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Via The Ladders : How to handle an interview when you have multiple job offers

What do I do if I have job offers but still have other interviews? Receiving a job offer while you are still in the interview process elsewhere can put you at a huge advantage if you play your cards right. Here is exactly what you should say to each company involved to maintain great relationships and set you up to potentially get multiple offers.

To simplify the explanation, I will call the company that gave you an offer “Company A,” and the company that you are still in the interview process with, “Company B.”

Step 1: Speak with Company A

Always be building rapport — start out by telling Company A thank you, and that you are excited and grateful. Then make sure you ask for time to think about the offer.

Say this: “This is such great news, I have really enjoyed getting to know the team, and I am so grateful for the offer. I am really interested in this opportunity, but I do have an interview planned for next week. I take this decision very seriously, and so I’d like to vet my options so that I am sure of the decision I make. Would I be able to give you a decision on X date?”

What’s going through the Company A’s head:

When you say this, they will start to doubt your level of interest in the opportunity. That is why it is so important to reiterate how excited you are about their offer, and reassure them that you are genuinely considering their offer (versus simply using it as leverage with other companies).

Also know that companies will not be surprised by this ask, as it is normal among in-demand candidates (hey, that’s you!). However, Company A may not be able to give you much additional time because they need to fill the role. There are likely other candidates they would like to give offers to should you decline, and the longer you make them wait, the more likely those candidates will find other jobs.

Step 2: Speak with Company B

Now it is important to go to Company B and let them know that you have an offer, but that you are still interested in exploring the opportunity they have presented.

Say this: “I have an offer, and that company wants a decision soon, but I am very interested in this opportunity, would we be able to expedite the interview process to see if it’s a match?”

What’s going through the Company B’s head:

This GOLD, because if they thought they wanted you before, now they really want you.

From the employer side, we appreciate when you let us know any time constraints. If you show excitement and interest this will not hurt your candidacy, and can actually improve it. However, do not use this as a tactic when you don’t actually have an offer, that’s not worth it.

Know that sometimes they will grant your request and move schedules around, and sometimes won’t. The discussion that happens behind the scenes is determining if it is possible to speed things up, and if it is, are we willing to? If Company B says, “No we can’t speed things up,” it could be either that they are just not that into you, or there are some external factors at play that have nothing to do with you.

If they do make the effort to speed up your interview process, take that as a BIG sign that they are interested in you. If a company is afraid to lose you they will go above and beyond to coordinate around your timeline.

What’s next?

Now that both companies know where you stand, make sure you take time to truly vet the opportunities to determine which is best for you.

For more tips, here’s a video where I go more in depth on this topic as well as here’s a video of the best job offer negotiation tactics I’ve seen.

Via The Ladders : The 4 words far too many people forget to say in interviews

Job searching can feel like a job in and of itself sometimes. Between countless hours scrolling through job listings, perfecting your LinkedIn summary, and drafting a cover letter, it takes a healthy amount of effort just to secure an interview. And once you do make it that first round of interviews, an employer’s final decision depends on what you say, as much as it depends on your job skills.

Surprisingly enough, in between reciting our three strengths and weaknesses and phrasing our salary expectations in a favorable way, many people are forgetting to say “I want this job.”

But why do these four little words matter so much? It is important to explicitly say that you want the job in order to appeal to an interviewer during and after an interview; particularly because it “opens the possibility of asking more important questions,” said human resources professional Cristian Rennella, questions like “Why do you want to work here?” and “How will this job fit with your professional goals?”

When a candidate is proactive about reiterating that they want the job that they are interviewing for, it also “helps the interview become more efficient and productive” added Renella. And it makes sense. If you can successfully articulate that you both want the job and really sell the reasons why, then you’re one step closer to hopefully securing a job offer.

Keep in mind though, that it’s all about balance, “There’s nothing worse than having negative people on your team, so when recruiting, most people are looking for signs of enthusiasm and positivity,” said Fiona Adler, hiring manager and creator of the Actioned App. And “You don’t want to sound desperate for the job, but you do want to let it be known that this job is a great fit for you and you’d be delighted to be offered the role. “

What keeps more job candidates from saying this four words? It could be an overall lack of interview preparation, or fear of sounding too eager.

