The hiring outlook for 2018 is the best the U.S. has seen in over a decade.  44% of employers plan on hiring full-time employees according to a survey by Career Builder.  51% of employers are expecting to utilize temporary/contract workers.   40% of workers are planning to change jobs in 2018.  If you are planning on making a change, how will you stand out among the heavy competition?

As a Recruiter, I interview candidates every day for open opportunities and also hear a lot of post interview feedback from hiring leaders.  Most missed opportunities where candidates aren’t selected comes down to how well they prepared for the interview and business acumen.  Some obvious preparations are customizing your resume for each position you are interviewing for, reading an interview book to be current on questions being asked, and reviewing appropriate business etiquette for the interview process.  Most candidates know to prepare but I’m still taken back by how many still don’t take time to refresh their interviewing skills even after I’ve recommended it to them.

Some of the recent feedback I’ve received from hiring leaders describing why they passed on a candidate included:

  • Candidate asked inappropriate questions for the level of position they were interviewing for.
  • Candidate rambled on too long during the interview.
  • Candidate didn’t have good examples to share when asked about experiences.
  • Candidate accepted phone interview while driving in their car; was hard to hear for the business leader and candidate was very distracted (lots of ummms). Client felt the candidate was unprofessional.
  • Candidate failed to send a thank you note or email following the interview.

All of these situations were preventable!  If the candidate had properly prepped for the interview, the outcome may have resulted in a job offer vs. job decline.  The candidates I presented who prepped well, took notes during the interview and read up on interviewing tips, received offer and landed jobs.

Interviewing does not come naturally for most individuals and regardless of how well you know yourself and your work experience, you probably need to learn or at least refine the art of interviewing.  There are many great resource books published on the subject of interviewing. has over 2600 books on the topic of interviewing and all with a different area of focus or specializing in specific skill areas.  A book series that I highly recommend, no matter if you are entry level to executive status, is the Knock’em Dead Series by Martin Yate.  He releases new versions every other year with the latest questions that Recruiters and hiring leaders are asking in the interview process and the book gives great examples of correct and concise answers to the questions.  Knock’em Dead Interviews also gives good advice on business etiquette while interviewing.  The book has great examples of smart questions candidates can ask hiring leaders during the interview that will impress employers vs. sending up red flags.

So, if you are planning on making a job change this coming year, beyond networking, meeting with search firms, and searching online job boards, be proactive and begin prepping for the process by updating your resume, reading and reviewing interviewing prep books, and planning how you will dress and present yourself.

For my Recruiting, Talent Management, and HR professional friends, please share what resource books you recommend to read that goes beyond your individual coaching?  I’d love to hear your recommendations and comments.




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