How to Not to Fumble the Interview
by Norine Dagliano - Oct, 2011
Sometimes job seekers do the strangest things. Take the interview, for example. As with football, sometimes things can go badly in a split second and put you out of the game. Some of the common reasons interviewers reject candidates are things that are totally within the job seeker’s control. Naturally, I can reference a dating experience to illustrate many of these: Showed up late: Getting lost or not planning enough t...
How to Answer Uncomfortable Interview Questions
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
Some questions about former supervisors, reasons for leaving a job or wages can potentially cause discomfort and anxiety in job interviews. Successful job seekers prepare to answer uncomfortable interview questions when they arise. A job seeker who anticipates uncomfortable interview questions can prepare answers ahead of time. Not to the extent that they have robotic answers, but at least where they have well thought out ...
5 Ways to Make Your Executive Thank-You Letter Count
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2011
Networking skills are of extreme importance when functioning at any spot on the corporate ladder, but as an executive you have even more work to do. As you know, a part of networking is communicating after you’ve completed the interviewing process. This can easily be accomplished by sending out a thank-you letter. Thank-you letters show just how much you appreciated the opportunity to apply. But not only that, they also ...
What to Eat Before an Interview
by Miriam Salpeter - Sep, 2011
No detail is too small when you're job hunting. You don't want to wait until the last minute to decide what you'll wear to an interview, or what you'll say when they ask, "Why should we hire you?" You want to bring your "A game" to every conversation. Knowing what to eat for peak performance may be as important before a big meeting as it is when training for a marathon. Athletes know how to load up on all the right foods an...
3 Ways to Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence in a Job Interview
by Marcia Robinson - Sep, 2011
Emotional Intelligence is defined as a person's ability to identify, assess and control emotions of themselves, others and groups of people. In today's highly stressed work environments where people are impacted by recession woes, you can see why employers might be interested in hiring and promoting people who appear to demonstrate higher levels of Emotional Intelligence. A recent Career Builder survey of 2600 employers sh...
Conquering a phone interview
by Valerie Sokolosky - Aug, 2011
A terrifying pause, a screaming child, a continuous beeping from the other line. There seem to be so many ways that a phone interview can go wrong. But they’re unavoidable these days. Employers use them to weed through applicants and select potential hires for in-person interviews. I think that there is a way to do phone interviews well. It requires preparation and focus, but it’s possible. 1) Isolate yourself. Clear the ro...
Tips for Branding Yourself in an Interview
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Aug, 2011
Your personal brand is an essential component in helping you stand out in any aspect of your job search. Defining yourself as a professional is just as crucial in your resume and cover letter as it is in your interview. But how can you go about branding yourself in your interview? Here are some tips that, with a little practice and a lot of confidence, could help you share your personal brand in a way that will make you u...
Important Questions to Ask at Your Interview
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
What do interviewers want? That seems to be the question on the minds of job hunters everywhere. You might have made it into an interview, only to realize that your competition is every bit as qualified, and that employers are being selective. If your job search continues to lag behind your expectations, here’s a key idea to take into your next meeting with employers: The interview questions you ASK are just as just as ...
Are you positive about your job search?
by Dawn Bugni - Jul, 2011
You’ve set up metrics to track resume send-out-versus-response ratios. You’re so engaged with your network, you know who you spoke with, when, the topic of conversation and have scheduled a date and time for the next contact. You set up social media profiles across the web making you Google-able. You online presence is pristine. You engaged a career professional to make sure your resume and other career documents properly posi...
Remember Your Manners :)
by Jan Melnik - Jul, 2011
Don’t forget to say “thank you.” It matters more than you may think - especially in job search. According to a brief in the June 2, 2011, issue of Human Resource Executive, “More than one in five (22%) of 2,878 hiring managers surveyed say they are less likely to hire a candidate if he or she fails to send a thank-you note after an interview.” (Data source: CareerBuilder.com, Chicago) Mom was right. Courtesy does make a ...
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