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How to Follow Up After A Job Interview

After a job Interview it is really important to follow up with the hiring manager. This follow up could be anything from thanking the hiring manger for taking the time to meet with you and to discuss you interest in the position.

Its is very important to collect a business card or some form of contact information to follow up with those that you interviewed with. Sometimes there is more than one person interview you so its best to address all parties. If you happen to forget to to that then check through social media like LinkedIn or call the assistant at the business you were interviewing for.

The follow up Message can be in the form of an email or a hand written thank you letter. some factors to consider when the times come to send out the message:

  • Send out thank you letter or email to everyone who interviewed you.
  • Email is the fastest way to follow up a thank you message
  • Even though email is the fastest a hand written letter is always more personable. Also it shows that you care enough about the job to take time to write a note mail your thank you.
  • Try and send out the message within 24 Hours of the interview.
  • Make sure the message is clear and there are no punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors. Get the letter/ email proof read.
  • Also if there was anything that you missed mentioning during the interview now will be a great time to do so.

For more information check out this article http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/after-job-interview.htm

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What Questions To Expect In An Interview

An interview is a two way process if I was looking for a company that has all the requirements I would like to work with then I would apply for that. If then the company wants to hire me then I should have the qualifications to get the job.

Here are some of the question I would expect for my interview.

  1. Why do you want this job?
    1. I feel as though I am a reliable and dependable person. I am conscientious and determined to give it my all. I say this because when it came to working with groups and the members were slacking I felt that I had to bring the team up so I wouldn’t fail the project and as a result you can depend on me for anything.
  2. What are your strengths?
    1. Organizing, creative and ready to jump in and get to know people. When I was starting off my first job as a cashier I was very quiet and so I wouldn’t produce the same work. Until my manager spoke to me and cracked me out of my shell. Now I love dealing with all sorts of people.
  3. What weaknesses should we be aware of?
    1. Some decision making can be tough. Like I said I like to be organized. For example when I was in my senior year of college I had to come up with a project that had to sell on the market. Being in marketing you have to make the right choices so I tend to take my time on thing. Although with that being said rest assure that the result is going to be spectacular I actually got the project to sell and I was asked to intern there for the summer.
  4. How well can you communicate?
    1. Communication is a key factor in any business. I was never good at writing speeches I feel as though the impact of my creative speeches did go well with the group of people I was presenting to. But what I did learn is how well you use my voice to drag them into my story and make them interested in what I have to say. So I do have the capability to draw people in.
  5. What are your thoughts about personal phones being used during work time?
    1. Now a day’s people are keeping up with the evolution in technology. They have their email and planners all up on those gadgets. If the employees are fooling around and texting friends then I think it should be band. But if people have respect for the policy then it should be utilized.
  6. How do you handle conflict?
    1. Resolution to the problem is always best when dealing with conflict. I had two members on my team that always went at each other until one day I was tired of hearing then bicker at each other. I asked them to sit down and tell me what the problems they had with each other in front of each other. This way they could both see what was bothering them each and the problem was solved. That’s another good way to communicate.
  7. Do you see competition as a threat or opportunity?
    1. I see it as an opportunity. There was this one time where I was selling lemonade at a stand down the road from me and another girl decided she wanted to sell the same thing instead of having regular lemonade she all sorts of flavor. No one came to my stand but I feel from just that I knew I had to step up my game and be more creative with the product I’m selling so it has a unique selling price and see how competitors match up to that.
  8. Would you rather be a leader or a manager?
    1. I would personally like to be a leader. I say thing because I feel as though leaders have followers and managers have workers. I say this because my last manager was not very interactive with the employees but the vice president was he was a leader he gave me the assurance that my ideas were good and I would one day become successful.
  9. What ideas can you bring forth to the position you are running for?
    1. I would like to work for an organization that has the ability to network with other organizations with similar interests. I thinks it’s important to have that relationship so we can build our relationship base and get recognition. Having your Brand out there is the starting point but making the sale now that’s the finishing point.
  10. Why should I hire you?
    1. I have the ability to work under pressure not only producing good results for myself but pulling up those who need it. I will be a back bone for this company and bring in new ideas and work well with teams and communicate effectively with competing brands. I am what you are looking for because I know I can give a 110% more of my time and effort.

What Job Do I Want?

My dream job that I would like to hopefully make a career out of is becoming a Marketing Executive. Marketing executives are involved in developing marketing campaigns to promote a product, service or idea. The role includes planning, advertising, public relations, organizing events, product development, and research just to name a few. The work is often challenging, varied and exciting. This is why I want to become a marketing executive because I feel my personality and to some extent my persuasion can get customers buy the products that  I sell, this is all through my experience that I know I will be good at this job.

