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What Gets The Employers Excited About a Candidate They Are Interviewing?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – January, 2018

Worthington, OH January 01, 2018

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss four things that get employers excited about a candidate they are interviewing.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
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At ESS, we are thrilled to be in 2018! Just last week we moved our office to bigger space in new building to accommodate our growth. Along with the move we will have many new initiatives this year to help us stay ahead of the curve and to embrace new technology that is affecting how we do our business. The result will be a better experience for each candidate and employer we work with.  We welcome you to stop by our office if you are ever in Columbus, Ohio or just driving through.

What are you doing in 2018? We want to be a part of your 2018. If you are looking for a new role or if you are looking to add and grow your team, we want to be your partner. We have helped many people over the years and if 2018 is the year for you, we can help you realize your goals. If you would like to discuss how we could help, please call or email.

Ask the Recruiter – “What gets employers excited about a candidate they are interviewing?”

Many interviewing articles focus on what to do in order to have a successful interview. Based on our 18 years in the recruiting business and hundreds of candidates who have interviewed with employers, we have narrowed down the top four areas employers mention to us

  • Appropriate dress – We frequently tell people, “Be remembered for what you said, not what you wore”.  The correct outfit is often taken for granted. When was the last time you had a third party evaluate what you are wearing? When did you buy the shirt, tie, suit and shoes you are wearing for the interview?  What about your hair, make up and nails. All of these “little things” contribute to your brand.
  • Body language – Two of the most common complaints employers share with us are lack of eye contact and excitement for the job. Do you sit up or slouch over? How is your handshake? Do you smile a lot?  Does your voice tone change based on your excitement levels or are you monotone? Again, these little things communicate your excitement for the role and the company.
  • Know the company – When was the last time you reviewed the mission statement and core values?  Have you prepared answers from your experience that reflect the core values the new company has on their website? Have you read press releases for the last couple of years to know new products, segments or new initiatives happening with the company?
  • Small talk – Have you researched each person you are meeting with and found something you may have in common?  Do you name drop or do you share names of people you truly know who may be a reference for you?

The bottom line is preparation is the key.  Preparing your physical appearance along with how you may answer questions is essential. Companies can tell when people prepare and when people just wing it. Go in there and get invited back or get the offer then you can make the decision. If you do not prepare, the decision will likely be made for you.

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