Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top 5 Job Interview Blunders


1. A candidate took out a hair brush and brushed her hair in the middle of the interview.

2. A candidate answered her mobile phone and asked the interviewer to leave his own office because it was a "private" phone call.

3. A candidate kept ranting about the last company she worked for. Speaking negatively about your last job will give the interviewer the impression that you are a difficult person to get along with.

4. A candidate was overly modest during a job interview. Modesty won’t help you land a job. Confidently highlight your strengths and accomplishments.

5. A candidate arrived casually late for a job interview. Arriving late to a job interview won't help you in any way. Make sure to appear 10-15 minutes in advance and notify a receptionist that you have arrived.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bad Advice from Friends


This particular scenario happens way more often than you might think, so I’m sharing a recent experience in hopes of saving someone else.

One of my candidates was offered a job. The salary offered was over the top of the original salary range. By the way, this is a clear indication that the company really, really wants to hire you. It is extremely rare for an offer to come in at the top of the range, let alone more than the top of the range.

I found out after it was too late that the candidate took the advice of a “friend.” The friend advised my candidate to push for more money with specific instructions to avoid the recruiter and go directly to the hiring manager with the request/demand. The friend’s point was “What have you got to lose?”

And the answer to “what have you got to lose” is: The job offer. It was withdrawn.

This particular candidate had already exhausted his unemployment benefits and had told me he was desperate to find work. The salary that was offered was more than he had ever earned in any past job and he was convinced by his friend that even what was offered was lower than he could get if he just pushed for more money.

If you are working with a Professional Recruiter, you may want to consider this person actually knows what she is doing and will be able to advise and guide you in a way that your friend can’t.

After all, your friend truly does have nothing to lose when you lose the job offer.
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Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Networking Your Way Into a New Job


Is networking your way into a new job the best approach? When it comes to questions like this my answer is always "it depends." I don’t see the world as black and white.  To me there are always gray areas.

There is so much black and white/one-size-fits-all advice on job hunting. I see people taking this advice to heart and not getting the results they thought they would get.

Standard Advice says:  Network your way into the hiring manager. Don’t go through Human Resources.  Use social media sites and all of your networking connections to find the name and contact information for the person who is ultimately hiring for the position you want.  Then, contact that person directly and ask for an informational interview.

That advice actually works, sometimes.  Other scenarios I’ve seen have not worked well at all.

In some cases, I’ve seen the job seeker succeed in getting the information.  They have bypassed all the gatekeepers including Human Resources and are in direct contact with the hiring manager.

Depending upon the size and configuration of the company, they may have just succeeded in eliminating any chance of getting the job.

If it’s a very small company, the Human Resources person may be related to the owner/president of the company.  The HR person may have more influence than you think.

If it’s a very large company, the Vice President of Human Resources may have the ultimate signature authority on the position.

Either way, they won’t be smiling favorably on someone who didn’t bother to submit a resume through the proper channels.

"Informational interviews" have become synonymous with trickery.

What used to be a good way for someone to find out if a career field, company culture or company mission was the right place for them, has turned into a sneaky way to get a job interview.

So many people use a request for an informational interview for the wrong reasons now; it is increasingly rare for anyone to agree to it.

While this method of job hunting may still work in some situations, be very careful who you bypass, step on or step over on your way to that perfect job.

Remember, even if you get the job, you will have to work with the people you avoided, alienated and in general ticked off.
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Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stages of Grief – Job Loss


