19 September 2014
As a job seeker, in an effort to increase your chances of landing a job, you know it’s important to polish your interview skills and build a rapport with your interviewer. Although most prospective candidates seek to impress their interviewer through such efforts, your interviewer should be trying to accomplish the same thing. If you don’t get a good vibe from them, it’s important to remember that the type of attitude your interviewer exhibits can be indicative of what your working relationship may be if you accept the position. Here are 5 negative nonverbal cues that will help you decide if this is truly a colleague you’d like to work with. Body language – Throughout the interview, body language can say a lot about what the person might be feeling about the interviewee. For example, if your interviewer is slouched in their chair, this can usually indicate negative feelings or lack of interest in the conversation. Similarly, fidgeting tends to express boredom, anxiety, or most importantly that your listener is not engaged with the conversation. Lack of enthusiasm – Most people that are looking to bring someone new to their team(s) are generally excited about meeting prospective candidates. As a result, if you notice that your interviewer lacks enthusiasm when they talk about the position or company, this may be a red flag to consider when making a decision to move forward in the interview process. If the current employee doesn’t seem excited about the role, why should you be? Eye contact – One nonverbal cue that should be weighed in your decision to accept an offer is your interviewer’s eye contact. A lack of eye contact could either mean a lack of interest on your interviewer’s part, or could impact your ability to communicate with the hiring manger if offered the position. Hesitation – When answering questions about their experience at the company, it’s important that the interviewer speaks with positivity and confidence. Unfortunately, if they hesitate to answer questions about what they like about the company or struggle with their answer, this may be a sign that the organization might not be a great place to work. Overall professionalism – While it is important to show your interviewer that you are the right person for the job, the interviewer is equally responsible for showing you that their company is a good fit for you. Lack of professionalism during the interview can be indicative of how the rest of the organization operates.
19 September 2014
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
On September 19th, The Execu|Search Group’s Women’s Network attended their first charity event at the Grace Institute. As a nonprofit organization that aims to assist underprivileged women through a tuition-free program that teaches the necessary skills to find jobs, create resumes, and interview and secure a job, the Grace Institute was a natural choice for the Women’s Network’s first partnership. Women who attend the Grace Institute are a varied group, including single mothers, abuse victims, and those who were unable to afford a college education. Our Women’s Network, consisting of recruiters and career experts across a number of industries, attended the charity event to help inspire, encourage and build the confidence of the women who belong to the organization. The event began with volunteers arriving for breakfast and an orientation with the students and Jessica James, the Grace Institute’s Director of Development. It then progressed to each woman sitting one-on-one with a recruiter or career expert from The Execu|Search Group to tell their stories, review resumes, and discuss professional presentation in an interview. The women also worked on interviewing skills through practicing questions and assessing the strengths and weaknesses in their answers. From there, the event moved on to a career panel. “We shared stories of how we got to where we are today and what we do, how staffing agencies work, and what our role is in helping people find jobs,” says Daniela D’Alessandro, Director at The Execu|Search Group and co-founder of the Women’s Network. “It became an open forum in which we all shared our experiences, answered questions, gave feedback, and extended our recruiting expertise to these women during their job searches.” Throughout the course of the day, the Women’s Network got to know each woman personally, from her own individual strengths and weaknesses to her dream job and goals. “Our experience with The Execu|Search Group was a highlight of the entire semester. Each one of the women who came to Grace wanted to make a real difference in the lives of our students,” says Jessica. “The one-on-one time spent refining resumes and the group discussions about interviews, job searching, careers, and the world of staffing agencies gave our job seekers critical, relevant information that they would not have had access to otherwise. The Women’s Network’s very presence was a shining example of what is possible in their own lives.”