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The interview process can be scary and nerve-wracking. Making yourself familiar with the following mistakes can help you prepare for your own interview! At Esquire, we interview people daily, so we know how daunting interviews may be! No matter how many interviews you have gone on, there is always room to improve your skills. What mistakes should you avoid during an interview? Continue reading below to find out!

You Don’t Make Eye Contact

In the midst of your nervousness, you might forget to make eye contact with your interviewer. Try your best to avoid this! Making eye contact with them during the course of your interview shows that you are engaged. Eye contact is an easy way to show you are present and being an active listener. Maintaining eye contact, especially during the hard questions, shows your confidence!

You Don’t Have a Good Attitude

Are you too enthusiastic or too monotone? It’s important to find a balance between those two extremes. Being overly enthusiastic can give the interviewer vibes that you are putting on a show. You might not seem sincere if you overcompensate. Avoid being monotone during the interview as well. This can show that you might not be interested in the job or company, which will be a red flag for the interviewer.

You Avoid Tricky Questions

There are so many aspects to interview questions. Make sure you don’t dodge the tricky questions. Answering the hard questions thoroughly can show that you are adaptable and will be able to problem solve. Also, don’t forget to ask the interviewer some questions! If you ask them questions, they will know you care about the position and company, and you will look prepared and be taken seriously.

You Don’t Show Your Personality

Be yourself! While there are many things that aren’t appropriate to say or do, it is important that you show the interviewer who you are. The interviewer needs to know what you are like so they can imagine if you are a good fit for their company or team. Be confident and don’t fidget.

Familiarize yourself with these common mistakes so you don’t make them! Interviews can get easier if you feel prepared and confident.

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Empowered employees are the best employees.

This past week men and women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day. On this day women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. In light of this day, we wanted to highlight the 5 ways you can help to empower your female recruiters to help women flourish, develop and excel.

1. Find Out What Motivates Them

We’re all familiar with the saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated”. While this is important, a seemingly more important phrase would be, “treat others the way they want to be treated”. Everything thinks, behaves and is empowered differently. It is important to find out what motivates your female recruiters and then motivates them in that way, not the way you think they would want to be motivated or the way you would want to be motivated.

2. Help Them Build A Strong and Empowering Network

Fostering and cultivating a strong network for your female recruiters is another way to empower them. Allowing them to build a network of other amazing women in their industry will help bolster their confidence and share ideas. This in turn, will create better results for your business and help your female recruiters thrive in their career- win win!

3. Allow Flexibility in Thier Work Schedules

Many working women are also mothers, wives, chefs, tutors, chauffeurs and coaches and so much more. With so many hats to wear, adding a demanding career on top of that is a challenge. By removing some of the barriers that come with working a career and allowing your recruiters to have a more flexible schedule, will help to empower your female employees that they can do it all.

4. Provide Female Leadership

Another way to empower you female workforce is to provide access to female leadership. The opportunity for your employees to interact with female leadership will give them motivation of what they can strive to become.

5. Preach and Exemplify Inclusiveness of Everyone- On All Levels!

Lastly, one of the most exemplary things you can do to empower your employees is to preach inclusiveness, fairness, and respect for everyone. As much as women want to be empowered in the workforce, a larger issue is that they want to feel respected by their male counterparts. Preaching inclusiveness of people of all gender will create a mutual atmosphere of respect and create a culture which allows everyone to flourish.

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1.Determine Your Job Seeking Objectives and Goal

In one of our earlier blog post, 7 Questions to Help You Set Your Career Goals in 2018, we spoke about determining your goals and objectives for the new year. If you’re looking to secure a new job in 2018, those goals should be front of mind always. These goals play a huge role in determining your job seeking objections. What are you looking for in your new job? How are you hoping/planning on using LinkedIn and your other social profiles to find it?

2. Check, Check and Double Check Grammar and Spelling

Nothing is a larger red flag to an employer that you do not take yourself professionally than having blatantly spelling and grammar errors on your profile. Remember, this is the profile that is visible to the entire internet. Meaning the hiring manager of your dreams has access to this just as much as anyone else. But your best foot forward by triple checking your spelling and grammar and by reaching out to a professional to admire to check as well.

3. What’s your pitch?

The summary box under your profile is where you can distinguish yourself and create a memorable and enticing personal pitch targeted towards hiring managers and recruiters. Your pitch needs to exemplify your experiences, expertise and value you bring to your organization while showing your personality.

4. Connect and Reconnect

You should be leveraging your existing connections and taking this time to reconnect with connections that you may have lost touch with. Make connections with multiple connections at a company you are interested in and make sure your connections are genuine and thoughtful.

5. Get Some Recommendations

As awkward as it may be, taking the time to ask your clients, colleagues or bosses to take the time to recommend you on LinkedIn can help differentiate you from your competition. Recommendations build trust and an additional layer of reassurance besides your work experience that you are a great candidate.

6. Make it consistent

Consistency helps create a stronger personal branding message for recruiters and shows pride and integrity in your work. Make sure the messages on your website, Twitter biography, Facebook page and other online sites you maintain a profile on are all consistent. Consistency helps you create a stronger personal and professional brand. For example, you should use the same picture and tagline for every profile. Recruiters will be sure to check you are consistent on all platforms before reaching out to you.

