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Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job

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

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 »

Video Interview Killed The Candidate Star

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

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 »

The One Word That Can Shatter Your Career

There’s one word that can do more harm than any other when it comes to your career. Using it cuts the legs out from underneath your credibility. It is one that too many people use… and the trouble is that they don’t even know that they are using it. What is this powerful word? It’s the word “think.” As in, “I think I am capable of doing this…” Or, “This is a task I can do, I think.” Too many times when I am interviewing clients about their accomplishments or abilities, they will use “I think.” Really? You think… but… Read »

The Most Important Interview Minute

The most important interview minute?  It could be the final closing and asking for the job… that’s absolutely critical. Nope. Or is it the first minute once the interview starts? Nope. The most important interview minute is BEFORE it starts. This moment in time occurs when you are being transferred from the waiting area into the interview room… you have about a minute before things settle down and start to get serious. This is your window of opportunity….It’s what you do when you walk in and make a beeline for the chair where you will be sitting. How you handle… Read »

Job Stealth Mode: Find Critical Info About Potential Employers

Job stealth mode can make a difference.  We all know that asking questions in an interview are a good way to learn more about a company.  The purpose of this activity is to find out if you want to work there too. But to be really prepared, you need to go a lot deeper than this. It’s time to go into “black ops” job stealth mode. Doing your due diligence in stealth mode before, during, and after an actual interview can reveal a lot more information than initially gleaned during a 45 minute interview. And can make the difference between… Read »

Mailing Addresses on Résumés: Include or Not?

Mailing addresses – who’d thunk? I think I just stepped into a veritable cow pie. The Society of Human Resources Management has a LinkedIn group where HR pros discuss a variety of topics. One recent post caught my attention:  “Why you must include mailing addresses on the resume.” Human resource professionals and recruiters weighed in with their opinions. Here’s a short overview of some of the perspectives that were offered: Pros of listing mailing addresses: Allows employers to mail important documents to applicant. If the employer is going to screen you out based on where you live, you probably don’t… Read »

It’s All In A Handshake… Your Career Future

A handshake can make a difference. This morning, I was giving a presentation to a group of job seekers, and as customary, went around the room introducing myself and shaking people’s hands before the session. Most of us are either taught or read advice about how to provide a firm handshake that exudes confidence, enthusiasm, and gives a little clue about who we are. But in doing a lot of this kind of work, I’ve found that many people simply don’t get how to do it right. There’s always someone in the group that extends a clammy and limp appendage… Read »