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May 8, 2017 @ 4:10 am

SEC 10 - Managing Interview Expectations

You've just uploaded your resume for a job opening, or you've just exited a great interview.  Now what?

Carol talks with David Taylor, an Employment For Seniors' volunteer counselor, about managing your interview expectations.

 

1) My Resume/online application goes into cyberspace

• Confirmation of your resume/application is a courtesy not a requirement. While it is a good practice, the employer may not have the resources or technology to confirm receipt of every resume/ application.

• If you have (or can get) contact information, it is ok to follow up to confirm receipt.  

 

2) I met the requirements of the job description but did not get an interview.

• Job descriptions are often used in job postings to attract qualified candidates because they meet the legally required notifications about the job and can be used to measure performance in the role.

• A well written job description describes the duties of the position along with the necessary skills and experience needed to be successful in the role and often used to weed out unqualified candidates.

• Base your interview preparation on being successful in the job and adding value to the organization, not just that you have performed the job duties in the past.

 

3) After an interview no ones gets back to me.

• It is a reasonable expectation to receive some kind of notification regarding the outcome of the interview but it is important to understand the interview experience is heavily influenced by the interviewers skills and experience.

• It is a common practice for the interviewer to provide an update/result to the candidate if there was an interview, but it is not a requirement. A more seasoned interviewer realizes the value of this practice while someone new to interviewing would be on a learning curve.

• If you do not hear back from the hiring company it would indicate you are not being selected to continue through the process or you weren’t selected for the position. As a candidate, if absolute closure is necessary, following up with the interviewer is an acceptable practice.

 

4) I didn't get the job and I don't know why. Know one will tell me what I did wrong.

• It is a natural reaction for a candidate to question his or her performance throughout the interview process if another candidate is selected.

• If you are going to revisiting your performance avoid preconceived notions like your age played a factor.

• Recognize other possible factor that could have influenced the outcome like an internal hire, preference for candidates from a company employee referral program, a candidate with a strong recommendation from a company executive, etc.

• Adjust your expectations. Providing feedback or an explanation why you weren’t selected is outside the scope of an interviewer’s responsibility.

 

5) What is the proper response to being told another candidate was selected?

• Resist the urge to question the decision or desire to receive an explanation. While it is not the news you were hoping for, the best response is a professional and gracious response. The company could retain your information and may consider you for future opportunities or refer you to other recruiters.

 

6) Are Job Fairs still relevant in today’s technology driven environment?

• Job fairs still play an important role in today’s job search. Exposure to hiring companies can open doors to opportunities you may have missed. It is a great opportunity to make a face to face first impression. It is a great place to network with hiring companies and improve your interviewing skills. Promote a multiple venue job search approach.

 

Conclusion -

a. Companies approach recruiting differently and have different abilities, time, priorities, and resources dedicated to recruiting.

b. Do your research to determine the employment culture of a company set realistic interview expectations.

c. Don’t draw conclusions about the hiring decision or make assumptions about your interview performance.

 

The Successful Encore Career is a service of Employment For Seniors, and sponsored by Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and Nationwide Insurance.

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April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

SEC 9 - National Volunteer Week

April 23rd through the 29th is National Volunteer Week. We thought this would be a great opportunity to explain the many ways a volunteer experience can help in your job search.

Thank you for joining The Successful Encore Career Podcast, brought to you by Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and Nationwide Insurance

Often individuals wonder how they have time to volunteer. Just know - - each of us can make a difference in our world; we can help others and make organizations better. The ultimate volunteer opportunity may also teach us something new! You may be in need of updating your computer skills, or maybe it has been a long time since you’ve worked in an office situation. Volunteering at a great nonprofit, could also provide you with chances to learn new computer programs, schedule other volunteers, or provide customer service on the phone or in person.

You may be in need of a chance to update your communications skills, or how to analyze information or possibly how to carry out the plans for a project. Such skills can make you a valuable job applicant. Volunteering provides you with the means to learn those new skills, or update your current skills, in a positive environment with little or no risk. Give some of your time, and create a path to a new job!

 

You can find many great nonprofit organizations in Central Ohio through HandsOn Central Ohio

HandsOn Central Ohio

Or, for those outside of our community, check out Volunteet Match

Volunteer Match

 

Employment For Seniors has an incredible team of volunteers, including our Job Counselors, our network administrator, and others assisting in our office. Several of our volunteers have important messages just for you.

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April 17, 2017 @ 4:32 am

SEC 8 - Prepare For The Interview

In this episode of The Successful Encore Career, Carol welcomes to our studios Debra Shinoskie, Project Director at the AARP Foundation SCSEP in Columbus, OH.  

This episode is brought to you by Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and Nationwide Insurance.

