5 Phone Interview Tips to Get That Job

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Learning about different phone interview tips is just as much understanding the interview process, as it is understanding the phone interview process. Everyone loves landing an interview because it means that your resume (and other credentials) left enough of an impression that someone liked you - they really liked you!  Continue Reading

Recruiter Relationships – How to Manage Getting Scouted


Recruiter relationships are a key part of any career if you're good at your job! After all, you’re going to be in high demand! Figuring out how to respond to recruiters, how to let them know the information they want to hear and how to best maintain that relationship is incredibly important. Whether you're looking to switch things up, or have nothing to do at work and want to get a leg up on the competition. Let’s get started and let's get recruited… Continue Reading

6 Skype Interview Tips to Get the Job

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These Skype interview tips 2016 will separate you from the pack! You’ve probably had a phone interview, and if you’re gainfully employed, chances are good that you’ve had an in-person interview as well. But a new wave of job interviewing has popped up - the Skype interview. A Skype interview is an awkward cross between a phone interview and an in-person interview. On the bright side, you don’t have to physically go somewhere as long as your house or apartment has wifi. The bad news is that you do actually need to shower and make yourself presentable. The following Skype interview tips will set you up for success in this new type of job interview situation. Continue Reading

Rescheduling an Interview – Here’s What to Stay

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Thinking of rescheduling an interview should make you think again! The big day has arrived and you suddenly find yourself battling a nasty cold. Do you go ahead with the job interview or contact the interviewer to reschedule? Many career pundits strongly urge job candidates to fulfill interview obligations. However, we've never met a company recruiter that wants to sit across from a job candidate that constantly coughs and sneezes. Rescheduling an interview because you're sick is a no brainer; you only have to speak a few cold medicine addled words to get the job interviewer on your side. Outside of a bout with a nasty cold, you need to follow a few steps for rescheduling an interview that include knowing exactly what to say. Continue Reading

Job Interview Thank You Email Tips

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When sending a job interview thank you email you'll want to make sure you're attention to detail is immaculate. Virtually every "How to Nail a Job Interview" includes a closing tip that emphasizes the importance of sending a thank you letter to the company. Although a thank you letter cements your high caliber interview performance, the method for expressing your gratitude has changed from typing out a thank you letter to sending your appreciation via email. Does sending a job interview thank you letter via electronic mail differ much from sending one via snail mail? The answer is no, except you need to include "Thank You" in the subject line of your email to grab the attention of the interviewer. After that, everything else about a job interview thank you letter follows the same game plan. Continue Reading

Why Do You Want This Job? How to Answer…And Why It’s Really Asked

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The words "why do you want this job" are uttered in 9 out of every 10 job interviews. And job interviews can make the most stoic poker faces turn into sweaty messes. After all, how often do we answer questions that determine our future career paths? It all starts with the "Tell Me About Yourself" question that although not really a question, sets the stage for the rest of the interview. In fact, many experienced job interviewers make up their minds after the first answer to interview questions. If you somehow manage to pass this question with flying colors, get ready for the next question that typically follows immediately or closely after "Tell Me Abut Yourself." Continue Reading

Top Ten Interview Questions (and answers)

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Wondering how to answer today's top ten interview questions? Read on! Job interviews rank with trips to the dentist office as one of the most deplorable things that we face in life. Well, at least we know the dentist. Who wants to spend 30 to 60 minutes sitting under blinding lights and sweating out answers to questions that come from someone that we have never met? Let's make the job interview go smoothly by providing you with the top 10 interview questions and as a bonus, an idea on how to answer each question with professional aplomb. Continue Reading

Tips to Consider When On a Video Interview Call


Hosting an effective web conference or taking a video interview call are a set of skills all its own. Learning to master the skills of running a large multi-location meeting or just a person-to-person interview can help your organization coordinating geographically distant teams or with sourcing just the right hire for that opening. Following these interview hacks will help you define your own style and get web conference savvy. F2F 101 Web conferencing with services such as Blue Jeans is a very distinct and separate type of conference from simple telepresence. Where telepresence allows the interviewer to ask and listen, it is typically a very mono directional form of communication. Continue Reading

