The National Job Fair and Training Expo features “Getting the Job YOU Want”, presented by Zylog Systems Canada Ltd
Getting the job you want requires preparation, planning, and execution. Your next job may represent a significant portion of your life, so plan and prepare for bex
Proper planning and preparation before the interview will improve your opportunity for success. Study the company and the job, review your own resume, and be prepared before you go for the interview. Professional resource managers at Zylog are trained to help you prepare by reviewing your resume and cover letter, giving sample interviews and questions, and building your confidence.
COMPANY: Research the Company, the website, press releases, news, blogs. If you know anybody who works there, ask them about the Company Culture and opportunities to grow. Know about their new products, ventures and acquisitions. Be prepared to answer the question, “Why would you want to join this company?”. Prepare your list of questions to ask during the interview to show your interest in the job and the company. Review the job description, statement of work, skills and responsibilities, deliverable, etc and understand it, if you have any questions write them down to bring them for the interview. Visualize yourself doing the job. Identify what is highlighted on your resume that is relevant to this particular job. Prepare a statement about why you like this job and why are you the BEST one for this job. YOURSELF: Review your resume thoroughly, specifically the copy formatted by your recruiter (if applicable), review past positions trying to find past experience that is directly applicable; the best way to show you can do a job is to give real life examples of how you have successfully delivered in the past Write as many strengths or reasons why you are right for the job (rank them, make a top 3, but also write your shortcomings for this position; make them real (being a perfectionist or working too hard is NOT a weakness) and know how to overcome them and make them a strength Test yourself with the following question – “why are you the ideal candidate for this position?”. If you can answer it with passion and confidence, then you are ready!
When is it? Be aware of Time Zones. Be sure to arrive to the interview early. Showing up late is disrespectful and does not demonstrate reliability. Where is it? Map out the location, travel time, parking…If you can drive the day before, measure the time that takes you to get there. Always consider the traffic depending on the time of the interview. Never be late, there is no excuse for that. Who is it with? Know the interviewer(s), remember their names, get their titles in advance, understand the reporting structure, and identify the decision maker, your direct manager, the subject matter expert…and learn anything you can from any source about these people. Research. What…to bring, to do upon arrival…Id’s, resume, references, samples of work Why? Visualize why you want this position and why you want to work for this organization.
Prepare a 2 minute intro about yourself (tailor it to this position). Dress for success / professionally (one can never be overdressed for an interview, but put the light blue tux aside. It is important to present a professional image to the interviewer. Therefore, make sure that you have on appropriate attire, and have good personal grooming and hygiene. Practice for the interview: Make a list of commonly asked as well as questions that you find generally tough and prepare answers (don’t sound too “canned”). Role play tough questions with a friend, partner or a mirror. Understand and practice the STAR technique: Situation or Task, Action you took, Results you achieved. Prepare for how you would respond to open ended questions: What was your most challenging position? What was your most rewarding position? What are your strengths or areas for improvement?
Once you are properly prepared and rehearsed, you should be confidence and excited to participate in the interview. Bring your reference materials and be prepared to listen intently to every question in full before you respond to it. Listen intently, reflect, and present a response that demonstrates your understanding of the question and your capability to the interviewer.
Highlight what is relevant from your experience for this position and give specific samples. Explain one or two projects or work examples from beginning to end. Like a “Story telling”. Mention all the things that you have in common with the company values and expectations for the role. Emphasize what is it that you like about the company, position, team, and how INTERESTED you are on the job.
The opening: Opening – strong, formal, eye contact. Two words – confidence and enthusiasm (they always sell!). Look to break the ice, build rapport. Ask the interviewer about the position (have them give you an overview and listen carefully as they tell you why the position is open, how it fits in to a bigger picture and what they are looking for in an ideal candidate (hopefully).
50/50 Communication: This is where preplanned, well thought out questions can be used to guide the flow to a conversation if you are faced with a firing squad attack of one way questions. Use your questions to engage in conversation, which not only allows you to breathe and think, but also encourages the interviewer to talk. It demonstrates your interest and allows you to gather information to be used in upcoming questions and ultimately make an informed decision about the position. Research the company and the person you are interviewing with. Try to incorporate some of what you learned from your research in the interview. Try to incorporate at least one recent press release or information from their company website into the conversation. Pay attention to the body language of the interviewer. Use the interviewer physically response to your answers as a guide. Mirror your audience and be aware of non-verbal communication including body positioning. Maintain eye contact and address the key person while answering, remembering to never exclude anyone on the panel if more than one person is involved in the interview process. Sell yourself: Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to highlight your strengths and skills relevant to the job at hand. The interviewer needs to hear from you that you are confident that you have the skills to be successful and can verbally demonstrate it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the job you are interviewing for and your specific responsibilities. This is your opportunity to really assess whether or not you feel that this is the right opportunity for you. Don’t ask questions that you could have easily researched yourself prior to the interview (type of business the company is in, etc). Finally, thank the interviewer for their time. Express interest in the position and summarize why you feel that you would be a great fit for the job. Ask the interviewer if they have any questions about your background, skills or experience
Follow up after the interview to demonstrate your interest and professionalism. Stand out from the crowd and be remembered in a positive manner.
