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Delivering An Effective Presentation in an Interview
Fri, Apr 14 2017 02:35 | Networking and Interviewing
Many job seekers are asked to make a presentation as a part of their interview process. - If they deliver an effective presentation to the interview team, they’ll likely move on to the next step of the interview process. - If they deliver a great presentation they may find themselves being made an offer for the coveted position.Making a presentation is a fairly standard part
What Do You Do When You Come In Second?
Mon, Jun 1 2015 10:39 | Networking and Interviewing
Didn't get the job? Came in second? What can you do? Follow-up It has happened to all of us! You found a position you really like. It feels like a great fit, and you know you have what it takes to not only do the job . . . but to do a great job. So, you went after it, gave it all you've got, and earned the opportunity to interview.
The Holidays Are Here - So Change Your Search Strategy
Fri, Dec 12 2014 05:40 | Networking and Interviewing
The holidays are here, but don't stop your job search. Just change it!The holidays are in full swing and that puts a different twist on your job search. It is true that the holidays are a hectic time of year. And that puts extra challenges on your job search. It seems that . . . . - no one will take your calls - you don't hear back from
Face Your Fear and NETWORK!
Mon, Oct 27 2014 11:15 | Networking and Interviewing
"Networking: Do I have to?" asks the reluctant job seeker. Yes you do if you want to find a better job quicker!If you dread the idea of going up to strangers whose paths you cross and striking up a conversation, you are far from alone. Many, if not most folks - if the truth were told - dread the idea. They’d rather have a root canal.However, the truth is
Interviewing: The Most Frequently Asked Interview Question
Sun, Sep 28 2014 05:17 | Networking and Interviewing
Tell me about yourself!And so the interview begins. The interviewer asks this "ice breaker" question as much to start a conversation as to actually learn about the candidate sitting in front of him or her.The question: "So why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” is generally considered the most frequently asked interview question. Not a particularly good question by a long shot,
Interviewing: What's Your Greatest Strength?
Fri, Sep 26 2014 07:06 | Networking and Interviewing
"What's your greatest strength?" asks the interviewer. "Well, mmmm. . . , I would say I'm . . . un . . . ." stumbles the interviewee.A missed opportunity to succinctly and reasonably tell your interviewer a couple of your key attributes that make you stand out from the crowd and why hiring you would be a good thing!"What's your greatest strength?"This frequently asked
Interviewing: What's Your Biggest Weakness?
Tue, Aug 26 2014 11:43 | Networking and Interviewing
"What's your biggest weakness?" asks the interviewer. "Well, um, I guess it would be . . . ." stumbles the interviewee.And, the rest, as they say, is history. A history of missed opportunities due to lack of a credible and reasonable response to one of the most frequently asked interview questions: What's your biggest weakness?"What's your biggest weakness?"A lot
Networking is a 2-Way Street
Thu, Aug 14 2014 11:52 | Networking and Interviewing
Networking is a 2-Way Street!Question: What is one of the most common mistakes job seekers who are new to networking make? Answer: Not recognizing that networking is a give-and-take practice, i.e.., a 2-way street!Setting up 1-to-1 networking meetings to talk with people about your job search a smart thing to do! Talking with people in your network in order to seek information
What a Company Wants to Know - 6 Kinds of Interview Questions
Tue, Jul 22 2014 04:12 | Networking and Interviewing
Take a walk through the business careers section of any bookstore or library, and you will see lots of books on the subject of job search. And entire books devoted to interview questions – 1000's of interview questions with 1000's of answers. What's a job seeker to do? Memorize 1000s of answers to 1000s of questions. Or -- and it’s a much better
Nancy’s Nine Cardinal Rules of Interviewing
Tue, Jul 1 2014 04:29 | Networking and Interviewing
Hundreds and probably 1000's of rules, guidelines, and guides have been written about how to interview. these 9 Rules of Interviewing listed below can ruin your chance of getting the job!9 Rules to Stay in the Game!Some are helpful; some are less helpful, some are not. However, ignoring Rule # 1 Never answer a question you don’t understand.Rule # 2
Interviewers - 4 Factors Make Up the Hiring Decision
Sun, Jun 22 2014 10:39 | Networking and Interviewing
"I can't believe they didn't hire me! I was perfect for the job! "It happens all the time . . . . You apply for a position for which you meet every requirement. You even get an interview, maybe several, and then . . .
