Philadelphia is a sports town.
Our teams might not always win, but most would agree that our fans are the loudest and most passionate.
Have you ever been to a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park? As the sun sets and the lights brighten you hear the crack of a ball, and see the skyline of Center City in the background. It is a sight and an experience that will make you fall in love with Philly all over again.
We love the Phillies, a lot.
Our staff members are known to fly down to Florida for spring training and attend the annual home opener. We aren’t kidding – BIG FANS! So, we thought we’d make an analogy to rounding the bases and staffing.
1st Base – Phone Interview
A phone interview is your first chance to make an impression. You’ve made solid contact and the company has shown interest, now you just have to prove you are capable. How you do on a phone interview sets the tone for the rest of your interview process, it gives the interviewer a chance to get to know you and see your potential in the role/company you are applying for.
2nd Base – In Person Interview
Congratulations, you’ve made it through the phone interview and you’ve been invited in for a face to face interview! In person interviews can be a big challenge, it’s nerve racking walking into a company and answering questions about you and your work history. Physical appearance and first impressions are very important during this stage so make sure you are dressed professionally. A good in person interview will build awesome momentum that will help you through the rest of the hiring process.
3rd Base – Getting an Offer
You’ve had multiple rounds of successful interviews and now you are either waiting on an offer or have received an offer from the company you want to work for! You are almost there, the end is in sight. However, this is the part of the process where things can go wrong, so make sure you are prepared. Know what it is important to you and don’t accept an offer just for money, make sure the job is the right fit for all of the factors that are important to you, location, money, position, growth, etc. Don’t accept an offer just to re-negotiate later or later turn it down for something else.
Home Plate – Acceptance/Start Date
You’ve accepted an offer, signed the offer letter and you have a start date. It’s a homerun! Just remember it’s not over until you start, so make sure you cross the t’s and dot the i’s to finish strong. After all it’s not a run unless you hit the plate. When giving notice to your current company don’t burn bridges, give them 2 weeks of notice to allow them time to hire and train your replacement.
Just like a baseball game a small misstep at any point in the interview process can have disastrous effects, and you are out of the game just like that.
Are you prepared for your next interview/hiring process? Below are a few links to free interview resources created by the Kane Partners Team to help you prepare.