I thought everyone knew about the stages of grief.  When you lose someone you love, you go through five stages of grief.  Well, that’s the theory at least…
Some people go through five, some people skip a stage or two and some people get stuck in one stage and can’t seem to move on.
Why am I talking about this?  Because I see these same stages in people who have lost their job.
They are mourning and everyday I see and hear job candidates who are obviously in a “stage” and need to get through to the “acceptance” part because interviewing in any of the other stages is pointless.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined the stages of grief for those facing their own death as:
1. Denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Depression
5. Acceptance
From a job interview perspective, this is what they look/sound like and why it’s not a good idea to go into an interview with any of these attitudes:
Denial – When asked why you left your last job.  The correct response is not – “I was laid off, but I’m sure they will call me back any day now.”
Why should I hire you, you’re not really looking for a job.  You expect to go back to your former employer.
Anger – You can guess where I’m going with this one.  The answer to why you left your last job should not include any four letter words or expressions that would tempt your grandmother to hand you a bar of soap to use to wash out your mouth.  Also any description of your former employer other than glowing is going to be perceived in a negative way.
Bargaining – I don’t see much of this one in the recruiting world.  I don’t doubt it goes on privately.  Most of what I’ve read and heard about the bargaining stage includes talking with a higher power.
Depression – Oh boy!  Nothing screams “don’t hire me” like someone dragging themselves into an interview, staring at their feet, hair not combed, clothing rumpled, mumbling answers to questions and even (yes, I’ve seen this) crying.
Acceptance – Why did you leave your last job?  The company hit a financial rough patch and had to let some people go.  Unfortunately, one of them was me.  But, I understand why they had to do it.   My time there was a great experience, but now I’m ready for a new and different challenge and am looking for my next great employer.
If you don’t recognize where you are emotionally, ask someone who knows you well.  I bet they can pick out a stage almost instantly.  They will have to be a true friend though because it’s a tough thing to tell someone and even tougher to hear.
I’ve seen people get stuck in Anger for years and not understand why they never get a job offer.  I’ve seen others go straight to the Acceptance stage the day after they’ve been laid off.  Everyone is different.  Don’t be too hard on yourself!
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Author: Nancy Baughman President (nancybpres), Author at Calm Water Business Partner, LLC. She has over twenty years of general management experience in human resources, operations, marketing and finance, predominantly with start-ups and small to mid-size companies.

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Monday, April 04, 2016

How to "Ace" a Follow-up Job Interview


You recall a friend telling you that at the second job interview level the competition is that much tougher than the first, and the questions you'll receive will be more challenging to answer. This time the employer wants to make sure you're the most qualified of all candidates who've applied.

That means preparing for the new interview even more carefully. Consider doing a little more networking and inquiring from people who've had a similar experience. If possible, talk to a human resources representative who may be willing to give you feedback on your progress. Or if you know an employee at the company, he or she might help you prepare for the next interview.

Never Hurts to Ask . . .

Assure them you're not looking for an unfair advantage or inside information—just support for making wise choices on what to prepare for. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing perhaps you can gain some insight into that individual's personality and interviewing style.

Once you've reached the second job interview, keep your cool. Remember how well you did the first time. Something you said or did won you this current opportunity so you don't want to change your approach. Answer questions in a friendly yet forthright way, citing an example to back up the response whenever you can.

For example, if you're asked about your problem-solving ability, avoid a general response such as "I'm pretty good at restoring tranquility after chaos." Instead share a specific incident: (example) "During a power outage at my previous place of employment when all computers went down, I gathered the employees in my department together and led a discussion on how to remain calm in a crisis so that everyone benefits. I received the Employee of the Year Award for having turned the tide at the company during that time."

By the time you've gotten to the second interview, you will likely be meeting with a high-level company executive. The interview may allow time for informal conversation so he or she can get to know more about you on a personal level. Be ready and willing to share a few anecdotes and experiences from your life outside the office. Keep in mind that the interviewer will be hiring an individual, not just a professional.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

6 "KEYS" To Job Interview Success In The New Year


A new job in the New Year. Wouldn't that be wonderful? You may be nodding your head. Read on to find out how to ring in 2016 with a first class interview. The keys below will help you unlock the door to your next job interview.

Key #1:  Turn off negative thoughts. Look at yourself in a mirror and affirm what you see and know. You are a capable and experienced person who can talk clearly and with confidence.


Key #2:  Practice with a friend what you want to say and do during the interview. Such an exercise is a good way to shake off worries and to make changes before the big day.


