Change is Coming!

We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

Interview Dos and Don’ts

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: April 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

Interview Dos

  • Be prepared. Know about the organization and the job to which you’re applying. And practice for the interview before you get there.
  • Be well groomed. Even if the company employees dress in business casual, err on the conservative side. For men: A jacket and tie. For women: A business suit. Keep the jewelry, makeup, perfume and cologne to a minimum.
  • Arrive early for the interview. Fifteen minutes is about right.
  • Be respectful of everyone you meet, including secretaries and other office personnel.
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer’s name and remember it. Repeat it periodically during the interview when addressing the individual.
  • After a question is asked, allow a moment for it to sink in and to phrase your response.
  • Pay attention to non-verbal cues. If the interviewer appears particularly interested in what you’re saying, expand upon it.
  • Ask how your role in the company can positively influence their bottom line.
  • Be friendly, interested, engaged and confident – but not arrogant.
  • At the end of the interview thank the interviewer and ask when you might expect an answer as to your candidacy.

Interview Don’ts

  • Don’t behave as if the job is already yours or beneath you. Be confident, not arrogant.
  • Never interrupt the interviewer.
  • Don’t ask about salary or benefits unless the matter is brought up by the interviewer.
  • Don’t trash your current or former employers.
  • Don’t mistake an interviewer’s politeness for more than it is. You are not friends. Don’t be too familiar or chummy. Remain professional.
  • Don’t bring up anything negative about the company you’re targeting, even if they’ve gotten bad press.
  • Use appropriate English and business language. Avoid slang.
  • Don’t let your body language (squirming in your seat) give away the fact that you’re nervous. Try to calm down and focus on your attributes.
  • No matter how desperate you are for the position, don’t make it obvious to the interviewer.
  • Don’t dwell on your deficiencies – we all have them – concentrate on your strengths and convey them to the interviewer.