Have you ever wondered how you could really ace that next job interview you have? The secrets to what human resources say contribute to a successful interview have been revealed in a survey taken by CareerBuilder.com.
They interviewed 2,076 hiring managers in search of the attributes that would give a candidate a better chance at acing the interview. Here are the top five answers:
- Sense of humor (27%)
- Community involvement (26%)
- Professionally dressed (22%) [see video for tips]
- Similar views to the hiring manager (21%)
- Physically fit (13%)
There is nothing you can do about number four because you will not know the views of the hiring manager. It is not uncommon for a hiring manager to play devil’s advocate to see if you agree or not. This means the views expressed by the hiring manager are not necessarily their own view as they may be looking for you to disagree.
As for your sense of humor, keep it professional and genuine. Dress should be the attire that is worn by employees at the company to which you are applying. Do not underdress but it is acceptable to overdress.
Community involvement was once seen as a negative. It has been recommended by Rochester Hills, Mich., based getmaximpact.com for nearly a decade. Michigan Works, which historically had objected to showing it on a resume, now strongly supports listing community volunteering.
Top advice during your job search
- “How to Find a Job”: When There Are No Jobs: a necessary job search book and career planning guide for surviving and prospering in today's hyper competitive job market.
- “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions”.
- “Your Social Media Job Search”: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, and other tools to get the job you want!
- “101 Weird Ways to Make Money”: Unusual jobs that produce good pay with little competition.
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons. Paperback, Kindle, Apple or Nook.