 

Interviewing can be a very difficult step for mature job seekers, yet it is one of the most important steps any job seeker can make.  They only have one chance for a great first impression.  What are the basic steps you would suggest a mature job seeker take to prepare for an interview before the crucial day?

a.  De-stress before the interview using relaxation techniques such as exercise, deep breathing, visualization, or whatever works for you (excluding alcohol).
b.  Be sure your application materials (e.g. resume, cover letter) are perfect, references have been pulled together, and you have done your research on the company.
c.  Ensure that you have a professional interviewing dress/suit in which you are comfortable. You should dress one step above what your supervisor on the job would wear.
d.  Make a dry run past the location of the interview a day or two in advance so that you will know how long it takes to get there. Always arrive to the interview about 10 minutes early.
e.  Practice your answers to commonly asked interview questions OUT LOUD. Mock interviews or informational interviews are a great preparatory tool. Reading and memorizing your answers is not good enough. Believe me, it is another ball game to have to answer out loud to another person in a high-stress environment.

 

Often mature job seekers have difficulty giving an employer a clear picture of the skills they have used in previous positions, how up-to-date their skills are and how they can provide value to the employer with their strong skills.  We’ve talked about transferable skills in previous podcasts, could you give us your insights on the importance of identifying transferable skills for an interview and any suggestions you have for job seekers on utilizing transferable skills in such situations?

a.  Employers want to know the skills you possess in today’s workforce (not what you did 20 years ago). Talk only about your accomplishments that relate to that particular job.
b.  Transferable skills can provide the information needed to demonstrate how a candidate can fulfill the requirements of the job.  Employers want to know that you are a good “fit” for the position, so be prepared to answer the question, “How will hiring you add to the success of our organization?” Compare your transferable skills to the position description and compile a series of quantifiable examples of how you can successfully complete the tasks of the job – showing the value you will bring to the employer.

 

A job seeker may have a whole list of transferable skills, and examples of their success/accomplishments relating to the job, but are there other skills they should also emphasize, (e.g. soft skills)?

a.  Yes! Talk about your job stability, good attendance record, and good safety record
b.  Additionally, others things to be mentioned are good communication skills, data analysis, and follow through
c.  Lastly, it is always wise to point out your ability and willingness to learn new things, take on leadership roles, and work as a member of a team.

 

An interview can be nerve-wracking!  What are some tips on mannerisms, behaviors, etc.

a.  Make positive and consistent eye contact as you respond to questions. Do not let your eyes roll up
or down. It is a red flag and shows lack of preparation.
b.  Be focused and if you do not understand a question, or need a minute to think; repeat the question and/or ask for clarification.
c.  Learn the current language and terminology for the field. Industry jargon may have changed since the last time you interviewed for a job.
d.  Practice walking into a room and sitting down. When sitting, your body should be at a slight angle from the interviewer and not directly facing him/her. Relax and lean forward slightly dropping your front shoulder. This body posture shows that you are interested in what the interviewer has to say. The more you practice eye contact and body language the more confident, positive, and optimistic you will appear.
d.  Maintain your poise and self-control.  If you disagree with a question or comment, try to bring the conversation back to your skills and abilities – do not become flustered or angry.
e.  Be sure to answer questions completely and honestly.  Stay on target; do not stray from the
questions that are asked or ramble.

 

This brings us to what are the most common mistakes we all make in interviews – can you give us some examples?

a.  Arriving late. Be sure you arrive neat and appropriately dressed for the interview
b.  Other mistakes: Poor personal appearance (dress, hair, nails, shoes); Poor eye contact; Limp, fishy handshakes; Lack of interest or enthusiasm
c.  Never apologize for your age or act as if your skills are inferior. Stress your ability to work with people of all ages and cultures.
d.  Never say anything negative about former employers or co-workers.

e.  Do not stress your “need” for a job; in other words don’t be a “job beggar.” Don’t say that you can or will do anything as it also sounds as if you are begging. Instead, be laser-focused on what you bring to the table that is of value for that particular position.
f.  Do not discuss past experiences that have no connection to the job in which you are interviewing, or prolong an interview with ideas/issues/comments that are not applicable
g.  Do not bring up compensation/salary during an interview and if the interviewer asks you for your salary requirements during the interview process try to sidestep the discussion by saying things such as: I would expect a salary that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position” or “What do you typically offer a candidate with my experience and educational level?” It is not appropriate to talk salary until there is an offer on the table. If you have tried to hedge the question and you feel pressed to give a response you must give a range. Make sure that you have done your research on what the going range is in that geographic area for that type of work. Then state something like mid-$30s to mid-$40s depending upon the level of duties and responsibilities of the position. Remember, the bottom number of your range must be a number you will be happy to accept because we always “hear or pay attention” to your bottom number. Additionally, do not ask for any special considerations (except those required by law) until you actually have an offer on the table.