Interviewing 101 - A Short Course in What an Interview IS and ISN'T
Sun, Jun 22 2014 05:17 | Networking and Interviewing
Interviewing is an ART!Successful interviewing is an art - not a science. No one can give you a formula virtually guaranteed to provide a certain outcome. No one can predict exactly how an interview will go. No one can give you a fool-proof method for acing every interview. Why? There are too many factors outside of your control, not to mention controlling
Interviewing? First Impressions Count
Sat, Jun 7 2014 12:17 | Networking and Interviewing
A 1st impression . . . is a lasting impression . . . if not a last impression.It’s an old familiar saying, and an important concept for job seekers to really grasp.Why?Because . . . First impressions count. First impressions can make or break your prospects for getting hired.Pay attention to the "cover" you project!Don’t judge a book by its cover . . . we are told, But --. . . we
If You're Talking, . . . You're Interviewing
Wed, Jun 4 2014 10:59 | Networking and Interviewing
If you're talking, you're interviewing . . . when it comes to finding a job! So act accordingly.Treat every conversation, and the information you reveal, as if it could lead to an interview.It's an important concept to grasp if you want to be successful quicker in your search for a new position or new role. Keep the following 3 key precepts in mind as you talk with folks about your job search:Be
Follow-up Your Networking With a Thank You -- Here's How
Follow-up any networking meeting you have had with a heartfelt Thank You. Whether you are following up a phone call, an in-person meeting, or a really informative e-mail exchange, take the time to thank your contact.You may be following up with a member of your own network. Or, you may be following up a conversation you had with a person to whom you were referred, who, incidentally, now
Didn't Get the Job? Follow-up the Rejection With a Call
Sun, Oct 6 2013 06:52 | Networking and Interviewing
Follow-up is key to a successful job search. So follow-up a rejection with a fact-finding phone call -- yes, . . . even when you did not get the job!If you recently interviewed for and lost a job you really wanted, follow-up the rejection with a phone call. Choose a person to call with whom you felt a rapport. This could be a representative in Human Resources, the hiring manager,
Conduct Every Conversation as if You're Interviewing
Tue, Sep 24 2013 04:33 | Networking and Interviewing
Treat every conversation like it's an interview!Question: When does interviewing begin? Answer: Any time you open your mouth and begin talking -- if you are looking for a job!Many job seekers believe they are only interviewing when they are sitting across from a hiring manager or HR recruiters. Not true.When you are looking for a job, any time you talk
You Know More than 9 People! . . . or, Your Network is Wider than You Think
Wed, Sep 4 2013 02:31 | Networking and Interviewing
Your network is wider than you think. You know more than 9 people!When I sit down to begin work with a new client, one of the things we always discuss right up front is networking. This critical skill is at the core of finding new positions, since the majority of jobs come through networking. I ask clients to create a networking plan, which begins with them identifying
“What Happens When I Run Out of Network?”
