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Make Your First Impression Favorable

The first impression you make with a prospective employer does matter! Of course, this works both ways as you consider your impressions of the organization and its representatives. Yet, you are seeking the job thus the onus is for you to present yourself well and in a favorable light.

Be Prepared

The impression you make depends on your preparation and timeliness. Give attention to each of the following topics, even those as which you excel. There’s always something new to be gained by focusing on an important career step like interviewing for a highly desirable position.

Plan to be Early

It’s best to leave leeway for your commute. Traffic snarls and crowds can put you behind in no time flat. Getting to the interview early has benefits beyond being on time! You can:

  • Refresh and try to relax with focused breathing.
  • Review your interview notes.
  • Grab a snack to avoid mid-interview hunger.

Dress the Part

Clothes matter! Select a professional outfit that is understated. You want it to be comfortable and something that would even meet conservative dress code requirements. Assure that your grooming follows similar guidelines.

Pay Attention to Body Language

Body language nuances can be seemingly small yet make a world of difference. Convey confidence with a firm, well-timed handshake. Greet the interview manager or team with a ready, natural smile. Stand and sit straight and walk with a well-paced gait. Other tips for attending to body language are:

  • Position yourself to directly face whoever is speaking with you.
  • Use active listening behaviors.
  • Avoid fidgeting. Folding your hands helps as doing so centers and calms when feeling nervous or anxious.

Be Genuine

One of the most important interviewing tips is to be genuine. This means letting your integrity and authenticity shine. Do so as you speak about:

  • Values,
  • Commitment to the community,
  • Professional aspirations, and
  • Gratitude for opportunities, including that presented by this interview.

 Are you looking for a new accounting and finance position?  Click here for a listing of Beacon Resources’ available job openings.

 

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Finance Interview Strategy

Prepare for your upcoming finance interview by selecting questions that display your ingenuity and forethought. Doing so demonstrates your ability to take initiative in the finance and accounting sectors of corporations, large and small. Your questions also expand the dialogue, likely creating a refreshing break from the usual for a hiring manager. Your enterprising inquiries will make a lasting impression.

Tips for Framing Your Finance Interview Questions

You want the questions you pose to showcase your experience, analytical abilities, and strategic thinking skills. Do so by:

  • Demonstrating your creative curiosity about the position.
  • Refraining from any appearance of arrogance.
  • Displaying the talent that you offer the organization.
    • This may include questions you pose when the interviewer discusses a challenge the business faces because of growth.
    • Highlight one of your strengths followed by a question related to the position.
    • Reveal your professional initiative with a question or two about learning opportunities.

Learn More about the Organization

Become knowledgeable about the business you are interviewing with. Ideally, along with completing the application process, you have actively learned a good deal about the business. Doing so likely raises some questions. Choose those which will give you the information you need, while showing your finance and accounting critical thinking know-how. Potential topics are:

  • Projected growth or diversification plans in the next one to five years.
  • Outstanding challenges the industry or region are facing.
  • Ways in which the organization links its values with workplace culture.

Discern What Else the Job Entails

Look beyond the job description to consider what other responsibilities it likely includes. Today’s finance and accounting professionals are being called upon for expanded roles. These include project management, staff training, and IT interfacing. Learn more by:

  • Asking if the role includes direct supervisory responsibilities.
  • Inquiring if one anticipated role is training employees in finance functions.

As you frame questions about the roles, consider the value of learning about the company’s onboarding and evaluation processes. This may include posing questions about:

  • Employees being supported in a self-evaluation process.
  • Benefits or opportunities tied with high performance.

 

 Job Seekers, click here to view a list of Beacon Resources’ available accounting and finance positions.

 

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Video Job Interview Guidelines

More of today’s hiring managers are choosing to conduct video job interviews with prospective candidates. This practice is time-efficient, especially when recruiting candidates who live at a distance. It is expedient for you as a candidate, provided you have taken steps to prepare yourself for your video job interview.

First Things First

As part of confirming the video job interview request, be sure you have the needed information.  This includes:

  • Learning the video conferencing platform to be used, such as Skype or FaceTime.
  • Date and time, including zone for distant interviews.

Trouble Shoot

Even people who regularly use video conferencing methods are wise to conduct the following steps. After all, this video job interview mode lets you show off some tech skills and attention to detail. Even if you regularly use a mobile device, consider opting for your laptop for optimum professional delivery. Handheld devices and interview nerves don’t mix well!

Prepare for Your Video Job Interview

Conduct the best possible interview by completing steps that add to a professional appearance.

  • Select a space where you will not be interrupted.
  • Access the video conferencing app and test functionality.
  • Select where you will sit.
    • Test lighting to limit shadows.
    • Sit with the screen faced away from windows or bright lights.
    • Move the computer around to find the best placement.
  • Test sound. Use a headset if the built-in mic will pick up background noises.

Dress the Part

Pick out attire that you would wear to an in-person interview. Pay attention to these video details:

  • Choose neutral or muted tones, as bright and bold can be overpowering on-screen.
  • Avoid dense patterns for the same reason.
  • You may want to have a couple of outfits available. Choose your favorite when you conduct your practice session.