How to Groom Yourself for a Job Interview for Men


First impressions mean everything, and you only get one chance at it. You may be able to nail the interview in your sleep, but you have to look the part as well. Otherwise, the interviewers may not be able to take you seriously. So what can you do to make the right impression and snag that job you want? Here are some grooming tips that you should take to heart before heading into the interview: Keep your face smooth You don’t want to just look like you got done shaving hours ago, you want to look like you just got done shaving seconds ago. That’s why it’s important to use all the necessary tools to get rid of any stubble that may have been left behind that morning. Don’t skimp on the face grooming products, that $0.50 razor isn’t likely to do the trick. Use a shaving brush such as a badger hair shaving brush and a great sharp razor to make sure everything is even and looking good. Continue Reading

How to Do Your Interview Preparation

A much larger extent of our communication is done via our body language, than what we say. For this reason, it pays to brush up on your non-verbal communication skills prior to attending an interview. How you come across is as important as what you say; your behaviour speaks volumes about your character. Any interviewer will be looking for and picking up on these cues to ascertain if you are an ideal potential employee. Deep Breaths While knowing how to respond to questions and having appropriate questions prepared is important, how the replies and questions are delivered is just as fundamental as the content of what you say. When you are nervous there is a chance you may trip over words, mumble or talk too fast, or interject sentences with lots of "urms". Taking a few slow, steady breaths will help lower the heart rate and make you feel calmer when you speak, delivering your answers in a more relaxed a measured manner. Practicing this before the interview will help identify any Continue Reading

How (Not) to Quickly Wreck Your Job Interview

You send out hundreds of resumes to hundreds of companies, hoping that you make the first pass and be considered for hiring. After a few days, you receive a call inviting you to a job interview. After the initial rush of euphoria passes, fear sets in. While your first instinct may be to flee, convince yourself to stand your ground. While it is possible (and quite easy) to ruin your job interview and wreck any chance of being hired, you can reduce that risk just by taking a few precautions. First Step: Reconnaissance The most important thing when it comes to preparing for a job interview is research. The company has already demonstrated interest in you, so it's only fair that you sow an interest in the company. Look up the company on the Internet, check out its website, news feeds, and write down a short summary of what the company's all about. While knowing the exact value of dividends paid out to shareholders a decade back won't be of much help, having a good idea of the Continue Reading

How to Use Facebook to Land a Job Interview

These days, employers and recruiters are using every means available to help make their hiring decisions -- which includes looking through resumes, of course, but also checking out social media sites. Before calling a candidate to set up an interview, most employers are going to do their due diligence, checking out the candidate on Facebook and ensuring there are no obvious "red flags." Of course, if your Facebook page is plastered with drunk, slovenly photos or crass content, you're probably not going to get that interview! As such, articles explaining what not to post on Facebook are a dime a dozen, and for perfectly good reason. Here's a reality that does not receive nearly enough attention, though: While Facebook can absolutely hurt your career prospects, it can also help your career prospects. The answer, then, is not to remove your Facebook page altogether, or to turn your privacy settings on high. The answer is to use Facebook to enhance, promote, and brand yourself -- to Continue Reading

5 Tips For Giving A Natural Interview

When young people prepare to enter professional environments for the first time, there is often a virtual avalanche of advice to consider. From where to apply, to how to present a resume, to what to wear to an interview, college graduates and other young professionals hear so many tips that it can be hard to keep everything straight without feeling immense pressure. One thing that helps some young people to relax is to consider things from the employer's standpoint. Most businesses go to great lengths in order to present themselves well, both to prospective clients and to potential employees. Some offices hire decorators to arrange things in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible; some invest in programs like ShareFile to improve the functions, capability, and appearance of online business; and of course, people in well-run business environments always seem to be dressed impeccably to make a good impression. When you consider all of these things, and that you're not the only Continue Reading

