(PRWEB) April 15, 2004
The popularity of reality TV phenomenon, ÂThe Apprentice,Â provides job seekers new insights on the importance of the interview. While most employers have less than a 15-week interview process, many lessons can be learned from how all candidates were evaluated during ÂThe Apprentice.Â CareerWomen.com asked leading employers and recruiters for their top tips on gaining the interview edge.
1. Be prepared
Familiarize yourself with the company as well as the position. Get up-to-date on current corporate issues, so you can address any questions about direction and opportunity. Develop a list of questions prior to the interview to demonstrate your interest and curiosity about the company. According to one recruiter, ÂIÂm always stunned at how many times someone applies for a new job that they know nothing about or are unqualified for. Be prepared, professional and qualified if you want to go to the next step.Â
2. Be qualified
Highlight related experience, education and skills. Have solid references that will validate your qualifications. A leading recruiter comments, ÂBe good at what you do. Create great references by being the best you can at the job you already have.Â
3. Make a Positive Impact
Highlight your strengths and what you uniquely bring to the job opening. Show how you can make a positive impact. Demonstrate interest, insight, initiative and enthusiasm. Do you want the job? A CareerWomen.com employer suggests, ÂIf youÂre applying for a marketing job, for example, bring in a sample campaign or ideas. Doing this would demonstrate an extraordinary candidate.Â
4. Be professional
Common courtesies will take you a long way at setting the right professional impression. For example, be sure to turn off the cell phone before the interview. If your interview is over lunch, watch your manners. Most importantly, be on time!
5. Be a good communicator
Get to the point quickly and say what needs to be said. A leading employer suggests, ÂdonÂt be too talkative or try to act like you know it all.Â Practice and prepare by answering sample interview questions found at sites like CareerWomen.com, and create responses for different levels within the organization.
6. Follow-up appropriately
Email a thank you note immediately that summarizes the interview and your ability to contribute to the organization. Be sure that your email address is professional, not Âhotchick@aol .com.Â
Additional resources to enhance professional development and advance womenÂs careers can be found at CareerWomen.com including career development tools, career and employment news, professional associations and employment opportunities across the US with some of the best women-friendly companies.
CareerWomen.com is the leading online career center by and for women. Tailored to the needs of todayÂs working women, CareerWomen.com provides easy access to top employers and recruiters who are actively looking to recruit women. Since 1997, CareerWomen.com has helped thousands of women find jobs in their chosen career. For more information, visit http://www.CareerWomen.com.
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