10 Job Interview Tips From A CEO Headhunter Friday, Jun 15 2012 


Whether you’re being interviewed to be an intern or a CEO, you’re going to run into a few notoriously tricky questions–here’s a road map of what you’ll be asked, and how to craft impressive answers to even the toughest questions.

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

1. Why don’t you tell me about yourself?

This question, often the interview opener, has a crucial objective: to see how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. The recruiter wants to see how articulate you are, how confident you are, and generally what type of impression you would make on the people with whom you come into contact on the job. The recruiter also wants to learn about the trajectory of your career and to get a sense of what you think is important and what has caused you to perform well.

Most candidates find this question a difficult one to answer. However, the upside is that this question offers an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths. Be prepared to deal with it.

There are many ways to respond to this question correctly and just one wrong way: by asking, “What do you want to know?” You need to develop a good answer to this question, practice it, and be able to deliver it with poise and confidence.

The right response is twofold: focus on what interests the interviewer, and highlight your most important accomplishments.

Focus on what interests the interviewer

Do not dwell on your personal history–that is not why you are there. Start with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. You want to be selling what the buyer is buying.

Highlight Important Accomplishments

Have a story ready that illustrates your best professional qualities. For example, if you tell an interviewer that people describe you as creative, provide a brief story that shows how you have been creative in achieving your goals.

Stories are powerful and are what people remember most.

A good interviewee will memorize a 60-second commercial that clearly demonstrates why he or she is the best person for the job.

2. How long have you been with your current (or former) employer?

This is a hot-button question if your résumé reflects considerable job-hopping. Excellent performers tend to stay in their jobs at least three to five years. They implement course corrections, bring in new resources, and, in general, learn how to survive–that’s why they are valued by prospective employers.

If your résumé reflects jobs with companies that were acquired, moved, closed, or downsized, it is still viewed as a job-hopper’s history. Volunteer and go to events where hiring authorities may be found. Ratchet up your networking to include anything that exposes you to hiring authorities who can get past your tenure issue because now they know you. Your networking efforts have never been so important.


Success Tips for Candidates Taking Personality Tests Tuesday, Jun 12 2012 


Personality tests used in an employment context provide recruiters and prospective employers with information on the person-to-job fit; how the candidate may fit within a work environment, how they will work with others and their performance potential against job requirements.

The first thing to remember is that you can’t pass or fail a personality test. There is no such thing as a right or wrong answer. You are who you are.
In an effective selection process, it’s only one piece of information, not the complete picture. The combined results of the selection process are used for the final decision.
Familiarise yourself with the instructions on how to complete the tests and note that you’re usually allowed to do some practise questions beforehand.
Most personality questionnaires will ask you to consider how you typically behave in a work/public setting so don’t consider home or private situations.

9 tips to prepare for a job interview Tuesday, Jun 12 2012 


If you watch elite athletes right before a competition, you’ll see they are fiercely focused. Whether they’re quietly preparing or psyching themselves up as a team, all the attention is directed at the goal ahead. Last-minute job interview preparations are similarly important.

Take these 9 steps from the moment you exit your car or step off public transportation and before you sit down to snag your dream job, and you’ll be at the top of your game at go-time.


Check Twitter one last time.
Presumably you’ve done your due diligence prior to heading to your interview — Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, the whole social media shebang. On your way in, tap on Twitter and the company’s website one last time to see if there is any company breaking news you might be able to relevantly reference. “It will make you seem interested, informed and help you stand out from other candidates,” says Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, co-author of Be Your Own Best Publicist: Using PR Skills to Get Noticed, Hired and Rewarded At Work.


Check yourself out, too.
Especially if your appointment is after lunch, find a mirror and do a quick stain/spinach-in-teeth check. So simple, yet so often forgotten in the well-intentioned desire not to be late. “One of my clients, in her haste to dress and rush to the interview, discovered that she was wearing her blouse inside-out,” says Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide.


3 Ways to Embarrass Yourself in an Interview Tuesday, Jun 12 2012 


Interviews are one of the most stressful parts of the hiring process. But, if you come prepared, here’s hoping that your nerves won’t get the best of you like they do with so many others.

