If your next interview begins with this opener, be happy! You have just been handed a precious gift: the opportunity to ensure that the interviewer hears what YOU want him to remember. Many candidates dread general or broad reaching questions, but I say... embrace them. This is your chance to tell your story: your concise, clear, compelling and memorable story. Almost any practiced candidate can respond well to questions about a specific topic or situation, but it is the rare job applicant...Read more
The Dreaded Interview Opener: Tell Me About Yourself
Mastering the Mechanics
It's September and interviewing activity seems to be accelerating as managers and recruiters return after the Labor Day holiday. Some of the people you reached out to in August and even back in July rediscovered your resume or took another look at your web presence and called you back. Now you have a phone screen scheduled with someone from human resources, and you are beginning to prepare... and to worry. Almost all job seekers say they are more confident and more impressive in person...Read more
Smart Candidates Interview Organizations
Recently I have been involved in numerous conversations about interviewing. It’s wonderful that there seem to be more positions being posted and that organizations seem to be inviting candidates in for interviews. So, if you are a job seeker, the odds that you may be engaged in interviewing seem to be improving. And the burning question is… are you ready to be interviewed?
The best interviews are a conversation, a dialogue, an engaging exchange between two adults with a shared goal… to make...Read more
Good Move or Desperation?
The custom of sending a thank-you note following an interview continues to be the subject of some debate. A candidate recently mentioned that his friend told him sending a thank-you note after a second round of interviews would make him seem desperate. I disagree. Sending such a note is a good move and can help you remain top of mind during an extended interviewing process.
When I interview a candidate, regardless of the position or the level, I expect that we both are serious about...Read more
Skills for Interviewers
Have you ever been interviewed by someone who was unprepared, uncomfortable or unable to carry on a meaningful dialogue and wondered how in the world that person was the one who has a job while you are the one who is unemployed? If so, apparently you are not alone.
Interviewing is serious business: recruiting and retaining appropriate talent is the lifeblood of any organization now and in the future. Interviews should be an opportunity to increase our talent pools, not to simply reduce the...Read more