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15 Tips to Succeed in Your Next Job Interview

Although we are completely submerged in a technologically advanced world, and new gadgets have taken over our day to day lives, there are some things that just don´t change. Amongst these is the (often feared) job interview. Social media often plays an important role in the selection process but, even then, in the end there will always be an in-person interview, a one-on-one, between the company and the candidate that could possibly throw everything away or could help elevate you to an almost sealed deal. This is why we´re going to give you our advice on how to tackle an interview.

To go up against the feared interview and to obtain the best results –getting hired-, we need to control and remember how we got there: the network that we have established with the company, the information that we have given them or the ones they´ve had access to, and the resources the company has utilized to investigate more personal aspects of ourselves as prospects. In the latter point, we are specifically talking about the formerly mentioned social media, where we need to take care of what we say, what we do, and who can have access to what.

It is also imperative that we expand whatever knowledge we have about the company to be able to contribute with concrete ideas when it comes to explaining how we fit the profile that´s being requested, that we can take part in company projects, and to show real knowledge and genuine interest for the company in which we want to work in.
When we are interested in something, we dive into it and it becomes something “ours.” This is what the company is expecting of the candidate who will obtain the position. The interview is the ideal moment to show and confirm this, so: “personalize your resume and take advantage of collaboration.¨

Various types of interviews exist, every interviewer is different, and every job opportunity demands different and specific knowledge and aptitudes… Meaning, it is a convolution of things that altogether do not lend themselves to become a stable art form where you can get a step-by-step list of what to do. Either way, it does not hurt to go over one or two lists that could possibly come in handy (or not). Here, at mitula we created 15 tips for job interviews:

1. Be punctual.
2. Watch how you dress and take care of your personal hygiene. Dress properly, according to your personality and the job you aspire to have.
3. Have in hand copies of your resume/CV.
4. Be proper. Greet them with a handshake and a smile on your face, look at them in the eyes, don´t sit until you´re told to, don´t treat them casually unless they do to you, and, whatever happens, bid them farewell and give them thanks.
5. Turn off your cellphone, don´t smoke, and if they offer you a drink ask for a non-alcoholic one.
6. Express yourself in a clear, concise, structured manner and finish your sentences. Watch your language and avoid silences, searching hard for a word, one syllable answers or answers that cut the conversation short, and fillers.
7. Always speak with education and respect for your past jobs, companies, bosses, or coworkers.
8. Be positive. Turn your “weaknesses” around and avoid “no.” Don´t bed for the position –but show enthusiasm- and don´t try to find out in that moment if you have any possibility of being hired.
9. Maintain your posture and hold good eye contact. Sit straight, not at the edge of your chair (shows insecurity) or not hunched over (shows lack of respect). Don´t put your elbows on top of the table, don´t cross your arms (it´s a defensive position), and avoid any tics and habits such as biting your nails or clicking your pen (amongst others).
10. Define yourself with five qualified adjectives. Justify this. It is not necessary to fully describe in chronological order your life´s work.
11. Be proactive. Ask about any promotion possibilities, in the company or in the job position.
12. Don´t sell yourself to high or too low, indicate a minimum and a maximum and do it when they ask you.
13. Be honest.
14. Use your common sense.
15. Look at the fitire. Remember everything you have achieved thus far and set goals for where you want to be professionally in the future and the near future.

Obviously, interviewing is a before, during, and after process. All three parts have their importance. Tackling all three parts together gives us a better shot and makes every interview we do a “special” one. In every process you have to find these aspects that will make your process special and will help you stand out from the rest of the candidates.

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Consequences of lying in your cv

We have spoken before about how important is your cv in a selection process. How the cv is one of the most important factors to receive the call for the job interview.

But there is something we haven´t emphasized as it deserves, the truth. We must not lie on our cv.