 

The flip side – what are specific examples of things we need to be sure to do in an interview situation and as follow-up?

a.  Always arrive prepared and have extra copies of your materials with you such as your resume, reference list, transcripts, etc.
b.  Be sure that you have completed all of the application materials the employer has requested and that you have taken all tests required such as assessments, physical exams, background and drug screens , etc.
c.  Always ask questions. Have a few canned ones in case the interviewer has covered almost everything. Some good questions to ask: What are the top priorities for this position in the first 3 months? What are the most important challenges you would like the person you hire to address? How will job performance be measured? And, if it has not been said, always ask when the interviewer will be making his/her final decision. As a job seeker, his is very important information to know.
d.  Be sure to send an appropriate thank you note within 24 hours. It is smart to send an email with a thank you letter as an attachment the same day as the interview. Then you should mail a hard copy of the thank you letter within 24 hours. Doing both brings you to the interviewer’s mind, in a good way, twice instead of just once.
e.  Follow up with the employer, one day after he/she said the final decision would be made to ascertain his/her decision or set up a second interview.

 

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April 3, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 7 - Interview with Jeff Lacy

Jeff Lacy, Entrepreneur, and Partner and Area Director with FocusCFO, is our guest.

In his current role as a Partner and Area Director with FocusCFO, Jeff ties in his team of 30+ CFOs, to work with owners of SMEs around Central Ohio to understand the key drivers of profitability and how to most effectively improve, enhance or implement those drivers.  Learn more at FocusCFO.

Jeff offers some great insight on his career transitions.

 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

Also available on iTunes.

Ideas for a future interview for a future podcast, contact us at podcast@employseniors.org

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March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 6 - Lifelong Learning - Update and Hone Workplace Skills

One major issue mentioned by many employers, regarding mature job seekers, is their inability to learn new skills. Qualified applicants have to convince employers that they are not only able to learn new skills, but they consider learning to be an important step in their continued success in the workplace.

The podcast episode suggest some great ideas on how and where you can continue your lifelong learning journey. More can be found on The Successful Encore Career blog.

 

Program 60 at The Ohio State University  

http://ced.osu.edu/CEd_pro60.php  

Good as Gold at Columbus State Community College

www.cscc.edu/admissions/adultlearning/good-as-gold.shtml

Otterbein’s Senior College  

http://www.otterbein.edu/public/FutureStudents/adultstudents/senior-college.aspx  

Lifelong Learning Institute @Central Ohio Technical College

www.cotc.edu/AboutCOTC/campuslocations/pataskala/lifelonglearning/Pages/lifelonglearning.aspx

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries  

www.columbuslibrary.org/services/jhc

Coursera

www.coursera.org

 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

Also available on iTunes.

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March 6, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 5 - Do’s and Don’ts of Job Searching

You have just one opportunity to make a great first impression! Here are tips to help keep your job search on target.

Initial Job Searching Steps

Job Applications and Materials

Reviewing Job Descriptions

Interviewing

Networking

Learning New Skills

 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

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February 20, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 4 - Defining Transferable Skills

Skills are learned!

 

Why is it important to know/understand transferable skills?

  • Strengthen your marketability for a position by clearly communicating your transferable skills
  • Employers want to know you have the skills to do their job
  • Leverage your application and show you are the most qualified candidate  

 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

Also available on iTunes.

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February 6, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 3 - Transferable Skills

Mature job seekers have worked for years. They have built skills and honed those skills over many years of experience. And what's most important is that as part of their marketability in looking at the next job. An employer wants to know that you can do the job they have available. They want to know what those skills are and can you do the job from day one.

In this episode of The Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors, we explore the importance of transferable skills. A blog post for this podcast is available here.

 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

Also available on iTunes.

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January 23, 2017 @ 7:10 am

SEC 2 - Benefits Of Attending A Job Fair

Individuals think it's a waste of their time, but then they also complain that when they're doing applications those online applications go into cyberspace and they don't get an opportunity to talk to somebody. Well guess what? At a job fair you are doing face to face meetings with employers.
Blog link here - http://successfulencorecareer.blogspot.com/2017/01/sec-2-benefits-of-attending-job-fair.html
 
Discover more on how to make the most of the next job fair you attend with this Successful Encore Career Podcast.
 

Thanks for listening to The Successful Encore Career Podcast, presented by Employment For Seniors.  If you would like more information about our podcast, please send us an email at podcast@employseniors.org.

Also available on iTunes.

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January 23, 2017 @ 7:00 am

SEC 1 - Bill LaFayette

Bill LaFayette, Founder and owner of Regionomics LLC, is our guest.

Regionomics is a consulting business specializing in small-area economies with a focus on strategic economic and workforce analysis and planning services. We help clients in public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors understand regional and community economic and demographic trends and work with them to develop strategies to respond to those trends. Learn more at regionomicsllc.com

Bill offers some great insight on his career transition from higher education into business.

 

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