Substar: job interview do and don ' ts from hr recruiter

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Sarah Cavana-worked in the HR department for VICE Media. Yes, it's VICE Media. She saw a lot of hungry, young candidates went through the door. She's reading hundreds of resumes from young people trying to score a gig in the hottest company focused on young people

After VICE Sarah moved to the RED Academy, where she worked as a personal and professional development coach, helping young professionals, including students, skills and readiness to enter their careers

We asked her to break things that would force the candidates to stand, but things that would be instant deals for future employees

This is your list of interviews with DO and DONN ' T, straight from HR Recruiter

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Clean, simple summary

Keep cleaning and laconic. It's very clear that you want what you can do. Make sure the recruiters can understand you quickly and easily

And emptied into one page. " I don't need pages explaining where you worked when you were in the 6th grade. I don't care, " says Sarah

-It's great you had those jobs. But it won't help you get a real job after school. "

Down one page. It's concise and simple, so I can get it

Spit for applications in digital format

After calling the recruiter by e-mail or via LinkedIn, the exit is appropriate and can show that you're going extra mile

Doesn't always reach the highest-ranking person. The Human Resources Director will be busy. But if you get to the manager or coordinator, you'd sooner reach them. They may be younger, but they still have. Same as your department. There may be a manager with whom you can reach and say, "Hi, I've applied for this role, and I would like to know more about the company and what an internal culture is." You don't need to be in the right of the person making the decision to hire

Know the company

Use LinkedIn or Glassdoor. Even sometimes Google reviews have feedback about companies. Find out what the company's about. Please be informed so that the employer can see that you fit well into the company's culture and values


The recruiters want to know who you are, they want to know who you are in real life

What's with "Why"?

Why do you want to do this job? At the end of the day, the recruiters want to know that you don't give a shit about what you're gonna do, that you're gonna have a passion for work

If you go to the interview, and the recruiter asks you, "What are you interested in here?" Don't just talk about the part. We'll talk about the company. Why do you want to work for this company? (see above)

You can talk about the company's values, what they believe in, what their product -- how do you join this --

Your "Why" may not be the actual work you are doing, but your personal values must match the company's values. It's more than just a role. It's a race

Ask about culture and communication

  • "What is a company culture?"
  • "What do you do for fun as a team?"
  • "How do the team communicate?"
  • "Are you using applications like Slick?"
  • Do you have any meetings? Barrier teams? City halls? "
  • It's a good opportunity to show you that you're going to communicate, that you organize, and that you're ready to become a player. You will also get an idea of how people work in the organization

    Are you all alone and isolated, where do you have to work? Or do you have a calendar with your manager? It's all that's investigating


    Ask your next steps

    Let' s say you're one of two really great candidates in front of a recruiter. You're both qualified, both of you seemed very cool in the interview. Who picked the recruiter?

    There are a few extra steps that you can take to make sure you've survived

    Complete the interview, asking: "What are the next steps?"

    If, for example, they need to revise their briefcase, you can "here my briefcase again," so they don't have to dig into it

    Remember, your job is to make your life easy on your recruiter

    Send an e-mail message

    You don't have to do this right after your interview. If your interview this morning, you can send him away the same evening. If it's tonight, wait till the next morning

    Give a little insight about the interview-why you enjoy it, why you can be so excited, and you end with "looking forward to hearing from you."

    So you leave the conversation in the place where you think you're qualified, confident and excited

    Leave your recruiter all the necessary information to make an informed decision


    Put your resume down

    Sarah says, " When people send me my resume, I don't look at them so much. I'm going to find you online. "

    If you are applying for a creative position, ensure that you have a portfolio, make sure you have a site. Include references to projects that you were a part of

    Even if you pretend to be creative, your LinkedIn should be intact. Where the recruiters get an idea of who you are

    Call the future employer on the phone

    " Last week, I had a call from a candidate who called my cell phone. I don't know how they got my number

    They were, "Hey, I applied for that role, and I wanted to see if you had my resume."And I said, " What are you doing, calling my cell phone? I'm not looking at you. " There's a process and boundaries. " -The actual story from Sara

    Even if there's an office line, just don't call. Unless you're on your way to your chat partner, and you need to confirm something, don't call anyone

    Resume Mail

    Traditional paper mail is out of date. So, if you send it out, you're out of date. Even if you don't, the recruiters assume that you're

    A drone to the office without notice

    " Oh, hello, border stalker, would you like to work?-No one's ever said that. It may have worked on your grandparents ' day, but it will be the basis for the instantaneous disqualification of your candidacy in today's workplace. Do not shout out your future colleagues


    I want you to do whatever you want

    Again, knowing what to wear is coming out of your research. Know culture. Know the company

    If it's more corporate, dress up. Worst case, you're overdressed. You always better be dressed

    If you submit an application that is closer to the agency, the media or the launch environment, you can wear jeans and pretty shirts, that's fine. Sarah's breakdown is a "business accident", one piece, one piece. No jeans, no messy sneakers. If you have new, white sneakers, that's normal

    Everyone from our generation hates it when people called from a generation called. "But the truth is that Sarah and the other recruiters we talked to did not say that young candidates had a small relationship, which seems to say, "I have a degree, so I'm entitled to a certain question." And the harsh reality is that you don't

    We all have a degree, it's a new normal. So you should have more than that to put you in pieces, and you have to be willing to share more than just your high school experience

    Sara points out that many young candidates interview the question: " What are your feaths? What do I get out of this? "

    Don't bring that up. Wait till they offer you an offer, and then talk about it

    But the first thing must be, "these are the incredible ways I'm going to bring your company, which then brings to your company dollars that can justify paying you x-sums of money."


    Wait too long

    " I will not wait more than 24-48 hours, because by then I am probably above you.-Sarah

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    Chris D' Alessandro

    Chris D' Alessandro is a writer and content strategist living in Toronto. He has even more made-up tattoos than he could admit