Your cover letter and résumé may be responsible for getting you an interview, but the meeting itself really seals the deal. It’s a lot of pressure. As Michael Steinitz, Accountemps’ executive director, says, “Interviews can be nerve-wracking. Unlike the résumé, which you can review several times until you feel it’s perfect, you only have one chance to make a good impression.” Certain strategies always help people make a positive impact during Sacramento Events interviews.
For example, an applicant’s level of preparedness is usually quite clear. According to Steinitz, “Employers are looking for candidates who provide the ‘wow factor’ and can immediately demonstrate the value they bring. Showing up for the interview unprepared tells the hiring manager that you have little interest in being hired.” People who are ready to meet with us are clear on the Sacramento Events mission and guiding principles. They also know about our work and the challenges we face.
It’s also helpful for candidates to think of their interviews as the times to make their pitches. Richard Maltz is a Hirewell senior recruiter. He states, “An interview is really more of a sales pitch in which you are both the sales person and the ‘product.’ You need to be able to articulate your value as an employee through examples and accomplishments that match up with what the position’s and company’s needs are.”
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