Sun, May 12 2013 01:59 | Networking and Interviewing
“What if I run out of network? What do I do then?”Well, if you’re doing it right, you never do!There are a lot of things to worry about when you are looking for a job or a new or expanded role. But . . . happily . . . this is not one of them!Upon deciding to look for a new job, most job seekers begin to reach out to the people they know - their colleagues, friends, and
Referrals are Golden – Handle with Care
Sun, May 5 2013 01:39 | Networking and Interviewing
Referrals are golden . . .when it comes to your job search. So, treat then like the gold they are!A referral really can be golden. Referrals can open doors to company decision makers and organization influences that would not be opened any other way. So when a network contact hands you a referral, handle it with care!Being referred to a well connected and influential person can lead
Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 4: How to . . . Ask the 4 Target Questions
Sun, Apr 28 2013 04:29 | Networking and Interviewing
"Do you know of any job openings?" If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation. In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series discussed the importance of communication skills and strategy,
Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 3: How to . . . Active Listening Goes for the Gold
Sun, Apr 28 2013 06:53 | Networking and Interviewing
"Do you know of any job openings?" If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation. “Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation. In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Parts 1 and 2 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series discussed how to have a productive conversation by establishing
Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 2: How to . . . Listen More -- Talk Less
Tue, Apr 23 2013 07:01 | Networking and Interviewing
Do you know of any job openings? If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation. In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!”Part 1 of this 4-part Networking-HOW TO-series explained why! It also explained the make-up of a good 1-to-1
Avoid the #1 "Conversation-Killing" Networking Question - PART 1: How to . . .Set the Stage for a Good Conversation
Sun, Apr 14 2013 06:15 | Networking and Interviewing
Do you know of any job openings? If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.“Do you know of any job openings?” is an ill-advised way to open a networking conversation. In fact, it’s a “conversation killer!” Why can’t you ask this “conversation-killer” question? . . . Because if the answer is “No I don’t”,
Networking: Do I have to?
Mon, Apr 1 2013 08:28 | Networking and Interviewing
Do I have to? . . . . Yes you do if you want to find a better position in a shorter amount of time!If you dread the idea of going up to strangers whose paths you cross and striking up a conversation, you are far from alone. Many, if not most folks - if the truth were told - deplore the idea. They’d prefer a root canal!The"Hidden Market" However, the truth also to be told is
How To Work A Job Fair
Tue, Mar 26 2013 06:37 | Networking and Interviewing
Tips on How to Seize the Opportunities of a Job Fair"Do they have any jobs?" asks a job seeker upon hearing that there is going to be a Job Fair. "No, they don't have any openings at this time.""Then what is the point of going to the Job Fair?" ask a job seeker.What is the point indeed? There is a big point in attending a job fair and talking with companies even
The #1 Interview Question
Thu, Mar 21 2013 06:00 | Networking and Interviewing
The #1 Interview Question: Tell me about yourself!The interview is beginning. The interviewer looks across her desk and asks the interview "ice breaker" question to start the conversation. . . "Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” The interviewee stammers a little, hems and haws, clears his throat, and begins a monologue that goes on way, way
The # 1 Networking Question to Avoid. . . .
Mon, Mar 18 2013 07:34 | Networking and Interviewing
What is the Number 1 Question to Avoid when beginning a networking conversation? "Do you know of any job openings?"Why? If the answer is “NO,” it’ll be a short conversation.Instead of asking this conversation-killer, plan ahead. Plan to ask questions that draw your networking contact out. Ask questions
Networking Meetings Generate Interviews
Mon, Mar 11 2013 07:07 | Networking and Interviewing
Networking can lead to interviews. Getting comfortable with networking can generate the kind of meetings and conversations in which you uncover leads to your next position or to enhance the one you already have!Why networking? Through networking, you can often identify needs before they turn into openings, and openings before they are announced on the Open Market. With networking, you can
Networking in Small 1-to-1 Conversations: How Do I Do It?
Sun, Feb 17 2013 06:49 | Networking and Interviewing
Talking with people in your network in order to share information about you, as well as seek information and advice, is a time-tested technique for finding a new position or enhancing the one you’ve got! But why?It's a Smart Strategy!Because . . . as folks in your network of contacts learn about you, and the needs you can fill in an organization, they begin
Networking at Events and Large Meetings: How Do I Do It?
Fri, Oct 5 2012 07:05 | Networking and Interviewing
When groups gather, they present the opportunity to network. Savvy job seekers seek out such Networking uncovers opportunities!gatherings of professionals at meetings, networking meetings, and events and . . .network. There just might be a job in it for them!Large networking meetingsLarge networking meetings, or events, present job seekers opportunities to network. These meetings
Networking: What is it and . . . .Do I have to?
Fri, Sep 28 2012 08:33 | Networking and Interviewing
"I’m looking for a job.” “Good luck with that! It’s tough out there.”“Well, you found a job.” “Yeah, but it took a while.”“Well, I’m just beginning to look. I’m sending out my resume and answering a lot of ads.” “Well, you’ll have to do more than that. You’ll have to do some networking.”