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How Honest Should You Be? | JobSearchTV.com

You’ve had a first interview with the corporate recruiter, the head of HR, and the hiring manager. The recruiter says, “call me tomorrow and tell me what you think.” How honest should you be?

Summary

Here's the situation. You've had a first interview with a firm. You met with a recruiter. Head of HR. Head of an enormous business unit .Celebrity individual. Recruiter says, " give me a call tomorrow at two o'clock. Tell me what you think." How honest should you be? How honest should you be with your questions or concerns ?How honest should you be with your reservations? How honest after a first round? Here's what I told someone.
Not at all .Speak about the challenges. Speak about the opportunities that your C. Speak about your excitement. You see, the recruiter is trying to filter out people early in the process and you really don't know enough to make a decision on your side.
Now, after the second round, if this comes up, then it's a little bit different .You speak about, not concerns, but questions that you have. Not big dramatic ones, but some of the questions you have that need to be addressed. Everything you say to the corporate recruiter is going to get funneled back to the to the hiring manager who's going to ultimately say, "you know, this person sounds like they would be too big of a problem. Let's pass." And you knocked yourself out.
The corporate or agency recruiter is not your ally here. On the corporate side, they are looking for "knockout factors. "On the third party recruiter side, you know, they're going to try and manipulate you to ignore your doubts and ignore your question marks and poopoo them or say stuff that may or may not be true. More likely not true than true.
They're going to speak about their knowledge of the firm. Have they ever worked there? Probably not. They are going to speak of their knowledge of the hiring manager. Have they ever worked for that manager? No.So, even with the good party recruiter, you have to operate witha degree of distrust because they're blowing smoke at you because if you voice too many negatives, they're seeing dollar signs flying off into the sunset.
So, understand when you're talking to recruiters ,both corporate and third party, after the first interview, who are checking your pulse, that's not the time to develop "an honesty. gene."
Think in terms of always promoting yourself. You're always selling yourself. You can always say no later on but, for now, go further.

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following up after a job interview

Following Up After a Job Interview | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/11/12/following-up-after-a-job-interview-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 924 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview. 

Summary

Let's talk today about following up after the interview.

You have an interview that you really thrilled about or you just got that vibe about that says you did a great job and are really excited about it. How do you follow-up? When do you follow-up?

For years, following up and sending a thank you letter. That translated into you handwrote or typed or wordprocessed the letter, mailed it to someone and waited for a response. You have to go that far anymore. Although it's a nice touch to mail a letter, by the time that they get it, it is too late; they have already made a decision.

What you want to do is follow up shortly after the interview... Like when you get home. You have a chance to rest for a little bit. You sit down and with your thoughts about the job digested, you send an email to the folks that you met with. If it's one, 2 or 3 people, you very the letter. The theme is basically the same.

You think them for inviting you into interview and then you express your interest in the role. "I just want to let you know how interested I am in the role and I feel I would be a good fit.. Let me explain why I believe I would be a good fit." Then you list to 3 factors that based upon your discussion indicate that you fit the role very well.

Then, you conclude with, "I look forward to hearing from you. Best next step in the process."

If you don't get a response from, there is a message in that. The message could be, "Were still interviewing and we don't want to make any commitment yet." It could also mean, "we are not interested." You have to sit tight for a while. If you haven't gotten a response. A few days later ... I'm not talking about one day. I'm talking about 4 or 5 business days later… Then you might try phone call to say, "Hi! I hadn't heard from you and want to let you know of my interest. What is the process going to be like at this point? I assume that you still interviewing for the role. When you believe you be completing this round?" You make it into a friendly phone call. Thus, you have to steps you can do.

1. What is the traditional thank you email
2. Then you follow-up with a phone call 5 business days later. If you haven't heard anything.

If you're still not getting a response back to the phone call, don't call relentlessly. It is obnoxious. They tell you something by not getting back to you. That's true of third-party recruiters or employers who have interviewed you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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Following Up After a Job Interview (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview.

EP 924 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview. 

Summary

Let's talk today about following up after the interview.

You have an interview that you really thrilled about or you just got that vibe about that says you did a great job and are really excited about it. How do you follow-up? When do you follow-up?

For years, following up and sending a thank you letter. That translated into you handwrote or typed or wordprocessed the letter, mailed it to someone and waited for a response. You have to go that far anymore. Although it's a nice touch to mail a letter, by the time that they get it, it is too late; they have already made a decision.

What you want to do is follow up shortly after the interview... Like when you get home. You have a chance to rest for a little bit. You sit down and with your thoughts about the job digested, you send an email to the folks that you met with. If it's one, 2 or 3 people, you very the letter. The theme is basically the same.

You think them for inviting you into interview and then you express your interest in the role. "I just want to let you know how interested I am in the role and I feel I would be a good fit.. Let me explain why I believe I would be a good fit." Then you list to 3 factors that based upon your discussion indicate that you fit the role very well.

