Wouldn’t it be great if you could get inside the heads of recruiters from some of the top corporations in the country? That’s precisely what Jobipedia.org wants you to do. The site provides a forum for job seekers to reach out to the people who do the hiring, and get a sense of what they are looking for in the perfect job candidate.
“Companies want a good match,” explains Jaime Fall, vice president of workforce and talent development policy for the HR Policy Association, which powers Jobipedia. “The more information they can get out, the better, given the cost of a mis-hire,” he says.
The way it works is a person goes to the site and submits a question, and then gets back responses from high level HR executives. Recent questions have included everything from “What does it mean if a company says I’m overqualified?” to “How can I make my resume stand out?” Of course, the more specific the question, the more targeted the response will be.
Before you start asking questions, take a look at couple of the general tips that Fall says Jobipedia experts want potential hires to know…
The interviewer wants you to succeed. It’s tough not to think of the interview as a big test designed to trip you up, but in reality, it’s more like a first date in which it will benefit both parties if it goes well. “The people sitting across from you so want you to be the right candidate so they can fill this position,” says Fall.
Don’t just show up. Fall recalls one company that was very interested in a candidate to do development work on its website, but on the interview, it became clear that the person hadn’t bothered to look at the site. “Take the initiative to do a little research prior to the interview to learn about the company,” he says.
Be focused. It sounds like a no-brainer, but Fall says that interviewees actually whip out their cell phones and start texting. Seriously! It’s an extreme example, but it boils down to not being appropriate. “People are not getting that an interview is a traditional environment,” says Fall. In other words, even if a company culture seems laid back, don’t be laid back in the interview process.
Jobipedia.org was created by members of HR Policy Association, which represents the most senior human resource executives in more than 340 of the largest companies in the United States.