It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 09, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ask these questions in your next job interview and watch the hiring manager's face light up.

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview.

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about.  It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not.

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed.  It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Topics: Interviewing, Marc's Newsletter

9 signs you didn’t land the job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 27, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

How to know when you won’t be getting a call-back after the job interview.

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You spent hours crafting your cover letter and tweaking your resume for the job application. You pass the phone screen with flying colors and are invited to interview in-person with the team. You practice your elevator pitch, don your best interview outfit, and head out to the meeting. Then you leave the interview feeling … confused.

Did it go well? If you’re unsure where you stand after the interview is over, consider these telltale signs that you didn’t land the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Lose the 'frump factor,' win the job

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 19, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

The right look can increase your confidence, show your personal style and make a lasting first impression.

By Joyann King

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In a perfect world, we would all be judged on our inner beauty and the most qualified candidate would always get the gig. Unfortunately style, charisma, connections and the proverbial cool factor all play an influential role when considering job candidates. If you haven’t thought about your look since the ‘80s (or even within several years), chances are your go-to-interview look could use an update. You don’t want to dress too young for your age, but who doesn’t want to appear 10 years younger?

It’s true you spend hours revamping your resume, researching the company and practicing your selling points, but if your outward appearance does not reflect your energy and enthusiasm about the position, chances are someone else’s will. The right outfit can increase your confidence and make a lasting first impression.

The word “fashion” can be intimidating, but what you are really trying to do is update your personal style, not look like a runway model. If you like classic cuts and play-it-safe solids, then stick to what you are comfortable with; just focus on finding a modern cut and a flawless fit. Have a penchant for flair? Try wearing interesting shapes and statement accessories.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

How to answer the ‘Tell me about yourself’ interview question

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 01, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Don’t be afraid of this question; instead use it as an opportunity to position yourself for success.

By Lee E. Miller

Interview_SkippyWhen I was a human resources executive doing hiring interviews, I almost always began my interviews with candidates by requesting, “Tell me about yourself.” I did that for a number of reasons, the most important of which was to see how the candidates handled themselves in an unstructured situation.

I wanted to see how articulate they were, how confident they were and generally what type of impression they would make on the people with whom they came into contact on the job.

I also wanted to get a sense of what they thought was important.

Most candidates find this question to be a particularly difficult one to answer. That is a misplaced view. This question offers an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths. Be prepared to deal with it. These days, it’s unavoidable. Like me, most interviewers start off their interviews with this question. A lot of interviewers open with it as an icebreaker or because they're still getting organized, but they all use it to get a sense of whom you are.

Topics: Interviewing

The most important two minutes of your job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

You only get one first impression. Make it count with these job-search tips.

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This Saturday marks the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby; the “fastest two minutes in sports.” On that day, approximately twenty Thoroughbreds will race down one and a quarter miles of track at Churchill Downs, each competing for a piece of the multi-million dollar purse and a chance to be draped in a blanket of roses at the winner’s circle.

When a race is so short, every second counts. The smallest slipup out of the gates can destroy your chances of victory. The same can be said of the interview process. While an interview will certainly last longer than two minutes, the first few minutes of an interview can set the tone for the entire meeting. As Will Rogers once said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” [Tweet this]

With that in mind, here are some job-search tips to ensure your interview begins on the right foot.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

10 questions to ask a recruiter (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Guest Contributor

April 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Are you so flattered when a recruiter rings you that you forget to ask them critical questions? Take this quiz to see if you’re covering your bases.

By Andrea Sobel

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Every once in a while, the phone rings, and it’s a recruiter on the other end. While you might not be interested in what he is offering, you have to admit that it’s flattering to get the call. (“Someone thinks I might be right for a job!”)

Once you get past the initial compliment, though, you have to get down to the serious business of determining if you are interested. The recruiter wants to know about you, but before you turn over your resume, there are things you should know about him.

Here are 10 questions to ask a recruiter and one question to avoid. See if you can figure out which is which. (Answer at bottom.)

Topics: Interviewing, Working with Recruiters

Are you answering these job interview questions incorrectly?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 25, 2014 @ 07:20 PM

Learn the right way to answer these difficult – and essential – job interview questions. 

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The very first thing to do after a company or recruiter has contacted you to schedule an interview: Congratulate yourself!

In a field crowded with highly qualified candidates, it’s no small compliment to learn you’ve set yourself apart from hundreds of candidates. Your resume, online and offline brand, and all the networking efforts you’ve made have stood out to this employer, and that’s cause for pride.

Now, get ready for your close-up. Interviews can be multi-part affairs and take place in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: to gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. That means preparation is key. Be prepared to answer these common interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

How to handle weather disruptions in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 21, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Use these tips to ‘weather the storm’ when one literally blows through your job search.

650x366_01210812_hd25If you live in the mid-Atlantic region or are traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are good that the latest snowstorm is impacting your plans. Use the tips below to handle the inclement weather’s disruptions without missing a beat in your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search

You probably haven’t prepared for this type of interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 21, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Apply these tips to perfect your scheduled – or unexpected – phone and video interviews.

Virtual_Interview_SkippyYou’ve prepared all week for that interview tomorrow, but Mother Nature may have other plans. Would you know what to do if the hiring manager changes your appointment to a virtual interview due to a snowstorm or flash flood? Whether inclement weather is wreaking havoc on your interview appointments or you want to relocate for work, it’s important to master the art of the virtual interview. Here are three tips to help you ace your next phone or video job interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

How to stop references from costing you the job

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

January 13, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

Don't let the wrong referral sabotage a job opportunity.

Speak_No_Evil_Mouth_CoveredMany job seekers underestimate the power of references and referrals in the hiring process. Who you know -- and what they have to say about you -- can be the difference between landing your dream job and being shut out.

Companies are openly embracing referred candidates now more than ever to save on costs and time. According to the 10th Annual CareerXroads Source of Hire Report, nearly 65 percent of all job openings are filled through internal movement and referrals, with referrals as the No. 1 source of external hire.

To harness the hiring power of your contacts, you must understand the difference between how to build up your references and referrals. Here’s how to first grow your network of referrals:

Topics: Interviewing