During an interview, you basically tell stories about your past. Not fables, of course. But real experiences that convey your expertise and knowledge that address the job description. In many instances, interviewees focus on sharing information on all the listed requirements. Interestingly, when it comes to the “soft skill” requirements (written communication, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.), many candidates fall flat by simply saying, “I’m a great _____________ (communicator, team player, problem-solver).
The key to convincing your interviewer that you possess these skills is to include these abilities within your stories. Read this article I wrote for job-hunt.org to learn how.
Article: The Secret to Job Interview Success
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
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.”
Recently, I wrote an article for Job-Hunt.org regarding the value of references and how to make them an effective part of your job search. Many job seekers see references as a just a minor piece of the puzzle. But in reality, references can sometimes be the “tipping point” to you whether you get the job.
How you prepare them for the call from the hiring manager or recruiter can make all the difference. Take a look at this article to make sure you’re doing all that you should. And as always, feel free to share your own tips and thoughts in the comment section on this blog entry to share with others.