“From my personal experience, one of the top reasons candidates don’t move to the next round in an interview (other than cultural fit or rambling) is that they can’t close the interview,” said Sarah Johnston, a former hiring manager and current job search coach.

Many experts seem to prefer a well-informed, well-prepared job candidate, who goes beyond just displaying enthusiasm for a role, according to President of Goldbeck Recruiting Henry Goldbeck, who said that the key lies in “ Not just saying, “I want this Job” but being enthusiastic, confident and informed about the job and what you will be able to accomplish.”

This means being able to explain why you want the job and how you plan to contribute to the company. And the best way to be able to do this is to do thorough research beforehand. Be in the know about a company’s mission, current and past initiatives, and its competitors.

You do actually have to want the job, in order to give a compelling and authentic interview. So be sure that the job is a fit before you say those four words.

Via Entrepreneur : How to Interview Your Interviewer

Here’s how to answer that final interview question: ‘Do you have any questions for us?’

You’ve scheduled the interview. You’ve printed extra copies of your resume. You’ve researched the company’s site, and maybe even researched some employees on LinkedIn. But are you really prepared?

For many people, interviews are intimidating. A life-changing opportunity is based on an hour or two of answering a stranger’s questions. At the end comes the final query: “Do you have any questions for me?”

It’s tempting to say no, especially when your brain feels like a pile of mush after so much talking. However, you should always have questions to ask. Not only will it make you look more prepared — it will help you determine whether or not the opportunity is truly right for you.

Here are career experts’ and hiring managers’ greatest tips and tricks to nailing that final question by turning the tables and performing an interview of your own.

1. “Why is this position being filled?”

This one comes from Laura Handrick, Workplace Analyst with FitSmallBusiness.com. According to Laura, “This question allows you to understand if the company is growing, the prior employee was promoted or whether there’s high turnover. Their answer regarding the reason for the position being filled can provide you insight as to whether there’s growth opportunity and a positive culture vs. a bad manager or a culture with a high level of churn and dissatisfaction.”

While this one might seem awkward to ask, the answer can help give you an idea of the culture without directly asking about it.

2. “What would you expect me to accomplish in this job, and what does success look like in this role?”

Tammy Perkins, Chief People Officer with Fjuri Group, suggests these questions as a way to gain insight into the job, the people on the team and the expectations they have. They’re both open-ended, meaning you’ll most likely receive more valuable input than if you were to ask a yes-or-no question. It can also give you insight into whether expectations are ideal for your skill set or unrealistic, which is much better to find out before you receive an offer letter, additional interview, etc.

3. “What are the core values of the company?”

“A great place to start is by asking about the organization’s core values. In a positive company culture, everyone can identify what the core values are and what they mean. This now provides you with a great opportunity to share how those values resonate with you on a personal level — something that’s likely to score big points with your interviewer,” says Piyush Patel, author of Lead Your Tribe, Love York Work.

4. “What’s the culture like here on a day-to-day basis?”

Interviewers are expecting this question, and will most likely give a thorough, positive answer. However, Stuart Ridge of VitaMedica recommends having some follow-up questions ready in case their answer to this question is a little vague. “What’s the formality of the office culture? What’s the flexibility of the work schedule? What’s the management style? What are some of the development opportunities available to employees?” These questions are incredibly important to some people when interviewing, so make sure to ask before it’s too late. Plus, it shows that you’re actively invested and interested in the position. However, if you ask this, you may want to pair it with questions two or five so they don’t think you’re too focused on what you can get from the company versus what you can offer them.

5. “How did you come to be here, and how long have you been here?”

This is a different question from all of the others, as it’s not directly about you or the company, though it can help you gain insight to the latter. Ridge explains that this question serves two purposes. “Asking for personal stories builds a rapport and connection with your interviewer, as people love to talk about their experience and knowledge.” The more personal and interested you appear in your interview, the better impression you’ll leave. Ridge goes on to say, “Personal insight will also give you a more honest view into the company culture: You will be able to tell right away if the person loves their work, or if they are struggling to find positive things to say.” The difference between a glowing recommendation and hesitation is obvious.

