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Interview Advice From Recruiters

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Nervous for an upcoming interview? Don’t panic – you got this! We asked a few of our recruiters for their best tips.

For initial phone screens/phone interviews
“My best advice is to be in a place where you have no distractions. Treat a phone interview as though the interviewer is sitting in front of you. Being able to “show” enthusiasm and interest while on the phone isn’t the easiest, but, with practice, it will land the second (in person) interview.”
-Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Infrastructure

Before the Interview
Research the company before the interview and prepare a list of quality questions to demonstrate your interest in the company and the position. Also, review the job description again, and be prepared to highlight how your skills/experience match the skills/experience that company is looking for.
Operations Recruiter,  Oldcastle Lawn and Garden

“Study up! Most people don’t look up the company or the products (if applicable to the role). The art of studying for an interview has been lost. It’s an important step – don’t ignore it.”
Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Infrastructure

At the Interview
“Be dressed professionally, speak positively about your job history, and have some good questions to ask!  Try to smile a lot, and listen attentively.”
 Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle Infrastructure

“I would say the key is to prepare.  Over prepare! Know the company, know the product, know the customer base.  Having a working knowledge of the company will allow for an intelligent conversation, connecting your skill set to their needs (the job). It’s very important to ask relevant questions.”
Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Post Interview
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours of your interview. Get the business card from each person you speak to so you know their titles and correct spelling of their name. ”
Social Media Specialist, Rochester Recruiting Office

Bonus tip

As more than one recruiter mentioned, good questions are key in a successful interview.  Here’s a good list of questions you can ask.

Take heed of these tips to put your best foot forward. This is your time to shine!

#JobSearch #Career #Interviewing #Interview #InterviewAdvice

 

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This Spring, Rely on Referrals!

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Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.

  • According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
  • Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
  • Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires 

Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”

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This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.

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Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).

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Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.

#JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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Play nice – one of many LinkedIn Member Policy Changes You Should Know About

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Are you a LinkedIn user? LinkedIn is going to update its terms of service May 8th, and their official blog recently discussed a few of the upcoming changes in depth. Since we’re guessing that lengthy policy updates aren’t the most riveting reading, we’ll break it down for you in brief, layman’s terms.

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Adhere to the golden rule
LinkedIn doesn’t call it this, but we do. If you’re an active or even casual LinkedIn user, you may have noticed that some users behave badly, making inappropriate and inflammatory comments. This behavior is never acceptable, but used to be more common on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LinkedIn will be curtailing this negative activity, before it escalates. They have the policy broken down into five sections:
– Be Real
– Be Professional
– Be Nice
– Respect each other’s behavior and follow the law
– Respect LinkedIn’s Rights
You can visit their Professional Communities blog post section for specifics. As the site grows in popularity, members and usage, the fact that they have a no tolerance policy on abuse and are enforcing violators is a necessary step in the right direction.

User Agreement Update

In our view, the most pertinent change here is this:
“A new section has been added to the User Agreement to better clarify how we use information and data we have about you to make recommendations to you and others, including to suggest jobs for you and to suggest you to recruiters.”

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Privacy Policy
In this section, LinkedIn offers a guided tour explaining the changes. They expand upon what they are allowed to do with member data. LinkedIn can legally receive data about you from partner companies that are affiliated with LinkedIn. This data is used “to provide you with new services and better features.” The policy also talks about social actions – this refers to your LinkedIn activity  (liking, commenting, sharing and posting).

“When you take a social action, we will associate you with the content, companies or people that you shared or followed, and we may also use that social action as part of an ad (unless your settings do not allow that).”

With all the personal and career information you post and share on LinkedIn, it’s important to know about changes to the site. This post just scratches the surface.  If you want to read in detail about all of the upcoming policy changes, the blog post outlining them can be found here.

#JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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