Interviewing Best Practices: Who Asks the Questions?

Interviewing Best Practices: Who Asks the Questions?

Want to stand out as a candidate during your next interview?

Interviews can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking for most people when they feel a lack of confidence. Here at SNR, we spend a lot of time interviewing candidates and assessing them to determine best fit in a company and position. We want to give you guys, the candidates, some insight into one of the biggest gray areas surrounding interviews. These questions have been answered by Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Partner with Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, to give our readers some tips and beneficial information about asking the right questions in your next interview.

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Are You Always Running Late?

Are You Always Running Late?

Have you ever heard the saying: “If you’re not early, you’re late”? What does that mean?

SNR Business Partner, Chantelle Svensen Lewis, explains what it means to be punctual and why it is an important trait.

So, what does it mean to be punctual? While most think that being punctual consists of simply being on time, it extends beyond the clock. To be punctual means to be a few minutes early, presentable, and well prepared. Often, being punctual regarding time influences how well prepared one may be. For example: If you have a ten-minute commute to work, and leave your house twelve minutes before you start work, you do not have much room for uncontrollable factors such as traffic. This could result in being rushed and frazzled when you finally arrive. If, however, you leave your house with twenty minutes until you start work, you have extra time to spare, allowing you to arrive slightly early and avoid any distractions or feelings of stress from running late.

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Opportunities for Improvement

Opportunities for Improvement

If you have ever had a formal interview, you likely have answered: “What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?”

Is that a trick question? Why does an interviewer ask what your weaknesses are?

According to Shannon Neighbour and Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, SNR Partners, interviewers simply want to know that you are self-aware. Naturally, everyone has weaknesses; what are you doing to improve them? Are you aware of what your limitations are?

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Interview Do's and Don't's

Interview Do's and Don't's

“Are you ready for your interview?”

This is often a difficult question to answer as you’re probably wondering what you should or should not be “ready” for.

Far too often, candidates approach interviews without considering some very important factors that could make or break an interview outcome. Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, SNR Partner, has provided some great advice on what you should and shouldn’t do for your next interview.

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The Job Hunt: Where to Search

The Job Hunt: Where to Search

Looking for a new job but don’t know where to search?

The job search process can be tedious and frustrating – but it doesn’t have to be.

Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Partner with Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, explains the process of pursuing the job hunt with ease and success while making an impact.

So you have an ideal job in mind, but how does your resume compare?

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Closing the Interview

“Oh man, how on earth do I get out of here? How do I leave professionally?”

You have probably experienced it – the constant struggle to find the right words to signal a professional exit.

Have you ever heard of the phrase “closing the interview”? Why should you close an interview? 

Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Partner with Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, explains this as the process of reconfirming your interest in a position and ensuring you make an impact. A formal close is important in making sure you stand out among all other candidates.

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