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The Enthusiasm Gap or How Not To Interview!

By In Uncategorized On November 2, 2010

We have heard much about the lack of enthusiasm on the part of some voters in today’s election.  Yes, we are all glad this election is finally over. 

But there is also a lack of excitement or enthusiasm when candidates interview.  Countless times I counsel individuals to do homework, read up on the company and have prepared questions to ask at the end of the interview.  And when I receive feedback, I often hear the candidate knew little about us, didn’t ask any questions and really expressed moderate interest.

A few ideas to close the gap – look at profiles of interviewers on linkedin and find out career history, education, clubs/affiliations and see if there is a common bond.  Do the candidate and interviewer share interests?  Know people in common, etc. 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare – I cannot stress enough how important it is to read recent articles in the trades and find information on the company and know the clients. 

As a recruiter, I present the resumes and “sell” the background to the hiring company but I cannot “sell” the person without help!