I'm not a big fan of the breakfast or lunch interview. Perhaps for an all-day, meet-tons-of-people type of interview, a meal might serve as a nice break from the standard format. However, I've been witness to many interviews where the only meeting is at a dining table. Why am I not a fan of the mealtime... Read More »
We all know networking leads to interviewing for jobs. Who you know and who they know can connect you to all types of hiring managers, recruiters, and human resources professionals. There are old-fashioned ways of networking that still work today, but the standard in on-line networking has been fairly... Read More »
As much as candidates SAY they want the job, there are some who don't give off the impression that they really want it. And as I've noted many times before, it is critical you convey your excitement and strong qualifications for the opportunity you are pursuing.
Job seekers I've worked with recently have... Read More »
Time and time again, I remind job seekers that your attitude in the interview can make or break your chances of getting the job. Keep in mind though that, "attitude" covers a lot of ground. Job seekers are reminded to keep a positive demeanor on interviews and never to speak ill of past employers. But there... Read More »
Like most challenges in life, there is no absolutely right way or wrong way to do things. A job search is no different. Certain approaches and strategies work better for some people than others. That's part of the reason there are so many experts on finding a job. We all can share what we've seen as effective... Read More »
You likely have heard that interviewing is like dating. Or interviewing is a complex dance with lots of steps. The translation: Interviewing is a unique conversation where there seem to be many rules and traps that could lead to failure. You can interview almost perfectly and still not get the job. Like... Read More »
Most jobs interviews are meant to be a conversation, not a test. But no matter the style of the interviewer, there are keys to making the right impression.
The primary goal of an interview is to determine if you are the most qualified candidate for the job. But a secondary goal is to determine whether you are... Read More »
It seems whenever I set up a panel interview for a job seeker, he /she groans, "Not a panel interview! I'd rather meet each interviewer one-on-one." Most job seekers seem to have a fear of being interviewed by several people at once. In reality, panel interviews have many advantages that should convince those... Read More »
One of my favorite oxymorons: "greatest weakness." When in an interview, your job is to present all your strengths, why you're a great fit for the job, and how you could make an immediate impact to the company's success. But often during the discussion, you're asked about your faults, your... Read More »
For those in an active search for a new job, a new year can be refreshing. Or it could be more of the same. It is up to you.
I've read many of the comments my past articles have prompted. Many job seekers are frustrated or upset with the process, the advice, and the results. I can't say I blame them. It is a... Read More »
We've all been through the drill after the holidays. All the presents are unwrapped, scrutinized, and then some are... returned. Or regifted. Certainly if a gift can find a better home, you should send it on to its rightful owner. The gift-giver took their best shot at predicting what you might like and... Read More »
Recently I wrote an article for job seekers about the types of questions to ask during an interview and I realized that I had hardly touched on the issue of "what not to ask". Read More »
An AOL reader recently asked what type of questions they should ask during the interview. This is a multi-faceted question with several answers. There are several different times throughout the interview to ask questions and several types of questions to ask. Asking the right questions also can signal how... Read More »
When discussing key attributes of candidates with hiring managers, one of the top considerations they mention is attitude about the company and the opportunity. Some will even say, "I can teach certain skills, but I can't teach motivation and attitude."
The bottom line is, hiring managers want to hire... Read More »
In my previous article on dealing with phone interview challenges, I discussed tone of voice, good listening skills, monitoring your answers, and wrapping on a high note. One of the biggest limitations of phone interviews is the lack of body language you can provide and read. Without seeing what your... Read More »
As discussed in Part 1 of this series, during an interview you must take responsibility for sharing all the best information you have that conveys you are the perfect fit for the job. Although the interviewer is asking the questions, you are providing the answers. How you do this dictates how much "ownership"... Read More »
Interviewing does not have to be an intimidating experience. Certainly there may some excitement about the prospect of landing a great new job. But in the end, if you are the right fit for the job, the pieces will fall into place.
There are many good interviewers representing companies out there. And, there... Read More »
Most people realize the interviewing stage is the last time you'll probably have influence on the amount of your salary. Once hired, your salary is dictated by policy coupled with company and individual performance.
Although this is a common fact, many job seekers lose sight of this during the critical... Read More »
1. The interview is not over just because you made a weak first impression.
You can overcome a weak first impression by quickly recovering your confidence and work on making a good impression throughout the interview. You need to temporarily pretend it did not happen and mush forward. Convince yourself you... Read More »
Once in a while, when a job seeker submits their resignation and offers a two-week's notice, they get a surprise in return: a counter-offer. Quite frequently this includes a match on salary with the new company and sometimes an increase in responsibility. In this situation, many things can go wrong for all... Read More »