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Interview Question: Difficult feedback

»Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Interview Question: Difficult feedback

Interview Question: Difficult feedback

My interview coaching clients are often asked behavioral interview questions. The theory behind behavioral interviewing is “Past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.” Employers conduct this type of interview to gauge your past and future work performance. They may ask you to give an example of a time you demonstrated a specific skill required in the position, or how you handled or faced a particular situation or project. Can you handle difficult feedback? A trend I’ve been noticing lately is employers need employees that can handle difficult feedback without falling apart. To gauge this ability, they are asking interview questions like: “Tell me about a time when you received difficult feedback from a supervisor. What was...

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Manners, Manners, Manners!

»Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | 2 comments

Manners, Manners, Manners!

It’s been a busy week of phone interviewing for me as I continue two recruiting searches. After what feels like countless hours on the phone, here are some tips for job seekers on phone interview etiquette. Ringtone/voice mail. If you aren’t able to answer your phone, your voice mail message and/or ringtone should be professional. It’s great if you have a message that has your voice saying “You’ve reached Jane Doe” or something along those lines…otherwise, I always wonder if I got the right number or not. If you have not taken the time to set up a voice mailbox and I get a message saying “You cannot contact the subscriber because their voice mail box is not yet set up” that’s not going to help you land a...

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Career Disaster Planning

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Career Disaster Planning

Career Disaster Planning

With the onset of summer comes the arrival of Hurricane Season. Over here on the West Coast, we find ourselves fairly immune to hurricanes but having almost all of my family in Louisiana reminds me that I can’t ignore hurricanes entirely. The National Hurricane Center has a three step guide to disaster management: Gather Information Plan and Take Action Recover This is a powerful metaphor for a unplanned job search. It could be a company-wide layoff or an unexpected firing that’s forcing you into the market.  Perhaps your job seems secure, perhaps you are content and nothing appears to be likely to change. But as history has shown, the economy can change overnight and being prepared for the worst while hoping for the best is a smart way to be...

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Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

»Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

A perfectly aged wine is a rare find. As wine matures, its bouquet becomes more developed and multi-layered. The over 40 worker who finds themselves unemployed, underemployed, or dissatisfied with employment can feel a career or job change is a terrifying prospect. There is a lot of talent out there, and the competition is hungry, motivated, savvy, and, most prominently, young. But like that rare wine, the value of experience can’t be overstated. It’s vital that seasoned workers find a way to compete by showcasing the skills and flexibility that experience of age bring. It’s a matter of repackaging, re-branding and demonstrating flexibility. The first step in ensuring you are re-branded with a modern, relevant image, is carefully honing your...

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Putting the Fun Back in your Game

»Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Putting the Fun Back in your Game

Putting the Fun Back in your Game

Summertime is right upon us and many people start to think about taking time off from their job search. It’s too hot. Or too many people are on vacation. Or you just don’t feel like sitting at a computer when you could be playing outside. The job search game isn’t an easy one. This is hard, arduous work. There are so many areas that need your attention! Keeping your skill set current and your resume filled with the appropriate keywords, staying up to date with the job search technology, filling out extensive online applications that take hours and often get no response, attending networking events and making efforts to contact people who can help you… these activities are vital, yet they all can sap your energy and take any enjoyment out of the...

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