Unless your resume catches the interviewer’s eye in 10 seconds it’s over, says Brent Larson, Manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, San Francisco. The big question is how do I catch the interviewer’s eye? Here’s the best advice on how to get a job interview from Larson who does all the interviewing at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, San Francisco.
Cater your resume to the job description. “I can’t stress this point enough. It’s imperative that you cater your resume to each position you apply for” says Larson. “I mean taking each line on the job description and writing a line on your resume to reflect your experience with regard to that line.”
Yes, it takes more time than sending the same resume to hundreds of jobs, but you’re far better off applying to a fraction of those jobs with a resume specifically written for each job. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. Their job is to hire the most qualified candidate so you want to make sure that your resume shows that.
Once you’ve got the interview, there are still several factors to keep in mind.
Be on time to the interview. Always show up 10-15 minutes before your interview starts. This is very impressive to the hiring manager.
Know the company. Google the company you’re interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission statement, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you’re asked why you want to work for the company, answer something better then, “I like the company’s location.”
Always bring a copy of your resume. They will likely have a copy of your resume, but bring spares. It shows you’re prepared and serious about getting the job.
Very few people bring a notepad with them to a job interview. It’s a very subtle thing that makes you stand out. Take notes when appropriate.
Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don’t wear any on the day of the interview. What’s subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.
At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the job.
It’s easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn’t need to be long, just make it sincere.
There you have it. The best job interview tips you’ll ever get from Brent Larson, Manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, San Francisco. Stick to them and you’ll be on your way to getting hired.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the largest franchised moving company inNorth America. It includes more than 200 locations and more than 1,300 trucks on the road. Each location is independently owned and operated, and sells boxes and packing supplies. Locations complete both home and business moves, as well as packing and unpacking services.