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How to know if you are the Right Fit for the Role – Interviewing Tips from a Senior Recruiter

Posted on April 24, 2013
Shawn WilkinsWritten by Shawn Wilkins | Email author

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Looking for a new position can be a bit of a challenge.  Between making sure you have a perfect cover letter and resume, contacting leads to get the advantage over competition and following through on your application and interviews, looking for a new opportunity can sure seem like a full-time job. As a Senior Recruiter for Helios, I can share candidly that when I’m seeking top talent for our clients, I greatly appreciate and recognize the candidates who spend the time to be intentional. The intentional investment you make in your job search is one way for recruiters to identify behaviors that may make you a potential high performer. Naturally, we must present our clients with the best possible fit for their organization from both a performance and cultural standpoint.

Since Recruiters will typically be focusing on the best interest for the company, it’s imperative that job-seekers are open and honest with yourselves to make sure the position is the best fit for you personally.  Below are a few tips that might help you decide on the opportunity throughout the interview process.

Ask Questions.

· Bring a list of three to five questions that you must know the answer to before accepting or turning down a job offer. This will not only speed up the process, but will show that you are truly interested and thinking of starting tomorrow.

· Ask questions that are related to the current position and that position only. Don’t ask questions regarding the position you want in the future, concentrate on the now and what you will need to do to be successful in the role.

· Ask for objectives and what tasks you will be performing on a daily basis.  A lot can get lost in a title and just because something isn’t in the job description, doesn’t mean you won’t be responsible for completing those tasks too. (Ex. Daily team meetings at 7:30am, off-site once a week, travel to client sites, etc). Some of these types of details might not be written on the description, but is part of the overall job.

· Last but not least, ask yourselves questions that are important to you. For instance, is it challenging work? Can you handle the commute? Are you capable of meeting the objectives? Are there growth opportunities?

Do Your Homework.

· Make sure you have knowledge of the organization and duties of the position requirements to be able to address how you will contribute from the first day.

· Research the location and know before you interview if the two hour commute is going to be a deal breaker. There is no point in wasting your time or the interviewee’s time since the location will most likely not change.

Stay Engaged.

· Take notes during the interview, but don’t write a dissertation of everything the interviewer is saying. Make sure you are focused on making eye contact and showing interest as well.

· Send a thank you note or at least an email to everyone involved in your interview.

· If it’s hard for you to stay engaged, trust your gut instinct on whether or not the new opportunity is going the best career move for you.

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