Human resources specialists, including personnel analysts, juggle a number of job requirements. In addition to assisting in the process of placing workers in qualified positions, they handle employee relations, interpret operational guidelines, and train new recruits.

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Cool)

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Cool)

These experts often conduct studies that are utilized by corporations to formulate a reorganization effort that may involve a reduce staff or employee reassignments. The analyst’s final report represents a culmination of several vital duties, including researching, consulting, problem-solving, and devising an effective plan of action for management.

In Los Angeles, academic personnel analysts earn an average annual salary of $62,000, according to current data. It is within an educational setting where professionals also ready ambitious college students for employment opportunities, by preparing them for important job interviews.

“I encounter a lot of talented people who feel that they can wing an interview, which usually doesn’t work out,” said Michael Cool, a supervising personnel analyst at Santa Monica College. “Applicants should treat the interview like any other test. They need to do their homework and study.”

How must job seekers in L.A. present themselves?

“We expect our applicants to be professional and prepared. Although it is sometimes acceptable to wear casual attire, it is hard to overdress for an interview.”

How should job hopefuls prepare for important interviews?

“I advise them to review a copy of the job description and use it as their study guide. Contenders should find out as much as they can about the department and the organization as a whole.”

What is the best way to engage the interviewer?

“Interviews can be a stressful experience. Candidates should do their best to maintain eye contact and speak with enthusiasm. I also encourage them to direct their responses to each person on the interview panel so that they interact with everyone.”

To impress a potential employer, what must job-hunters keep in mind? 

“They must remember to describe how their interests and values are aligned with that of the organization. Applicants should give an honest reason why they are attracted to the position, without emphasizing the shorter commute or the increase in pay.”

Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to Examiner.com.

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