Archive / February, 2015

Colors to Wear to Win the Job Interview

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When you finally receive that long-awaited interview call, you definitely need to prepare what to say. Additionally, you need to plan well what to wear as well!

Certain colors can affect impressions and feelings greatly, in a very subtle way. Thus, if you want to appear as the best candidate, here are some colors to wear and colors to avoid.

 

Colors to wear:

Navy

The color navy carries authority without being overbearing. Shades of blue, in general, suggest all of the boy scout attributes: brave, reverent, trustworthy, loyal, etc. Stick with dark to medium blues for interview purposes.

Gray

The color gray makes you appear balanced, and unbiased. It’s a respectable, neutral, calm color. Wear it if you need to project a very conservative image with your most flattering shade of white. However it is the least memorable color, so, if you want to make a stronger impression, add a blouse or tie in your best shade of red, teal, or purple.

Green

Dark tones of neutralized green, like forest or hunter, give a stable impression. It says “I’m grounded in my area of expertise.” Dark greens are linked with trustworthiness similarly to blue.

Purple

The color purple is a great alternative to navy or gray in business situations where you need to project confidence and individuality. Stick to neutralized medium to dark purples. They’re professional and appropriate. However, avoid purple if you need to fit in rather than stand out.

Burgundy

The color burgundy helps a younger woman look more mature and competent. If you’re new to an industry, it can say “I’m refined and experienced in my field.” It is also a recommended tie color for a man. A woman could wear it in a suit.

 

Colors not to wear:

Red

Red gives the impression you’re not a team player. You seem to be only concerned about yourself, and you want to be noticed! Not the best message to be sending a prospective employer.

Brown

Brown, especially light to medium brown, can make you disappear into the woodwork. It won’t cause you to attract attention. It can seem safe and boring and a bit stodgy. One caveat though-if it’s a particularly rich shade of black-brown that matches your hair exactly, the effect can be terrific.

Yellow

The color yellow is cheerful and optimistic, but it can also make you appear flighty, whimsical, so people won’t take you seriously. You’ll seem somewhat impulsive and possibly a poor risk.

Orange

Orange is a declassifier. That means you’ll appear less than classy. Orange is not good for any business situation as it’s the least professional seeming color. It can look cheap no matter how expensive the garment.

Black and White

Black and white are often suggested as appropriate interview colors, but the high contrast is extremely authoritarian, and you may seem to be challenging the authority of the interviewer. This may be a questionable choice even in a conservative arena.

Pink

Pink is passive. Good for gaining sympathy and soft hearted responses, but don’t count on it to send the message that you’re a competent professional.

 

Get interviewed for your dream job

Before worrying about what to wear on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview and negotiations, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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Dress for Success – Impress Your Interviewer

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The email arrives to tell you that your resume has made the grade – you’ve got an interview for your dream job. What’s your next thought? In more than 50% of cases it’s going to be “What do I wear?”

The majority of us think about how we’ll present ourselves long before we worry about how to get to the interview or what we’ll say when we get there! There’s a job and money at stake, not to mention a rung on your career ladder to secure. But there are a fail-safe ways to impress a future employer when it comes to clothes, and they don’t have anything to do with expensive outfits and accessories.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be flipping burgers or presenting keynote addresses, the interviewer will employ someone who looks like they take the job seriously. It will take him just 15 seconds to assess whether he thinks you’re serious – starting with your appearance. So follow these top five tips and you’ll have a head start against the opposition!

Look Like You Mean Business

If you’re looking to sell boards in a surf shack, a T-shirt and jeans are perfect as long as they’re clean. But if you’re going anywhere near an office and desk it needs to be a suit for men and tailoring for women.

The interviewer will spend his time (hopefully) looking at your head and shoulders so if it’s a choice between a better quality jacket or bottoms, always focus on getting the top right. For men, a sober tie is usually called for and for women, a neckline that isn’t in the least bit distracting should be your aim – you want to be employed for the right reasons, after all.

Groom!

Women should have a run through with their hair and make-up and men should always arrive shaved unless their facial hair is clearly a style look rather than a novelty (a pink beard may look great at a festival but the joke will wear thin for most employers).

‘Classy’ is almost always the ideal word for an interviewer to describe you after the event so take a leaf out of Vogue magazine rather than the National Enquirer and stick to simple, elegant looks.

Don’t Forget the Coat

When you arrive at your interview you need to look polished from the outside in. There’s no point wearing a fabulous new suit if you bury it under a mud-stained cagoule. Your new boss may want you to represent the company outside the building so keep the outer layer slick too.

