As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, you may be tempted to put your job search on the back burner in favor of relaxing by the pool or heading to the beach. Resist this if you can, because the early summer months are actually some of the best to find a job anytime during the year.
But going about the summer job search comes with its own unique etiquette, and knowing what to do - and what not to do - during interviews could mean the difference between finding employment this summer and boredom by the pool.
According to Business News Daily, hiring managers have come up with a short list of what can make or break a hire. At the top of the list was the day an interview is scheduled. Ryan O'Connell, vice president at Influence and Co., said that one of the worst mistakes summertime job seekers make is to schedule an interview on a Friday. Summer weekends typically mean traveling, which in turn means recruiters aren't likely to chew over many of the events that occurred on Friday.
By Monday, your interview may seem worlds away to the recruiter. Instead, schedule a meeting for anytime before Friday, so an HR representative has a few days to think over the interview.
Often, many see summer work opportunities as seasonal, however, even contract staffing positions that must be filled during the summer months can turn into full-time, permanent jobs. If you can prove to your employer that you are a good investment, it would make sense to them to keep you on for the long haul.
Choose the right attire
Paul Feeney, managing director at Sanford Rose Associates, said he is surprised about the attire he has seen applicants wear during interviews. Even if it is a scorching July day, make sure to follow proper interview attire. Even walking into an interview with sunglasses perched on top of your head can be an immediate strike against you, he said.
Other mistakes include bringing weekend or beach bags into the interview. Because he has seen so many of these mistakes during summer interviews, Feeney now gives candidates a dress code document in addition to other interview information, the media outlet stated.
Ron Culp, instructor and professional director of the public relations and advertising masters program at DePaul University, stated that wearing appropriate interview clothing is essential. Even if dress code calls for business casual, it's better to err on the side of caution.
"Proper attire is a sign of respect for the person interviewing you, and it tells the hiring manager that you're capable of dressing up when the job calls for it," Culp said. "Sadly, too many applicants don't know the difference between business casual and beach casual."
Keep track of time
You don't have to be told twice that wearing a suit or other interview-appropriate clothing isn't the most comfortable on a hot summer day, so be sure to allow plenty of time so you don't have to rush to an interview. Showing up sweaty and disheveled could potentially affect the first impressions you make, but even more startling, it could affect your focus and concentration if you're worried about your appearance.
According to the Boston Globe, your resume and interview skills may be near-perfect, but you'll need to supplement this with what has been deemed your "visual resume." Make sure to go into an interview in a way that shows off your personal and professional brand. Allowing plenty of time will ensure this is what the recruiter sees - not a sweaty, out-of-breath candidate.