What should you avoid doing during an interview? Here are several ways that job candidates embarrassed themselves during this crucial part of the job search:

1. Not doing your research on the company

Ideally, you’ve done your research on the company before you applied, especially since optimizing your resume to each job is an essential part of landing an interview. But some candidates fail to do this, resulting in stories like these (from MyCrappyResume):


How to improve your resume’s looks Tuesday, Jun 12 2012 


Sometimes it can seem pointless to carefully format and organize your resume. The best way to share a resume so it looks the way you intended is to provide it in PDF format, but often that’s not possible. When you finally submit your resume to a potential employer, you sometimes have to copy and paste it into a text-only Web form or upload it as a Microsoft Word file because the company won’t accept PDFs. There’s not much you can do about those horrific text-only Web forms, but if you’re sharing a Word doc, it’s easy to make sure it looks its best.


3 Tools That Will Help You Totally Impress Your Interviewer Friday, Jun 8 2012 


Whether it’s your first or fifteenth job interview, it’s good practice to do some research beforehand. That includes knowing any recent news about the company, like product releases, stock performance, upcoming releases, etc., to prove to your interviewer that you’re up-to-date and truly interested in the position.

But a really impressive job seeker will take this one step further and actually research the person who will be administering the interview. Creating rapport is vital to a successful interview, and if you’re armed with a few basic facts about the person on the other end of the phone (or other side of the conference table) you’ll be a step ahead of your competition.

Here are three tools to help you research your interviewer:

1. LinkedIn

This should be fairly obvious, but not everyone uses the network as much — or as well — as they could. As soon as you know the name of the person interviewing you (which most companies will tell you a few days in advance), the first thing you should do is look him or her up on LinkedIn.

This network will give you a better understanding of what the interviewer’s job is so you know how you’d relate to him in your potential position. Will you be his assistant, peer, or on a different team altogether?

Look at her past employment, as well as her education. At the end of the interview, when she asks, “So do you have any questions for me?” you’ll be ready to respond with something like, “What made you decide to move from Company A to Company B?” She’ll be impressed that you know her history, and you’ll get a better idea of how your interviewer feels about the company.

The Sting of Rejection Thursday, Jun 7 2012 


Being out of work is beyond disheartening.  I’ve been out of work for a prolonged amount of time twice in my career, and it was awful; it made me incredibly thankful for my wife, and made me question practically everything else.  Now, though, I’m employed, and I’m hiring!

Here’s the problem, though: I can’t hire everyone.  My recruiting team and I have fifteen jobs open as I write this.  In the last thirty days, we’ve gotten just over 500 resumes for these jobs.  These aren’t evenly distributed, either.  Yes, I’m averaging thirty applicants per job, but for a few of these, I’m *still* looking for candidates!

How to create the ultimate LinkedIn profile in 6 steps Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 


LinkedIn is the social network for business professionals and networking. With 161 millions membersto date, it’s one of the most popular social networks. Are you using it to its fullest potential?

While we hear a lot about Facebook and Twitter for lead generation, LinkedIn can be just as good—if not better—if you spend a little time optimizing your profile.


Here is the ultimate cheat sheet to create your LinkedIn profile:


1. Use a professional picture.

Use a professional picture you wouldn’t mind your mother-in-law or grandmother seeing. This is not the time for shirtless photos (men) or duck pouts (ladies).

Despite what people say, first impressions count. You don’t necessarily need to have a photo of yourself in a suit and tie, but make sure you consider your audience, branding, and what kind of message you’d like to portray. Your profile picture must be square, no larger than 4MB, and be in a JPG, GIF or PNG file format.

10 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 


If you’re a job seeker, then you know all about job interviews. You know what to wear, when to show up, and the answers to the toughest questions that are bound to come your way.

One surprising thing that not every job seeker knows about interviews is the fact that an interview is a two-way street. Just like an informational interview, a job interview should end with both interviewer and interviewee feeling informed.

What does this mean?

When a job interview is effectively a two-way street, the job seeker interviews the interviewer and gains more information in order to make an adequate decision about whether or not the position is a good fit for them.

In Your Job Search, Are You Looking for Excuses or Solutions? Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 


Are you a “glass is half full” or “glass is half empty” kind of person?

Some people… whenever they hit an obstacle in their job search or in their life… they stall, and decide that the obstacle looms so large that it’s unlikely they will be able to get past it. When they talk to others, they can describe the obstacle in great detail. Clearly, they have a good excuse. It’s obvious why it’s “impossible” to go further.

Others… may see the same obstacle, and begin exploring how they can get around it, over it, under it, or through it. They realize they have a challenge. They understand that it may take some creativity and harder work than expected, however, they are determined to find a solution. They decide they are not going to be kept from their destination by an obstacle in the road, and as a result, they often achieve the “impossible”.


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