7. Show Your Expertise and Stay Active

Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry by sharing articles, company updates, industry news, and professional opinions. Your followers will grow to value your expertise and turn to you for industry news and updates. Additionally, recruiters always want to hire the best and brightest for their clients. Showing your knowledge of the industry will help you develop and grow in your career.

Furthermore, don’t just talk about updates your company has, or what your company is doing, but share how you are contributing to your company’s success and how your company is benefitting by having you working for them. Make sure you are demonstrating clearly how you are contributing to your company’s bottom line.

8. Help Recruiters Find You

Quite possibly the most important tip is making sure you are able to be found by recruiters. Make sure you contact settings are set to include, career opportunities, consulting offers, new ventures, job inquiries, reference requests. Additionally, make sure your profile is public, and customize your public profile URL so that it contains your name.

As we dive into 2018 and begin to delve into the challenges we faced in 2017 we are reminded that with challenge comes opportunities. This year, make it your mission as a recruiter to hone in on these challenges and use them to propel you into your future. Whether your goals are personal, health or career driven make 2018 the year that you not only meet your goals but make lasting change that positively impacts your future for years to come. Today, we are sharing our 5 tips to be a top recruiter.

If you’re a recruiter and one of your goals this year is to stay competitive and at the top of your pack in your industry or at your company then we are here to help. As a leading recruitment firm in Chicago, we think we have mastered the art of recruiting and retaining the best and most qualified clients for our clients. Luckily for you, we like to share our tips and experiences with you to help you become the top recruiter in your field and industry.

Here are our 5 cardinal tips to be a top recruiter:

 

1. Consider accompanying your clients to their interviews

This practice, commonly referred to as a “walk on by” is a crucial element in differentiating yourself from other recruiters and making your client feel as confident and comfortable as possible. A walk on is when a recruiter physically accompanies a candidate to an interview, instead of sending them to the interview solo. This practice is useful in many ways including getting additional time with your client and the opportunity to answer any last minute questions your client may have or last-minute prep. This practice is sure to set you apart from other candidates and a way to make sure your clients remember you

2. Become a candidate “insider”

The best way to connect to your candidates, and tailor their personality and interests to their dream job is to research and find out what they like. Become an “insider” to your candidate by asking them what publications they read, what LinkedIn groups they’re in, what social media platforms they’re on, and who they follow, see where they ’re on the web. Most importantly, don’t just find out this critical information, take the next step to follow these social influencers, subscribe to the website or publications. By emerging yourself within your candidate’s lifestyle you will be more accurately tailor your recruitment efforts to positions where your candidate will thrive, and in turn, helping you advance in your career.

3. Send candidates to on multiple interviews

With the rise of social media, it is increasingly easier for a candidate to research and set up interviews on their own. This has made the job market even more competitive. To stay on top of the competition, candidates need to be sent to multiple job interviews. During your “insider” process be inquisitive of the companies your client respect and tailor your recruiting process to similar companies.

4. Develop a referral program

If you have been in this profession for longer than 18 months, over 50% of your candidates should be the result of referrals.

5. Focus on the 5% of candidates that you will actually place

There is a common misconception that recruiters are guaranteed to place 100% of candidates that come to them. This, unfortunately, is not the case, and in reality, recruiters place 5% of the candidate we attract. Unfortunately, the other 95% are often not placed but deserve to have a positive experience when interacting with you and your firm. The average recruiter spends in excess of 90 minutes a day taking incoming calls and providing free career advice to individuals who represent the least placeable candidates. With such small margin, it is essential, to focus your energy and efforts on the 5% you will place and provide the 95% with resources that can help themselves. This way you’re focusing on efforts that will help you succeed, while still providing a positive experience for the candidates you cannot devote your efforts too.

 

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to land your dream job, then you’re not alone. As mentioned in our previous blog article, the months following the New Year are the most prevalent for landing a new job. This attributes to many factors, but likely most prominent is the promise of a new year and the burst of motivation and inspiration that comes with it. Defining your career goals can be challenging, but it is essential in helping you land your dream job in 2018.

The reality is though, new year’s resolutions are tough, as it is found that upwards of 80% of resolutions fail within the first two weeks. Landing a new job can be especially challenging considering the process can often time be long and drawn out, with high rejection rates. Another challenge is what if you’re not even sure what your dream job is or looks like? To begin the process of switching to a career you are truly passionate about, you need to do some soul-searching.

Answer these 10 questions honestly and review your answers to help you revalidate your career goals, and to help propel you into the career of your dreams. Whether you are 15 years into your career, or a newly graduated college student, self-evaluating your goals and career ambitions is always relevant. And there are some questions to ask ahead of time to ensure you’re setting the right goals; ones that are achievable too.

7 Questions to ask yourself in 2018

  • What do you wish you would have done last year that you didn’t? How can you incorporate that into your new goals for the New Year?
  • What are your top three priorities in the New Year and how will you measure progress toward achieving them?
  • What are your biggest overall career goals and what steps can you take toward achieving them in 2018?
  • What other professional development goals should you be setting? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What are your biggest strengths? What are some ways you can put them to better use in 2018?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses? How can you overcome them in the New Year?
  • What is the number one most important thing you’d like to accomplish in 2018?

Once these questions are answered, you can effectively start setting career goals that align with your ambitions in 2018. Goal setting is challenging, but providing the right framework to be able to set the right goals is how you can create goals that are achievable, measurable, and substantial enough to help you make the leap to a career you love.

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