Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interviewing can be the most stressful aspect of the job search process, but it doesn’t have to be! Here’s a quick checklist of the most important Do’s and Don’ts to be aware of before going in for your next interview.

Do:

Research the company
Come to the interview with a prepared list of questions tailored specifically to the company and position. This will communicate your interest and make you stand apart from applicants asking more general questions.

Re-read job description
Adapt the verbs and strengths used in the job description to fit answers that may apply to your previous experience and qualifications.

Use the STAR method
The easiest way to remember how to respond to situational interview questions is to use the STAR method, which stands for: Situation, Task, Action, and Result. You can begin to use this method for your answers by first explaining the context of the overall Situation. Then you’d move on to describe the issues of the Task at hand, and what specific Actions you took to solve it. And lastly, detail what you learned from the end Result.

Don’t:

Be negative
It’s okay to explain the certain challenges of a past position and what you’ve learned from those experiences, but speaking poorly about a company or an old boss will only reflect badly on yourself. Keep all your answers in a positive light.

Fumble on responses
Rather than using filler words such as “um” or “uh” before responding to a question, it’s perfectly acceptable to say “let me think about that,” and collect your thoughts before beginning to speak. This will convey your confidence and ability think strategically in the moment.

Forget about body language
First impressions matter. So it’s paramount that you remember to make eye-contact and smile when first shaking hands with your interviewer. Furthermore, avoid crossing your arms, slouching, or nervously touching your hands or face throughout the interview as these movements can show lack of seriousness or relay nervousness.

For more tips and tricks feel free to check out our blog and to search for job opportunities, visit our website!

Corpus Christi and The New Year

At The Wilson Group we are very excited about the new happenings in Corpus Christi. If you have been looking into moving here or just broadening the outlook on your backyard, we have some information for you!

There are some very exciting groundbreakings and openings happening in 2015. Alamo Drafthouse has announced there will be a new location in Corpus. An exciting new place for movie-lovers to see a flick and get a meal, Alamo Drafthouse is known for independent screenings and special sing alongs and movie events. It will be located on Yorktown and Staples.

The long awaited Schlitterbahn water park will be opening Spring Break 2015. This is exciting for families and adventurers alike with a wave-river, boogie bahn and lots of restaurants and concessions. Schlitterbahn will be an exciting place to visit this summer!

An exciting groundbreaking on the expansion for the Texas State Aquarium just happened this month. This $50 million expansion will bring the four-story Caribbean Journey wing. This will be the largest expansion the aquarium has ever had!

If you are looking for something to do in Corpus Christi after the holidays you can check out the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Taking place at First Christian Church on Santa Fe, this end of season celebration brings together over 200 costumed roles as well as countless choir and orchestra parts all to benefit the Food Bank. This show has brought the community together for more than 30 years.

There is also a birding trip you can take in January. On the Winter Birds of South Texas tour is a boat ride on Aransas Bay where you can see the Whooping Crane and many others.

On January 1st there is the Polar Bear Plunge to support ALS research at Fajitaville on North Beach. Plunge into the water, come out, dry off and warm up indoors. Lunch, a beverage (alcoholic or non) and a tshirt are included in your entry.

We are so excited about what the new year has to bring in Corpus Christi! Join in the new year with a new job by visiting our website.

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