We can write descriptions of our positions wich sound better, or we can tell our achieved goals a little bit bigger… but we will never include in our cv a degree we don´t have studied, or we will not exagerate our languages level. It doesn´t matter if everybody does. At first sight it could seem to be good for us, but actually it can have really bad consequences for us.

It´s a small world

We don´t know who is the recruiter. Perhaps he or she could be a friend, relative or classmate of our last or actual boss. If he contacts to ask references our lie is going to be discovered, so, we will drop off of the selection process. And what is more, the lie will be told for next selection process.

If you don´t know how to do it, don´t tell you know how to do it.

If you don´t have the abilities or knoledge to make a task don´t lie and say you are able to do it. At the moment you have to show that you know how to do it your lie will become a problem.

That lie will go with your for all your working life

A lie wich is detected during the selection process becames a stain in our reputation. After this it could be impossible or really hard to remove it. It depends on the lie and the damaged caused to the company.

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The importance of email in your cv

A few days ago we wrote about the advantages of having an online cv. We also mentioned some tools to create and highlight your cv from the rest of applicants.

Today we are writing about one little but important detail.

In next articles we´ll see another cv elements, but today we are going to focus our attention on contact email. An issue wich can make the different into two similar cvs.

One of the basic points in a cv is coherency, and contact email can make it dissapear.

During a selection proccess you can find some curious contact emails. Email addresses as ilovecupcakes@…, littlemary1985@… or bestrunnerever@… can be innapropiate for a job search.

The point is to choose an email addres for friends and personal issues, here all addresses are ok. And create another email address for job and official issues.

We can be discarded in a selection proccess for an informal email address.

This email address should be our name and surname. Perhaps, when you try to create your email address your name could be taken, for example, johnsample@… If this happens, we can use puntuation marks if email provider allows it and our email could be john.sample@…, sample.john@…, john-sample@…. Or sample-john@….

If we are still unable to create the email address, we can start trying with acronyms as jsample@…, johns@…, samplej@…

Another option for our purpose is register our name as an Internet domain. Doing this we ensure a customized and exclusive email addres with our name. The costs vary between countries, but International domain providers used to charge around 10$.

If we decide finally to create our domain, our addres could be for example job@johnsample.com or cv@johnsample.com.

But nothing is totally true and in some situations email should be different. This kind of exceptions are usual in creative areas as design or advertising.

Do you agree with us? How is you email addres?

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Online CV for a 24/7 job search

Social network are more than a place to share and comment our friend´s pictures. They also are an space where companies and users interact.

We aren´t talking about promotions or advergaming. We are talking about companies wich use social network to recruit talent.

For companies nowadays it´s easier to contact applicants, see to their jobs, their experience and their education.

In one word, your CV it´s more accessible. And it´s easier to obtain information than in the past years.

Because of that, applicants have a real good chance to differentiate.

Applicants always must customize their CV for the company or job they are applying. Customize our CV in these days is easier, faster and less expensive that a few years ago.

There are free tools that help us to create an atractive CV. But we can not forget about content, wich is the most important element in your CV.

Once your content is ready, the best option is to create an online CV. Doing this we make sure our CV is accessible 24 hours.

Professional Networks offer us an easy way to submit our cv. The most important professional network is Linkedin. On Linkedin you can also participe on groups, create a professional contact network, send an receive messages…

What can I do if I want a more visual attractive CV? In this case, we can use re.vu a website wich create design CV from your information. There´s two ways to create your CV on this website. In the first one you can provide your information to the website. And in the second one, your Linkedin profile is imported automatically.

This is available for everybody. And we want to highlight!. So we need a different online CV.

A different CV requires more work but it results are the best. One of the most famous online CV in the world belongs to Graeme Anthony an english public relations professional. His video CV went  around the world and became famous for its use of Youtube as a tool to look for a job.

As we have seen, the best way to find a job is being different. Companies also have to be different in their talent´s search. The ideal applicant can be found searching talent in a non convencional way .

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