Interviewing Boot Camp – Day 2

Photo 57 (2)Research
Skills Identification paints the world of interviewing in either a positive or negative light. Before an interview, your marketing tools (cover letters, resumes etc.) should show a firm knowledge of your job specific skills. This includes industry phrases, specific tools or technology used and key words of each position you document on your resume.

O*NETonline website offers job descriptions or simple “keyword” internet searches will also provide more than enough information for documentation.

Who are YOU and what do YOU want?
It’s as important to know yourself as it is to know the employer. Ask yourself what type of person you are…

Are you motivated by work, money or both? Is the “type” of work unimportant unless the pay is low? Are you looking for full-time, part-time or flexible work? If you’re unsure of these answers, first research “you”, and take a complete inventory.

Check out, Resolutions (Revisited), for a personal checklist.

TIP: Create “lists” to guide decisions. It should include important and positive attributes of a job including the type of work, location, benefits and salary using a point system from one to five with five being the highest value.

Lists should also be created for items that would be considered unacceptable in your next opportunity. I encourage lists that reflect your top priorities and employment preferences as this will help focus your job search. No one else needs to see your list, but you need to be totally honest and realistic with yourself, or this tip will not work! Don’t forget to leverage what you think you are worth against what you may actually be worth through labor market research.

Salary.com is just one of many great resources available.

Company Research
Fatal mistakes are made when you don’t prepare beforehand. If you have associates who already work for the company, ask questions. Insiders provide valuable insight.

TIP: Don’t stop there. A company website review will uncover critical information including job descriptions, salaries, mission statements, code of ethics and core values. Typically this information can be found on or near the home page. Commit key points to memory especially when numbers, accomplishments or projections are involved.

TIP: Take time to review company culture, locations, employees and future growth projections. Learn more about researching the employer by re-visiting, Successful interviewing to receive more tips!

Disclosing Disabilities
This is a tough and highly personal dilemma for persons with disabilities. Knowing when and how to disclose a disability is a matter of personal choice.

TIP: Remember you do have the right to keep information about your disability private! Because there is no single “blanket answer” for all individuals with disabilities, Ask.Jan.org provides an excellent handbook to assist in making decisions.

Many applications now ask if you will need any “reasonable accommodations” during the interview process. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, guidelines take comfort in knowing that you may ask for reasonable accommodations at any time during the application process.

Join me for tomorrow’s discussion – “Marketing!”

Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.



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