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It’s tough to figure out how to make yourself stand out during a group interview, especially when the other candidates seem more qualified. You might feel intimidated or worried about speaking in front of a group of people. Many times companies use group interviews to see how candidates interact and problem solve with others. Here are some ways you can move past the first round and secure a one on one interview.
- When candidates are waiting for a group interview to begin, they tend to stay quiet and keep to themselves. Resist the urge to look at your phone, and introduce yourself. Show the others that you know how to network, and that you are confident, even if the interviewer isn’t present yet.
- Include the other candidates. After introducing yourself and speaking with the other candidates, you’ll be able to address them by name during the interview. For example, if the interviewer asks you a situational question, you can answer with “Brian and I were just discussing a similar situation. Under those circumstances I would…” This will allow you to build off the other candidate’s answers, and show your leadership skills.
- Listen carefully. Make sure you are always attentive and alert. While someone else is talking, nod or smile. Show you’re a team player and be kind and supportive towards the other candidates.
- Speak with a purpose. While this is difficult for a shy person, it is important to be confident in each of your responses. Don’t let your voice trail off during your answer and don’t give someone the opportunity to talk over you. You don’t have to constantly speak, but make sure what you say is unique and contributes to the conversation.
- Thank your interviewer and co-interviewees. Shake hands with the interviewer and the others. This shows you are both polite and respectful.
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As you may have read in previous posts here on our blog, we love taking the spotlight and shining it on businesses that share our work ethic and passion for what they do. The Sill is NYC Company we have partnered with to help green-up our offices. We love their attention to detail and care for each of their products and the service they provide is outstanding. For example, every plant is hand selected at local nurseries in Long Island. We caught up with Eliza Blank, the founder of The Sill and asked her a few questions about her business.
When did you decide to start your company?
After moving into my very first apartment in NYC in 2006, it became immediately apparent that there weren’t many options when it came to buying plants that were easy, accessible, and design-focused. It struck me that this was a frustration a lot of people probably had, especially in an urban environment where most dwellings are only a few hundred square feet and in desperate need of some life. In June of 2012 I finally took the plunge and launched The Sill. My mission was to help people discover houseplants that fit their personal style, lifestyle, and budget.
What do you think differentiates you from other plant design companies?
The Sill is a destination for discovering plants that enhance both quality of life and the look & feel of your environment. We personally hunt down houseplants suitable for city dwellings – long life, easy care, adaptable – and hand pot them in a line of planters exclusive to The Sill that we make locally. We’re striving to make houseplants an integral element of the home.
What is the most rewarding part about your company?
A happy customer. A fan letter. Turning the plant-weary into the plant-fanatic!
Like Pyramid Consulting Group, your company is really involved in social media. How do you interact with your fans/customers?
We put a lot of time towards connecting directly with our fans and customers. We only serve NYC, but we’re incredibly lucky have a loyal worldwide following across our social platforms. Our focus is to create a destination for green inspiration. You’ll always find a greater emphasis on plant care tips and design ideas, over product promotion.
We hope you will love The Sill as much as we do. To learn more check out their website and do yourself (and your desk) a favor and order one of their plants!
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When you answer this question, show what type of worker you are. Mention details that will help you to become a better employee instead of simply stating that you want an understanding manager. You can say that the most important thing that your supervisor can provide you with is constructive feedback, and an opportunity to continually grow. This shows that you will not be defensive about your work and can handle criticism from time to time. And remember, no matter how much you may have disliked a previous supervisor, do not imply this in your response. Highlight any good qualities and keep the focus on what you liked about them. Use this in your answer by saying, “My last supervisor had several great qualities I appreciated such as ___ & _____. I would like for my supervisor to have some of these qualities.” Stay positive and show that you have a general understanding of the supervisor/employee relationship.