5 Interview Hacks

So, you just landed an interview at the job of your dreams? Here are some 5 interview hacks to get the interview going in your direction front the moment you walk into the office. Say nice things to the front desk administrative assistant - As soon as you walk in the office, the interview has started, even if you are in the waiting room. Make small chat with the front desk administrative assistant. Talk about the weather and compliment them on the office, their outfit, etc. Be genuine. Remember, everyone talks to everyone in the office. If the office admin doesn't like you, chances are no one else will. Get the interviewer immediately talking about something else than the interview - This works when you are walking with the interviewer to the interview office or as you walk into the interview room. This helps you establish rapport with the interviewer as soon as possible. People want to work with fun and interesting people. Your goal for the interview is to have a nice Continue Reading

Ways To Ruin Your Phone Interview

In the grand scheme of your job search, a phone interview might not feel like something worth preparing for -- but this just isn’t the case.   While it’s certainly true a phone interview is a cursory step in early candidate screening, this doesn’t make it any less important than an in-person interview. Job seekers should consider this phase to be an important opportunity to leave a lasting impression on their potential employer. If you’re not careful, you could easily ruin your chances of moving forward in the hiring process. Here are six ways to blow your next phone interview: 1. Don’t Bother Getting Out Of Bed Taking an overly casual approach to your phone interview can certainly ensure failure. While your potential employer may not be able to see how you’re dressed or what you’re doing, it will certainly come across in your tone of voice. A phone interview isn’t a time to casually lounge in bed while wearing your sweats. Dressing nicely and sitting up straight at your Continue Reading

How to Motivate Yourself for a Job Interview

Job searching can be a tiring experience. If done right, it can almost be a full-time job in itself. When you are in between jobs, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated after submitting dozens of applications and resumes without a reply. However, you have to try to stay motivated during a job search. The day of the interview you’ll want to eat breakfast and dress professionally by wearing your best suit, but it can also be good to relax by listening to music or reading the newspaper. If you were selected for a promising job interview, here are a few ways to motivate yourself for your best chance at success. Join a Job Search Group Your friends and family can be a great support group, but one of the best ways to motivate yourself, is to surround yourself with others looking for work. You can share your successes and failures with each other, and you may find comfort in being around other people who can relate to your situation. You may find it helpful to meet with other Continue Reading

Is Your Body Language Speaking More Than You in an Interview?

If you aren’t a little nervous on entering a job interview then it might be worth questioning how much you really want it. Nerves show that the opportunity means a lot to you and that you want to get it right, something many employers will be fully aware of (however much they let you squirm). But it’s still important to make sure these nerves don’t conceal the true passion you have for the job - or worse, distract from it. Niklas Vaittinen, Marketing Executive at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau agrees and tells us “your interviewer(s) have probably interviewed a great number of applicants during their career and have learnt to pick up on body movements that you might make subconsciously.” It’s not only your mouth that does the talking; your body language will speak volumes before you’ve even had the chance to sit down. So, whilst you’re focusing hard on how your words are being perceived, be careful what else is being communicated. SMILE -  No matter what the job, however worried Continue Reading

5 Items Creative Professionals Should Always Bring to Job Interviews

You know you’re meant to be a creative professional and that you can do much to improve any company’s marketing image. However, before being selected for your ideal job, you must first sell your abilities to potential employers. The following are five things you should always bring to interviews if you want to land your dream job. An Organized Portfolio As a creative professional, your portfolio will typically be the main selling factor in job interviews. A portfolio should be well-rounded and should display the best projects you’ve completed for previous employers. By assembling an organized and top-notch portfolio, you’ll grab the interviewer’s attention from the interview’s start. Don’t have any previous work to fill a portfolio? If you’re interviewing for an entry level job directly out of college, employers will understand that your portfolio may be a little slim. However, school projects and even work you created for fun can show your abilities and will be more Continue Reading

The Job Interview: Confident and Competent? Or Cocky and Unbearable?

