You know not to put your feet up in an interview, but do you think about other body language clues?
When you land a job interview, there’s a lot to think about to get ready. What kind of questions will you be asked? Will you have to demonstrate any of your skills, such as write computer code, do a presentation or take a test? How long will it take you to get to the interview? Where will you park?
Besides being prepared for the meeting and questions, what about the nonverbal impression you make and might not even be aware of? Your body language, from the way you walk into the interview and how you greet the interviewers to how you sit contribute to the impression you make on potential employers.
Idaho’s Career Information System is not just for kids. The free, customized online tool also helps adults stay on a solid path toward a successful future while they are in school, training or pursuing a new career.
Students and adults with career plans are more likely to stay in school, pursue a higher education and once they enter the world of work, see greater promotional opportunities. Accessing Idaho’s Career Information System is free and can help both parents and children:
Understand how interests and strengths connect to the world of work
Define a career path
Decide areas of study to pursue in middle/junior high, high school and college
Find the training, education, knowledge – and money – necessary for following their dreams.
Do you have any job openings at your business? Do you have a plan in place to make sure your interview and application process follows legal guidelines?
Here are some questions and answers taken from the guide to lawful applications and interviews created by the Idaho Department of Labor and Idaho Human Rights Commission. Please download a pdf of the full guide for additional information.
How can I know whether my interview questions are discriminatory?
Understanding what discrimination is should help a great deal. Additionally, answering the following questions should help employers avoid most discriminatory inquiries during the pre-employment interview. 1) Do my questions tend to have the effect of screening out persons in protected groups? 2) Is the information I requested really necessary to judge the individual competence for the performance of this particular job?
Employers have been increasingly voicing concerns about job applicants – especially young ones – having basic job skills – what’s called soft skills.
The Idaho Department of Labor took up their cause recently with a workshop in Pocatello to help young people, typically first-time job seekers, find work. And a major focus was on the following soft skills:
Showing up for work on time
Proper dress and grooming
Working well with others
The ability to follow directions
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Stacy Miller, Mary Johnson and Kim Smith discuss why soft skills are important to employers.
“Soft skills are one of the key factors which can move a young person from being a job seeker to an employee,” department Regional Economist Dan Cravens told the 30 people who took part in the workshop. “We had many employers and parents in the area request that we do a workshop like this so that local youth can better understand how they need to act in order to find a job, and do well at it.”
Many of the 16-to-24-year-olds face the same challenges young people across the country face – unemployment rates over 16 percent. Unemployment rates would probably be higher for this age group, but too many young job seekers have just given up hope of finding work. Continue reading →
Landing a first job can be difficult for a teen since employers often look for experience when making a hire.
But Hope Keller, workforce consultant for the Idaho Department of Labor’s Orofino office, offered up these tips to make the job search easier for teens.
What resume tips do you have for teens?
Workforce consultant Hope Keller
Don’t sell yourself short. Write down all the activities you are involved in (school, volunteer, sports), as well as “spot” jobs such as babysitting, housecleaning, yard work and family jobs like ranching.
Next, write down all your skills and separate them into two categories “technical” skills and “soft skills” and highlight both. Employers often look for a combination of both.
Don’t overlook your soft skills. For example, if you play sports you learned teamwork, communication, the ability to follow directions and the ability to prioritize and multitask. Sports also teach transferrable technical skills such as physical fitness and hand-eye coordination.
Are you having trouble getting a job interview? Have you sent out lots of resumes without getting a nibble? Alison Green, who writes the Ask a Manager blog, lists four reasons why you might not be getting the attention of potential employers, including having a boring cover letter. You can read her full article here.
Do you have a job interview scheduled? Take time to learn about the business before the interview. Alison Green, who writes the Ask a Manager blog, has more tips like this to help you navigate through the interview process. You can read more here