Interviewing in person can be hard enough. Add in the “barrier” of a phone line in between you, and there is an added layer of complexity. It is hard to know how you’re doing and how well you are connecting with your interviewer when you can’t see their face. However, there are many non-visual clues and techniques to help you during the call. I’ve written about this topic in the past, but Job-Hunt.org asked me to share my thoughts with their audience. Here is my updated advice on this critical stage in the hiring process.
When it comes to job interviewing, there’s a good chance that some of the questions you’ll be asked come from the “standard library.” This is the collection of the generic, common questions that we all get asked. These questions have stood the test of time because many of them unlock doors to your past that allow the interviewer to get to know you. Although they are standard questions, there is no reason to answer them in a standard way. Or give answers that are as common as the question. My latest article for job-hunt.org explores approaches you might want to consider in answering these questions to allow yourself to make a memorable impression.
Interviewing with confidence is essential. This is common advice for all job seekers. But what is the “right” amount of confidence to show during the interview? Can you be “overconfident”–both internally and displayed? There is a fine line. The key to managing confidence is to prepare well and speak with examples, not superlatives. I explain all this in my latest article for job-hunt.org.
Article: Confidence for Your Job Interviews
It’s easy to get excited about starting a new job. It is also common to be anxious to leave your current one to get started as soon as possible. But we all know the expression about never burning down bridges. Your reputation in the working world, or even your specific industry, can hinge on this old adage. I cover the specifics on how to ensure you leave your current job in a professional fashion in my latest article for job-hunt.
Article: How to Gracefully Leave Your Old Job
We all know there is a balancing act you must perform when searching for a new position while you have a full-time job. In many cases, it does not reflect well if your boss finds out. Although, I’ve always contended that there is nothing wrong with doing some “comparison shopping.” Just like when thinking about buying a new house or car, you first compare what’s out there with what you’ve got. Perhaps you should be happy with the status quo because it really is better than alternatives available to you. But how would you know if you didn’t do the research?
The problem is that although the research might be just a cursory look, management may not see it that way. Best not to “advertise” your efforts. My latest article for job-hunt deals with the tenuous balance of being “available to talk” and keeping your research “off the radar.”
As always, feel free to add your comments or experiences within this article’s Comments section.
Article: How to Find a Job While You Have One
I don’t often share other blog articles within my Blog, although I would if I had more time to review all the great resources out there. But once in a while, there’s an article that clearly must be shared. Especially when it covers as much ground as this one. John Fawkes has compiled a list of 25 helpful career-focused blog writers that you might find helpful. Enjoy.
Most job seekers know that there are some tough odds in landing some of the best possible positions. It is a bit of luck and a lot of hard work that tips the scales your way when the opportunity is the right fit for both sides. There are many ways to get noticed by decision-makers, but you must be careful about the reason you get noticed.
Recruiters tend to be a little fussy about candidates playing games with them. And sure, you can just move on to the next recruiter and hope they have the right opportunity for you. But what if you gave up the perfect job simply because you weren’t following some simple rules of game? That would make everyone involved a loser.
Check out my latest article for job-hunt.org to see if you’re staying out of trouble and playing by the “rules.”
A while back, a large computer software company used to ask candidates, “If you could be any kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?” When I share this with my candidates, I get fun answers, like “I’d be a coffee maker because I’m a morning person.” Or, “A stovetop–I’ve always got several burners going at once.” The reality is, there is no right answer. This is a “panic question.” The interviewer wants to throw a question at you that you’re not expecting and see how (quickly, rationally and calmly) you respond.
Although, some of these zany questions do strive to understand your personality. Sometimes it can be hard to define what exactly is the “right answer.” Understanding the corporate culture before interviewing can help determine if your personality is a fit or not. Then the answer will likely be fitting since your personality is in line with theirs. For example, Applebee’s has asked in the past “What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?” Your answer would likely be different if asked by a law firm or bank, right?
There are many crazy questions. And they can always dream up more. The key is to always show confidence, take a moment to think through your answer (a few seconds may seem long, but it’s not as long as you think), and be honest.
Here are a few more supplied by Glassdoor that you may find interesting, or at least humorous.