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Employees For Hire: Interview Skills Needed

By Elizabeth Berg
Education Editor

Photo By Elizabeth Berg Slouching, texting, and dressing unprofessionally are some of the most important things to avoid when going into an interview.

Photo By Elizabeth Berg
Slouching, texting, and dressing unprofessionally are some of the most important things to avoid when going into an interview.

In today’s day and age, young applicants have shown a lack of skills necessary to get a prospective job due to their interviews. Poor dress, bad manners, and inappropriate histories on social networking sites have harmed this decade’s potential employees.

Employers have increasingly become unimpressed with the lack of etiquette and interview skills used by applicants. However, there are many tricks of the trade available for people who are unsure of how to handle themselves in an interview.

According to American University’s Online Career Center,  applicants should dress in business attire, arrive at least fifteen minutes early, and shake hands firmly with the employer. A plethora of interview techniques are available for those looking to get a better grip on what they need in order to leave a good first impression with employers.

Local Phoenix businesses have also spoken out about what they expect out of perspective employees.

“Interviewing is a skill in [and of] itself. You need to practice your interview skills,” 52-year-old Graphic Law, LLC Associate Paul Steele said.

In addition to interview etiquette, social networks can negatively harm a job candidate. Some employers use websites like Twitter and Facebook to find out the backstory and reputation of possible hires. However, some are still focused on the skills interviewees show in person rather than their reputations online.

“We base decisions off hands-on experience and less on what they may or may not be posting on Facebook and Twitter,” Duck and Decanter General Manager Jolynn Reicsma said.

For those businesses that do look up their new hires on social media, inappropriate or degrading posts can make the difference between getting a job or getting fired from a current position.

“For an individual doing a job search, make sure that what you have online is appropriate,” Made Employee Christy Brown said. “Make sure the privacy settings are set.”

Whether it is for a small business or a large national corporation, first impressions — both online and in person — are still key.

“You know the types of questions that are going to be asked; don’t act blindsided,” Steele said. “That speaks to the fact that you have no experience. Most people want to hire people with experience.”

Reach the reporter at elizabethberg2014@gmail.com or via Twitter @elizabeth_berg1

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