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Job Interview Tips and Questions

Job Interview tips and advise

No two interviews are exactly the same, but as a general guide these are the types of questions that could come up in a typical interview.

Why don’t you tell me about yourself?

This question is often an interview opener; it has the goal of seeing how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. The interviewer wants to see how con?dent you are, how articulate you are and what type of impression you make on people. The recruiter also wants to learn about the path of your career and to get a sense of what you think is important. Though many candidates find this question difficult to answer it gives you an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths.

Rather than asking “What do you want to know?” develop a confident answer to this question, practice it, and be able to deliver it on the spot.

The best response has two elements:

  1. A focus on what interests the interviewer, and
  2. Highlighting your most important accomplishments.

Begin with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to a successful interview is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for, sell what the buyer is buying. Tell a story that illustrates your best professional qualities. Stories are powerful and memorable. Think of the story like a 1-2 minute commercial that clearly demonstrates you are the best person for the job.

How long have you been with your current employer?

This is a test question looking for persistence; considerable job-hopping is a warning sign. High performers tend to stay in their jobs at least 3-5 years. Performers make course corrections, bring in additional resources, and, in general, learn how to build relationships – that’s why they are valued by prospective employers.

What is your greatest weakness?

A con?dent response demonstrates you have prepared for the question, have done some self-examination, and can admit responsibility and accept constructive feedback. Give a short honest answer that shows the weakness does not make you any less of a great candidate and that you are working on this weakness and tell the interviewer how.

Tell me about a situation where you did not get along with a superior.

All of us have had situations where we disagreed with a boss, and saying that we haven’t may cause the interviewer to question our integrity. No conflict can also send a message that we are not seasoned enough or haven’t been in situations that require us to deal with confrontation.

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3 Reasons Why Someone Less Qualified Got The Job

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It’s a soul-crushing feeling because we have all felt it. You probably have, too. You’re legitimately talented, knowledgeable, and hard-working— but you’re not getting called back. Meanwhile, your loudmouth Facebook friend who still manages to party Thursday-Sunday just nabbed a great position in your same field. What gives, universe?

The unfortunate truth is that talent, even when backed by experience, does not always win. There are three main reasons someone less qualified got the job.

1. Your resume doesn’t do you justice.

A recruiter has a limited amount of information to go on.So it’s up to you to communicate exactly what you want them to know through your cover letter, resume, and/or online presence.You have to show them that you’re great, in the most obvious way. And to do this, I recommend focusing on “punching up” and “paring down.”

“Punching up” is about starkly highlighting your strengths— really selling them with concrete language. For instance, you may currently be saying: “During my time at Company, Inc., I managed five accounts, doing my best to ensure that the projects moved forward in a timely manner and that the clients were satisfied with the result.”

But what you should be saying is:

“While with Company, Inc., I juggled five accounts, blasting through any administrative obstacles that threatened progress, facilitating clear conversation between the client and web development team, and maintaining highly cordial client relationships that ensured everyone always felt heard and taken care of.”

The second part, “paring down” is about cutting the fat; getting rid of anything that dilutes or distracts from your most impressive points.

Since it can be difficult to judge your own resume, you’d be well-advised to get outside help with this revision process— asking others to pick out the parts they find most impressive, so you can punch them up and pare down the parts that aren’t as electric.

2. You’re too forgettable.

Recruiters are gathering information on many people at a time. Likely, they’ve already read several resumes immediately before yours, and they’ll read more immediately after.

A job posting could easily gather a dozen people who meet its exact qualifications. And we bet you your competitors all claim to be “detail-oriented” and a “team player,” too.

All else being equal, memorability can be enough to climb to the top of the stack. How you stand out will depend on your industry. For instance, if you’re in PR, in place of a bland mission statement at the top of your resume, you could list some fun headlines a reporter could theoretically use to write about you for different audiences. If you’re an engineer, you could describe (and include a link to) a fantastical 3D model you created for fun.

3. A Google search raises red flags.

Finally, it very well could be that the recruiter just had a bad feeling about you. (Harsh, I know, but lets explain.)

It’s common practice to Google candidates, and quite frankly, the main reason is to sniff out bad vibes. Recruiters want to put a face to a name, see what you’re talking about, and filter out those people who strike them as irresponsible, incompetent, or unfriendly. Even a bad profile photo can be a red flag. And while a recruiter is unlikely to admit something like this has colored their opinion of you for the negative, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t.

As a preventative solution, we recommend testing your profile photos using a free online tool like PhotoFeeler, to be certain you’re being shown in your best light online.

By now, with all this talk of punching up resumes and optimizing online image, understand that landing a killer job is about crafting the most desirable image that you can. It may not be the definition of fair, but unfortunately recruiters are not mind readers and can only see as much “awesome” as you put in front of them.

All that said, we hope you’ll get out there and show the world how much better you really are than that jerk on Facebook!

 

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Why Your Experience & Education Won’t Get You Hired

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Almost everyone who gets an in-person interview is qualified ‘enough’. The rest is up to you. Are you the person they want to work with every day? Being average and simply getting your job done correctly is not enough in the corporate work environment.