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We’ve all had that moment in an interview: We give a terrible answer to a question and don’t know how to fix it. Unless you are extremely well rehearsed, all of your answers won’t be perfect. Everyone is prone to making mistakes, but you can know how to handle them properly. The most important thing to remember during a moment like this is to keep your cool. Take a deep breath, and think of how to rephrase your answer. You can even say something along the lines of, “I’m sorry, would you mind if I answered that in a different way?” In this situation, the interviewer will most likely remember your graceful recovery, rather than your slip-up.
If you feel you didn’t handle your mistakes well during the interview, you can always send a “thank you” note and address the errors there. Don’t over-apologize, but simply explain your mistake. Although you may feel discouraged, think of it as a learning experience. Keep a mental record of your mistakes and remember them while preparing for your next interview.
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With the warm weather fast approaching, it may be tough to find a professional outfit while also staying cool. Composing an interview outfit is always a challenge, but even more so when it’s above 70 degrees outside. If you have an interview held during the hot summer months, we have some tips on how you can achieve a neat, sophisticated look without the sweat.
For men: Depending on the company, its okay to skip the tie during the summer, but you should still wear a button down. Khakis are also appropriate with a closed toe shoe, whether they are dress shoes or nice boat shoes. No caps or shorts, and make sure your shirt and pants aren’t wrinkled. However if the company is business formal, a suit is required. Try to find an unlined suit, or one made of a light-weight material such as linen or lightweight wool.
For women: You should wear nice pants, such as khakis or dress pants, and a blouse. Dresses and skirts are also appropriate, but they should be knee-length. Avoid blouses that have spaghetti straps or show your bra straps. For jewelry and other accessories, keep it simple. A big chunky necklace or bracelets will be distracting, and will probably make you sweat more. Keep your shoes closed-toe, and wearing your hair up is another option to keep cool.
You can also be sure to bring a water bottle and a small handkerchief to wipe away any sweat. If you’re worried about body odor, carry a small deodorant.
As the weather changes, your professionalism shouldn’t. You want the interviewer to focus on your skills and experience, not your outfit choice. Happy interviewing and stay cool !
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Used by over 300 million people Twitter is commonly used as a personal diary, but it is also important to consider it as a job networking tool as well. But why? Twitter can expand your professional network and inform you of important industry news. Whether you give your existing account a makeover, or create a totally new one, Twitter is a useful site in creating your personal professional image. When using Twitter as a professional, we suggest you keep these things in mind.
When creating your account, create a short username as close to your real name as possible. This will allow your followers to identify who you are immediately and can easily associate you with your Twitter handle. Also consider who you want your audience to be. Do you want your followers to be open to anyone, or would you rather focus on colleagues and other professionals?
Make sure you fill out all aspects of your Twitter page, including the avatar, biography and background. While your avatar doesn’t have to be a picture of you, your bio should be a 160 character long “elevator pitch” of your experience/interests. Brand yourself fully and make sure you include a link to a location you want to send your audience.
Build content. Consistently tweet things that are professionally relevant to you and don’t be afraid to join existing conversations. Search hashtags to find people who are talking about similar topics you are interested in, and connect yourself. Thoughtful interaction is the number one way to gain followers. Following trending topics and hashtags in your industry can also make you aware of any big news going on.
Be confident. You are using Twitter to enhance your professional online presence, so let your voice be heard! Being courageous can often times lead to educational conversation among other people in your industry.
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It is very common for an interviewer to ask “Why would you like to work with us?” This is where doing research about the company you are interviewing for comes into play. Being well-informed about the company will not only help you in forming a proper response, but will also show the interviewer that you’ve seriously thought about where you want to work. Your answer should demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the company, and should explain how you envision yourself as part of their team. Don’t forget to incorporate how your skills can benefit their company; sell yourself at the same time!
Prior to the interview, it’s a good idea to come up with a few different reasons why you want to work for the company. Looking at the company website, researching their product or service, and reviewing their mission statement are all resourceful ways to prepare for this question. Take a close look at the company’s recent achievements and news, and see how they interact on social media. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but you can make sure you answer it to the best of your ability.
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