Some people head into job interviews with lowered heads, sweaty palms, and flinching facial expressions, hoping only that they’ll survive the moment without screwing up. They mumble their way through a series of simple questions and scramble out the door when they’re mercifully dismissed. There’s a lot at stake, after all, and there’s no question that job interviews can be a terrifying experience. For some people. But not for you. Fortunately, you’re not burdened with this problem. You don’t need to psych yourself up with a pre-interview men’s-room-mirror pep talk because you woke up ready. You were born ready. No job interview can scare you. This is partly because everywhere you go, you bring your own soundtrack (the theme from Rocky, and partly because you’re pretty certain (make that 100 percent certain) that none of the other applicants for this job are as qualified, smart, handsome, charming, and amazing as you are. In short: You aren’t worried. Your confidence radiates, and Continue Reading

10 Questions to Ask at an Interview

A job interview can be a scary and daunting process at times. This can be especially true if you are someone who is not experienced in interviewing. One of the absolute best ways of going into an interview feeling more prepared is to have some questions to ask during the interview. Oftentimes, many employers will also expect for you to ask a few questions during the interview, it is something that will show you have done a bit of research and are engaged in the process. Not to mention, keep in mind that when you go into an interview, not only is the company looking at you, but you should also be looking at the company. So, you should have some questions as to settle any thoughts you might have about how the process at the organisation works, or if the culture is something that will work for you. First, you will want to ask questions that are directed at the role itself. Having a conversation about the position with the interviewer will really be able to give you a grate Continue Reading

All About Interviews

With so many people looking for work at the moment, and people reporting record numbers of people applying for each job, it's never been so challenging to find employment. Just getting called to interview is an achievement. Of course, getting called to interview can be just the start of a long recruitment process, but also, unlike with a CV which is always open to interpretation, an interview is your chance to shine: Nerves The first thing you have to control is your nerves, so make sure that you make life as easy as possible. Find the location early - you don't want to be rushing - and then take a walk to explore the local area. Aside from giving you something to do which isn't thinking about the interview, it'll give you some quick and easy small talk with your interviewers. Preparation First of all, make sure that you research your prospective employer thoroughly knowing who they are and what they do inside out. If you know who's going to interview you, have a look for Continue Reading

How to Display Your Emotional Intelligence in an Interview

You have an impressive resume, a wealth of relevant work experience, and glowing recommendations from numerous sources. Given this impressive background, you’ve made it to an interview with the hiring manager. But despite your professionalism and well-prepared skills, you’re unable to make it through the process. This is an all-too-common situation faced by many job seekers who have the qualifications, but seem to be missing that extra spark that makes them stand out. There are a number of reasons why the candidate fails to make an emotional connection with the interviewer. Perhaps it’s because of personality or awkwardness that’s built up in the conversation. But one of the most common culprits in this scenario is the lack of emotional intelligence. More and more hiring managers are looking for indicators of high emotional intelligence, as it is seen as crucial to a business’s success. If you are looking to make a favorable impression in an interview, here are some tips to help you Continue Reading

What Not to Wear on a Job Interview

If you have an interview for a job that you really want to get, then I suggest you will be very careful with the way that you'll dress. This is because companies care a lot about how their probably future employees present themselves as aspirants for the job, because it will tell them a lot of things about their commitment to helping the company grow and their efforts into making that happen as soon as possible. So what are the things you should keep in mind when going to a job interview? The basics Being too casual is a big mistake when going for an interview, especially at an important corporation. It doesn't matter if you will interview for a company with a business casual dress code, you need to keep in mind that you are looking for a job and don't have one yet. If you want to get hired at a bank or maybe a law firm, then you should adopt the formal clothing style, meaning a dark suit. Regardless if you are a man or woman, this will be adequate. For a more relaxed look, Continue Reading

Setting Up the Perfect Informational Interview

Whether you have freshly graduated, or if you are re-entering the job market, you don’t have to wait until you see an employee listing to introduce yourself. Many people aren’t aware that you can request an informational interview, or where you even start the process. Interestingly though, a large percentage of individuals who go out of their way to market themselves and make contacts are hired quite quickly. Sometimes the company doesn’t even have an opening, they are just so impressed by the person that they don’t want to lose them to the competition either. Develop Your List You don’t want to set up informational interviews with just random companies. They should be hand-selected after you have gone through the company’s entire profile. If you get offered a position with a company you are not crazy over, you may lose your chance at a career you will love or that you are better suited for. Choose your contacts wisely. Also, keep in mind that sometimes, competing companies are Continue Reading

