Interview or Being Audited -Which is more stressful?

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In a previous blog, we talked about the sports kings of advertising.  We discussed athletes who make millions of dollars endorsing products.  In today’s age of high tech marketing, sales offers will bombard you from all sides.  You will watch commercials on TV, hear them on the radio, and you might even catch ads on the internet. It seems like everyone is selling something, and in a way they are.  Even the average Joe is technically selling his own services.  Every time someone goes to a job interview, he is basically making a sales pitch to persuade the interviewer to buy the products the interviewee is selling, namely his skills.  Interviews are a common hiring mechanism in the American business environment.  Some companies may focus almost exclusively on resume details, but for the vast majority of businesses, interviews are the key component of job applications.  To help you navigate the interview process, we’ve compiled a few techniques that will ensure smooth sailing.

The first thing you need to remember in any interview is to do your research.  Get to know the company you are interviewing with.  If they are a private corporation, that doesn’t excuse you from doing your homework.  Reviewing the company website, reading up on the open position, and gathering information on the business’s background are all great ways to familiarize yourself with the prospective employer.  The important thing is to appear knowledgeable in your interview.  The interviewer will probably be impressed if you know what you are talking about.

Another good tip is to stay on point.  Rambling is an easy trap to fall into during an interview.  Stressful situations, like interviews, make most people uncomfortable.  When some people become uncomfortable or nervous, they talk more and faster.  Do not let yourself be carried away.  Listen very carefully to the actual question given to you and then answer it completely and concisely.  Also be specific.  When an interviewer asks you about a work situation or how you respond to different problems, provide concrete examples from your past experience.  Please do not make anything up.  If you do not have a skill, just admit it.  It is better to be upfront about your abilities than for a manager to find out later you lied to the firm.  However, when admitting shortcomings, be quick to point out related experience you do have and how it increases your expertise for the job.   Be sure to follow up on any questions you are uncertain on.  After you have succinctly provided specific examples, related experience, or qualifications, asks the interviewer if you answered his question completely.

The most important thing to do in any interview is to remain calm and self-confident. Take a deep breath to settle yourself before you walk in the room.  Retain eye contact when you are speaking. If you make a blunder, relax and continue with the interview as if nothing happened.  No interview is worth losing your cool over. Do not analyze your performance while you are interviewing, simply focus on the present and listen to what the interviewer is saying. Retain your poise. If you are on edge going into an interview, most likely your words and actions won’t flow as smoothly as they should, which distracts the interviewer from what you are saying.  It is also not a bad idea to rehearse your interview in front of a mirror beforehand.  Hearing the words out loud can help you catch anything that sounds funny, and it is a good way to memorize.  The mirror will let you catch any nervous habits that slip out without your realizing it.  Overall, remaining your cool, calm, and collected self is always better than stressing out.

As stressful as interviewing may be, I know something that can be far worse. Finding documents, especially if or when a company is being audited.  Law firms that manage trusts must account for every penny spent, moved, or borrowed—and law is far from the only service that must keep minute records.  Healthcare files are extremely important.  Switching the blood work results of two patients in a hospital, or their medication requirements, could be fatal. Large corporations also have to have organized records.  Every year, public corporations are required by law to issue an annual report that details their business transactions.  If their accounting records are not accurate, the corporate executives could face steep fines or even prison.

Don’t face lawsuits, fines, or felonies just because you are unorganized!  Contact Tarheel Imaging and let us manage your documents so you don’t have to.  If your files are keeping you up, rest assured, Tarheel Imaging can solve your problems.  Focus on your next interview, whether it is for the acquisition of a new position or a new company, and let us handle your document disaster.  We are the stress-relief experts.  It’s what we do.  Just call us the data doctors.  Better yet, just call us at 910-395-1601.