Always do a Dry Run

Try on the complete outfit including shoes, bag or briefcase several days before the interview. Don’t leave out the grooming – this is your chance to try out your make-up of a new hair look with lots of time to spare in case the whole thing bombs.

Polish your shoes and get them re-heeled if necessary. Treat your clothes to a lint roller and brush to get them into peak condition.

Then take a long hard look in the mirror. Would you employ the person looking back at you? If the answer is ‘yes’, move on to the final step.

Get a Second Opinion

Once you’re feeling confident about the way you look, present yourself to a friend or trustworthy other for a second opinion. And don’t forget to ask them to check your rear! Whoever interviews you will have a good look at that bit of you as you leave the interview room.

Get That Interview Call First!

Before worrying what to wear on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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Tips for the big day

Don’t worry, we’re not about to start doling out tips for your wedding day; we’re talking about the other big day – job interview day.

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Who needs interview tips?

You may feel that you know everything that one needs to know for a job interview; after all, it’s just answering a bunch of questions that the hiring manager asks you, right? Wrong. There’s much more to a job interview than simply answering questions. The way you look, the way you feel about yourself, the non-verbal cues that you drop, and the actions you take after the interview is over, all contribute towards the decision-making process on the part of the hiring manager.

So we at Style Resumes provide some tips for you to ace that interview.

Before the interview

Do not go unprepared! Make sure you know about the company you’re interviewing with, and a bit about the position you’ve applied to. Also, make sure you know how to get to the interview location; don’t leave it to the last minute or you might end up being delayed by unexpected traffic and other obstacles which you didn’t know would be along your way if you don’t do your homework.

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Attire

First impressions are very important when it comes to job interviews. And  For women, formal tops are most appropriate; you can add a jacket, if the role you’re interviewing for requires it. Pair this with dark colored skirts (A-line works best) or pants. For men, long-sleeved, well ironed shirts in white or other pale colors work best. These should be teamed with dark pants. Women should also make sure not to wear chunky jewelry or accessories, while men should take care to wear minimal or no jewelry at all.the way you dress for the interview is the very first thing your hiring manager is going to notice about you. So if you decide to wear something sloppy or unimpressive, you will already have started off the interview on the wrong foot.

For makeup, the ladies need to look presentable; make sure your hair is in order without any fly aways and ensure that your makeup is not over the top. Men, too, should opt for clean, short haircuts and a fresh look.

For footwear, women should opt for business-like pumps or peep-toes with modest heels; do not wear extra high heels. Men can go with classic black or brown dress shoes with dark colored socks.

Conversation time

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When it comes down to the actual conversation for the interview, make sure that you appear calm and relaxed. Don’t let your worry show or you will come across as unconfident or worse, incompetent.

Keep calm, and maintain a relaxed posture throughout. Maintain eye contact to establish a rapport with your interviewer and answer questions after careful consideration. You don’t have to answer each question even before the interviewer has finished asking it; you can take a moment to reflect before answering. Do not lose your composure at any moment; let the interviewer know that you aren’t intimidated by him (but do not be arrogant!).

When asked if you have any questions for the interviewer, ask intelligent questions that force the interviewer to consider before answering. Putting him on the spot could work in your favor in this instance.

Say goodbye

After the interview is over, say goodbye and shake hands firmly yet gently with the hiring manager and walk out confidently. Send a thank you note via email to the hiring manager within 24 hours of the interview; this is sure to earn you brownie points.

Keep in mind these tips and you will do well for yourself at the interview! and if you haven’t applied for your dream job yet, head over to Style Resumes first to get yourself a fantastic new resume – whether in video, mobile or paper format, it will surely impress the potential employer you wish to wow.

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Although job interviews can be really scary sometimes, remember that it is actually a two-way street and the interviewer is not the only one who has the privilege to ask questions. However, a recent survey showed that many job candidates fal­ter towards the end of the interview, especially when being prompted to ask questions. Although this could be due to the mental fatigue or simply that no ques­tions come to mind, interviewers will take this as a lack of interest for the job position.

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So what kind of questions should you ask during your interview? Let us give you some ideas.

 “What are the most important characteristics that someone needs to succeed in this position?”

By asking this question, you will help your interviewer get past what you look like on paper and focus on you as a person. If your resume isn’t perfect, directing the conversation toward your amazing personality traits can make up for what might be lacking on your resume. If your resume is perfect, recruiters still like to form a connection with a candidate and see what characteristics they would bring to a position.

Besides that, the answer to this question can also help you decide whether or not the position is the best fit for you. For example, if the interviewer’s answer is “self-starter” or “entrepreneurial,” this could mean that you would be working on your own a lot. On the other hand, if “personable” and “collaborative” are the words that come to mind for the interviewer, this could tell you the opposite. Learning what personal characteristics are vital for a position can help you get an idea for the work environment you could be entering and help you decide if a company is a good fit.