Key #3:  Remember that fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Some apprehension is perfectly normal. It means you are eager to do your best and you're taking the interview seriously.


Key #4: Avoid drinking or smoking before your appointment. Raising a glass or two during the holiday season may be fun at a party but not before an interview.


Key #5: Put off vigorous exercise for another day or when the interview is over. You'll want to be alert and attentive as you listen to the interviewer's questions and to your own responses.


Key #6: Stick to the point. Talk about what is relevant to the interview––your work experience, job qualifications, and your goals for supporting the company and increasing revenue and so on. Avoid talking about their family and friends, hobbies and health. If you are asked questions about such matters, of course answer honestly, but briefly. Too much unrelated information can ruin your chances.


Before the interview, slip these 'keys' onto your keychain, review them, and use them. Watch how they will unlock the door to a first class interview for the job you desire.


Happy New Year!
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and creator of the brand new, "Job Interview Secret Document." 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Handle Interview Questions on Employment Gaps


When asked about employment dates, DO NOT lie; do not even try to hide the gaps.

You should have an acceptable reason for leaving a job and explaining a long gap in your career.

The acceptable reasons for leaving a company:

1. Relocation

2. Taking time off to take care of your children.

3. Health Problems



4. You were underpaid for your skills and contribution.

5. The company was not stable.

6. You wanted to join a reputed company.

Be positive in attitude while answering. Appear composed and unapologetic.

A simple and honest interview answer that explains the long gap in your career is the the best way to handle Interview Questions on Employment Gaps.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Phone Interviewing Do's and Don'ts for Job-Seekers


Here are the keys to successful phone interviewing. Job-seekers who follow these simple rules and guidelines should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.



Do give accurate and detailed contact information in your cover letter so your interviewers can easily connect with you.

When in job-hunting mode, don't have a disproportionately silly or long greeting on your answering machine or voicemail.

Do ensure that household members understand the importance of phone messages in your job search.

Do know what job you are interviewing for.

Do practice, if possible. Have a friend call you to do a mock phone interview so you get the feel of being interviewed over the phone.

When being interviewed by phone, do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes, take notes, and concentrate.

If you cannot devote enough time to a phone interview, do suggest a specific alternate time to the recruiter. It's often best to be the one who calls back so you can be mentally prepared.

Do consider using a phone-interview log.

Do consider keeping some notecards or an outline in front of you to remind yourself of key points you want to cover with the interviewer. You don't want your responses to sound scripted, but you don't want to fumble for important points either. Do also have your resume in front of you so you can remember highlights of your experience and accomplishments.

Do ensure that you can hear and are being clearly heard.

Do consider standing when being interviewed on the phone. Some experts say you'll sound more professional than if you're slouching in an easy chair.

Do consider dressing nicely for the phone interview. It may sound silly since the interviewer can't see you, but you really will project a more professional image if you're dressed for the part instead of wearing, for example, a ratty bathrobe.

Don't feel you have to fill in the silences. If you've completed a response, but the interviewer hasn't asked his or her next question, don't start babbling just to fill in airtime. Instead, ask a question of your own related to your last response.

Do create a strong finish to your phone interview with thoughtful questions.

Don't panic if you have special needs. If you are hearing-impaired, for example, phone interviews are still possible.

Don't snuffle, sneeze or cough. If you can't avoid these behaviors, say "excuse me."

Don't chew gum or food, or drink anything noisy.

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Author: Maureen Crawford Hentz. She is a nationally recognized expert on social networking and new media recruiting. With more than 15 years of experience in the recruiting, consulting and employment areas, her interests include college student recruiting, disabilities in the workplace, business etiquette, and other issues. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Should a Woman Wear for a Job Interview?