Immediately following the interview – debrief! If working with a recruiter at Zylog, call them! You want to write down and discuss aspects of the interview in the event there is a chance to address something that went awry in the interview, be it a follow up call or email, or a second interview and you want to jot down information to make the right decision. This is from an example of a standard debrief process: How did it go? How long were you there? Who was there? Did the client discuss the position in enough detail? If not, did you ask as I requested? Please explain the position to me clearly. Did they ask any tough questions? Did you get stumped? Tell me about a few questions that you remember. Did they ask about rates or money? Did they discuss the start date or your availability? Do you have any remaining questions or concerns about the job? What most excites you about this position? What did you like least about this position? Did you ask for feedback and did the client mention any concerns? Did you sense any buying signals? How did leave it with you; what is the next step? Do you want this job? Do they know you want this job? How does this position compare to your other irons in the fire? If the position were offered right now, would you accept?
About the Panel of Experts: Tina Kyrtsos came to Canada in 1999. She has proudly served the community by integrating immigrants to their new home, helping them immigrate, finding them jobs and a place to stay among other things. Rob Morrison, Manager of Recruiting for Zylog Systems (Ottawa) Ltd, has always emphasized a quality driven step by step recruitment process, with a huge emphasis on interview preparation and technique, leading to a better than 1:2 candidate interview to successful hire. Tanya Chernecki has the ability to help her clients define their job requirements and then work with job seekers to find, and get, the right job for them. This insight has enabled her to successfully place hundreds of qualified resources to her customers over the past 13 years with Zylog Lorena Perry, “the Match Maker” between jobs and candidates. She makes trust relationships quickly and is adept at understanding the candidates motivators. She is able to not only complete in depth technical interviews but also to uncover personal motivations and work with them accordingly.
Zylog recruits and represents top talent in IT, Engineering, Health Care, Government, Human Resources, and Executive positions. Being actively engaged in the career path development of qualified professionals enables Zylog to maintain prestigious status as a top ranked human capital management, staffing, and placement organization.
Zylog provides highly effective professional staffing, contract management, payroll processing, and managed services, complimented by proprietary vendor management software and state-of-the-art applicant tracking systems. Zylog remains committed to representing highly skilled registered professionals and providing career continuity for consultants. Zylog boasts a broad selection of software development, migration practice, and proprietary applications for government, health, banking and finance, education, telecommunications, cloud computing, business intelligence, field service management, testing and quality assurance services.
Contact Zylog today for top talent and top jobs. www.zylog.ca
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National Job Fair & Training Expo Toronto April 7 , 2011
Getting the job YOU want <ul><li>Before the interview </li></ul><ul><li>During the interview </li></ul><ul><li>After the interview </li></ul>
Getting the job YOU want <ul><li>Before the interview </li></ul>
Before the Interview <ul><li>You should know: </li></ul><ul><li>The Company </li></ul><ul><li>The Job </li></ul><ul><li>Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>5 W’s </li></ul>
Before the Interview <ul><li>5 W’s: </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
Before the Interview <ul><li>Elevator pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Dress for success </li></ul><ul><li>References (refresh) </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral questions (STAR) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open ended questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select relevant project (s) </li></ul></ul>Additional Tips
Getting the job YOU want <ul><li>During the interview </li></ul>
During the Interview <ul><li>Prove You Can Do the Job! </li></ul><ul><li>Prove That You Are a Team and Organizational Fit! </li></ul><ul><li>Prove That You Want the Job! </li></ul>
During the Interview - Tips <ul><li>Make a Positive Impression: </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Salutation </li></ul><ul><li>Rapport </li></ul>
<ul><li>Did I answer your question? </li></ul><ul><li>Be concise and conscientious </li></ul><ul><li>Go for the CLOSE!!! </li></ul><ul><li>During the Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Be interactive and ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about the job </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of your body language </li></ul><ul><li>Mirror your audience </li></ul>
Getting the job YOU want <ul><li>After the interview </li></ul>
After the Interview <ul><li>Debrief </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul>THANK YOU!
Our Panel of Experts Konstantina (Tina) Kyrtsos | Resource Manager Tanya Chernecki | Director, Business Development Rob Morrison | Manager, Recruiting Lorena Perry | Account Manager
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