Everyone knows job interviews can be the most stressful part of the job seeking process. I've compiled a list of tip to help you pull off a successful job interview.
Research the position and the company. Understand the position for which you are applying. Study the job bulletins and do some online research. This will help you relate your skills to the requirements of the position. Know a little history and background of the company. Working your knowledge of this into the conversation will surely impress your interviewer.
Anticipate questions. Jot down a few general questions that you would ask if you were interviewing a potential employee. Think of situational questions such as, "How would you approach a situation in which your supervisor was breaking the rules?" Jot a few of these down too. Anticipate difficult questions that your interviewer could throw at you. Then sit down and answer the questions you wrote down. Think full sentences rather than one word answers. Another good idea is to highlight your qualifications or strength in answering these question.
Prepare question for your interviewer. Think of a few questions to ask your interviewer. Your questions should be specific and not something that you could have looked up yourself in company literature. For example, "What type of training will I receive for this position?" These questions will not only make sure the position is right for you, but will let your interviewer know that you're engaged in the interview lending you some grounded creditability.
Practice and relax. If you've done the first three steps then you're almost ready. Now you know the company, the questions that might be asked, and the questions you're going to ask. It's time to rehearse. Practice actually saying the answers to your question aloud. Practice asking your question aloud. This way you won't be hearing it for the first time at the interview and then realize that you could have put it another way. Be yourself and be honest. An interviewer can spot a fibber a mile away. Plus, if you're honest, then you already have all the answers to the questions. Once you're satisfied, it's time to relax. Collect yourself and your thoughts.
This is the first installment of my new TIPS posts. Every Saturday morning I will post an article with tips related to job seeking. I hope you will join me for more on Saturday's at 8am.
Securitas Security Services is hiring part-time and full-time security officers. All they require is that you be at least 18 years of age, and have 6 months of general work experience. Of course you must be able to stand for long periods of time and lift and carry around 20 lbs or so.
I got a tip about Windward Auto Sales, Inc. hiring both Retail Salespersons and Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment. However, I was not given any information on how to apply for the positions. (This information can be really helpful.)
Windward Auto Sales, Inc. run Windward Dodge on Kahuhipa Street in Kaneohe (46-177 Kahuhipa St, Kaneohe, HI 96744-3810).
If you're interested in a position with them you might try calling the dealership at (808) 233-6000 or stop by and speak to a representative.
I apologize for not having more information. I tried to follow up, but I was unable to get more info. I'm trying to put every lead out there to maximize the opportunities in light of the bleak economic future ahead of us. If any of you have leads out there, please send them my way. * * * * * Have a Hawaii job lead? Want something shared on Hawaii Works? Send us an email and we'll be sure to get the word out. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jobshawaii Visit us again: http://hawaiiworks.blogspot.com
The ETC (Employment Training Center) of the University of Hawaii has two main locations. One at Windward Community College in Kaneohe and the other is next to Honolulu Community College. They also operate a satellite location in Kalaeloa at Barbers Point. They offer a great range of non-credited programs that can help jump start your career in a particular field. Tuition varies from program to program, averaging about $600-$800. In today's job market, it helps to have a certificate from a program like this.
Health Careers (Nurse Aid, Primary Care)
Automotive Body & Repair
Facilities Maintenance & Construction
Check their website for updates and other programs.
Hawaiian Airlines still has a number of openings. Among them Contract Serviceman at the Kahului Airport which requires a high school diploma, good driving record, and ability to perform physical demands of the job. Fourteen other positions are open as well including aircraft mechanic, technical lead, dispatcher.
JobStar.org is a great place to help you build or update your resume. It's a good idea to review your resume and update the information, if necessary, before submitting it to a potential employer. You can save yourself the headache of retyping you resume by saving it to your computer or an online service like Google Docs.
According to HMS Host, the company that runs most of the restaurants at Hawaii's airports, they are hiring part-time cooks in Honolulu. When I tried to look for an application on their nationwide website, however, I'm unable to access anything for the Hawaii positions.
Here is the information that I received:
Honolulu International Airport
Part-time positions available at our Dewars Clubhouse and Kona Brewing Company concepts at the airport.
Resumes may be sent to Email: email@example.com, Fax: 808-834-0968 or mail: Attn: Recruiter, PO Box 30428, Honolulu, HI 96820."
I should note that their website also shows that they have openings at the Kahului airport and the Lihue airport. You may want to call to get more information on these positions. Good luck!
Dollar Rent a Car is hiring lot attendants at their Honolulu and Maui airport locations.
Here are the details:
Job Summary: Responsible for servicing and inspecting rental vehicals for customer use, transporting vehicals from service area to customer pick-up area. Maintain gas logs on vehicals and maintaining cleanliness in the work area.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to operate large shuttle vehicals
Ability to operate vehicals in a safe and courteous manner
General knowledge of automobile mechanics and ability to pay attention to detail
Ability to write clearly and consisely
Ablility to follow oral and written instruction
Present a positive professional, enthusiasic attitude and respresent Dollar Rent-a-Car in a poositive manner
Required Education/ Experience:
High School Diploma or equivilant
Valid Hawaii Driver's License
Preferred prior experience.
The only downfall to this position is that you need to apply in person at their airport location itself. There are no mail-in or online application.
Wells Fargo is hiring what they refer to as Sales Credit Managers. They would like someone with a BA/BS but the job listing does say that it is a "preferred qualification." They do say the you don't even need experience. It's worth a try.
Here's how Wells Fargo describes the position:
"As a Credit Manager, you will play a key role within a small close-knit team, relying on each other as you work together to set and achieve your goals. The Credit Manager utilizes referrals and company provided sales leads to sell customers a variety of financial services products including: unsecured personal loans, credit cards, real estate loans, auto loans etc. The Credit Manager works with customers on the phone and in person throughout the credit application and approval process. Compensation package includes a base salary, plus an incentive plan based on sales volume. "
For more information on the position or to apply online. Visit Wells Fargo's careers page. Click "Find Jobs" and then search in Hawaii.
Castle Medical Center is still hiring for over 40 positions. Although many of those positions are positions that require licenses like RN or PT, there are still positions that do not require licenses. Among them are Security Officer and Environmental Services Associate (basically heavy cleaner).