How Not to Be Discouraged by Failed Interviews

Receiving a rejection letter after what you thought was a great job interview can be discouraging. Even more disheartening is leaving a job interview knowing you failed to provide top notch answers. While not landing a job you really wanted can be disheartening, there are ways to avoid the discouragement and to find the drive needed to continue the job search. The following are a few methods to try. Assess Your Mistakes After each job interview, good or bad, review your mistakes. While reliving any awkward answers you gave can be difficult, this review process is essential for avoiding the same mistakes in future interviews. When reviewing your mistakes, consider what you would do differently if given another chance. These changes can then be implemented in future interviews. Also, consider how you presented yourself during the interview. Review the clothing you wore, the condition of your portfolio or resume and any other factors that may have contributed to the rejection. Continue Reading

Make-Up Tips for a Job Interview

In today's tough economy, jobs can be difficult to find. Therefore, it is important that you make a great first impression in the interview. One way to make sure that you make a great first impression is to wear natural looking make-up that fits the job you are applying for in the interview. Here are some make-up tips to take into consideration for making a great first impression. Foundation Start with a base of foundation that matches your natural skin color. The foundation needs to be blended well. If it isn't blended well, you will have an unsightly line where the make-up ends on your jaw line. For a polished professional look that says you pay attention to small details, blend this line, so it isn't visible. Also, remember that a lot of people sweat during the interview process because they are nervous. Applying minimal foundation may be the best way to ensure your make-up doesn't run in case you sweat too. Loose Powder To set the look of the foundation, apply a loose Continue Reading

Interviewing an Interviewer: The Importance of Comparisons in Job Searches

Sweaty palms and underarms, racing heart, dry mouth – these are the ailments of a typical job interviewee. When it comes to interviews, most potential employees are concerned only about impressing their interviewer, desperate to be offered employment. However, in their race to be the chosen applicant, many interviewees overlook the importance of comparing the potential workplace against any ideals they have for a career. This is unfortunate because, if selected for the job, a new employee may very well realize the new workplace environment is less than ideal. This results in an employee struggling to make the most of a new job and an employer wondering why the latest hire isn’t living up their initial expectations. If you’re currently applying for jobs, keep in mind the importance of interviewing your interviewers. While you may be desperate to find a new job and get out of your current workplace, the situation likely won’t improve with the new employer unless you’ve assessed Continue Reading

How to Enjoy The Interview!

Enjoy an interview? Surely not! I used to hate interviews; I would break out in a cold sweat at the thought of one and imagine all kinds of worst case scenarios. Luckily none of these scenarios have happened to me and somewhere along the line I began to like interviews and dare I say it, even enjoy them! Here are some of the things I have discovered along that have helped me to enjoy interviews: Be Comfortable Do everything that you can to be comfortable during the interview. Have a good nights sleep; make sure you are not hungry when you go in to the interview and prepare what you need to take with you. Dress appropriately and smartly but make sure you are comfortable with what you are wearing. Don’t try to be something you’re not as you are likely to end up feeling uncomfortable. Be Present Engage with the interviewers and remember that they may also be nervous too (I have picked up on this in quite a few interviews I have gone for). Interviewing can be tough. An Continue Reading

How to Survive Being an Adult Intern

In recent years the business world has seen a rise in the phenomena of the adult internship. This is probably not surprising with the economy crashing, adding to the amount of people who have already discarded the idea that a job is for life. Internships are becoming an increasingly popular option as a way to break into a new career, as it offers actual work experience, a way to get yourself noticed, and even more importantly, a way to make sure that the new industry is going to suit you. Yet for many the idea of going back to being an intern is enough to make the stomach squirm. I mean, how does your ego survive being the oldest intern on the block?  But before we get to that, how do you even secure the job when your competition is super knowledgeable, keen bean interns who don’t even look old enough to vote? Well if you have these questions, this two-part post is for you. Part one - How to get through the interview. Applying and being interviewed for a job that Continue Reading

Stay Dry at an Interview. Win Prizes. Love Thy Pits.

