Posts Tagged 'Interview Questions'

Interviewing-101

DavidWe all become a little anxious when an employer schedules us for an interview. A little bit of anxiety can be good, but it can also be uncomfortable.

Let’s switch roles for a moment. You are employed, your Office Manager informs you that the HR Representative will be out for a period of time and he/she would like YOU to conduct an interview this week! I feel anxious just writing about it. But relax. I have a few suggestions that will help you conduct an effective interview without having to frantically search Google for help.
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Hiring-101

DavidJob seekers today have a wealth of information in books and online about how to best “perform” during an interview; how to answer interview questions that best fit a particular industry; basically how to give good . . . rather excellent presentations during an interview. So that job seekers are well informed on how to “play the game,” I even teach job seekers how to present themselves.

But how does an employer muddle through the numerous applicants and select the best one?
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The Independent Team Player

Photo 57 (2)Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The day when 13 colonies decided the team they had been a part of was no longer working for them, so they declared their independence and formed a new nation—The United States of America!
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Storytelling + Interviews

Whether it’s in a painting, photograph, movie, song, commercial, video, or a good-ol’ book – we all love a good story. However, I never thought to connect the art of storytelling to interviewing until I read an article on applying storytelling skills in interviews. Consequently, storytelling has become more important to me in my work. Continue reading ‘Storytelling + Interviews’

Hiring that Entrepreneurial Spirit, not the Entrepreneur

CorneliusI have a lot of experience when it comes to interviewing. I have been the interviewer and the interviewee on several occasions, and one of the most unnerving questions asked during any interview is “where do you see yourself in five years?” Most of the time, people with an entrepreneurial spirit, although they plan on being with the company for the long run, also have personal goals outside the job. That’s why this question can be a deal maker or deal breaker. I believe that every company would want someone with an entrepreneurial spirit rather than a person who is simply an entrepreneur. These are the people who challenge the norm, have original opinions that move a discussion forward, and act with tenacity and determination.
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Your Research is Gold – Part 2


In my previous blog, Your Research Is Gold – Part 1, I mentioned that job seekers tend to provide the same information in their cover letters and resumes, and then repeat this exact same information in an interview. When I interviewed applicants for my company, many interviews surprisingly went something like this:
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Please, Bring Me that Pie. I Need to Slam it into My Face.

A guaranteed way to fail the interview opener.

Let’s get to the point quickly folks. You’ve invested time and energy in tailoring the perfect resume. You get that much cherished call to come in for an interview. You invest more time and energy in tailoring your appearance and practicing the perfect confident (but not arrogant) handshake. You know your skills. You can boast a self-assured smile. You have the cordial laugh down to a science. And then you come into the interview room, pick up a nice lemon meringue pie and slam it directly into your face. Continue reading ‘Please, Bring Me that Pie. I Need to Slam it into My Face.’