Prospective employees prepare canned responses to the questions they think you’ll ask. Your goal should be to set up a discussion that reveals patterns in their behavior and predicts how they’ll fare in your company. Past behavior predicts future behavior, so make it your goal to collect some honest, thoughtful responses that will give you a better idea of how each candidate will actually perform. … [ Read more ]
Whether you’re in an interview or rewriting your resume, here are some suggestions for managing your professional image in a job search. They’re organized by the reasons you may not have been working, but the advice can be catered to different situations:
If you were laid off
Their objections: “There must have been something wrong with you at your previous job.”
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Before you enter the room, decide what three or four messages you want to convey to the interviewer. These should “show the connection between what you have achieved and what is really needed to succeed in the specific job and context,” says Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at Egon Zehnder International and the author of Great People Decisions. John Lees, a career strategist and author … [ Read more ]
When asked at the beginning of a job interview, the “tell me about yourself” question is certainly not a request for a brief personal biography! Your answer to the question definitely should be laser-focused on the specific task at hand: Getting the position for which you are applying! A three-part answer works best Parts One and Two can normally be used from interview to interview, … [ Read more ]
If you’re nervous about an upcoming job interview, Better Talking can help you practice and smooth out the bumps in your delivery.
Better Talking offers free automated phone interviews. You visit the web site, sign up with your name and email, and you’re given a phone number and a pin number. Call the number and you’ll be prompted with various questions like “What type … [ Read more ]
So the interview for your next great job is coming up and you’ve got answers for your strengths, weaknesses, and teamwork skills–but can you explain the 5-4-3 rule of computer networking? InterviewUp, a social website focused on industry-specific interview questions, could help you prepare for your time in the hot seat. No account is required to search, post or answer questions asked of candidates, but … [ Read more ]
In the Days Before the Interview
- Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left side, make a bulleted list of what the employer is looking for based on the job posting. On the right side, make a bulleted list of the qualities you possess that fit those requirements.
- Research the company, the industry and the competition.
- Prepare your 60-second personal statement—your answer
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Here are six must-ask questions and why you should know the answers.
- What happened to the person who previously did this job? (If a new position: How has this job been performed in the past?)
You need to know any problems or past history associated with this position. For instance, was your predecessor fired, or was he promoted? Is this a temporary position or
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According to Marky Stein, career coach and author of Fearless Interviewing: How to Win the Job by Communicating with Confidence, candidates should pick six skills that they have and want to pursue in their jobs, such as management, analysis, assembling, building, creating, directing. Then, write these “action verbs” each on an index card. On the other side of each card, write a few reminders of … [ Read more ]
Before you even think of heading off to a first-round interview–or mass-mailing your resume–you’d better do some detective work. Recruiters constantly stress the importance of doing adequate research before you start interviewing.
While there are no easy answers when it comes to the job search, recruiters say that one factor clearly distinguishes the best candidates from the also-rans: their knowledge of the company … [ Read more ]
Colleen Aylward, Web recruiter extraordinaire, has created all kinds of tactics to attract and to evaluate talent. And she’s heard just about every interview question ever asked. Here are 10 questions that she believes will always get you the information that you need.
- Take me through a time when you took a product or a project from start to launch.
- Describe the way that you work
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Behavioral interviewing is still the most popular approach to assessing a candidate’s worth. Essentially, the premise is that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. In my work as head of recruiting for a bank, consumer products company, and retail company, and in advising many recruiters while at Stanford, I have found these to be my favorite frequently asked questions across industries:
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