As a career coach, a huge part of my job is coaching people to remember and confidently express their best self – on paper, online and in person. While the print and online aspects of the job search can be challenging, it is the interview that is by far the most anxiety-producing aspect of job-hunting.
How can you circumvent debilitating anxiety that deprives your brain of oxygen and leaves you tongue-tied and incoher...
The world is changing, and one of the real benefits is that employees now have more control over their careers than ever before. One of the best ways to get the job you want is to know everything you can about the position and industry you’re striving to work in. An informational interview is an exceptional method for gaining the insight you need to climb the ladder in any career field. Below are tips for a successful in...
My buddy Chris Russell of Career Cloud wrote an article for Recruiting Headlines titled, “20 Recruiting Pros Share Their Plans for 2017” where he polls 20 recruiters from various fields and asks them:
“What will you be doing more of/less of to attract talent next year?”
I tallied the answers and here are the results:
Video – 2 mentions
Social Media – 4 mentions
New Tech Tools...
Sometimes the question is phrased a little differently: 'Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you didn't like, or who didn't like you.'
However the question is asked, don't project an image of yourself as someone who dislikes or is disliked by others. Reframe it as a situation where it was a challenge to work effectively with someone.
This question requires you to say something negative about a c...
Mistakes in the Executive Interview
In many ways, mistakes made in the executive interview continue the theme established by mistakes in the resume. The common denominator is the sense among many executives that, to put it bluntly, they’re above all this. Their accomplishments should speak for themselves. Given their successful careers, they shouldn’t have to prove themselves in the same way that junior applican...
Answering this question too specifically can lose you a lot of money, or an opportunity. Naming a figure that's too low can result in a lower offer, or even loss of the opportunity if your answer creates doubt about your value. A figure that's too high can immediately disqualify you.
This is one of the few questions where formulaic, memorized verbiage may be the best approach.
First, as soon as you apply for a j...
Proper preparation for a job interview can make a candidate stand out from the crowd. Recent college graduates don’t have a lot of experience interviewing, but that can be overcome! Join host Cady Chesney and guest Lynne Eisaguirre, President of Workplaces That Work, as they dive into how can successfully prepare by knowing how to answer some challenging questions.
There is much advice on how to deal with a lowball offer from a prospective employer. We talk about how to avoid being on the receiving end of a lowball offer, and how to negotiate your way out of one. But what we don’t talk about all that often is how candidates sometimes lowball themselves. This is a tactic often borne out of desperation, and one that should be avoided at all costs.
When unemployment protracts and u...
How do you answer the interview question, 'What's a major mistake you've made on the job?' This post is the fourth in a series of excerpts from my upcoming eBook, Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Job Interview.
How to answer the interview question, 'Tell me about a major mistake you made.'
The intention here is to see whether you are open to admitting, taking responsibility for and learni...
I was asked the same interview prep question three times last week. They all more or less went like this:
“I have a simple question. I was let go from my job this week. The reason was because:
A) I had a conflict with my boss that came to a head.
B) I was a whistleblower on a wrong practice my department was doing and instead of fixing it they let me go.
C) My department was moved to Cincinnati an...