One of the services Focus on Aging provides is job recruitment. In these tough economic times, having the chance to be interviewed is an impressive feat. That means you have an excellent resume, and someone wants to get to know you better. Take advantage of this opportunity by being prepared, passionate, and flexible. After the interview, it is imperative to have impeccable follow-up.
Unfortunately, the stories of poor interviews and follow-up that my fellow executive recruiters and I experience, suggest that oftentimes, more can be done to continue on to the next level. Candidates know there are many additional skills to interviewing than being on time and professionally dressed, which of course, are vital to first impressions.
Be Prepared. Naturally, if you are looking for a new or different job, you want to learn whether a company and position are a right fit for you. Do your homework. Learn about the organization. Have some questions prepared that you can ask during the interview. Ask questions that are designed so that an employer can see beyond your resume and allow you to discuss the benefits you bring to the company.
Know What Questions Not to Ask. Of course, there are some subjects that you should not bring up during a first interview. These include questions about salary, overtime, benefits or vacation-time. You hopefully will be able to discuss these topics during a follow-up interview.
Be Passionate. A smile goes a long way and so does enthusiasm and confidence. Show the interviewer that you are very interested in the position, that you are a team player, and that you are passionate about the industry, company, job, etc. No one wants to hire someone who is lackadaisical.
Be Flexible. Being flexible can be a process. If you are just starting a job search you might have higher standards, but as the search continues, you might need to make compromises such as the location of the job, pay, or even the job title.
Follow Up. Make sure to ask for business cards during the interview and follow-up the same or very next day. Make sure your follow-up email demonstrates your interest in the job and again, your passion. Check your email for typo and grammatical errors, which are very easy to make.
As the owner of an elder care marketing business, I certainly would expect a job candidate to answer some industry related questions such as:
How did you become interested in elder care marketing?
How do you feel about senior citizens? How about the sick elderly?
How have you seen your clients change and evolve over the years?
In what way has social media transformed elder care marketing?
Do you have your own LinkedIn page?
If you have recruitment needs or are seeking a position in the elder care field, please contact Focus on Aging.
Marla Levie, BSW, MA, is the President and Founder of Focus on Aging, an established Chicago-based marketing, consulting and recruitment firm. For more than 20 years, Marla has successfully been providing consulting, social media and recruiting services to the elder care market and to other service professions. For more information about Focus on Aging, contact Marla at info@focusonaging or at www.focusonaging.com.