Monday, April 27, 2009
Here's How to Conduct a Great Interview
Hiring and keeping good workers begins with the job interview. A successful interview does not just happen, it needs to be planned, guided and prepared for. If your interview skills are a bit rusty here are a few pointers to get you back in the game.
1) Review the resume before meeting face to face with a candidate. Take time to know something about the person before you meet them. Otherwise you may come across unprepared or disorganized.
2) Explain the process. Let the interviewee know how the interview will proceed. You may start with having the candidate discuss their background, then move to talking about the firm, to questions from either side to final comments. This will let the candidate know the agenda and keep you focused.
3) Prepare and write questions before the interview. This will make it easier to compare answers among candidates. Make sure to have a mix of questions that can give you insight into a person's work ethics, experience and career path.
4) Keep the interview moving and stick to the allotted time. If you get caught on a tangent then important issues make not get discussed.
5) If you are interviewing many people for the same position it is especially important to take notes. Along with taking notes, a simple grading system for set characteristics can be meaningful and quick to accomplish. You might create categories for knowledge level, experience and presentation and give grades such as A, A-, B+ etc.
6) Keep in mind the candidate is interviewing you and your firm at the same time. Coming across polished, knowledgeable and professional will make you successful in acquiring talented professionals.
Look in future Kunin Associates newsletters for insightful interview questions to ask.
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When looking for a job you are repeatedly asked: "What kind of job are you seeking?" and "Tell me about yourself." You must be able to respond in a concise, effective and favorable manner in order to be taken seriously by a listener. Getting a personal verbal script memorized is a key to your success. Your infomercial is your prepared response to the statement "Tell Me About Yourself".
An infomercial can be used at many different occasions including: Networking (meeting and greeting people), standing at your seat at a business meeting (giving your personal introduction), having a conversation with a current or new contact, going on an informational interview to seek career advice or having a job interview.
Your infomercial should be 30 seconds and answer these four basic questions. 1) Who are you? Introduce yourself using your first and last name. This sounds very basic, but people often forget to do it. 2) What do you do, or if looking for a job, What do you want to do. Be specific. Keep you explanation simple while covering all the necessary details. If people don't know or can't explain exactly what you do, they can never refer someone to you or recommend others to you. 3) What makes you the best at what you do? Let them know what makes you better then all the other candidates out there, be truthful. 4) Have a call to action. End your infomercial with something like; "Can we get together later and discuss my background?" or "Do you know of anyone that can benefit from what I have to offer?".
Next you need to practice your infomercial on everyone you meet. When practicing take note of what gets people excited and what confuses them. Continue to fine tune your infomercial until you have something that accurately defines who you are and what you have to offer. You may even end up with more then one infomercial, using each for a different audience.
A well prepared and presented infomercial can be a successful tool used throughout your career
Friday, April 24, 2009
A sharp, concise and powerful resume is one of the most important tools in your job search. This piece of paper must be able to sell you as a responsible, professional and value-added addition to a hiring company as well as demonstrate how your accomplishments match the needs of the open opportunity.
Below are some general tips to keep in mind.
1) Be factual, but brief. Depending on years of experience, try to limit your resume to one or two pages. Hiring managers don't have time to read excessive details about your employment history.
2) Make sure to include a general overview of what your responsibilities are on a day to day basis.
3) If you are a CPA, state that right after your name at the top of the resume.
4) Mention all educational information that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Don't put high school or non-job-related courses.
5) Aim your resume to one particular position. If you are considering different opportunities create a resume for each one.
6) Include all applicable skills you might have such as: foreign languages, certifications, business organization memberships, etc.
7) Always have your resume proof read by someone else to review spelling and grammar.
8) Emphasize or highlight contributions to current or previous employers that may have saved them time or money.
9) Use bullets to emphasize the most important aspects of your career.
10) Be sure to list locations (city and state) for all your past employers.
1) Don't put salary information.
2) Don't put reference numbers or names, rather state, "references are available by request."
3) Don't put date of birth, marital status or number of children.
If you need help creating your resume, or would like someone to review it, please contact Kunin Associates and one of our Recruiters would be happy to help you.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Kids Beach Fitness Challenge is set for May 3rd and we are participating to raise funds for Facing It Together.
Facing It Together helps low income kids in South Florida that are affected by craniofacial anomalies. For this event, funds raised will help a 6 year old child named Joel, who was born with a cleft lip and palate. You can see from the photo that Joel has severe dental problems. He needs several dental and orthodontic treatments, which will prepare him for surgeries to repair his jaw and palate as he gets older.
It's not easy being born with a craniofacial problem, and by joining me in supporting Facing It Together, you will be giving Joel and other children a chance to gain much needed self-esteem and live a more normal life.
On behalf Facing It Together and myself, thank you touching the lives of these amazing children!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Kunin Associates is a Bronze level Sponsor for the annual 1040K Race on April 15, 2009 in beautiful Coconut Grove. This year the race celebrated its 20th Anniversary with proceeds awarded to African-American accounting students in the South Florida area in memory of Lewis Davis. It was a great event!
The Kunin Associates team joined by Jo-Anne Kunin, Jon Goldman, Jake Goldman, Jessica Goldman, Jason Zigman, Jim Farrick and Derek Zipp were there in full support!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Salary Range: $65,000 to $75,000
Email Resume to: JFarrick@KuninAssociates.com