Up until this year I had never conducted a job interview, I was usually the one on the other side of the table getting asked the questions. So it was definitely a big change for me to have the roles reversed.
It got me thinking about the job interview process. How do other people conduct interviews? What are they looking for? What are the deal breakers? And after doing a bit of research, I found a survey that had been given to about 2000 "bosses".
Here's what I learned:
1. 33% of bosses know in the first 30 seconds if they are going to hire you or not.
2. The average length of an interview is 40 minutes.
The top mistakes made during an interview
3. Over explaining why you lost your last job.
4. Lacking humor, warmth or personality.
5. Not showing enough interest or enthusiasm.
6. Not knowing enough about the company.
7. Not asking any questions about the company.
8. Focusing on what YOU want rather than what THEY want.
9. Being a "yes person" and agreeing with everything.
10. Arriving unprepared.
11. Blending in (You must set yourself apart from the other candidates).
12. Playing with your hair or face too much.
13. Failure to make eye contact.
14. Not smiling.
15. Slouching (Maintain good posture).
16. Crossing your arms (Appears hostile).
17. Weak handshake.
The things that make the most impact
19. Your voice (Bosses are more likely to hire you based on the sound of your voice than based on what you actually say).
20. Your grammar.
21. Your level of confidence.
22. You appearance.
23. Your choice of clothing is extremely important.
24. Bright colors are a turn-off in a professional setting.
25. 70% of employers claimed they didn't want anyone who dressed overly trendy
26. 65% of employers claimed that clothes could be the determining factor between two equal candidates.
27. Tailor your CV to the job you're applying for.
28. Remove any unnecessary information. (no one cares about your primary education)
29. Bring a copy of your CV with you (just in case).
Most commonly asked questions during an interview:
Montreal's iconic Greenspot Restaurant is selling hot dogs for 74 cents this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri eatery says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Restaurant 74-cent Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot Restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC