With the current state of unemployment in the United States, and the continued influx of new graduates into the workforce, you need an edge that will make you stand out to any potential employer. Obviously, having impressive credentials such as a college (or advanced) degree and resume is the first step, but what happens when there are several candidates that are all very similar in educational and experience background? The first impression you get to make is with your resume, but what may put you over the top is the way in which you interview. I asked around, collecting some insight from people who have been on both sides of the interview process, and received the following collection of tips (in no particular order of importance):
I can clearly recall sitting in the waiting room of a local Tire Kingdom store one Sunday morning waiting for my oil change and trying to read a book. It got kind of difficult since the television was on and fairly loud too. I do remember having a particular clip of a man who gives lessons on how to appear busy while on the job in order to seem more important or valuable and ensure that his clients would not be the ones being laid off. I thought to myself, this has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have heard in quite some time, but here he is on a Sunday morning news show on a national network no less. The man’s name is Jay Schorr and he is the president of TMR Multimedia, a South Florida-based marketing and PR firm which produced the website and book Looking Busy – 50 Ways to Look Busy at Work Even When You’re Not.