Have Your Notes Ready

Keep your notes with interview responses and questions to ask handy. Review these just before your interview.

Practice

Schedule a practice session with a trusted friend. Pick someone who will offer tips and give a fair critique of your setup and appearance. Allow sufficient time for adjustments between this session and your interview.

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LinkedIn Tips That Will Get You Noticed

Truth be told, there are many finance and accounting professionals who have not taken full advantage of LinkedIn as a career advancement tool.  But they should! LinkedIn is the number one social media platform capturing the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. However, keep in mind that, creating a profile is only a small part of using LinkedIn. If you only do the minimum, you are not utilizing LinkedIn’s full potential and the odds are that you will get lost in the crowd. We have compiled some LinkedIn tips below to help guide you to success.

In order to get the most out of LinkedIn, you need to highlight your skills, experience, education and positive attributes. As well as, actively engage with people and groups. When you contribute to group discussions, your contribution will be displayed on your status updates, attracting more people. Connections are also very important, you should have at least 500 connections relevant to your industry.   If you have under 500 connections, it reflects to other LinkedIn users, including hiring managers,  that you don’t have many people who desire to interact with you professionally.   Finally be sure to update your profile with recent promotions, new skills, degrees or certifications.  These updates reflect that you are career-oriented and focused on advancement. These above mentioned LinkedIn Tips keep your name in front of other professionals who may be able to help in your career advancement.

Gain Profile Design Prowess

Pay attention to the detail that lets the world see the true professional you are.

  • Skilled use of search engine optimization (SEO) assures that recruiters find your page. To select those:
    • Pick key terms from your current job description such as “data analysis” or “P&L Management.”
    • Choose key terms from descriptions of jobs you hope for, and for which you are qualified.
  • Be headline and picture perfect!
    • Consider revamping your headline so that it goes beyond a job title. Use it to showcase your skills and aspirations.
    • Update your profile picture, assuring it conveys professionalism and approachability. According to LinkedIn, profiles with a photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without. They are also 9 times more likely to receive connection requests.
    • Include a relevant background image that is distinct for you and your interests.
  • Update the skills section, again with SEO in mind.
  • Use the summary section to showcase your achievements and professionals goals. According to LinkedIn, recruiters consider it the most important section of your profile.
  • Add your location.  Most recruiters screen by location.  According to LinkedIn, by adding your city, you will boost your chances of being noticed by 23 times.
  • Add your education and school.  Profiles with education details receive 17 times more messages from recruiters.  However, there is no need to include your graduation year.

Job Search Management Tools

LinkedIn offers a comprehensive approach to managing your job search. Open the jobs icon and from there you can view salary ranges across the country, as you proceed to “career interests.” This is where you can turn on the “let recruiters know you are open” button and set privacy settings. Other settings offer:

  • Status of your search: pending, active, open to offers or not
  • Location options
  • Job title selection
  • Job type, such as full-time, contract, etc.
  • From there go to the “Go to Jobs” tab
    • Search jobs
    • Track jobs for which you have applied

Use LinkedIn to Broaden Your Network

Network on LinkedIn, reaching out to past colleagues or friends from school. Connect with people in your sector or in locations to which you hope to relocate. These Linkedin tips will help you gain the most out of your efforts.  For more LinkedIn tips, check out 3 Networking Questions to Ask on LinkedIn.

Are you looking for a new position? Click here to view a listing of available accounting and finance positions on our Beacon Resources job board and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn.

 

 

 

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Questions to Ask on Your 1st Day of a New Job

Starting a new job can be overwhelming.  You convinced your new employer that you are the right candidate for the position, but now it’s time to prove it. And a great way to start is asking the right questions.   Below are helpful questions you should ask your new employer on your first day:

Ask Questions about Onboarding Objectives

Companies vary with onboarding processes. Some are very specific with detailed objectives and benchmarks. Others are more laissez faire, completing the necessities at an irregular pace. Assure that you are completing required documentation, trainings, and introductions by:

  • Preparing questions about your new role for when you meet with your manager.
    • Ask if there are expectations that are not be included on the job description.
    • Does your manager have advice related to the position based on past experiences? Or perhaps there are hopes for the position if it is new to the organization.
  • Inquiring about orientation materials and dates for completion. This demonstrates your motivation and interest in addressing the preliminaries to move on to the work at hand.
  • Requesting opportunities to meet co-workers. This shows your interest in becoming part of the group, a positive soft skill.

Learn About Your Manager’s Preferences

Inquiring about your manager’s preferred modes of communication paves the way for clear communications and aligned expectations.  Points to touch on:

  • Is email, text, one-on-one, or phone preferred?
  • Do they prefer scheduled meetings?

Who Should I meet this week?

Begin forming alliances with key personnel immediately. Doing so will help you navigate your way to achieving your goals.  Often times, our successes or failures can be determined by the relationships we create.

Collect Insider Information

Workplaces have habits and particular insights that develop over time. Knowing these helps with being brought into the fold:

  • Insider jargon that has become shared workplace vocabulary.
  • Managers who are good mentors.
  • Parking particulars
  • Outfits to avoid on “dress down” days.

Job Seekers, are you looking for a new job?  Click here for a listing of available accounting and finance positions offered by Beacon Resources.