1. Dress professionally. You may wear a great blazer or a fitted jacket with a tailored trouser.

2. Choose neutral colours.

3. A pair of comfortable shoes.

4. Always wear light make up.

5. And, above all, wear a confident smile.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Job Interview: A New Look For the New Year


It's that time of year again—the opportunity to start fresh as you plan for the job interview that's coming your way in 2015.
Being invited for an interview is a good sign. It means you've said something in your cover letter or resume that prompted the employer to call you. So rather than letting worry or fear drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and look at the experience in a new way for this new year.
•  The hiring manager is a human being—just like you.
He or she probably has a family, hobbies, problems, and interests, as you do. Meet and greet the person with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. People can tell immediately if you're sincere or merely going through the motions. Are you sincere and friendly or a character in a story? Make this opportunity count for you and for the other person.
• Present a professional appearance so you will create a favorable impression.
Dress appropriately for a job interview. A suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men work best. A dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman are perfect. Avoid spike heels that might cause you to slip or fall. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager to look at you, not your accessories.
• Be prepared to show the employer that you're the ideal candidate for the job.
Mention practical and specific examples of your talent, skills, and experience. Avoid talking in generalities about your character traits (leader, problem solver, and decision maker, and team player). Instead illustrate those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your education or work life that shows your ability to lead or solve a problem.
For example, did you step up and resolve a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a spontaneous decision that determined an essential outcome? A word picture will help the hiring manager envision what happened.
• End the interview with a sincere 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of gratitude.
People who remember to express their honest appreciation are rarely forgotten. The road that leads you from job interview to job placement intersects with honesty and gratitude. Don't miss it!
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Top 5 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview


1. "Let's talk money."

2. "I don't have any question for you."

3. "I had so many problems with my former boss; he was a constant headache."

4. "You look great."

5. "You'll regret it if you don't hire me, I'm the most qualified."

You won't get a second chance if you make a mistake and say something inappropriate in a job interview. So, be really careful! All the Best!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Make Your Job Interview "Work" For You


Instead of you doing all the work to make your job search interview successful, consider sharing the responsibility. Put your job interview to work for you. Lay the foundation with the following six steps and then watch your interview take it from there. It will work for you without effort or worry.

Step #1: Arrive early—not merely on time. Allow time for unexpected traffic snarls, a coffee break, and a restroom stop. Use a navigation system or print out directions from the Internet so you will not risk a late arrival.

Step #2: Empty your pockets ahead of time. No one likes to speak with someone who is fiddling with keys or coins in his pocket at the same time. Place your jingly items in your purse or briefcase until after the interview.

Step #3: Leave cigarettes and chewing gum at home or in your car. Your interview can only work for you if you rid yourself of any distractions. Be ready to focus your attention on the interviewer and his or her questions. If you experience dry mouth while speaking, sip a glass of water.

Step #4: Avoid expectations. It can be tempting to think about the future when sitting in the interviewee seat. Will the hiring manager like you? Is he or she considering you for the job? Do you look okay? Did you forget anything important? Such thoughts will keep you from living in the moment. So put your interview to work for you by focusing on what is right in front of you—the opportunity to make a lasting good impression on the person you hope will offer you the job.

Step #5: Be ready. Come prepared to talk about the job and your qualifications, as well as your previous work experience and your skills that are transferable to the new position. Ask questions. Find out what you need to know in order to make an honest decision about whether or not this company is a good fit for you.

Step #6: Believe the best. Arrive at the interview with a winning attitude. Whether or not you are hired give your best. At some point you will land the position that's right for you. In the meantime, you'll be practicing your communication skills and presenting your true self to a decision-maker. Step up to the opportunity to make your interview work for you.

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Author: Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and is the author of "Tough Times Job Tips".
Job Interview Secret Gets You Hired Fast

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Job Interview "Etiquette" is KEY to Getting Hired


Paulette remembers her mother often reviewing the importance of good manners at the dinner table. "'Use your napkin, chew quietly, listen when another is speaking and say thank you to the cook (Mom or my older sister Beth) before leaving the table.'" Paulette smiled as she recalled the 'rules.' "I didn't appreciate it much till I lived on my own and took my first job.
"Manners are not only important at the dinner table," she added, "but also during a job interview. I've been on both sides of the desk and I know how annoying it is when a job candidate jingles pocket change, chews gum - even quietly, and stares over the employer's shoulder."
This experience made Paulette more aware of her own manners when she was being interviewed for a position as Head Nurse at a local hospital. "Sweaty palms, a racing heart, and a dry mouth can distract you, but none are reasons to forget your manners," said Paulette.