Then, you conclude with, "I look forward to hearing from you. Best next step in the process."

If you don't get a response from, there is a message in that. The message could be, "Were still interviewing and we don't want to make any commitment yet." It could also mean, "we are not interested." You have to sit tight for a while. If you haven't gotten a response. A few days later ... I'm not talking about one day. I'm talking about 4 or 5 business days later… Then you might try phone call to say, "Hi! I hadn't heard from you and want to let you know of my interest. What is the process going to be like at this point? I assume that you still interviewing for the role. When you believe you be completing this round?" You make it into a friendly phone call. Thus, you have to steps you can do.

1. What is the traditional thank you email
2. Then you follow-up with a phone call 5 business days later. If you haven't heard anything.

If you're still not getting a response back to the phone call, don't call relentlessly. It is obnoxious. They tell you something by not getting back to you. That's true of third-party recruiters or employers who have interviewed you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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Thank You Notes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 805 Should you still send a thank you letter?

Summary

Thank you letters. Should you send a thank you after your interview?

The purpose of the thank you letter was originally exactly that – – thank you. The unintended benefit was that you put yourself in front of the firm one more time, put yourself in front of the employer one more time. It was a reminder.

The history of thank you letters is that you mail them 100 years ago. You mail them 10 years ago. Because they got there a few days after the interview it was one last reminder for the firm that was hesitating. These days, it doesn't work to mail a thank you letter. It's really about an email and if and when you should send it.

1 of the advantages of a thank you letter is that it communicates interest. You're going to go an extra step and express that and have a selling opportunity. That's really the key. If we were going to do is send a thank you letter that says, "I just want to thank you for making time today. I believe I agree qualifications for the role. I look forward to hearing from you about next steps," that's not a useful letter because it really nothing to sell you as being the solution to a problem.

If you sell yourself in this way, "I want to thank you for making time tonight. I was thinking about our conversation and I wanted to drive home a few points with you." Then you start selling yourself in the context of your qualifications for the role. If you start promoting yourself and your capabilities to solve the problem, "My mind is really been racing since our conversation thinking about different ways I could contribute. I was wondering if we might be able to get together next week for another conversation (another interview) and I can discuss some of those thoughts I've had." That is a useful thank you letter.

That works for certain types of positions. However, if you are an administrative assistant, if you are in a role like customer service, stick with the "enthusiasm approach" and reinforce that you are qualified to do the job. For example, if you work at a call center, you might say, "Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I just want to let you know how interested I am and I want to drive home a few points with you." Then you might list some things that were in your resume... "I handle 15% more calls than the typical call center person without escalation." If you're an accountant, you might say, "I have yet to miss a deadline in my time with my firm. I hope the organization save X amount of money by doing such and such. I'm the kind of person who thinks after hours about ways to improve operations..." On and on and on. You start emphasizing additional qualities about yourself that may have surfaced in the interview, but may not have surfaced of the interview that really allow you to differentiate yourself from others.

"I have a lot of enthusiasm for this kind of work. Would be possible for us to continue the conversation next Tuesday?" That becomes a way that you are making a suggestion and if they don't respond in a timely way, there is a message to it. The message may be that they are not interested or they may not be ready to move forward. Remember, it is 1 of those 2. After all, if they are excited, they leap all over it. Remember, it doesn't mean that they are not interested AND it could be that they are not interested. It may also mean that they're not ready because they have other people on the agenda to meet with.

Thank you letters can go a long way toward helping you IF YOU THINK OF THEM AS ANOTHER SALES DOCUMENT. If you think of them as an ordinary "thank you," then, they are really crap.

One more thing. They used to be mailed. You can't mail them anymore because they don't get there at any time before they make a decision because by the time they get there by mail, they already made a decision. You have to send it out the next day by email at the very latest. If you have a 9 AM interview, it has to go up by 9 AM the next morning. If you have had a 5 o'clock interview, it should really be sent by noon the next day. I know that's not 24 hours, but is still the idea that you are excited, you have been thinking about it, you want to reinforce of drive home some of the things that were said at the meeting or, based upon what they said, you start thinking about…" You get the idea.

Again, you state you letters as a sales tool. They will help you. Are they a guarantee that you're going to get hired? Of course, not. They can certainly separate you from the person who doesn't do anything, who doesn't want to communicate interest. 1 of the reasons that has that effect is that employers, when they get to the point of deciding that they want to make an offer, they want the offer to be accepted. They see someone who is excited as being someone who will join them versus the person who is cool and detached and may have great skills, but is less interested or expresses less interest. It's embarrassing to manager to extend an offer that gets turned down.

Get your thank you letter out start racking up some points.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

What Recruiters Look For and Don’t

 

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