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Job Interview UnCommon Sense tips

Updated on October 11, 2017

I was lucky enough to have a glimpse although brief into the world of recruiting. I recently worked as a recruiter for Dollar General and even though the job I was sourcing for was a store manager I learned that there are some universal truths no matter what job you're looking for. I learned that if you don't think about it, you can forget some common sense items. Here are a few don'ts to keep in mind when you're on the hunt for a job.

Throwing Your Hat in the Ring

View your resume before you submit it. Be sure that not only are you submitting your most updated resume but that you're submitting a resume at all. I ran into way too many instances where the "resume" submitted was actually a pdf of a bill payment confirmation, passwords for their...everything, or an old resume that implies they haven't worked for years. The jobs most worth having probably have a ton of candidates. And IF they are willing to ask for your resume it WILL be after they've interviewed everyone else who submitted an actual/up to date resume. Do yourself a solid and check to be sure.

Never submit a "resume" that says..."I don't have a resume." If I need to explain this further to you, keep doing it. But next time put, "I'm too lazy to even make a resume".

Scheduling the interview

If you are communicating via email, this is the time to be overly professional. Don't try to sell your personality here. Tone, inflection and most importantly intention will not show up in their inbox. Using sarcasm, slang, and most jokes can easily come off as disrespectful. Remember, they are looking for someone who wants the job. Avoid looking like you're not taking the opportunity seriously. Secure the interview and get the chance to sell your personality.

Don't pick the interview time and then miss it. Set a reminder, ask a friend to remind you, or do whatever you need to do to keep your word. The interviewers perception or your word and ability to be on time is at stake.

Preparing for the Interview

You must prepare for your interview. Know your stats. They will not only want to know that you held the position but they also want to know how well you did. So knowing your performance metric is imperative. What's a more impressive response to the question "what's your store's Annual Revenue Volume?"

A: Well, um, I know the deposits were usually $10,000 every day.

B: I ran a 15 million dollar store which we improved from a 12 million dollar store.

If you're looking for a different type of job, you may not relate to that. If you're a receptionist, know how many lines you answered, how many executives you received for, your typing speed, etc.

Research the company. It literally takes just a few minutes to learn enough about the company to seem well versed. Interviewers don't just factor in the answers to their questions, they consider the questions you ask them. Ask good questions (that haven't already been answered).

During the Interview

Demonstrate appropriate confidence. Your confidence should be justifiable by your experience. You will not fool the interviewer by acting more confident than your resume confirms. If you are qualified, display that confidence. If you are potentially underqualified, display other valued characteristics like loyalty, shared values, an understanding of the company. Don't act like you are confident that you're qualified, you'll look like the only person there who doesn't know that have growing to do.

Never ever talk badly about your previous employer. There are very few ways for you to make it sound like you dont have an issue with authority, following your job description, and making rash decisions.

Don't omit experience from your resume and then talk about it.

Don't talk too much. Silence doesn't necessarily mean they're waiting on more. It likely means they are taking notes or making certain not to cut you off. Chances are you're not the only call they have to make and the longer you talk about what you want to say, the less you get to talk about what they want to know. Remember, if it's important to them, they'll ask.

Answer the question. Then add on. There's nothing worse than not getting the answer to your question. If you ramble on, you run the risk of never actually answer the question. If you must turn a yes or no question into an essay question, start by answering the specific question and then use anything additional to support your answer. There are a lot of people who interview for jobs and try to fake being qualified. You don't want to be lumped into that group because you spoke for 3 minutes straight but never actually answered the question. If the question begins with "how many" and your answer doesn't include a number, you've missed the mark

After the Interview

Don't be a D-bag. It's not impossible that the person they picked over you may never make it in to their first day. They may decide to stay at their current job, they may fail the background check, or a ton of different things. This means that you could be reconsidered. But not if you voiced your frustrations about not being chosen in a disrespectful way.

The recruiter is rooting for you to be the right candidate. They may have been searching to fill this position for some time. They would look better if they filled it today than if they filled it tomorrow. So they won't sabotage you but they will absolutely let you sabotage yourself.

© 2017 Brittany Moore


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