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If you are actively looking for work, you know the importance of
adequately preparing for a job interview. These meetings, more than
any other components of your search, are the events that will
determine your success.
You can prepare yourself by gaining a thorough knowledge of the
company, how the organization is positioned in the marketplace,
their major competitors and both the long and short-t...
As a mature job-seeker, you already know this cardinal rule: If
you want the job, you have to ace the interview. To do so means
building rapport with your interviewers, targeting your responses
to the needs of the position, validating your skills with specific
examples, and presenting yourself as a confident, can-do
professional. This, of course, requires adequate preparation.
You can research the...
It’s no secret that the journey from job seeker to
“hired” is full of obstacles scattered along the way.
For some it’s the resume and actually landing an interview to
begin with, that presents the biggest challenge. For others,
landing interviews is easy – it’s acing the interview
and getting the job offer that’s the tricky part.
Interviewing regularly, wi...
Whether you haven’t interviewed for a job in a decade or
if you interviewed just last week, you may not know the
“whys” of interview questions and the selection process
most organizations use to hire the best talent.
I’d like to share a little known fact (I don’t
believe in keeping secrets) based on my 25 years in Talent
Management for top Fortune 200 companies....
Employers today are increasingly requesting phone
interviews with job candidates before they meet in person. This
allows employers to ask pertinent questions, assess behavioral
temperament, and evaluate personality and character before they
commit to a face-to-face meeting.
While it might seem easier to do a phone interview–hey,
you don’t have to dress
up!–applicants often find ...
When I diagnose problems clients have with their interview
strategy, I often notice they answer interview questions too
generally. They attempt to convey their fit for the job by
describing the personal attributes they think make them relevant
for the position. They explain they are team players, flexible and
good communicators; they claim they are passionate about their
work. But rarely do they g...
Did you ever go to a job interview, excited for the opportunity,
only to wind up wondering later what went wrong? Have you ever
taken a job despite the fact that all your instincts were screaming
at you to say no?
By utilizing emotional intelligence, smart professionals manage
their emotional responses to challenging interview questions, and
interpret signals that interviewers are sending (whether...
During the interview process, candidates tend to forget that the
interviewer shouldn’t be the only one asking questions. You
want to really get a sense of the job you’re applying for,
the work environment and whether you think this is going to be the
place for you. Asking the interviewer quality questions can make
you seem enthusiastic about the job, and it shows that you did some
Have you got an elevator pitch for yourself? Is it sharp, to the
point, and able to pique interest? In case you haven’t heard
of an elevator pitch, they are short speeches that you use to sell
yourself to a prospective employer. They get the name
‘elevator pitch’ because they are meant to take no
longer than a short ride in an elevator to deliver.
In a few seconds you should be a...
Job seekers tend to hear a lot of the same questions:
“What are your strengths?” “What are your
weaknesses?” “Why do you want to leave your current
Prepping for these is easy, because the answers aren’t
likely to change from interview to interview. Figure out good
responses, and you’re set.
Questions that focus on a single employer are als...
Have you ever applied or interviewed for a job that seemed to be
nearly custom-designed for you, only to get the incredibly abrupt
and unexpected, "Thank you, but we've gone in a different
direction" email hurled into your inbox?
If you have, you probably sat there staring at your screen for a
few moments wondering what the hell just happened. Right? I mean,
puh-lease, universe. You were perfect. ...
One of the most frustrating things about being a young
professional is being told you don’t have enough experience.
What’s even more frustrating is when you’ve had several
internships in college, leadership experience and stellar grades,
and you still don’t get any bites from employers.
When I was applying for jobs back in January, it was
discouraging at times when I didn&...
Most of us have experienced a bad interview, and we all know
that it can feel devastating, especially if you really wanted the
job. However, just because the interview didn’t go as
planned, it’s possible that you won’t automatically be
ruled out as a potential candidate. If you’ve got an
excellent resume, it can save you from a bad interview. There are
some steps you can ta...
Networking and interviewing are two of the most intimidating
aspects of the job-search process. Self-doubt is a significant
factor when one becomes overwhelmed in these situations. It is
completely normal to have such feelings. We all have faced
it…doubting our ability to meaningfully connect with others,
underselling our talents, or fearing to say the wrong thing.
When these doubts c...
Did you know that your body language is just as important as
what you say during an interview? It may not make much sense
because you would think interviewers are just paying attention to
what you know, but body language does have a great influence on
their perception of you.
To help you land your next job, here are some body language
a better interview:
1: Use a Neutral Vocal Pitch
If you're searching for a new career, you're probably doing
everything you can.
You've amped up your resume, you've perfected your image and
you've found hundreds of potential interview questions that you've
been practicing in front of the mirror on a regular basis.
What if you could do more? What if those questions you've been
practicing aren't what really matters?
You could practice interview qu...
Whether you are looking for a first job, a new job, or a better
job, often times, you might find you lack insight and familiarity
with what the next step looks like.
What would it be like to work for [insert company name]?
What kind of work do I want to do?
What does a day-in-the-life of a [insert job title] look
The best way to find answers to these and other questions is to
Congratulations! You made it to the
interview. Now what? The interview is a critical step in the
hiring process. How you manage yourself, your responses, and the
questions you have for the interviewer often determine what happens
Before you get to the interview, you’ve likely prepared a
resume, which identifies your skills, experience, and passion
for your next career move. That resu...
What the recruiter really wants to know
1. Can you do the job?
2. Will you do the job?
3. Will we enjoy working with you?
Believe it or not, those are the three main questions the
recruiters need to ask and they are the focus of every
Every interview question you’ve been asked was designed as a
deeper dive into those three key questions. With varying words and