A huge part of the job interview process is determining if you are a good fit for the company. This is based solely on your attitude, personality, work style, and work ethic. A company who wants to rise up to the next level needs employees who are present, excited, and passionate about their work.

No matter what education and past work experience you have, at best, you can only give approximately 77% of your true potential if you are not excited to be there doing your job. In the end, when a hiring decision needs to be made, most employers will choose an honest individual who shows presence, enthusiasm, and passion for the company and the job over hard skills and qualifications.

A go-getter – an individual, who consistently goes above and beyond, has a positive attitude, communicates well, and is flexible and inspiring. The employer wants to know that the individual hired truly will care about the job and the company and consistently and enthusiastically show it in how they operate at work.

Be open to this message. No matter how much education and relevant work experience you have, you really aren’t the best person or a shoo-in for any job unless you really want to do it and it authentically shows in your interviews. Employers want to see that you are going to excitedly give 150% to this job and company and you won’t spend your days complaining about it.

The truth is, if you are applying to jobs just so you can get paid, you likely won’t show up as the person they wish to hire. If you aren’t excited about the work you are applying to do, it’s time to re-evaluate the choices you are making in your life. When you are in the right interview for the right job it will show with a little effort on your part and you won’t have to try to ‘remember’ to bring those qualities with you.

 

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How to manage your job interviews and land your dream job

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It is so important to be conscious in your interviews, as the simplest mistakes can ensure you are not successful for that perfect role!!!

Here are some guidelines for you to assist in ensuring that your interview is a true success.

Be careful about how you portray your current company – It is important at all times to be professional. So if an interviewer asks you about your current company, do not go into the negatives of your current employee. It will reflect poorly on you, not on them. Rather steer the conversation in this direction: Talk to the reason why your would like to join the new company, and that you believe it to be a culture fit for the following reasons….

Research the company before your interview – In today’s world, it is so easy to do your research before you get to the meeting, you must know the details, read as much as you can, know the industry challenges, the trends, it is your chance to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that you are a valuable asset for their company. A suggestion: Learn about the products and formulate a plan in to demonstrate some new ideas or ask some pertinent questions.

Be aware and represent yourself with balance – The truth is that you know your career better than anyone else in the world. So you must be aware of not going over board. Ask questions about the prospective company, do not assume to know anything about the new company. You will insult your interviewer and will definitely not be called for a second interview. Try this: Ask specific questions to show your interest. Do not go over board.

Dress Appropriately – Many companies have a relaxed dress code as a culture. The rules of a new engagement in this regard is that you dress smart and classy. Dressing professionally is critical. A decision is made in the first 2 minutes of meeting a person as to their fit. Your check can be: Would my mother go to an interview in this?

Everyone is watching you as you arrive – Please know that from the moment you walk through the gate at your prospective employer, everyone is watching you and formulating their own opinion of you. Be kind, be warm, your behavior towards all the people you meet on the way into your interview, speaks volumes about you. Being abrupt and rude leaves a very bad taste. Be careful. Maybe: Write down names of people you met on the way in. Say thank you on your way out for making it a worthwhile and pleasant engagement. It will leave a lasting impression.

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Finding a job is just like finding a Husband or Wife

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One has to look at this differently in order to succeed. Being single is sometimes challenging, however it too can be loads of fun. This can definitely be compared to finding your perfect job. Let us show you some things that could catch the attention of your dream employer.

There must be an attraction – When you meet someone on a date or through friends, you know straight away if there is this magnetic pull between you. If this is missing, it is a definite NO. So too this attraction must exist between you and your new company. Here is a suggestion on how to get this critical step right, Be observant.When you go for that initial meeting, take stock of all the things around you and ask about them. People need to feel heard and love talking about themselves, remember the key on a date is to get this balance correct, so too in an interview.

You can be fussy – Being selective is a good thing, but do not over analyze. Also to not be too fussy. The key is to get the balance. Be selective and be open at the same time, otherwise you waste a lot of time for yourself and others.

Remember Looks are not everything – Do you remember when you were in high school, you thought the girls only liked the Rugby boys. How wrong were you? That stereo type is not appealing for all girls. The same principle applies when looking for a job. Not all companies will be right for you. Remember culture fit is 80% of your fit to a company. You are going to spend a lot of time at work, so ensure that the environment is one that you resonate with.

Work towards the next date – When you have first date, you always want to know that the other person wants to see you again and visa versa. The same applies for your job process. You  need to convince your would-be employer that you are the right person for the role. After your initial meeting send a Thank you mail. This ensures they know you have good manners, but also they have your correct contact details. Thank you notes keep your conversation alive and gives the prospect employer a chance to ask anything that they may have forgotten when they met you.

Take your time – When you are a first date you would never commit to a long term relationship there and then. There is too much you don’t know about the person sitting opposite you, so take your time engage more, see each other again. This applies in your career too.

One needs to be consider and be prepared in this process, then success will follow.

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