Tag Archives: Interview advice

Stephen Colbert: Have Fun In Interviews

Earlier this week, I flew back to New Jersey to give a presentation, and came in early to spend a few days in New York City to soak up some culture. What was originally going to be personal time ended up being a busy work trip filled with meetings with business contacts, recruiters, and social media community managers.  No matter; I was delighted at the prospect of meeting these folks in real life after connecting via social media.  It’s the personal connection that cements any kind of business relationship, and social media makes these in-person meetings possible whereas our paths… Read »

Authenticity Has To Be Real In A Job Search

Be yourself… “fake it ‘til you make it” simply doesn’t fly in today’s economy. Employers are getting more sophisticated and able to sniff out smoke screens from lesser qualified applicants trying to puff themselves up to something that they aren’t. Focus on being the best you that you can be in the interview, but don’t be a chameleon and change your stripes so much that you can’t recognize yourself from one job interview to the next. By being true to your authentic self, you’ll connect better with those who are interviewing you, and you won’t have to worry about covering… Read »

Who’s Driving The Interview Bus?

So, who is exactly in control during the actual interview? Did you guess the employer? Wrong. You BOTH are in control. Most job applicants mentally hand over all the power in a job search to the prospective employer, being that they (the employer) has something that the candidate wants (the job). It’s easy to think that the target company is the sole decision maker as to whether they hire that person or not. This is a dangerous attitude to take, because in essence, you are effectively handing over the power of the situation to someone else, when in fact, you… Read »

Preparing For An Interview Is Also A Proactive Process

Many times, we don’t consciously think about what we need to do to prepare for an interview until we get the call that an employer wants to talk to us about a job opening. Then all hell breaks loose. It’s a mad scramble to pull together documents and read up about a company to be as up-to-speed as possible before heading in. Interviews are undoubtedly one of the most difficult steps in the entire job search process. But as a person who actively manages your career, your goal is to be keeping those target companies within your sights for much… Read »

Being Proactive Means Being Forearmed

When was the last time you interviewed? Has it been awhile? Or do your palms immediately turn sweaty even THINKING about going into an interview? Take some of the pain out of this process by proactively rehearsing your answers to those questions before going into the interview, and keep an eye to what your accomplishments have been at your previous employer(s). Do as much research as you can about the target company, so that when you walk into the interview, you are grounded on your background, understand the types of questions that they might throw at you, and have done… Read »

Articulating Why Someone Should Hire You Is A Game Changer

One of the first and most critical steps of starting the career management process is for each of us to take ownership of why employers should consider hiring us. In all likelihood, this is a reasonable interview question you might get thrown in your direction: “Why should we hire you?” Most people have a tough time answering this question. The root cause? This could be one instance where we really can blame our parents. From our childhood, we’ve been taught not to boast, and our parents always encouraged us to always be modest about our accomplishments lest we become braggarts…. Read »

The Power of Visualization

One of the most valuable career tips someone shared with me long ago (her initials are D.H.) when I was applying for a job at Travel Portland was this simple idea: When you walk into the job interview, try to get a glimpse of the desk that you will be sitting at, and then visualize yourself sitting there, working away. If you can do that, you’ve already created a powerful image of what is possible, and can transform your confidence from a “Can I?” to “I can!” This advice has resonated throughout my life and helped me get through countless… Read »

Boasting or Telling a Story That Shows Results?

This morning I met with a client who confided in me that she is not “used to boasting about herself” in her résumé, and that this entire exercise was very difficult for her.  Then she laughed uncomfortably. Too often, this is the case when people sit down to work on their most important career document. They DON’T feel comfortable about “boasting” about themselves. And that’s exactly the problem. They shouldn’t be boasting. Instead, they should be telling stories where they are the starring character.  If done correctly, these stories aren’t all about boasting. You are just telling a story that… Read »

Can a Prospective Employer Demand Access to an Applicant’s Facebook Account?

This post generously provided by Dee Rubanoff, an attorney at  Williams, Zografos & Peck in Lake Oswego, OR which represents employers. ———————————————————— Employers are reportedly engaging in “shoulder surfing” during job interviews, meaning that they require an applicant to access his or her Facebook account for viewing during a job interview.  The issue of whether this is lawful has been percolating for a while in the media, and it is a hot button issue for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but there does not appear to be any established case law yet. Obviously, the uncertainty only relates to non-public information… Read »

Career Savvy: You Are What You Wear

Remember the good old days of high school?  How the clothing that you wore really defined your image? Surprise!  The work world isn’t much different.  The only thing that has changed is that for the most part, no one is going to say anything directly to you about what you wear… they simply won’t hire or promote you if the image that you project doesn’t fit within the company culture. What we wear and our appearance DOES impact our career… from the first few seconds in an interview to what you choose from your closet on a daily basis. Sound trivial? It is,… Read »