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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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Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

»Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in coaching, job search | Comments Off on Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

There’s so much talk about companies and recruiters using social media to research and disqualify candidates, I’m always interested when I see recruiters using social media for positive purposes – to help place people in jobs. Recent buzz about using Facebook’s OpenGraph to search and find candidates intrigued me. It’s not yet the most robust tool: many people don’t provide the information on Facebook that would make searching powerful, such as their job titles, employer names, and university degrees.  I doubt recruiters are going to abandon LinkedIn and rush to Facebook, but I do imagine they will use the information on Facebook to supplement their current recruiting process. Which means…if you’re a job seeker, now’s a good time for you to...

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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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How Job Seekers Can Build an Online Professional Portfolio Using LinkedIn

»Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in coaching, job search | 3 comments

How Job Seekers Can Build an Online Professional Portfolio Using LinkedIn

“I believe everyone has a professional portfolio and it should be online. Whether it’s photos, documents, videos, or a business presentation you’ve done, everyone should have some professional samples of their work that anyone can access.” A photographer said this to me yesterday when we were talking about how he gets new clients. Many of my job seeking clients ask me “What should I bring to my interview?” and we discuss various ways of presenting their portfolio. But that’s only effective if you get the interview. How do you showcase your work to the people doing the hiring? With LinkedIn’s new online professional portfolio, you can upload or link to samples of your work. And it’s much easier than creating a video or graphic resume. What is...

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Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

»Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | Comments Off on Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Last weekend was a crazy ride. I joined 3,000 people in downtown Portland for the World Domination Summit hosted by Chris Guillbeau. The summit is about “Living a remarkable life in a conventional world” and is filled with entrepreneurs. It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of great moments. Here’s my takeaways: There are lots and lots of people who want to quit their jobs. In fact, any time someone was speaking and said “I quit my job last week” or “I will quit my job on September 1” there was a huge roar of approval from the crowd. What struck me most about this was that so many people see entrepreneurship as an either/or proposition. Either you can work 9-5 for someone else, or you can have your own business. No...

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