Here is the etiquette she practiced before, during, and after her interview at the hospital.
Arrived ahead of time. It may be fashionable to come late to a dinner party but it's poor form to walk into an interview after the established time. Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can find parking, visit the rest room if necessary, and sit quietly before being called.
Maintained good eye contact. Paulette knew how important it was to make eye contact with the interviewer - to show her ability to do the same with the nurses she'd be supervising if she won the job.
Listened well. "As a nurse, it's vital that I listen - to patients, to doctors, to other nurses and attendants," said Paulette. What better place to practice that skill than during an interview. It may help to have a small notepad and pen in your hand. You might even tell the interviewer ahead of time that you'll be taking notes because you don’t want to miss anything. That too, is a sign of good manners.
Expressed appreciation. At the close of the interview, Paulette shook hands, and shared her gratitude for the time and information she received. "Everyone likes to be acknowledged and thanked," said Paulette. And finally show your manners by sending a personal thank you card or note in your own handwriting.
Practice old-fashioned manners and you'll be among the first job hunters who demonstrate what really matters—being polite, kind, interested, and equipped to do the job in question.
This worked for Paulette. It can work for you too.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Show a Little LOVE in Your Next Job Interview?


Here are some ways to show a little love in your next job interview and to receive it in return!

Arrive ahead of time. Always arrive at least fifteen minutes early so you can catch your breath, go over your notes, and freshen your appearance before walking into the interview room.

Maintain eye contact. Looking a man or woman in the eye when speaking is not only polite and a good business practice, it's also a way to share a little love—in a professional way. It assures the other person of your sincerity and genuine interest.

Listen well. Take in what the interviewer is saying. Avoid jumping ahead to what you're going to say next. Have a small notepad handy so you can jot down an important point. You may refer to it later—showing the interviewer that you paid attention and that what he or she expressed mattered to you.

Say thank you. At the close of the interview, be sure to shake hands and express in warm words your appreciation. Don't just dash for the door, happy to have the ordeal over with! People who express gratitude will not be forgotten because they are so rare in our culture. A day or so after the interview send a personal thank you note in your handwriting. People who show a little love always win—professionally and personally. Become one of them.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

How to ACE the Job Interview—the First Time


Do you think of a job interview as a nerve-wracking experience? Do you feel afraid, negative or pessimistic about your chances of succeeding? Maybe you say to yourself, "Other people always get the jobs; why not me?" It doesn't have to be that way. If a hiring manager invites you in for an interview it's a good sign. It means you've said something in your cover letter that motivated the employer to call you. So rather than letting fear and worry drive you, focus on the positive aspects of a job interview and get it 'right' the first time. Here's how:

• Keep in mind the hiring manager is a person—just like you.

Meet and greet him or her with a firm handshake, a friendly smile, and eye-to-eye contact. These first few moments can make or break the interview. Don't discount them just because they are routine gestures whenever you meet someone new. People can tell immediately if you are sincere or merely going through the motions. Are you the genuine article or a cardboard cutout? Make this experience count for yourself and for the other person. Then you can settle into the interview with peace of mind.

• Present your best self so you will leave a favorable impression that will linger.

Dress appropriately for a professional interview. This means a suit or sport coat and slacks and polished shoes for men and a dress or jacket and skirt or pants for a woman. Press your clothes the night before and choose accessories that are simple and tasteful. Avoid flashy jewelry, dangling earrings, gaudy belt buckles and so on. You'll want the hiring manager's attention on you, not on your accessories.

• Show up prepared to persuade the employer that you are the one for the job.

Be ready to share practical and specific examples of your ability, skills, and experience. Instead of talking in generalities about your character traits (responsible, compassionate, decisive, friendly), display those attributes by sharing a 'true story' from your career, education, or personal life that illustrates them.

