Interview Tips

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has identified a few tips that are necessary to know before, during and after an interview. Here are their suggestions, and our opinions are also listed.

1.     (Before) Use a Summary/Objective line

Bloomberg: The summary/objective line on your resume is a very important addition to your resume. This summary shows your writing skills. Some people may not include this on their resumes, but that’s a mistake. These first few sentences on your resume serve as the introduction of who you are and what your goals are, which are necessary for the employer to know.

Surgery Center Recruiters: We disagree with putting a summary or objective on a resume.

1.     It pigeonholes you to a specific job.

2.     Most hiring authorities (aka Recruiters, HR personnel, or Hiring Managers) don’t have time to read through an objective or summary.  Frankly, the objective doesn’t matter; we want your experience to speak for itself.

2.     (During) Salary Concerns

Bloomberg: It’s best to not mention anything about a salary on the first interview. The employer is getting to know you during that time, so the talk about pay will not come up. If they like you, a second interview will be conducted. That is the time to bring up salary if the employer hasn’t mentioned it yet (unless they decide a third interview will be scheduled soon). Research what your annual gross salary should be with your qualifications and mention a salary range to the employer.

Surgery Center Recruiters:

1.     Know your worth!  Like the article says, perform research to find out what the average person in your position makes.

2.     When asked about salary (because if you aren’t working with a recruiter it is bound to come up) say “Based on what I know of your organization, I have no doubt you will offer a competitive package!” This flatters the hiring authority by indirectly letting them know you have done research about their company and it dodges the question gracefully, so as not to pigeonhole you to a number.

3.     IF the question is asked again…only state what you currently make and leave it at that.

3.     (After) Call Them Back

Bloomberg: Employers and HR departments are busy with many projects, and hiring a new employee is just one of the tasks on their to-do lists. If you haven’t heard back about the interview in a few days by phone or email, don’t be afraid to contact them. It’ll be a good follow up and shows you are still interested in the job.

Surgery Center Recruiters: In addition to this, always get the HR person or hiring authority’s email. After each interview send a 1-2 sentence email thanking them for their time and stating your interest in pursuing the next step in the process.

What are some other tips you’ve heard about? Please join our Linked In discussion with your thoughts. 

Group Name: The Surgery Center Recruiters

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