Finding a Job is a Full Time Job By Cheryll Boswell

As the job market and employment rate continues to improve, finding a job is still a full-time job. Employers are looking to find the most skilled workers to fill positions in their company. After you’ve completed applications, written successful resumes and cover letters that have landed you an interview, the grind of getting a job has taken on another level of responsibility. Having an interview does not guarantee you employment. It is a good sign, that the employer saw potential in you being a part of their company. Doretha Jamison, the Employment Manager at METEC’s says “when you land that interview, whether it’s for your dream job or not, be prepared. You have one time to make a first impression.”

A job interview can be very intimidating. It’s also an opportunity for a potential employer to access your qualifications. Being prepared can make the difference in getting a job offer or a rejection letter. While there is no one best way to prepare for an interview, Doretha has provided steps that will help you with your interview and land that job.

  1. Know the company you’re interviewing with. Go to the company’s webpage so you have a sound understanding of what they do. Review the products they make or service they provide. Learn their mission and vision statement from the webpage. Look into any trade publications or annual reports the company will put out each year.

  2. Practice answering questions. Most interviewing managers will ask questions that give them insight into your behavior and how you respond to certain situations. Use power words that will describe your strengths. Study the job description. Always show you have qualities the employer is looking for in the job narrative.

  3. Do research on the person that will be conducting the interview. Look them up on the company’s webpage, Google them or look them up on LinkedIn. You may have some common interest that will help put you at ease during the interview.

  4. Dress for Success. Today’s “business casual” dress code is pretty broad. Show up neat and well-groomed. Don’t be afraid to use an iron on your clothing before the interview. Dress better in the interview than the everyday dress code at the company.

  5. Review your Facebook page, Instagram or other social media and delete any negative postings or pictures. Employers will look up your Facebook page to get background information about you. If there are negative things out there it may impact an employer’s decision to hire you.

  6. Nonverbal communication says as much as verbal communication. Manage how you react with facial expressions. Eye rolling, foot tapping, and knee bouncing may indicate how you’re feeling. Good or bad.

  7. Be on time. Get to the interview 5-10 minutes early. Turn off your cell phone before you sit down for the interview.

  8. Bring extra copies of your resume (that are written on professional resume paper) to the interview. In addition to the resume, bring your reference letters, and a list of references that includes the person’s contact information.

Always remember your job in the interview is to convince the employer you have the expertise, the skills, the experience, and the knowledge for the position you are applying for. Ms. Jamison stated that each Tuesday, METEC host weekly employment workshops. Contact METEC to learn more about mastering the job interview and employment trainings.