Refer to a time when you resolved a critical problem. Did you step in and handle a crisis or settle a conflict between two employees or make a last-minute decision that determined an important outcome? Provide a word picture for the hiring manager to envision. This will help determine whether or not you are the ideal person for the job.

• Close the interview with a hearty 'thank you' and follow up with a written note of appreciation.

One of the most neglected phrases in the English language is 'thank you.' People are remembered for their expression of gratitude—and they're also remembered for not expressing it. The process that takes you from job interview to job placement flows over the bridge of gratitude. Don't neglect this important step—the one that will help you "ace" the job interview—the first time.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

6 Tips to a 'Joyous' Job Interview


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It's easy to get caught up in the holiday buzz––shopping, wrapping, baking, visiting, partying! And it's also a way to escape thinking about the job interview that's just around the corner—maybe even right in the middle of all the feasting and fun. You may be tempted to put it off, change the date, and delay preparing for the moment you walk into the interviewer's office.

On the other hand, this is an excellent time of year to interview for a job. Why? Because people are typically in a cheerful mood, full of 'good will toward men' (and women) and eager to extend a helping hand and a hearty handshake to friends and strangers.

This is your opportunity to return the favor by approaching the hiring manager with a sincere smile, a firm handshake, and solid answers to questions that will help him or her move your name to the top of the list of people to consider for filling the job opening.

Here's how to make the most of a job interview during this merry and happy time of year. Set aside a few hours to be alone with your thoughts and goals and desires for your new job. Then use the following six keys to unlock your future.

Key #1: Polish Your Resume
Check for typos and long-winded sentences or inaccurate information. Read. Read. And read it again. Then ask a trusted friend to read, read, and read it again—making any necessary spelling corrections or wording before printing a final copy.

Key #2: Plan Ahead
Set out your clothing, shoes, and accessories the night before so you can dress without stress and arrive early. Ladies, leave dangling earrings at home, and men, empty your pockets so you won't be tempted to play with your coins. A business suit or sport coat and trousers for men and a pants suit or skirt and jacket for women are always in good taste. This might seem obvious but many people appear in a professional setting in jeans and sandals. That's fine if you're competing for a job as a swim coach!

Key #3: Know the Company
Find out as much as you can ahead of time. For example, what is the organization's mission, its products and services, and how about customer and employee relations, and vacation, retirement, health coverage and salary ranges? You may not be able to get all of this info, but a bit of homework ahead of time can make all the difference.

Key #4: Prepare Real Life Examples
Write down some real-life examples from your current or previous employment, volunteer work, or community service. If you're someone who solves problem quickly and equitably, and has a way to overcome conflicts with difficult coworkers or customers, be sure to mention this during the interview. Always answer a question with an illustration from your experience. SHOW rather than merely explain.

Key #5: Think Before You Speak
Take your time answering a question. Don't let a nervous flutter cause you to blurt out an answer you'll later regret. On the other hand don't boast about yourself. Keep a humble honest demeanor. Be yourself. If you made a mistake somewhere along the line, it's fine to admit it. Then tell what you learned from it. This will show you're human and teachable.

Key #6: Follow Up With a Thank You Note
Whether or not you're offered the job at the end of the meeting, be sure to send a handwritten 'thank you' note as soon as possible. Display your thoughtfulness as well as your eagerness to keep in touch. Even if you don't get the job, you'll want to remain true to yourself. Never give away your power just because things didn't go your way at that moment. Make a good impression by being kind, honest, and professional and you may be the one the hiring manager calls when another position opens. It happened to a friend of mine and it can happen to you!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to "Nail" Your Second Job Interview


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Getting called in for a second job interview is gratifying but also nerve-wracking. Just the fact that you have made it to this stage in the interview process means that you are definitely one of the top handful of candidates for the job, which is very good news. However, at the second interview level the competition is that much tougher, and the questions that you will receive at the interview are likely to be a lot tougher to answer. Unlike the first stage, which looks to see if you are qualified, the second stage of the job interview process wants to make sure that you are the most qualified. As a result, the questions that you encounter are likely to be a lot more focused and pointed than the first round.

