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Are You Positive You Want This Job?

Have you noticed I’m on a little bit of a rant lately with my posts about job seekers.  I absolutely hate to pick on them as their job is so difficult and I don’t expect them to be experts.  After all, if they were experts at job searching and interviewing, that would imply they do it often (not a good indicator of a loyal employee).

But, some recent events have prompted me to identify more pitfalls job seekers fall into.  Practically on a daily basis from my perspective.  If you are applying for jobs, talking with recruiters, or interviewing, please read my latest article for AOL.

Article:  Are You Sure You Want This Job?

March 2, 2011 Posted by | AOL article, General Musings, Interviewing 101, Job Search, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Confidence to the Edge of Cockiness

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.  Attitude also encompasses projecting an air of confidence during interviews.  However, there can be a danger if it borders on cockiness. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some are not comfortable with listing their accomplishments as it sounds like bragging.

Managing this gray area of an interview can be tricky. But if simple guidelines are followed, you don’t have to worry about taking it too far.

Article:  Interview Confidence to the Edge of Cockiness

February 16, 2011 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101, Personal Branding | Leave a comment

You’re Only Human … and So Are Interviewers

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. So this prompts the question:  If I’m a superstar on paper and meet all the requirements, why didn’t they hire me?  Perhaps, it was the other major requirement:  Because the boss has to LIKE you.

Read more on this reality in interviewing in my latest article for AOL:

Article:  You’re Only Human … and so Are Interviewers

January 31, 2011 Posted by | AOL article, General Musings, Interviewing 101, Job Search | Leave a comment

Panel Interviews: They’re Better Than You Might Think

It seems whenever I set up a panel interview for a job seeker, he or she groans, “Not a panel interview! I’d rather meet each interviewer one-on-one.” Many job seekers seem to have a fear of being interviewed by several people at once. In reality, panel interviews have many advantages. You actually may be better-suited for this style of interview.  Check out my article for AOL for more on this topic:

Article:  Panel Interviews: What’s Not to Like?

January 28, 2011 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101 | Leave a comment

Fighting the "Unemployed Bias"

These days, it seems I’m often advising unemployed job seekers on how to approach having an unemployed stamp on their resume. Most employers realize that it hard to have a career path that doesn’t hit a bump in the road somewhere along the way, especially with the economy the way it is right now. The key to overcoming the bias associated with being unemployed is to paint your picture with the brightest colors possible.  Whether in interviews, resume submissions, or networking, there are key approaches to keep in mind.  My latest article for dives into this touchy subject.

Article:  Overcoming the Unemployed Bias

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job Search, article, Resume Writing | Leave a comment

As Great As You Are….What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

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 skills lacking, your downside.  There are many ways to approach this where some work well and some don’t.  Take a look at my latest article for AOL for thoughts on this subject.

Article:  What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

January 10, 2011 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101 | Leave a comment

What Not to Ask Your Interviewer

Recently I wrote an AOL article for job seekers on 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”. As stated in my previous article, it’s essential that you ask questions in the preliminary interview that provide the hiring manager with insight into who you are. These questions should produce a thoughtful discussion, and not simple answers. If you are deemed a qualified candidate, you’ll have an opportunity later to ask procedural or compensation-related questions.

In this follow-up article is a list of questions that I recommend you do not ask in the first interview. Consider the more appropriate questions (and comments) I’ve provided.

Article:  What Not to Ask Your Interviewer

December 21, 2010 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101 | 1 Comment

Do You Really Want the Job? Hiring Managers Can Tell.

Hiring managers want to hire someone who is excited about the opportunity and truly wants to make a difference at the company. Those who are looking for “any old job” are typically weeded out during the screening process.

So how does one convey a real desire for the job? Or equally important, not that you are just “kicking the tires.” Interviewers gage your interest in several ways: Your body language, your tone, the case you present, and the questions you ask.  Read more about this in my article for AOL Jobs.

Article:  Do You Really Want the Job? Interviewers Can Tell

December 8, 2010 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101 | Leave a comment

Phone Interviews Can Be Harder Than On-Site Interviews, Part 2

MP900443129[1] 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 interviewer is doing and how they are reacting to your answers, you can be at a disadvantage.

However, there is a way around this. You need to make a connection to the interviewer to make the interview a more comfortable experience for both of you.  Read my latest article for AOL to learn more about this.

Article:  Overcoming the Challenges of the Phone Interview, Part 2

December 1, 2010 Posted by | AOL article, Interviewing 101 | Leave a comment

Do Your New Colleagues Make More Than You?

Salary is one of the most sensitive topics when speaking with potential employers.  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 stages of landing the job. The might find out later they are paid less than colleagues in similar positions. The key to avoiding this fate is to be armed with information and be able to sell the value you bring.  More on this topic is covered in my latest article for AOL:

Article:  The Best Time to Negotiate Salary is Before You Land the Job

November 8, 2010 Posted by | AOL article, General Musings, Interviewing 101, Job Search | Leave a comment


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