First Date or Interview?

Imagine receiving a call from a company that is interested in interviewing you for your dream job. The initial excitement is overwhelming – you can’t wait to tell your friends, parents, and anyone who will listen. You prepare for the interview by going over possible questions, laying out your clothes, and going to bed dreaming of that offer.

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Greatness

Recently, I just finished reading a book titled, Greatness, The 16 Characteristics of True Champions by Don Yaeger, for our Tuesday morning meetings. It is a great motivational book about the characteristics that athletes and business leaders have that make them successful. As it came time to write my blog, I thought, “What a great thing to pass on to job seekers and employees. A few of the things that are taught in the book would make for a great blog.” While doing that, I am also showing my boss I did read it and was paying attention to the messages. In my mind, a win – win.

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First Impressions

First impressions are everything. Whether it’s a date or an interview, how you come across in the first few minutes of your interaction will most likely determine your future relationship. For candidates who are job seeking, they spend hours of time going over their resume to make sure it says exactly what they want it to say about them. They focus on their attire – finding the perfect “interview outfit” can be a process. Candidates also spend time going over potential interview questions and rehearsing the ideal answers. As an employer, are you investing the same amount of time to make sure your first impression to candidates is accurate? Is your first impression drawing candidates to you or away from you?

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