So, This One Time, At Band Camp…

Posted by Adam Weissman, Director, IT and Legal Technology at Glenmont Group

I am always intrigued, often confused, and sometimes impressed, by the methods by which people prepare themselves for job interviews. A big discussion topic in the employment world is, “How do I distinguish myself as a candidate for a job?” I have learned over the course of my life as a recruiter that assuming an individual’s innate ability to interview well (i.e. dress appropriately, make eye contact, articulate ideas and information in a detailed-but-concise manner, ask questions that are both relevant and appropriate for the circumstances and the specific job or company, etc.) without guidance, ends poorly more often than not. Every time a candidate (whom we represent) interviews with one of our clients for an open, viable position, the outcome is a direct reflection on both the individual recruiter and Glenmont Group as a Search Firm, good, bad or indifferent. Each interview conversation, for each job, with each organization, can and must be tailored in order to convey the right message and fit.

Regardless of the level of position we are recruiting for, any candidate who interviews with one of our clients, has been prepared for their interview by a Glenmont Group recruiter. We are not providing canned responses, confidential information, or question lists, as we find many interviewers want to elicit different information from one interview to the next. Clients sometimes even base their inquiries within the context of the conversation with that specific individual. Rather, we focus on counseling these talented professionals in their mindsets and overall approach to the conversations and meetings they are about to have – the exchange of information that, for some, could have a profound impact on their professional and personal lives.

Ahh, the ever-elusive, no-fail tactics to ace every interview do not lie here. However, I read an article this morning by Vickie Elmer on AOL Jobs that identifies one interviewing strategy that can be beneficial to prospective job applicants, particularly in the professional setting. Elmer encourages interviewees to give thoughtful consideration to personal stories that can provide potential employers a highly-relevant, valuable insight into the broader makeup and character of that individual.

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/05/16/how-to-tell-your-story-in-a-job-interview/

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Glenmont Group is a boutique search firm that concentrates on Professional Services, with a focus in the Legal & Content space. Because we are a highly focused boutique firm, we offer expertise in the industry that other search firms cannot. Our staff has been trained on, employed in or consulted for these industries so there is no learning curve. This means that you will not see resumes off of "job boards" that seem to have little or no connection to the position you are trying to fill. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our process includes a competitive analysis that identifies the top candidates in your given field. At Glenmont Group, we strive to develop and maintain long-term professional relationships with our clients. We believe in a business relationship based on hard work, cooperation, integrity, trust and a sense of humor. We are also active members in our industries by working on or with the Executive board of our industry trade organizations such as; IQPC, EDRM, LMA, PMA, ALSM, ALA, AIIM, ARMA. This assures constant access to a network of those highest quality candidates who are involved in these organizations.

Posted in Advice, Employment, Insights, Interviewing, Job Hunt, Outside Articles

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