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Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job


March 15, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews

Interviewing the interviewer? Are you serious? Yes. It’s a pretty well-known fact that every candidate should bring in questions to the interview to look smart and invested in the outcome of the discussion. But interviewing the interviewer, too? Let’s put it this way: despite the perception that the employer “has all the power” in the interview, and no matter how badly you want the position, there’s one more variable: Do you even want to work there? Key clues happen during interviews that can help you understand what it might be like to work at that company. And even more importantly,… Read »


Interview Super Prep That Wins the Job


March 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Interviews

Interview super prep is taking what normal people do to prepare for an interview… and put it on steroids. Will you use all of the knowledge that you gain in the interview? Possibly not. But what you do gain is one thing: CONFIDENCE. Remember that adage that knowledge is power? It’s true in this interview super prep situation as well. When you take the time to review a target company’s complete profile, you will be much better versed to speak to virtually anything. I’m not saying you need to remember everything, but even glossing over some recent things can prove… Read »


Failure is Your Best Career Friend – What You Need To Know


August 22, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews, Job Search, Resume, Social Media

Failure: When it comes to work, we hate to fail. We become vulnerable. Less than expert. Prone to mistakes. And possibly less competent. At least that’s what our beady little brains tell us. But failure is a part of nature and a fact of life. Despite having a mindset of 100% perfect and anything less than perfect is a failure, there is a kernel of wisdom in our perfection-seeking lives. The nugget I am talking about is failure itself. We spend so much time avoiding discussing or even acknowledging it. But the best career strategists out there know exactly what… Read »


Fake it Until You Make it… or Break it!


August 3, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews, Job Search

Fake it until you make it – we hear that phrase a lot. But being ready to move into the next level requires confidence. You need to have faith in yourself that you can not only do most of the job requirements, but also be able to navigate around and grow into learning new things that are part of the job. And the truth is that there is a lot of a new job that you won’t know. So you have to fake it until you make it… in terms of really understanding and knowing how to do the job…. Read »


Video Interview Killed The Candidate Star


February 8, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews

Pssst! Wanna know a secret? I LOATHE doing videos. Put me on stage speaking in front of a crowd of 2,000+ people: No problem. Put me in front of a video camera by myself: I turn into a blithering idiot. So yeah, I know how it feels. Video is not easy (well, maybe for some); for most of us, not so much. Recently, a former client contacted me and said that she had her first video interview and it turned into a disaster. To use her direct quote: “What a train wreck. I hope they get a very big bowl… Read »


Winning Interviews: The Secret “Sauce” You Need To Know


July 23, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

On the job hunt and want to know the secret to winning interviews?  Don’t just go in only with a copy of the résumé you used in application and your references. You need more tools than that. What it takes to get really noticed is innovation and differentiating yourself from the competition to be on the side of winning interviews. Sometimes, this can require being gutsy, and always require a good sensitivity to the appropriateness of your tactics. But when you pull out the stops and create a truly positive and memorable interview experience, employers remember that and more importantly,… Read »


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