Aside from a first date or your wedding day, nothing makes you sweat like a job interview.  With only one chance to impress and leave your current job behind, the pressure is on!  Between your pre-interview research, questions designed to trip you up, and wondering whether or not you're making enough eye contact, you have a enough to worry about. Our friends at Mitchum want to introduce you to their brand spankin' new Advanced Control™ stick/solid antiperspirant and deodorant.  The perfect addition to your interview toolbox. Providing 48 hours of protection for men and women, protection is guaranteed, even if the interview goes into overtime. Mitchum Advanced Control™ combines the highest level of active ingredient available in the marketplace. That means when you perspire, fragrance technology kicks in, creating an aromatic burst that is sure to dance around the nostrils of the employer. And since it goes on clear, there are no worries about staining that Continue Reading

The Perfect Power Posture for the Job Interview

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.   In a job interview, body language is worth an entire feature-length film -- especially a power posture. According to research by L. Huang and associates, of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and published in Psychological Science,  your posture speaks volumes about whether you are a take-charge, in-control person--or a “yes” man or woman. This research validates what I have been teaching for many years in my executive presentation and media training programs:  how you sit or stand produces behavioral changes in you and the people around you. For example, if you take up a lot of space when you sit, messages are sent to your brain that make you feel more powerful.  Subsequently, those around you also perceive you to be more authoritative and powerful. But body posture alone isn’t the only thing that can help (or hurt) you in a job interview.  Here are some body language tips to help you non-verbally ace Continue Reading

17 Tips to Ace Your Next Phone Interview

It’s easy to understate the importance of a phone interview, dismissing it as merely the first step in the long job-search process. In reality, a seemingly cursory phone interview is actually the most important step, because without success, the next steps never happen.Follow these phone interview tips and make it your business to secure a face-to-face meeting:1. Print it out. Have a physical copy of your resume and the job description in front of you during the call. Type up a bulleted list of items you want to cover during the conversation. As each one gets satisfied, cross it off the list. Printouts are necessary in case your Internet access fails.2. Have Web access. It’s always best to give your full concentration to the interview, listening and answering questions diligently. However, also take advantage of the fact that the interviewer can’t see you. Open up the company’s website in your browser and have another window open to the search engine of your Continue Reading

10 Things You Shouldn’t Bring to an Interview

Andrew’s recent post (“12 Things to Bring to an Interview”), which contained very useful suggestions, made me think about the opposite - how far interviewing protocol has strayed in the last few years from the “normal” format and dynamic.Of course there are also the wardrobe malfunctions and stupid responses. A colleague once had a candidate arrive in flip-flops and shorts. When asked about time management skills, she shared, “Wow, I’m not so good in that area – I sometimes play games for 6-10 hours a day!” Nice.Dress code aside, in case you aren’t sure, here are some items to NOT bring with you on an interview:1.      Your mother – Even if she is an ace at the collective bargaining table, bringing Mom along in case you have to negotiate salary is not cool.2.      Food – Even if you offer to share with the interviewer, don’t even bring a “light Continue Reading

Nailing Your Job Interview: The Do’s and Don’ts

For any graduate entering or individual returning to the job market, it can be a scary situation. On one end, millions of people have lost their jobs during the most recent economic downturn. According to an article released by the Huffington Post, the unemployment rate is still at a staggering 9 percent and is expected to remain around this figure until 2016 or at least until growth is able to reach demand. As for recent graduates from top online colleges, shifting from an education environment to the workforce can be a touch transition. Regardless of your situation, it's really hard to get your foot in the door and if you're lucky enough to get an interview for the job you want then the last thing you want to do is blow it once you get there. Here's a list of some of the biggest dos and don'ts for your next job interview. DO'S Being prepared: Much of the approaches to being prepared are common sense things that you should already know like: arrive early but not too early. Continue Reading

The Worst Interview Blunders

I’ve worked in recruitment. It’s a job where you have to learn to read people, to pick up hints that they maybe exaggerating a skills set, that they might lack commitment, or, that underneath the polished veneer of their interview performance, they may not actually be all that competent. Some people are considerably better at interviewing for jobs than they are at doing them. They make life for people like me a little bit tricky. Luckily, some people make it really easy. Here’s a round up of three of the most unbelievable interview horror stories that people have shared with me over the years.  Purchase the Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers Would you mind leaving… I’ve heard a few stories similar to this one, but none quite so bad on a scale of sheer rudeness. Someone I know was holding a round of what’s known as ‘walk in interviews’ (where candidates aren’t screened before hand). Now you may automatically assume that this might mean your dealing with a slightly lower Continue Reading

