Local first responder helping people rock the job interview
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 02:58 pm
A part-time firefighter and emergency medical technician with Rocky View County Fire Services has collected his years of experience working management into the pages of his new book How to Rock the Job Interview.
While holding a management position with Eaton Corporation in Airdrie, Chad Stewart said great résumés were often overlooked in the final hiring decision if the candidate could not carry himself or herself well in the job interview.
“(The book) seems relevant in this day and age given the fact that our economy is in a depression right now,” he said. “People need to be sharp and smart in the interview process because there’s going to be a lot more competition out there.”
Since being on the force with Rocky View County Fire Services, Stewart said many skilled firefighters talked to him about their lack of confidence when interviewing for positions with large city departments.
Coaching them through some of the techniques he learned from years of interviewing, he said many were able to secure the jobs they wanted.
“A couple of experiences like that made me think I should write a book,” Stewart said. “It summarizes the basic elements of going through a job interview process for the average person.”
The biggest mistake people make in the job interview, he said, is being unprepared.
Often, job seekers seek knowledge on the important step of crafting the perfect résumé to ensure they stand out in a pile of other résumés, Stewart said.
“Then people leave it at that,” he said. “They don’t prepare themselves properly for the interview.”
A huge aspect of the interview is the initial greeting, Stewart said. Simple things such as being on time, meaning 10 minutes early, a firm handshake, a smile and eye contact, he said, go a long way to showing an employer how one would carry him or herself on the job.
What a lot of people don’t understand, Stewart said, is that people, including employers, are making quick judgments all the time about those they meet for the first time.
“That’s just human nature,” he said. “You want to make sure those judgments go in your favour.”
How to Rock the Job Interview is available in paperback or electronically on amazon.ca or through Stewart’s website mwordpublications.com.
“If even one person picks it up and learns something that allows them to get a job in the future, I think it has been worth it,” he said.