5 ways to look foolish in an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 01, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

Don’t let the joke be on you – properly prepare for each interview so you don’t look like a fool.

Speak_No_Evil_Mouth_CoveredHappy April Fools’ Day everyone! While April 1 is not considered a national holiday, it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

While it may be fun to be a prankster, you’ll find that many people do not enjoy being the butt of someone else’s jokes – especially in the workplace. This is especially true during the job search. The last thing you want to do is look foolish in front of an important networking contact or potential employer. Avoid these five mistakes that will leave you looking foolish in an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Stop the madness with the right job-search strategy

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 27, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Carefully prepare your job-search strategy and you’ll be one step closer to success. 

Stop the MadnessA survey conducted by TheLadders found that nearly 70% of its members considered their job search to be “top priority” right now. However, after carefully reviewing the survey responses, it became clear that not everyone is as prepared for the search as they need to be in today’s marketplace.

This got me thinking. For the last week or so, our office has seen a flurry of emails going back and forth about March Madness. Folks are standing around the water cooler (literally) discussing their picks for the NCAA basketball tournaments. In fact, I found dozens of articles online that explain different strategies for building a winning March Madness Bracket.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Networking, Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up, Job Goals

Why didn't I get the job?

Posted by Guest Contributor

March 26, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers.

By Ken Sundheim

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While there are hundreds of reasons why job interviews don't go as well as they could, some are more common than others. Though, contrary to popular belief, not all outcomes are the interviewer’s fault, nor are the outcomes always in the interviewer’s control. Here are ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers:

1. The interviewee has not done his or her research on the company

When the interviewee has not done his or her research on the company they are interviewing with, there is virtually no chance they will get the offer. Despite how much the company likes them as a person or how fitting their past experience is, showing a lack of knowledge regarding the company you’re interviewing with results in instant rejection.  

2. There is a disconnect in personalities between the interviewer and interviewee

It’s not uncommon for the personalities of the interviewer and interviewee to clash. While the most successful people learn how to get along with others, sometimes it simply doesn't work out.  

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search, Salary & Negotiation

Sweat the details of your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

When your job application is competing with many others, it’s the little things that count.

Grammar Day

Did you know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? The holiday was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic], to remind people to ‘speak well, write well, and help others do the same.”

In today’s saturated job market, it’s in your best interest to treat every day like grammar day. When your application is competing with hundreds of others, the smallest error can be used to eliminate you from the pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search, Personal Branding, Job Application & Follow Up

3 ways to kiss a job offer goodbye

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 27, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Don’t let a bad reference destroy your chances of landing the perfect job.

losing_jobPicture this: You submit your application for a job and actually get a call back. You prepare for the interview and ace not one, but two rounds! The employer tells you that you’re one of the final candidates, and then asks for your references. You scribble down some names and phone numbers on the sheet, already mentally preparing for salary negotiations. And then you never hear back.

That’s what happened to John Harrison* when he interviewed for a position at news station W-CTS* in 2012. One of John’s references, news anchor Nancy Kay*, is a friend of mine. She saw my article on choosing your references and called me with this story. According to Nancy, this is how the reference call went: 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Find your perfect match

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 13, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

If you’re looking for a job match ‘made in heaven,’ first investigate company culture.

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Happy Valentine's Day! All over the world, couples will express their affection in the form of cards and gifts, while many singletons will set out in search of that special someone. In dating and in the job search, it’s all about finding that perfect match. You’re looking for a partner who not only shares your values, but also brings out the best in you.  

It should be no surprise then, that cultural fit is a key factor in successful candidate placement. Recruiters often refer to an ‘80/20 rule’ of talent acquisition, meaning that only a fifth of their time is dedicated to evaluating a candidate’s skills, while the majority is spent determining if the candidate is the right fit for the team.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search

Job search fashion tips for bad weather

Posted by TheLadders

February 11, 2013 @ 10:57 AM

Don't let the weather ruin your interview - follow these fashion tips.

UmbrellaWhile many North Easterners were braving out the winter weather tucked away safely inside, some job seekers might not have been so lucky. Unfortunately, the job search doesn’t always come to a halt when bad weather strikes and trudging out into the elements becomes inevitable. Since looking your best is a crucial element to any successful interview, be sure to follow these simple fashion tips so the weather will not put a damper on your big day.

Preparation is key!

As with most aspects of the job search, preparation is essential when is come to an interview and this means checking the weather prior to selecting your interview outfit. Being unprepared and dressing inappropriately for the weather could lead to an untidy look. Once you know the weather, it is easy to plan you outfit and accessories.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

8 tips for giving thanks after an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 21, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Set yourself apart by sending an effective, value-add thank you message after each interview. 

Thank YouQ: I've been interviewing a lot but I'm not getting the position. Any suggestions?   - Lana W. of Cincinnati, OH

A: I know it’s hard to stay positive, but the fact that you’re landing interviews is a good sign! This means your resume and online presence are sending the right signals to recruiters and hiring managers. Now all you need to do is brush up on those interviewing skills and your follow-up approach. 

Preparation is key for a successful interview. Research the company’s business on their corporate website and through sites like Hoovers and Yahoo! Finance. Set up a Google News Alert in the days leading up to the interview to stay on top of relevant industry and company news. Additionally, learn as much as you can about the company culture by talking to contacts who’ve worked at the company and by going to sites like Glassdoor and Vault.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

How to pitch your value: Dissecting the elevator pitch

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 14, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Develop a strong elevator pitch that highlights your key skill sets, passions, and job goals.

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Q: How do you implement the correct pitch with the right words that describe me and my skills?  - Gregory R. 

A: When you think about it, an elevator pitch is just one of the many methods you’ll use to communicate your personal brand to a potential employer.

As a job seeker, you instantly become a sales and marketing professional. You are now in the business of marketing your skills and expertise to people connected to your target job. Your messaging needs to be consistent across all of your branding channels, your resumecover letter, and online profiles; what you say when networking; and how you respond to questions in an interview

By taking the time to go through this exercise and craft your pitch, you will be better prepared to communicate your value through every phase of the job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Networking, Personal Branding

How to respond to the question, “What are your salary requirements?”

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 23, 2012 @ 09:58 PM

Research the going rate for your target job now so you're prepared to answer salary requirement questions during the interview. 

Question_MarkQ: When asked about my salary requirements, I never know what to say. If I say a low figure, they have no reason to offer more money. If I give a figure that’s too high, they may disregard me as a candidate. What’s the right response? – Deb H.

A: The first rule of salary negotiation is to avoid discussing numbers until the company has extended an offer. This is when you have the most power to negotiate. But as any job seeker will tell you, this is no simple feat. Recruiters typically try to pull this information out of you as early as the initial phone screen, if they didn’t already request your salary requirements as part of the application process.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Salary & Negotiation