Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Job Competition
January 11, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Career Advice, Networking/Social Media, Recruiting

Lots of competition for jobs these days, with the economy on the repair. Have you found yourself in a situation like this recently?

It’s tough out there today! Instead of resorting to sabotage of your fellow job-seekers and risking bringing bad karma on yourself, try making yourself memorable instead. As a recruiting professional and also the occasional job seeker myself, here are some things that I think will help you out:

  • Dress conservatively for your interview, but wear just a hint of flair – ladies, a bright colored collared shirt under your skirt- or pants-suit, and guys, a colorful or interesting tie. Caution: make sure it’s interesting without being tacky/inappropriate.
  • Find out a little about the people with whom you’ll be interviewing before you meet them, and write down some interesting facts about them that you can use in your interview. I’d caution against making direct connections with them until after your interview though (i.e. LinkedIn)
  • Bring a notepad to your interview pre-loaded with questions about the company. Take notes during your interview and ask questions related to the things you discuss with your interviewer.
  • Following your interview, send a hand-written thank-you note to the people with whom you interviewed, in addition to a quick thank-you email. Hand-written notes are not common any more, and people remember them.
  • Tip: always be pleasant to the receptionist. That’s your opportunity to make a great first impression, and a lot of interviewers ask them how they are treated by those who come in to interview.

If you have other interviewing tips, please leave them in a comment below. Wishing you the best of luck on your interviews!


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I think another great idea is to help others that are looking for jobs along side you. If you are helpful in placing applicants you meet, you could be remembered and may even make new friends where you never imagined possible. It’s possible they may remember you when they find out about a job opening in their company or through other friends. Always help others when you can and you will find that you too will be rewarded. It always pays to build bridges rather than burn them.

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