“What is the reason for the open position? Is it a new position, or did someone leave?”

Although this question may seem a bit forward or as having a negative connotation toward a company, it’s critical to do some digging to truly find out why there is an open position at a company. If the answer is because the company is growing or because of a promotion, great for you! However, if the answer seems indirect or the recruiter dismisses the question, it may mean that something is wrong. Although an open position doesn’t necessarily mean there is something undesirable about a company, it’s important to be straightforward in order to get a straightforward answer. An indirect answer can tell you a lot about any patterns in people quitting, getting fired, etc.

“What are some challenges that will face the person filling this position?”

This question can be uncomfortable because it forces the interviewer to talk about potential negative aspects of the position. It can be scary to put someone else in an awkward position, but you owe it to yourself to know what you could be up against if you are the one who ultimately ends up with the job! There will be drawbacks to any position, but challenges can also be good, so don’t be afraid to push for the true answer.

“Do you enjoy working here?”

This is when you turn the table to your interviewer, and it may catch him/her off-guard; but their answer will be very telling. If they confidently answer “yes,” paired with a smile and an enthusiastic, drawn-out response telling you every single reason why they love the company, it’s a good sign. If they hesitate, drop eye contact or force an awkward answer, it’s probably a red flag to take a step back and take another look at your possible future employer.

This question also helps the interview turn into more of a conversation, rather than just question and answer. Asking this question may be daunting, but it gives recruiters a chance to reflect on their own experiences and talk about themselves, which frankly, sometimes we all like to do.

“Is there anything about myself, my skills or my background that have made me stand out as someone who might not be the right fit for this position?”

If you didn’t get the job, this is a question you may ask. Getting feedback on why the company decided not to move forward is essential but may be the scariest question of them all, because there is the possibility that we may get slapped in the face with rejection and a whole list of ways you messed up, said the wrong thing, or simply didn’t live up to a recruiters expectations. Facing potential negative feedback head-on can be scary, but it can also be very beneficial. Asking this question shows that you can take constructive criticism and are dedicated to continuously improving, even if it may not be with that company. Who knows, you might even get the job after all, or get called up again when there is a new opening.

Get interviewed for your dream job

Before worrying about what to ask on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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Top Interview Questions that You Should Know

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Job interviews are meant to be stressful, so it is very normal if you are feeling nervous or even frightened before your scheduled job interview. As a matter of fact, even job seekers who have gone on countless interviews in the past still feel uneasy before an interview. Since a job interview is meant to be this way, what you can do to somehow lessen its unappealing effects on your stomach and pores, is to prepare. How? Take the time to review the common interview questions you’ll most likely be asked. Here are some of them:

“What are your pet peeves?”

If you are being asked this question, take note that the interviewer isn’t expecting you to respond with some dramatic stories about your love for dogs, cats or any other adorable animals to this question. Instead, he’s asking you what are the things that piss you out. This will help him determine if you would be a good fit with the company culture.

So, what should be your answer? Deny that you have pet peeve. Tell him if something is bothering you, you analyze “why” and find a good solution.

“How do you handle stress and pressure?”

Of course, any kind of work gives out pressure. The interviewer wants to know here if your case of getting pressured is in the extremes. Your best possible response is to admit that you get affected by stress, but you don’t let it totally control you. Instead, you view it as motivator. Tell him that you deal with stress by balancing good stress and bad stress – that you need good stress to stay “alive” and productive.

“How do you evaluate success?”

To be able to answer this properly, mention some aspects of your social life and the career life you’re planning to have with the company. Tell him that success in the workplace is all about meeting goals and acing sales. In social life, success for you is, let’s say, every time your badminton team wins in local competitions or when your garden flowers bloom every summer.

Questions about the company

Remember that interview questions are not always cliché. Lots of interviewers also ask interviewees to give them some information about the company. Of course, this is to check whether you’re really interested in working for them or not. So, what you should do is to prepare in advance, or, in other words, research. Search for the company’s website, then review the “About Us” section of that website. In addition, read blogs that mention the company, and check Discussion Boards and social networking sites.

Questions about the future

Lots of interviewers also ask about the future. They ask questions like “What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?”, “What are your salary requirements?” and “What will you do if you don’t get this position?” to determine whether you have a direction in your life and if they can partly entrust the future direction of the company to you.

To answer, don’t discuss your goals for returning to school or having a family. Rather, you must connect your answer to the job you’re applying for. Basically, you should tell them that your goal is to continue to learn while working.

Get that interview

Before worrying what to answer on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!