Archive for April, 2011

Don’t Pass On Your Pastimes

In the past we’ve covered interview topics like:

While we have touched upon formal interview questions and answers we would also like to address how important it is to practice and know how to answer:


HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SPARE TIME?

These answers to this question give the employer insight to how you would interact in the environment and social atmosphere of their company.

Do not exaggerate.

If you enjoy running say so but do not tell the potential employer that you run marathons.

If you find that you do not have any pastimes worth mentioning – get creative with what you know you love to do!

Here are some creative spin suggestions:

  • If you find you are ALWAYS on Facebook, Twitter, and the like you may want to say, “I am an avid social media networker.”
  • When you realize that all you do is sit on the couch and watch TV you may want to reference the most educational show in your rotation. In detail, explain what you have learned.
  • If your nose is always in a book describe to genre that most interests you and why.
  • Do movies fill all your spare time? Is Netflix your best friend?  Name your favorite movie and make sure the main character portrays characteristics you think the potential employer will appreciate.
    • Forrest Gump I find this movie inspirational, up lifting, and a true lesson in life, love, and loss. No matter how many times I watch it I’m captivated in a different way.  His determination, commitment, and self-acceptance is something I’m always striving for and perfecting.
  • Is your agenda filled with brunches, dinners, frozen yogurt dates? Mention how you value your friends and are always discovering new areas in your city to dine, meet new people, and try new things.

Hopefully you are inspired by the examples above. If you have more questions regarding this informal interview query – comment!

Confirmation Key

Before you put on your black dress shoes, best dress shirt, and pack your briefcase, CONFIRM your appointment with your recruiter or HR Manager.

Here are is a key to making sure you don’t get lost, forget documents, or miss out on an amazing opportunity due to rescheduling.

  • Email and/or call your recruiter or HR Manager to confirm the address and interview time.
  • Consider all possible routes when mapping the directions
  • Make sure you know the name/s of the person/s you are meeting with as well as their job title, and what their job responsibilities are
  • The resume in your briefcase should be identical to the one you originally sent. If you’ve made any update print out a few copies and provide the interviewer with the document noting it’s updates

Arriving fully prepared, on time, and with all the items that are required is a great way to make a lasting first impression.


Good luck and please comment for further advice!

Interview Essentials – Bring Your Resume!

One of the biggest interview “no-no’s” is showing up without a resume.

Ask yourself this:

  • Would you lead a business meeting without a presentation? You would be lost, losing your co-workers attention as well.
  • Can you imagine showing up to a private event without a  personal invitation? You would be shunned at the door!

After our recruiters conducted interviews with a large handful of candidates that arrived without a resume in hand, we’ve decided to dedicate a post to what should be on your interview checklist.


Interview Essentials:

  • Bring a copy of your resume to every interview you ever go on. Take it a step further and bring extra copies just in case you are passed along to other associates at the company.
  • Always dress the part
  • Bring two forms ID just in case you have to fill out paper work
  • Pen, paper, and portfolio (if you have one and if it’s required)
  • Freshen Up – Pop a breath mint, shower beforehand, and NO PERFUME
  • Shut off your phone entirely. Even a little buzzing can be distracting.
  • A smile, a strong handshake, and confidence

If you have any other questions about what you should bring with you on your next interview – leave a comment below!

Good luck.