6. “What are the skills and attributes you value most in someone being hired for this position?”

This is a safe question, as you’ve already listed your own skills and experiences before, so it shows that you’re still engaged and interested in what they’re looking for. Perkins recommends asking this question, as it “gives you a sense of what the manager values most — is it tactical execution, strategy and what types of skills they reward?“ Do those values align with yours? Or are they opposites?

Now that you have a solid list of questions to keep in your mind, or even write down in a notebook, you can walk into your next interview with confidence. Remember: The company should be trying to impress you just as much as you’re trying to impress them.

Via The Cut : 10 Phone Interview Tips to Make a Lasting Impression

Phone interviews can seem intimidating because you can’t see how job interviewers react: Do they look happy with your answer? Did they smile when you cracked a joke? Despite their unnerving air, “phone interviews actually give the interviewee a lot of benefits,” says Jennifer Dziura, the founder and writer of Bullish, a feminist career and life advice website. “You can have notes in front of you, and no one can see that you’re looking at them as long as you sound natural.” Her work has appeared in publications including The Muse, TheGloss, and The Grindstone, and Bullish hosts an annual work conference for young women around the country. She shares her best phone interview tips below.

1. If it’s been awhile since your last phone interview: Call a former co-worker or boss to rehearse.

“Maybe you have a co-worker or a manager from an old job who’s casually in your list of contacts, and you could say something like: ‘Hi, we haven’t spoken in some time, but I have a phone interview for an exciting new position on Tuesday at noon. Would it be okay to give you a 10-minute call earlier in the day so I can run over some of my experiences from when we worked together?’ It’s a great opportunity to get back in touch, and who knows what could come from it?”

2. Print out a photo of your interviewer beforehand.

“Very few people have extremely intimidating faces — not even the Rock, and he has a very nice one. So find a stock photo or LinkedIn photo of the person you think you’re talking to, or you wish you were talking to — it can help you sound more natural.”

3. Interviewers will judge you if you’re in a noisy place during the phone interview.

“One of the things interviewers are evaluating you on in a phone interview is whether you could get your shit together enough to find a quiet place to have it. If you show up to a regular [in-person] job interview, you’re being judged on whether you’re on time, if you’ve managed to wear matching shoes, if you’ve brought a copy of your résumé — essentially, if you have your act together. With a phone call, the most basic sign of having your act together is being in an appropriate place with no distractions or noisy interruptions.”

4. The best place to sit during a phone interview is anywhere you don’t usually work.

“I recommend some place where your usual distractions are not. Don’t sit at your desk, and certainly not at your computer. Just bring a notepad and a pencil.”

5. Think about the stories you want to tell.

“You should have some talking points — and I don’t mean generalities like, ‘I am good at Excel.’ I mean little stories about yourself: experiences that happened to you, projects that you spearheaded in your last job, things that you really want to get across.”

6. Before the call, ask yourself: What are the top three things you want your interviewer to know about you?

“Your notes are what you should be looking at, if anything in particular, but you should have them really well memorized and rehearsed ahead of time. Five minutes ahead of the interview, you should be able to answer the question: what are the top three things you want your interviewer to know about you? And you’re going to express those three things no matter what.”

7. When you answer the phone, say “Hello” and state your full name.

“When they call you, you want to sound like you were expecting it. Don’t make it sound like a question, like, “Hello, this is Jennifer?” That wouldn’t be good. Practice how you’ll sound, and wait for [the interviewer] to respond after you pick up — it would be awkward if you launched into your whole pitch and you weren’t totally sure it wasn’t the cable company.”

8. You can say “um” and “like” — to a certain extent. But speak slowly.

“If you don’t say any ‘uhs,’ ‘ums,’ or ‘likes,’ at all, you can sound very rehearsed. Part of the reason people want to talk to you on the phone is to see if they like you and to form a bit of a relationship with you. If you don’t talk like a human being, then it’s really hard for them to do that. … Slowing your speech in formal situations allows you to speak more deliberately — it gives you more time to think and be articulate.”

