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. [TWEET]

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

Why your job search isn’t successful

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 10, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

We’ve isolated five common job-search problems and are giving you the solutions.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre you stuck in a job-search rut? You might be making one of these classic mistakes. Read on to learn some of the most common job-search errors, and what you can do to get your job hunt back on track before the New Year.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search, Resume & Cover Letters

How to interview like a politician

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 05, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Take a cue from the political pros to nail your next job interview. 

PoliticianElection Day is here! Today in the United States, folks will cast ballots for the general election of their public officials. No doubt your television has been bombarded with guest appearances, live debates, and commercials showcasing your local candidates for weeks.

When you think about it, running for office is similar to conducting a job search. Just as a politician must convince his or her constituents of his qualifications for office, as a job seeker you must convince the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. Take a cue from the political pros to nail your next job interview with these three tips.  

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Interview questions you should never answer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 18, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

Know your rights so you’re never caught off-guard during an interview.
 
Question_MarkThere are certain questions that are off-limits during an interview. However, it’s not uncommon for an inexperienced interviewer to sneak in a question or two that are considered inappropriate or in some cases, against the law. As a job seeker, it’s important to not only prepare for the questions recruiters should ask you, but to also be ready to dodge questions that do not warrant an answer.
 
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You don’t have to answer any questions about your age other than stating that you’re over the age of 18. You are also not required to submit a photo ID (which has your date of birth on it) during the interview process. If asked, you can simply tell the interviewer that you’re concerned about identity theft and would prefer not to hand it over until it’s determined whether you’ll be joining their team.  Be conscious of how you answer the question “Are you at least 18 years of age?”  If you make a joke about your age, you are drawing negative attention to it.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Interview advice for new college grads

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 15, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Look polished and professional during the interview process with these five tips.

Interview_DeskI’ve written a number of job-search articles over the past few weeks specifically for our workforce newcomers. Each week we’ve tackled a step in the job-search process, from writing your resume to cleaning up your social media habits and applying to jobs.

From here, I want to delve into the world of interviewing. There’s so much to cover on this topic that I’ll be writing a few articles over the next several weeks offering both overarching advice and practical tips you can use right away. This installation covers five simple ways you can shine during the interview process.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, New to the Workforce