According to http://www.prospects.ac.uk/marketing_executive_entry_requirements.htm although this area of work is open to all graduates/diplomats, marketing is an increasingly competitive sector to enter and a degree/HND in the following subjects may increase your chances: MARKETING, COMMINCATION AND BUSINESS/ MANAGEMENT

Potential candidates worthy will need to show good communication skills and interpersonal skills. These interpersonal will help improve and guide one on how to communicate effectively. They need to be good at teamwork, need to be flexible and creative. The ability to work under pressure will help you take on challenging tasks. One needs to have good oral and writing skills and have business awareness. The kind of business I choose to go for should have ethical and moral background. They should have social responsibility.

Business Etiquette

Business etiquette is not just knowing what to discuss at the dinner table or how to address fellow colleagues. It is a way of presenting yourself in such a way that you will be taken seriously. It’s when you are able to express the knowledge you have of the business and making everyone comfortable around you.  Some factors that relate to business etiquette include:

  • Courtesy: One of the most basic elements of business etiquette is courtesy, or respect, which should be displayed to the people you work with, including your customers, no matter what. You should consider the feelings of others and address conflicts in a straightforward and impersonal manner.
  • Building Relationships: Show others that you value their work by taking time to visit and talk with them. This can include not only your immediate colleagues, but also people who work under you, such as secretaries and janitorial staff. These people can help you look more professional and will go the extra mile for you if you treat them with respect.
  • Communication: Business etiquette involves communicating effectively. This includes always returning phone calls and emails. When calling or receiving a call, you should always identify yourself and your department, and speak in a polite and considerate manner.
  • Dress and Appearance: Good business etiquette includes dressing appropriately. This shows consideration for others, and indicates that you take yourself and your job seriously. An unkempt appearance indicates that you do not care about yourself or respect those around you.

The Must Haves for An Application Letter

Letters for application purpose should not exceed more than one page. The format of the letter should be singled-spaces with a space between each paragraph. The font should be one of the traditional ones like Times New Roman, Ariel or Calibri. The size of the font should be between 10- 12 points. The letter should begin with a header usually consisting of an address phone number and email address then followed by the date. Then the body of the letter then last and most important is a signature.

Be specific and to the point when writing the body for your letter. You only have one page to brag about how good of a candidate you are so it’s best not to waste space. It’s always best to restate your skills in the closing and discus employment opportunities. Always thank the employer for his or her considerations. Main tip is to always have your letter proofed and edited if needed before it goes out.

Resumes: Do’s and Dont’s

In a resume it is always good to include awards or recognition. It’s best to forget about being humble and should brag a bit on the resume. It is always best to go into detail with the most important factors in the resume as they highlight achievements and goals. It’s always good to have past work experience listed to show potential employees your work ethic and what you are experienced at.

The dos and don’ts when writing up a resume is quite simple.

Do’s

  • Make your career object employer- centric.
  • Lead with action words
  • Be a quick read
  • Resume should fit on one page

Don’ts

  • Don’t have grammatical errors and typos
  • Don’t talk in generalities be specific
  • Don’t hide important information at the bottom
  • Do not use a funny yet controversial email address

Appropriate Dress for Men & Women Regarding Interviews

Men and Women have it different requirements for dressing for an interview. It’s best to talk about what not to wear rather than what to wear. It gives a better guideline for both men and women. Here are a few examples:

Shoes: Women- open toed or sandal styled heels with an open back are not professional. Professionally dressed attire requires closed shoes that are no more than 3 inches high, usually in dark colors. Men- shoes should have laces and thin leather sole. Most importantly the shoes match the color of your belt.

Suits: This applies to both men and women. A crisp, clean and well-tailored suit. The basic colors to stick with are Black, Navy or Grey. Don’t pitch up to any event in jean and a casual t-shirt. Or a tie that’s loud or a skirt that’s too short. If you are doubting what you are wearing for an interview for example, that’s something you probably don’t want to and shouldn’t wear.

Jewelry:  Women- Any facial piercings are not professional and should be hidden by invisible studs or simply taken out. Rings and necklaces should be to a minimum. One ring on each hand is allowed. Keep away from bold and big types of jewelry. Men- big shiny watches, earrings and necklaces are probably not the best option. Keep it clean and classy.

On the first day it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed. A dress suit will always do the job stick to dark colors until you sass out the dress code. Keep it clean and classy. Have at least 2 pairs of black dress pants and blazers and pair them with different blouse colors. This way you have a new outfit for each day of the week.

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