Youâre Hired!

You’re Hired!

Expert advice on how to ace the interview— and get the job you want


by #teamEBONY, October 01, 2012

Youâre Hired!

Hammie Ward III, Regional Sales Coodinator, Aflac Agent since 2004

Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator, Hammie Ward III, has many years of experience interviewing prospective employees. His suggestions can help you get an A on your next interview.

What are the qualities you look for in a job candidate?

First of all, I want someone who is willing to work hard — someone who cares about others and can communicate well. I look for a person with a plan for the future who can articulate it. And, I do look for someone with a positive self-image. Confidence is a big part of success.

What tools would you suggest potential candidates have on hand for an interview?

A résumé, of course. You should dress professionally. When you work with Aflac, you represent the company, so you have to present yourself well. I am always impressed when a candidate does some homework, is familiar with the website, and learns about the company. And you should be able to talk to me about your own goals and what you want out of this job. During the interview, I want to have an intelligent conversation, not ask questions and have the person just say yes or no.

Any interviewing tip?

Relax! I know it's easier said than done. I tell people to role-play the interview with a friend beforehand to build up confidence. Speak clearly, listen to the questions being asked, and answer it — don't go off into left field with your responses. Talk about your commitment to the job and your work ethic. Most importantly, believe in yourself. Know that you are the best person for the job and convince me of it.

How did you build up your confidence before the first interview?

I did some research on the company and talked to people. I practiced some responses to questions so I felt comfortable talking about my abilities and what I would bring to the team.

What does it mean to work for Aflac?

It literally means opportunity. You are in charge of your career. If you are hard working, if you want to succeed, all the tools you need in terms of support and training are here. Aflac rewards effort. You will feel appreciated and there will be no limits to your success.

What makes Aflace a great place to work?

You feel like you're part of a good team, a team that gives you the support you need and room to grow. I like to tell people that at Aflac, it's all about opportunity.

Find out if a career with Aflac may be right for you. Visit for more information on available positions with Aflac.

Aflac agents are independent agents and are not employees of Aflac.

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