Since you know that will be the case, the first thing that you want to do is prepare for the second job interview inn a manner that is also more focused and pointed. Specifically, you want to find out the areas of greatest interest to the second interviewers and make sure that you are especially prepared to answer questions about those subjects and topics. This will require that you do a little bit of networking and asking. At this stage in the interview process, you should have made some sort of contact with someone at the company who you can use as a resource or ally in your job search. Perhaps this someone is the HR representative who has been working to schedule you for interviews and giving you feedback on your progress. Alternatively, you might know someone at the company already, or have had a first interviewer express a willingness to help you as your candidacy moved forward.

Here are a few tips to you nail your second interview:

Be sure to subtly and politely leverage whatever contacts you have made in the company as you prepare for your second interview. Though you can't expect someone to put an extraordinary amount of effort to help you, there is no reason why you can't ask the HR representative for some feedback on what areas the first interviewers thought were strong and what areas were not as impressive. In a similar manner, there is no harm in asking your contacts what elements are most important to the people you will be speaking to for the second interview. Don't try to sound like you are seeking an unfair advantage or inside information, but don't be afraid to ask honest questions about what you can expect at the next level.

Once you've reached the second job interview, don't change your style and responses too much. Your interview strategy got you into the second interview, so must be doing something right. Just like in the first interview, during your second interview answer questions with references back to the experiences and successes of your career and life so far. Also, follow the lead of the interviewer. By the time you've gotten to the second interview, you will be dealing with a higher level of executive. It's possible that he or she will want to see you in a more informal, relaxed kind of way and you should be prepared to do that if you are directed.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hot Job Interview Tip: "Cut To The Chase"


Job Interview "Secret"

Wouldn't it be simpler and easier if you could count on a hiring manager to get right down to business and ask the one question that is probably uppermost on his or her mind? "What can you do for our company that no one else can do as well?"

Most interviewers, however, start with questions that fall into three areas: employment experience, workplace communication, and your personality style. Your answers will help determine if you are someone to interview again and/or hire. Here's what you can do:

BE PREPARED

Get ready for any and all potential questions. Then when they come up you'll have your responses at hand. Also, depending on the interviewer you may be asked questions that require a direct answer such as, "How long were you at your previous employment?" or "What were you daily tasks in your former job?"

OR an individual with a more casual style may put his query this way. "Tell me about a day on the job at your previous employment," or "What did like best about your job and the duties you had?" See the difference? You may provide the same basic answers to both but you'll phrase them according to the way the employer presents the questions.

BE RELAXED

Regardless of the approach the interviewer takes, keep in mind that what he or she is really asking is the question in the first paragraph above. "What can you do for our company that no one else can do as well?" By checking you out in various ways, he or she is looking for the answer to that question because it is the one that 'cuts to the chase.' It gets to the bottom line. It brings the interview into focus.

Whatever the question, approach it in a relaxed and easy manner. Think ahead about the categories involved—your experience, your communication, and your personality because they will be the ones that will grab the hiring manager's attention and convince him or her that you're the one who can offer the company exactly what it needs.

BE ON TASK

In a way it's up to you to 'cut to the chase,' too. Avoid getting sidetracked. Stick to the point of why you want this job and why you believe you can be an asset to the company and its mission.

Interviewers are busy people, seeing one person after another for hours at a time. In order to stand out you'll need to stay focused and clear-minded. Keep thinking 'cut to the chase,' to help you offer only those details that will advance the interview to a place where you can tell the employer is favorably impressed with you.

Most company managers are looking for several key traits: passion, attention to detail, problem solving, leadership, commitment, communication skills, and intellectual curiosity.

Before you walk into the interview room pull together some specific examples from your work life that illustrate a few of these characteristics. At just the right time insert them into your answers as a story, including details, dialogue, conflict, and resolution. In other words, what happened, who was involved, and how did you resolve the problem so the outcome was successful?

