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Workforce Development

The Universal Hiring Rule

  • Any employer will hire any individual so long as that employer believes that that person will bring more value to the company than it costs.
  • You must be LIKED to be hired…not necessarily the most qualified.

What makes you likeable?

  • Eye contact- Maintain eye contact during interview.
  • Body language- Be poised, calm and sit or stand straight.
  • Voice melody- Maintain an even, pleasant tone of voice.
  • What three things are considered most often by the employer?
    • Attitude
    • Appearance
    • Skills

There are no human measuring devices.  The hiring process is emotional and not logical.  Give the employers what they want.

Updated on Feb 27, 2014
Interviewing Guidelines

Be Prepared:

  • Anticipate possible questions and answers to each of them.
  • Research the company before the interview.
  • Plan how you are going to get to the interview location.
  • Get a good night's sleep, review your notes.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.

Look Good:

  • Go to the interview neat and clean.
  • Dress Conservatively and comfortably.
  • Avoid heavy make up, trendy clothes and flashy jewelry.
  • No smoking from the time you shower until after the interview.

Be Aware of Your Body Language:

  • Leave your cell phone in your car.
  • Offer a firm handshake.
  • Do not slouch or fidget.
  • Sit only after being offered a chair.
  • Lean forward in your chair and relax.
  • Use eye contact, but do not stare.

Carry a Notepad and Pen:

  • Bring any notes on the company that you have prepared
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, application and references
  • Bring your letter of explanation

Be Enthusiastic:

  • Prepare questions ahead of time
  • Have a positive attitude:  Be friendly, but professional
  • Be courteous and smile

Say Thank You and Follow Up with a Thank You Note

Updated on Jul 17, 2018

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