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Guide to Successful Interviewing

Guide to Successful Interviewing

Prior to every interview your recruiter will go over in detail such areas as corporate culture, company benefits and salary. This sheet covers some additional items to keep in mind.

Before

  • Research the company
  • Prepare several good questions
  • Know how to get there — if necessary, make a trial run
  • Dress for success — and the level you wish to achieve
  • Refrain from:
    • Wearing perfume or cologne
    • Chewing gum
    • Anything else that may be a distraction or disruption
  • Arrive early
  • Turn off pager and/or cell phone
  • In a folder or briefcase:
    • Have several clean copies of your resume
    • A list of business references — to submit if requested
    • Any letters of recommendation — to submit if requested

During

  • Pay attention to your demeanor during the interview:
    • Keep hands out of your pockets
    • Make eye contact
    • Have a positive and upbeat attitude
    • Avoid nervous habits (e.g., nail biting, clicking of pens)
  • Listen to what the interviewer is saying, and respond accordingly
  • Remember to highlight the areas your recruiter advised you to
  • Focus the initial interview on what you can bring to the company

After

  • Call Accountants One immediately and tell us how it went!
  • Send a handwritten Thank You card to the person who interviewed you
Resign with Grace (your career may depend on it)

Resign with Grace (your career may depend on it)

The impression you leave during your resignation process can have a significant impact on your future recommendations. In this age of mergers and emails, the business community is getting smaller and more connected everyday. Negative impressions can easily be passed through the grapevine. Your boss today may be your vendor tomorrow.
Resign only after receiving and accepting a written job offer

  • If you are job hunting while still employed, keep it quiet:
  • Only in rare cases should you tell your boss:
  • when you both agree that the company holds no future for you.
  • when you are moving to and seeking a job in another city.
  • Arrange interviews during lunch, or before or after work.
  • Check if your company has regulations specifying how much notice is required.
  • Prepare a letter of resignation:
  • explain your reason for leaving.
  • suggest a termination date.
  • express appreciation to your boss and the company for the help and opportunities you have received.
  • Arrange a meeting with your supervisor when you have decided on the date you will leave.
  • Verbally inform him/her of your decision and present your letter of resignation.
  • Providing a two-week notice is preferred, executives may need to provide a month in which to find a replacement.
  • You may be asked to help interview replacement candidates, usually alongside a company executive. Do so with a positive attitude, no matter what your reason for leaving. Keep your statements short and positive.

How to Resign

  • Don’t use a job offer as a means of manipulating your employer into giving you a raise.
  • Don’t speak against the company you are leaving, either within it or outside. Don’t burn your bridges behind you. You never know when you’ll need to be in touch with your former employer so don’t burn your bridges behind you.
  • Don’t brag about your new job to your coworkers.
  • Don’t let your job performance slide; continue to be cooperative and hardworking.
  • Don’t tell company secrets after you leave.
  • These suggestions will help ensure a smooth departure and positive recommendations.

Sample Letter of Resignation

January 1, 2014
Ms. Jane Doe
ABC Company
123 Main Street
Anywhere, GA 30001

Dear Ms. Doe:
I have accepted an offer with another firm and have decided to tender my resignation effective today, with my final day being Friday, January 12, 2014. It has been a pleasure working with you, and representing ABC as your Accounting Manager. I thank you for all you have done for me.

Please contact me at any time if I can be of any assistance in helping with a smooth transition.

Sincerely,
(Name)

Thoughts on Counteroffers

Thoughts on Counteroffers

During our history, Accountants One has seen many counteroffers and there have been very few instances where a counteroffer has proven to be a sensible career move. In fact, our belief is that most counteroffers are simply stall tactics. The only time when a counteroffer is legitimate is when it addresses the precise issue(s) that let an employee to investigate a new opportunity in the first place.

Companies extend counter offers for a number of reasons. Among these are:

  • Morale suffers when people quit
  • Companies like to brag about retention rates and lack of turnover
  • Departments slow down due to a vacant position
  • Resignations look bad on a manager’s record
  • The cost of recruiting a new employee is expensive
  • The vacation schedule can be devastated

We have seen many reactions to a resignation. Here are some of the comments that are designed to keep an employee in place:

  • “We were about to give you a promotion. Let’s discuss it before you make a final decision.”
  • “Before you make this public, the V.P. would like to take you to dinner.”
  • “Who are you going to work for?” – to be followed by negative comments on the company.
  • “We’ll meet the increase in salary, plus $10K.”

Human nature comes into play here making the separation very hard. First, change is difficult. The employee who has put in their notice is facing the unknown and faces the tendency to stay with what is safe. Second, managers react out of the fear of loss and the fear of looking poorly for allowing an employee to leave vs. letting someone go. Therefore, to avoid the natural inclination of accepting a counteroffer consider the following:

  • The best reason to look for a new job is never money. If you stay with your current position because of money, the root of the problem will not have been addressed.
  • Once you try to resign, your loyalty will be forever questioned.
  • Over the long haul, your counteroffer will be taken out of your earnings.
  • If the company falls upon hard times, you will be the first one out the door.
  • Often times, upon accepting a counteroffer, the company will have already started looking for your replacement.
  • An oft-quoted statistic states that 80% of all employees who accept a company’s counteroffer end up leaving (voluntarily or involuntarily) within 6 to 9 months.

So, how do you avoid the pitfall of the counteroffer? Here are the steps that we recommend at Accountants One.

  • Start with a resignation letter.
  • Do not delay – Waiting to turn in a notice is very stressful for you and your family. It is best to give your resignation letter on the day of your decision. Once you have it behind you you’ll be able to get on with your life.
  • Remain professional – Keep your eyes on what motivated you to make the decision to move on. Don’t let personal relationships hold you in a position that you have “grown” out of. And remember, there is no compelling reason to tell your existing employer where you are going to work.
  • Request confidentiality – Start by turning in your resignation to the appropriate manager, and then tell only those who will be effected by your absence. This makes your departure much less hectic.
  • Demand professionalism – Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counteroffers. Their policies are fair and equitable. Most see counteroffers as coercion. Help the managers to remember this fact. But also remember, that sometimes in stressful situations, people can tend to make poor decisions.
Top 5 Resume Tips

Top 5 Resume Tips

The Objective of a Resume is to get an Interview!

These are just a few of Accountants One’s suggested tips for a resume.

  1. Be concise – limit resume to 2 pages
  2. Use the Bullet Format – this is easy to read
  3. Avoid fancy fonts (typefaces) and page layouts
  4. Tailor your resume to the job description you are responding to — highlight important points or words, particularly those contained in the job description.
  5. Be clear in your writing; do not assume the reader will know what you mean. Do not include an “objective” at the top of your resume. This is risky, particularly if your objective is different than the job description or that of the reader’s.
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