9. If an interviewer interrupts you, let them — it means you’re not getting at what they want you to.

“If you’ve started to give a long answer and the interviewer tries to jump back in, then there’s no point in trying to keep talking because they’re probably not paying attention. It can be frustrating because you’re probably telling them something you really want to get across. Let them interrupt and see what they really want to get at, and maybe you can start that story again at a different point.”

10. At the end, ask questions about the interviewer.

“People like to know that you’re interested.
Sometimes the interviewer does interviews all day long, and sometimes they’re new and kind of winging it with a list of questions from Google. Instead [being like], “Woah, we’re not done, I want to grill you about the company now,” a really polite way to start the conversation and show some more interest is to ask about your interviewer: ‘How long have you been working for the company? How did you come to work for it?’ You’ll get more information about the company, and you’re possibly opening up a wider discussion where you could then ask more questions.”

Via Forbes : Five Tips To Ace A Job Interview

Looking for a job can be a daunting task and many times it takes sending more resumes than we care to admit before receiving the elusive phone call to come in for an interview. You may think that getting the interview was the hard part, but as many of us know, a job interview is nerve wrecking, to say the least. Whether applying for a summer job or your dream position, we all get hit with pre-interview nerves. Interviews are inevitable so being able to do it well is an important skill if you wish to have career progression in the future. Luckily, like any skill, it can be honed and shaped with practice and experience, each becoming easier than the last.

So how do you ace that next interview? Here are some tips on how to nail your next interview from the eyes of an interviewer.

Make a good first impression

It is often said that people make their initial judgements about someone in the first five minutes of meeting them. Keeping this in mind is essential for getting off on the right foot with an interviewer. Start before you even enter the building through your chosen wardrobe. Interview attire can speak volumes about your professionalism. This does not mean you have to go out and buy an expensive outfit but more make sure that clothes are ironed, hair is styled, and that all aspects of your appearance is well groomed. Once you arrive at the interview, make sure to know the name of the person you are meeting and whoever you encounter, provide them with a friendly smile. Small effort and genuine gestures can go a long way and sometimes that great first impression is what can set you apart from the rest of the competition.

Do your research

Familiarising yourself with the expectations and job requirements of the role you’re applying for is an expectation for any job interview. This also includes taking it a step further by researching the company itself and, perhaps, the interviewer. Understanding the company’s current and past projects or clients, as well as the industry as a whole, will give insight into the way the company is run and shows preparation and enthusiasm from your side. Taking the time to practice potential interview questions will also calm your nerves and ensure you are prepared. Thankfully there are hundreds of websites offering examples for you to use as a guide. Being prepared and taking the time to research is an overall great way to ensure conversation flow, avoiding any awkward situations and demonstrating initiative.

Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Show the potential employer that you are honestly interested in the role you are applying for and looking to learn more about the company. Find out how many people are in the team, who you would be reporting to, as well as the core expectations of the role. This will provide important information and also allow you to determine if the position and company would be a good fit for you. At the end of the day, employers want to hire people who they believe will suit the job and work environment. By asking questions, you will be able to make an informed decision if offered the job and the interviewer will be impressed by your enthusiasm.

Confidence is key

Interviewers tend to look for employees who are comfortable and confident, so whether you feel it or not, fake it till you make it. A firm initial handshake and maintaining eye contact is a great start to showing confidence. Remember, the interviewer has seen something in your CV and cover letter that they believe would make you a good fit for the role, otherwise they would not have bothered to meet with you. Be confident with your skills and remember, you know your experiences better than anyone. Make sure this shines through and the interviewer will see what a happy, confident employee you would make, demonstrating you as a strong asset and increasing your chances of gaining that position.

Build a rapport

Building a rapport with your interviewer will provide you with an upper hand to the rest of the applicants applying for the same position. People hire people and if you are able to build that connection from the start, you are more likely to be memorable when it comes to shortlisting candidates. You can easily do this during your interview by breaking the ice with a compliment about the workspace or simply asking the interviewer how they are. At the end of the day, just be the warm friendly version of yourself and treat the interview like a conversation to provide an open line of communication between you and the interviewer.

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