November 2, 2017
Whether you are just starting out in the professional world or have been practicing and preaching for years, interviews can be intimidating. There’s a lot at stake and of course you want to put your best foot forward. Read through these quick tips to see what you can do to better prepare for your upcoming interview!
- Research. Research, research, research. Let me say it one more time…research. This will go miles! Not only does it better prepare you to answer potential questions about the company, but you can learn things to use to your advantage. Try and learn something about your interviewer to make a connection. Learn things about the company, and not just the hard facts. The company culture is just as important. Learn these things and then relate them back to you and how you would be a great fit. Forbes has some great advice on this topic.
- Be on time. This probably sounds obvious but seriously, make sure you know where you’re going and how to get there. It’s better to be early than late and there’s nothing wrong with taking a little time to calm your nerves in the parking lot!
- Think about your body language. This means sit up straight, talk clearly, eye contact, active listening, etc. Overall this means be engaged and professional. Check out our previous post about how to be a better listener.
- Follow up. This is so important. Follow up, and do it soon after your interview. Pull in a piece of information that you talked about that will job your interviewers memory to your conversation. If you want to personalize it even further, handwrite your note! Read up on the importance of handwritten notes and what it can do for you.
This list could go on and on, but it’s most important to remember to be professional, attentive and show how you could excel at this position. Practice your questions and go in confident and prepared. If you think you have valuable interview advice, let us know in the comments below!
September 29, 2016
The world we live in is quickly moving away from things like snail mail, and as millennials move into the workforce it can be easy for them to overlook things such as the power of a handwritten note. While a handwritten note might not be as common of a gesture to see, it will send a positive message to your potential employer.
Sending handwritten notes are important for much more than just after an interview, though. They can be sent to potential clients, donors, loyal customers, etc. Not everyone is going to send a note, so it will set you out from the rest of the competition, no matter the setting. It means much more to the recipient than you may realize. A note can, and should, even be sent for things like birthdays, anniversaries or other special events.
It doesn’t need to be long or extensive, something short and simple will do the trick. Thank whoever it is for the interview, service, etc. and mention who are you are. You will be remembered and it shows that you really care about the opportunity at hand.
March 27, 2014
The holidays may be over, but that’s no reason to stop being thankful. Giving thanks shows those surrounding your business how much you really value them. You should make it a habit to thank the people who contribute to your success – employees, clients, businesses that help you along the way and more.
We’re often too busy trying to get on with the next big thing to think about sending out thanks, but you may only need to spare an hour, half an hour, sometimes even just 10 minutes of you time. Thank you goes a long way when it comes to doing business.
These are some times when you should be giving thanks:
- Business with new (and returning) clients
- An associate has been particularly creative, prompt, helpful, etc.
- Project milestones or completion
- Referral from a friend, family member or another business
- Any business opportunity – whether you get the deal or not
It doesn’t have to be a grand expression; a simple thank you will usually do the trick. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put any effort into it. Small, thoughtful actions are more than enough to show people your appreciation.
Here are some ideas of showing gratitude to those around you:
- Mail or drop off a handwritten card
- Stop by with a small gesture like coffee or tea
- Reward employees with gift cards or other small gifts
- Hold fun team gatherings outside the office
- Sometimes a phone call or an email is OK if you truly don’t have the time to do more – be sure to make these come across particularly intentional and personal
If regular thank you’s aren’t part of your business practice, they should be. The quality of your work is important, but ultimately it comes down to the way you do business that will bring in (or turn away) clients.
How do you say thank you?
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