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

http://www.fastcompany.com/1839723/9-job-interview-tips-from-a-ceo-headhunter

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.


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

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57450010/9-tips-to-prepare-for-a-job-interview?tag=nl.e854

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 

http://comerecommended.com/publish2/3-ways-to-embarrass-yourself-in-an-interview/

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):

 

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

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2012/06/06/3-tools-that-will-help-you-totally-impress-your-interviewer/

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.

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

http://thegrindstone.com/work-life-balance/10-questions-you-need-to-ask-in-a-job-interview-689/

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.

4 Major Interview Mistakes (and How to Recover) Tuesday, Jun 5 2012 

4 Interview Mistakes and How to Recover

After sending out countless resumes, you’ve finally landed a job interview with your dream company. You’ve picked the perfect outfit, tucked ample copies of your resume into your folder, and practiced your answers over and over.

And then—it happens. You realize the interview was at 11:30, not 1:30. You spot an error on your resume. Or you make some other totally avoidable mistake that you know, backwards and forwards, that you should never, ever make as an interviewee.

No matter how thoroughly you prepare, mistakes can still happen during the job application and interview process. But, they don’t always mean game over—yes, even imperfect people get jobs. If you’ve made one of these common blunders, a few key steps can help you make the best of a bad situation.

 

5 Tips to a Great Skype Interview Tuesday, Jun 5 2012 

http://blog.simplyhired.com/2012/05/5-tips-to-a-great-skype-interview.html

 

It is becoming common for companies to conduct job interviews via Skype. Skype interviews are fast, easy and very inexpensive. Because you are online using your computer and a camera it can be a tad uncomfortable the first time. Here are 5 tips to help you excel at your Skype interview:

1. Background: Believe it or not the background of your Skype interview is more important than you think. The idea is to face your computer toward a simple but not boring background. Try framing a bookshelf or desk behind you. You want to give yourself a little depth in the image. Avoid stark white walls or brightly colored and too busy backgrounds. Computers distort colors and can make it difficultly for the interviewer to focus.

Funny Interview Questions Monday, May 28 2012 

http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2012/05/24/funny-interview-questions.htm

There are interview questions that are funny and some that are just plain strange, even though they weren’t meant to be when they were asked.

Glassdoor.com has spent time going through the thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates to come up with a list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions.

  1. “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” – Asked at Goldman Sachs, Analyst position
  2. “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?” – Asked at Deloitte, Project Analyst position
  3. “What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?” – Asked at Aflac, Sales Associate position
  4. “Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.” – Asked at Boston Consulting, Consultant position
  5. “Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.” – Asked at Capital One, Operations Analyst position

What CEOs Expect From An Interview Candidate Friday, May 25 2012 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahsweeney/2012/05/23/what-ceos-expect-from-an-interview-candidate/

Having written about what CEOs look for in the resumes of job applicants last week, I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d bring you along for the first interview.

First interviews are tricky because like a resume, there’s no way of knowing exactly what the prospective employer is expecting to hear you say and whether the answers you give are indeed the “right” answers. All you can do, beyond ignoring that pile of butterflies in your stomach, is take a deep breath, put on your best tailored suit, and come in confident about what you do know about the place you’re applying to work with.

But there are ways to kick your first impression up a higher notch than showing up in a sharp suit. Expectations that I like to look for aim to keep the interviewing process less nerve-wracking and more… well… just less nerve-wracking than it needs to be.

To Investigate Culture, Ask the Right Questions Tuesday, May 22 2012 

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/to_investigate_culture_ask_the.html

In my last blog post, I encouraged thoroughly investigating the culture you’re thinking of joining. In the comments, some people agreed they needed to learn about culture but were unsure how to approach it. A few were skeptical. I believe you can learn about culture, even in the early stages. Here are suggestions about how to structure your inquiry.

To get started, be clear what culture to learn about. In a large institution, there may be big differences across departments. Cultures also can be moving targets. Large institutions may change with their environment. In start-ups, expect everything to be different a year later.

Be sure to understand the role you’d have, what you could accomplish, and what you’d learn. A strong culture will set people up for success, and you need to be sure that’s in place. In discussing your role, you’ll also get insight into how the place works.

Then, ask questions that point the discussion to how the organization works. General questions — “What’s the culture like?” or “Are people treated well?” — seldom work. I’ve come up with specific sample questions you can ask as you’re interviewing for a job or talking with others who know the institution. They’re grouped into six topic areas.

 

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