A Recruiter’s Perspective on Job Search Strategy Part 2: Interviewing

Kate Sargent is a talent acquisition expert and job search strategy coach, assisting both companies and candidates alike in matching top talent with career defining roles. In Part 2 of their deep dive conversation, Kate and Roy dig into best practices for interview preparation, how to effectively assess whether a job opportunity is a good fit, the most common mistakes job seekers make when interviewing, and what interviewers are listening for in the process.

Kate lends a unique perspective to the conversation – she’s served as Head of Global Talent Acquisition for iconic brands like Allbirds and Method, and has most recently served as the VP of People Operations at The Citizenry. Simultaneously, Kate’s built a successful career coaching business, helping candidates refine their search strategy, hone their job seeking assets, and distill their experience into highly relevant and engaging interviews. Her expansive knowledge of the talent pipeline and acquisition process make this discussion essential listening for both candidates and recruiters.

Kate Sargent shares best practices for interview preparation, how to effectively assess whether a job opportunity is a good fit, the most common mistakes job seekers make when interviewing, and what interviewers are listening for in the process.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR CONVERSATION

  • Common interviewing mistakes (1:19)
  • Tips and tricks for getting back on track during an interview (5:21)
  • How interviewees can gather information about a potential opportunity during the interview process (10:00)
  • What you should know about a company before interviewing (11:28)
  • One important skill to demonstrate interviews (13:44)
  • How to expertly answer the notorious “weaknesses” question (16:10)
  • What interviewers are listening for in a job seeker’s responses (20:56)
  • Assessing whether a role is right for you as a job seeker (23:06)
  • Kate’s advice on staying resilient during the job search process (25:01)
  • The importance of being a good steward for others (26:56)

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