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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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Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

»Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in interviews, job search | Comments Off on Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

You may have heard me on The Boss Show a few weeks ago in a segment called “Stupid Job Interviewer Tricks” talking about what companies and interviewERS need to do differently. This is all part of my latest rant campaign – to get companies to stop complaining about their applicants, and instead focus on what they, as the people doing the interviews, can do better. Steve Motenko threw me for a loop when he asked me to answer a “crazy interview question” on air…(If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?). I know it’s a struggle when you’re asked these kind of goofball questions in an interview…imagine being asked on a radio show and knowing it’s going to be recorded! Ugh. Well, after I babbled...

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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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Value Your Time in a Job Search

»Posted by on May 20, 2013 in interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Value Your Time in a Job Search

Value Your Time in a Job Search

When you’re unemployed, any time spent job searching can feel worthwhile. After all you’re not sitting on the couch eating bon bons, right? Except… Time spent doing activities that aren’t going to yield results can begin to drain your energy and enthusiasm. For that reason, consider carefully how you spend your time in a job search. Online Employment Applications The internet is a vast, necessary resource in searching for a new job or planning a career change. However, the quagmire of the online employment application is an easy way to become lost… fast. It is tempting to spend an entire day filling out online applications and think you have accomplished something significant. But think again. Online applications help employers reach a...

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