How to Stay Relaxed During a Job Interview

Whether you’re an interview virgin or have simply been “interview celibate” for awhile, that first interview in a new job search can be stressful. From the sweaty palms to the rambling stories to the nervous laughter, it takes a great amount of self-discipline to harness your energy when trying to impress an employer. And since it’s something we don’t get to do regularly, it’s easy to find yourself out of practice when you’re hunting for a job.By now you’ve researched the company, picked out a winning outfit, and are planning to arrive 15 minutes early. Good thinking! But how will you stay calm during the interview?Keep the following tips in mind during your next job interview, and your skills, experience, and personality will do the talking.Read the rest of my post at U.S. News and World Report. Continue Reading

3 Critical! Imperative! Important! Job Interview Reminders

Job interviews can be stressful experiences, but they definitely don’t have to be. If you’re well prepared then the interview process can actually be really fun and exciting, especially when you realize you’re winning them over. In this article we’ll cover three great job interview tips which will help you land a job. 1. Pay attention to your non-verbal messages.Punctuality, Presentation, Posture. These are the primary non-verbal signals that your interviewer will use to build their overall impression of you. It’s important to show prospective employers your calmness, confidence, and dependability. Arrive on time for your interview. By on time, I mean 15 minutes early. Be sure to factor in conditions that may slow you on your trip. If you know you’re facing a long and hot walk to the interview location, then try and find an air conditioned café outside to cool off at. The 15 minutes wait in the reception of the business is not the place to Continue Reading

What to Say When the Interviewer Asks How Much You Make

During the interview process, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll be asked about your salary requirements. Along with that question, a hiring manager or human resources employee might casually ask, “How much do you make now?”Employers want to know what you earn now or what you’ve earned in the past for one reason: so they can hire you for the lowest possible salary. If you answer truthfully, you could be looking at a minimal increase from your last job. But if you lie, you could cost yourself the opportunity.Here are a few honest ways to tackle the question:1. Tell the truth.Be honest about what you make, but also say how much money you’d require to accept the new position. If your salary request is light years away from your current earnings, explain why you’re underpaid in your current job—maybe your company has financial problems, for example—and why you deserve more in your next position. Gaining experience or education Continue Reading

The “Odd” Interview Question You NEED to Ask!

We spend around 25% of our time at work.  For those of us with an office job, that's a helluva a lot of time breathing recycled air and baking under fluorescent lights.When looking for a place to live, we tend to check out several places before choosing one.  It's a rare occasion when someone agrees to live somewhere without seeing the lay of the land first.  Depending on our degree of thinking (or over thinking), we might even come up with a list of pros/cons on why one home is better than another. My point is that analysis is required.  However, when it comes to work - a place where we spend more time than at home - we often never ask to see where we will be placed, and that could be a big factor in employee happiness and employee performance.If a job meets our salary/benefits requirements, we sign up, and don't see our workspace until day number one.  Well, I believe that's a mistake. A biggie!In no way am I suggesting that it should be THE factor, but it Continue Reading

Tips to Boost Your Confidence While Interviewing

I haven’t been on any interviews lately, but I was in a situation recently that required me to have confidence to the 10th power. It was a scary, intimidating, first-time-ever event that I dreaded for weeks. I realized that although I had no control over the circumstances, I had choices about how I approached it and how I responded.Job interviews don’t rattle me too much. I’m fairly confident about my skills, experience and how I present myself. But I know many people find interviewing very nerve-wracking. In my experience and the experts will tell you that one of the best approaches is to BE PREPARED. (That good old Girl Scout stuff pays off again.)An interview is definitely not one of those occasions where you get points for just showing up. So what are some key components of preparedness for interviewing?·         Research the organization. Duh. This might seem obvious, but there are many facets to it. Looking at the Continue Reading