Oh, look! Another blog post from Glover & Associates! What do you think it’s about? Did you say something about interviews? Good job! Of course, it’s in the title, so it’s not like it was hard to guess. Plus, we write A LOT about interviews (hey, they say write what you know, and as a staffing firm in Pittsburgh, we know about interviews).Read More
Here at W.T. Glover & Associates, we do A LOT of interviews (we tend to talk about interviews a lot too). As an executive search firm in Pittsburgh, we’re on both sides of the fence. We are interviewed by clients wishing to use our services, and in turn, we interview potential applicants for our clients. And one of the quickest pitfalls people tend to stumble into is talking about money on the first interview.
Asking About Salary in an Interview
Never put a price tag on yourself in the form of a salary demand on any first interview. Presumably, based on your resume, the employer has a pretty good guestimate of your relative value, accounting for your experience and education. The chances of you quoting a salary expectation that will be exactly what an employer would be willing to pay that moment are remote. One risks needlessly pricing themselves out of contention prematurely, or may even sell themselves short.
However, employers frequently ask for salary expectations! How then should you respond? After more than thirty years as a headhunter, I’ve learned two extremely effective replies:
- “Well, I’m currently earning ________ a year, and while salary is important, it’s not the reason I’m looking for a better opportunity. _____________ and ___________ are more important to me, so I’d be open to any reasonable offer.”
- “Well, I’m currently earning ________ a year, and while salary is important, I’d like to know more about this opportunity in order to answer your question accurately. What are the most important duties of this position, and what are the short and long term expectations for this position?”
No matter what your current job status, one of those two replies will fit most situations. If you’re unemployed, jut leave off the first clause. These answers deflect the question, while showing that you have higher expectations from the job than just getting a paycheck. . What you’re trying to communicate is your interested in something more than money. The first answer is more direct, while the second is more engaging.
Focus on the Job, Not the Rewards
Remember, employers are wary of candidates who claim early on that the most important component of their job search is money. Employers know if money is the priority, then that candidate is a prime suspect to waste everyone’s time by accepting a counter offer of more money from their current employer, and as we know, there are plenty of reasons to refuse a counter offer. Just remember, employed or not, don’t create the impression, ever, that money is your primary motive.
You’ve just gone through a lengthy interviewing process and the company has made you an acceptable offer. You took a day or two to weigh the pros and cons, and after careful deliberation, you’ve decided to accept the offer. But is the process truly over? Not so fast! Now you need to meet with your current boss to break the news that you’re leaving. Read More
According to Wikipedia, an interview is a conversation between two or more people where questions are asked by the interviewer to elicit facts or statements from the interviewee. Questions are integral to the interview process, and even though many interview questions are pretty standard, many people are taken unaware by the questions posed to them. One common question posed by a recruiter or human resources professional may ask you is “What’s important to you?”Read More
We write a lot of different articles about preparing for interviews, but we only do it because it’s so important. You only have this one chance to make sure you represent yourself to the best of your abilities. So we’ve come up with this little cheat sheet that brings together nine of the tips we consider to be overly important. Read More
At W.T. Glover & Associates, we interview a lot of people. We’ve seen stellar interviews and we’ve seen some truly terrible ones. But before anyone comes through our door, they have to pass a phone interview. Phone interviews usually aren’t as comprehensive as on-site interviews, but that’s not necessarily to your advantage; you’ll have less opportunity to impress. You need to make the most of the time you have and be ready and prepared.Read More
So you had the interview of your dreams; head bottle washer at XYZ Widget Co., Inc. You know you’re the perfect person for the job, but a job like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there are at least a dozen other interviews in the works for this position. So how can you ensure you stand out from the crowd? Easy; drop them a thank you note.
An Interview Thank You Note
Yes, a simple thank you note could be the difference between getting the job you want and losing it to the next guy. While etiquette and manners are fading fast in this post internet world, business etiquette is still fashionable and employers are often impressed by candidates who still follow it. It makes you distinctive in a good way, not in a maybe-you-should-have-showered-before-the-interview kind of way. So as a suggestion, the next time you have an interview, email the prospective employer a thank you note as soon as possible. It could just make the difference between two stellar potential employees.
Key Points to Remember:
- Be pithy (fancy word meaning “to the point”). You’re not writing the great American novel, or even a long paragraph. Be succinct in your verbiage.
- Thank the employer for his or her time. Time is money, and as such, is a precious commodity. Let them know you appreciate theirs.
- Note one key point as to why you either like the opportunity or can do the job. But just one! Refer to tip #1.
- Remember employers like candidates that can help their company make money, save money, or protect their good name. If you can combine this with #4, you’re going to look great!
- Close off by confirming interest in the position or in working for the company. You want to appear happy by the prospect of working for them. Let your potential employer know you really do want to be working for them.
A Sample Thank You Note
Just to pull it altogether, here’s a simple example.
Dear Mr. Bobola,
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me ___________ regarding your need. My experience in ___________ would fit very well in, and would benefit, your company. I am very much interested in the opportunity and look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you, John J. Jingleheimerschmidt
Notice how we were able to follow all five tips in three sentences? With a little comma work, you could probably even get that bad boy down to two.
Brevity is the name of the game. In the 30+ years I’ve been with our Pittsburgh recruiting firm, the biggest mistake I’ve seen is people rambling and the more you ramble, the more you open yourself up to mistakes: grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, etc. And you really do not want to be making mistakes before they even hire you. Not to mention, I don’t have time to read all that. So keep it short and to the point.
P.S. For heaven’s sake, spell check!