A Recruiter’s Perspective on How to Land Your Next Interview or Job
August 25, 2017
As a recruiter, I’m often asked what companies look for in candidates coming out of college. The answer varies depending on the stage of the person’s career, but there are some common traits.
Successful recent graduates will have some common traits on their resumes. You may not have all of these, but having several, along with excellent networking skills will take you far.
All of these attributes help in landing an interview. Once you’re in the seat, it’s imperative to perform well and set yourself apart. I’m routinely surprised at how candidates forget the most basic, yet crucial, steps in the interview process, and these steps begin before your interview date.
Before you interview, consider the following:
For people with some work experience under their belts, I begin to look for other things:
This article was written by Blayne Shelton, Director of Financial Search & Placement at Smith & Howard. Blayne brings a career rich in experience to his role. His accounting background is strong and varied. He worked his way through college at a local CPA firm. Upon graduation, Blayne moved to Atlanta and held a variety of roles in public accounting (including the Big 4) as well as industry. His clients in both arenas included small businesses as well as large public organizations and covered such areas as revenue recognition, real estate finance, derivative accounting and a range of consulting projects. He joined the executive recruiting side of the business when he returned to a consulting firm he had previously worked for. Since then, Blayne has gained solid experience with recruiting organizations.
He combines his recruiting career with his accounting industry experience to connect with and place qualified financial professionals with businesses. His understanding of the skills needed for financial roles as well as the best fit for a businesses’ culture make him a stand out in the field of financial search and placement.
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