If you enter an interview with a 'cut to the chase' attitude for yourself then you'll likely find the interviewer will do the same—and offer you the job.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

5-Step "Workout" to Ace the Job Interview


Job Interview Secret

Many job seekers believe that all it takes for a successful job interview is to:

Arrive early
Dress appropriately
Memorize the company mission statement
Listen carefully
Communicate clearly.

But it's not—enough, that is. There is so much more to a great job interview than these obvious points, important as they are. If you wish to overcome the opposition, stand out in the crowd of job seekers, and win the attention of the person who can help you get the job, then it's essential that you do some mental exercises before you walk into the hiring manager's office.

One of the biggest obstacles you're likely to face is your mind—that part of you that shouts defeating statements such as "You're not the right one for this job and you know it" or "What are you thinking? You're a small fish in a big pond."

If you buy into this thinking, make no mistake; a hiring manager will be able to tell at a glance––before you even say a word––whether or not you're someone who can fill the position. Therefore, take time to spend a few minutes each day during the week before the interview doing a complete mental workout.

High Five!
Prepare yourself by doing the following 'high five.'

#1 Breathe deeply: Sit quietly for five minutes and take deep conscious breaths, thinking encouraging thoughts about yourself and the interview. Notice how your mind relaxes and your pulse rate slows.

#2 Lunge forward: Move your mind in a positive direction. Review your best traits: problem solving, organizational skills, leadership, and compatibility.

#3 Push up: Repeat affirmations about yourself. I, John (or Mary), am capable and confident.

#4 Step up: Walk yourself up the ladder of success mentally. Tell yourself you're the one for the job, you can do it, you will get the job of your dreams.

#5: Shake out limbs: Release the results to the universe. Accept whatever comes, trusting it will be for your ultimate good.

After a good mental workout you'll feel confident, clear-minded, and committed to walking into the hiring manager's office and giving your best.

So prepare yourself now—putting mind over matter––with a solid mental workout that will take you where you want to go—from a great job interview to a great job!

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Your Job Interview "Tool Kit"—Don't Leave Home Without It!


Going golfing? Don't drive off without your clubs and balls.

Planting a garden? Don't hit the dirt without your shovel and hoe.

Getting ready to paint the house? Don't forget the paint can and brush.

It's a rare day that we show up for a job—whether paid or unpaid––without the tools we need to complete the work.
And yet, many people arrive at a job search interview without the second most important asset (after themselves), and that's the Job Interview Tool Kit.

So if you're getting ready for a job interview, don't leave home without it! The following is a checklist of everything you'll need.

1. Social security card. This document will secure your identity, showing the hiring manager that you are who you said you are. It will also be necessary to have on file for your paychecks to be issued once you're hired.

2. Current state driver's license or a government-issued identification card to show your legal status and that you can operate a motor vehicle.

3. An up-to-date and detailed resume of past work experience—printed on clean white (not colored or decorative) paper. Include information about your education, training, former employment, specialties or expertise in your field. Forget part-time jobs when you were in college. If you don't have paid work experience yet, it's fine to mention that. Play up instead, your volunteer work or apprenticeship in a particular area.

4. Job application. Complete all requested information correctly, clearly, and legibly. If possible, type rather than print.

5. References from at least three credible individuals, including former employers, long-time personal friends, or others who know you well and can speak highly of your character and work ethic. Be sure to ask their permission ahead of time. Avoid using relatives––unless you worked for them.

6. Transcripts. Some employers may require an official copy of your transcript of educational credits, course work, degrees, post-secondary classes, as well as any professional acknowledgment you received, such as an honorary degree or certification in a particular field.

Step up to the opportunity you've been waiting on—the interview you've planned for and established. Then give it your best shot by arriving on time, dressed for the occasion, and carrying your job interview "tool kit." You may be surprised to discover that you are better prepared than 90 percent of your competition. That could make the difference between the door of employment opening or closing.
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