Knit Trousers and a printed top are perfect for an easy fall business casual outfit. If you are interviewing you can add a blazer and have a very polished look without sacrificing comfort.
Liverpool Los Angeles also makes some very comfortable blazers that you can dress up or down. For fall they are hitting two of the biggest trends with animal print and plaid. Both of which would look great with trousers or skinny jeans depending on how WILD your work environment is.
Now for all my teacher friends and workplaces with an even more casual work environment these Chole Skinny Perfect Black jeans have a pull on waist style so I feel like I’m in pjs but they look nice enough to meet parents or your boss.
Since they are a pull on style having a longer tunic style top looks best. The Liverpool Los Angeles Button Back Shirt has a high low hem and rolled sleeve with button tab closure for those days when you really need to “roll up your sleeves”.
BE KIND TO EVERYONE YOU MEET
SHHHHH LITTLE SECRET, at one point my direct report was our front desk receptionist and at times I would cover the desk if she had an emergency. I wouldn’t introduce myself I would just see how that interviewee would act when they came in.
Did they strike up a conversation, slump down in the chair and get on their phone? All of it was part of the interview. When you arrive on that company’s property be ON!
Be nice to everyone you meet because you never know, that might be the person you need to impress.
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