As told to Fairygodboss:
If you asked Shannon Limpert, a senior recruiter at World Wide Technology (WWT), what the best career advice she's ever heard was, she would tell you this: "set a goal to improve personally and professionally one percent each day."
Want to act on this advice now? Well, Limpert has a wide variety of advice that you can use to improve your professional skills. From preparing for an interview, to being genuine when talking to a recruiter, to growing your career — Limpert has top tips no matter where you are in your career journey. Read on to learn more!
1: Preparing for an interview (and what to do if you can't get an interview).
The top thing you need to do before an interview? Prepare! "When interviewing, do not come in without any knowledge about the company or position you applied for," emphasizes Limpert. "Always do research and prepare for the interview."
For example, if you were interviewing at WWT, Limpert would suggest researching WWT and their culture beforehand via resources such as LinkedIn, the company website and existing employees. "I always ask what the individual knows about WWT," says Limpert about her own interviewing procedure. "I expect candidates to come to the table with some knowledge of WWT. It sets up a strong interview!"
Interviewees should also be sure to review the job description and be prepared to talk about how their skills and experience relate to the position, Limpert tells us. "I also ask candidates to give me their quick elevator pitch to highlight current experience and what they are looking for," she says. "This helps me understand their passions/interests and navigate the conversation."
What about if you keep applying to a company and getting rejected?