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In preparing for a job interview, there are numerous factors to consider. In addition to some of the more obvious things like showing up early, pay attention to your appearance. It’ll help you get prepared for those all-important job interviews.

Some of you may be thinking, “Appearance? Really? In preparing for a job interview, does it matter that much?” Well, yes, it does. In conducting in-depth conversations with hundreds of managers, supervisors, and executives, I was even startled at what they shared with me.

  • Appearance, image, and grooming before the job interview. Like it or not, done poorly, this is a deal breaker. Do you exhibit positive personal hygiene? Do you dress and look the part? Numerous supervisors said to me, “This will sound ridiculous, but honestly, I have to question, did the applicants wash and comb their hair? Did they brush their teeth?” Some of them actually bring an air freshener into the room to tolerate those applicants who don’t seem to bathe. (I’m just the messenger here, folks.) One manager told me he has the front desk assistant alert him when an applicant drops by to pick up an application or drop off a resume. Why? Managers want to meet you and interview you for a couple of minutes precisely because they know you aren’t expecting it! They want to see how you behave “off the cuff.”

In preparing for a job interview, like it or not, appearance does matter. Even if you are interviewing to be a waiter or bartender, it is wise to wear a nice suit. Yes, you want to look the part, but managers overwhelmingly told me they also expect the applicant to look professional. They said it shows that you take the job seriously.

About Colleen Kettenhofen, Leadership Expert, Motivational Speaker

An internationally recognized award-winning speaker, Colleen is the author of the book, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You, as well as 10 unique audio programs available at www.BounceBackHigher.com

As a motivational speaker and leadership expert, Colleen has delivered more than 1,100 fun and entertaining programs before thousands in 48 states and six countries. She has served as a keynote speaker for conferences, corporate meetings, associations, Native-American tribes, and non-profits. Based in Portland, Oregon, Colleen is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, and seminars by calling (971)212-0479.

 

What Employers Look for on Interviews

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Later today, I’m going to be a guest on a radio show being interviewed by Doug McDuff on AM 1380 in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The topic? What employers look for on interviews.

In these tough economic times, it’s especially important to learn what  interviewers look for that will make them hire you. For example, they want to see if you’ve conducted any research. Have you checked out their companies’ websites even if they’re well known? When I was conducting research for my book, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You, a number of managers reported how impressed they were that some applicants brought printouts from the company website and asked questions based on what they’d read. This is notable because employers want a sense that you specifically want to work for their organization–not just any job will do.

After Doug’s radio show, I’ll post more information about what employers look for on interviews. Stay tuned!

About Colleen Kettenhofen, Leadership Expert, Motivational Speaker

An internationally recognized award-winning speaker, Colleen is the author of the book, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You, as well as 10 unique audio programs available at www.BounceBackHigher.com

As a motivational speaker and leadership expert, Colleen has delivered more than 1,100 fun and entertaining programs before thousands in 48 states and six countries. She has served as a keynote speaker for conferences, corporate meetings, associations, Native-American tribes, and non-profits. Based in Portland, Oregon, Colleen is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, and seminars by calling (971)212-0479.

 

 

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Interviewing Tips: What Happens After the Interview

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

“Clarity is power.”

~ Buckminster Fuller

In my book, Secrets Your Boss Isn’t Telling You, my first chapter is titled, “How to Get a Great Job and Keep It.” It goes into detail on what employers look for in interviews and what they never want to see. As you can imagine, communication skills, soft skills and how you present yourself are vitally important to bosses in the hiring process.

In conducting research for the book, I frequently asked hiring managers and HR folks what applicants should expect following an interview. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say.

If there’s an interest in hiring you after the initial interview, be prepared for panel interviews. For instance, you might have an HR person, your potential boss, and two employees in the room all interviewing you at once. Employers report that this kind of interview helps tremendously when selecting qualified individuals and judging if an applicant’s personality is a good fit for the team. They want employees who have good eye contact and show responsiveness with the whole group. They want to see if you have chemistry with the team. Some employers even have you stay for a day or half day to “shadow” another employee and perform tasks you’d be doing on the job.

Often, applicants are taken on office tours or plant tours. Why? Employers want you to see your potential future environment to assess if you can handle it. One of my clients has a warehouse that is cold and dark. Employees have to wear thermal long underwear and mittens inside much of the year! No wonder they want potential hires to see and feel this work environment ahead of time. They don’t want to hire people who quit right away due to conditions they didn’t know about.

Incidentally, if you’re in a leadership position and would like excellent tips on how to conduct an effective interview, please download the article “How to Interview and Hire the Best Employees” at www.TipsOnInterviewing.com or visit the articles section of my website. The hiring article was written by my father who spent years in management for one of the Big Four accounting firms. He also participated in hundreds of interviews as a captain in the U.S. Navy. Even if you’re not in a leadership position, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the questions he asked his applicants. There’s a good chance some of these will be asked of you.

CREDENTIALS: Colleen Kettenhofen is an international workplace and employee management expert, award-winning corporate trainer, and conference keynote speaker. A media veteran, she has appeared on numerous radio shows around the country and has written more than 40 popular articles on diverse workplace issues. Colleen has delivered more than 1,100 entertaining programs in 48 states and five countries. She is the author of 10 published audio programs and two books including SECRETS YOUR BOSS ISN’T TELLING YOU.

Colleen Kettenhofen is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, and seminars by calling (623)340-7690.

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Harold Fisher, radio host of Sirius XM Satellite’s The Daily Drum

Dealing with difficult people, dealing with difficult people at work,

how to deal with a difficult boss, managing difficult people.

 

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Interview with Bo Hudson from CBS Radio

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Host: Bo Hudson
Interview Date: July 27, 2011
Topics: How to Get a Great Job, What Employers Look for on Interviews, Bosses’ Biggest Frustrations, How to Keep Your Job, Effective Leadership

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Only3Degrees with Denai Vaughn

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Click the gray play arrow below to listen to the interview. How to get a great job and keep it! What are bosses’ biggest pet peeves? Listen and find out!

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The Greenberg News show…

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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Colleen Kettenhofen was interviewed by Brian Greenberg on how to get a great job and keep it, what employers look for on interviews, how to land a job interview, interviewing tips, career tips, job tips.

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Read My Lips with Bonnie D Graham

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

As if American companies didn’t have enough to contend with in a tough economy, along comes Generation Y. This new crew poses unusual challenges to corporate managers but they’re not the only ones. Colleen Kettenhofen discusses surviving and thriving in a multi-generational workplace – vive la difference! Radio Agers, Boomers, and both Generations X and Y are discussed.

Richard DeLancey interviews Colleen

Monday, December 27th, 2010

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107.1 WNMR Burlington Vermont, “The Big Show” with Richard DeLancey.

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