Robert Half International Inc. is the world's first and largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance, banking, and technology systems. Here you will find tips from Robert Half about career skills and interview techniques. Select a
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The way you present yourself is important throughout your career, not just during
a job interview. Be confident and friendly. Always be prompt, and work hard. Put
in the hours necessary to do first-rate work.
Money is not all a company can offer. Some companies offer benefits such as advancement
opportunities, stock options, tuition reimbursement, training, telecommuting,
flex-time and child-care. Employees who feel valued work harder.
Higher positions do not mean shorter hours. Executives surveyed averaged 54 hours a week, with one-third working longer hours now than five years ago. Employees wanting to advance as a company grows will often work additional hours.
Communication is very important in a team-oriented work environment. Learn to communicate
your ideas to others through written memos or verbal updates. Always keep your
supervisor updated on the status of your projects.
Numbers are important to accountants, but 96 percent of financial executives say
communication skills are essential. Learn what it takes to clearly put your ideas
into writing, and practice speaking to large groups of people.
Many companies look for leadership potential in new employees. Look beyond your
immediate area of responsibility. Help your colleagues, learn what motivates and
inspires people, and take on new challenges.
Math and Reading Skills
When hiring, many companies find applicants who do not have basic math, reading,
writing or leadership skills. You can improve your chances of being hired by working
on weaknesses in these areas before you go to a job interview.