With so many people applying for the same job these days, you really have to stand out from the crowd to have a chance of getting that dream job. Understanding how to shine above your competition is essential to getting the job. Having a good resume, cover letter and portfolio, as well as presenting yourself professionally and doing some research on the job offer and company can help incredibly in getting you the job. So, let’s have a look at a number of ways you can achieve this: [Read more...]
Interviews are a stressful process. Sometimes, this stress can cause you to fall into common traps and even make wacky mistakes during your job search. For instance, just because you were too nervous to eat before the interview doesn’t mean you should empty the interviewer’s candy dish into your pocket. Employers tend not to hire people who steal their candy! This is just one example of some over-the-top ways job seekers have bombed interviews from a recent CareerBuilder survey.
The truth is, mistakes aren’t usually as dramatic as getting on the phone with your current employer to fake an illness while your interviewer looks on in horror. In fact, you’re probably good at the broad outlines of the interview process. You know to be polite, show up on time, and avoid candy theft. It’s the more subtle aspects of the interview process you might be getting wrong.
Interview success is only around the corner…if you know to avoid common mistakes. Prevention is key and knowledge is power. Here are five ways to prevent a job interview from going south and nab your dream job instead: [Read more...]
In recent interview preparation sessions with my clients, a majority of questions have come up around handling questions from a panel. As we discussed concerns, I compiled observations on what helped my clients and what they generously shared with me after successfully navigating panel interviews. Here are the top observations from our shared story: [Read more...]
The job world can be a dangerous place for the ill-prepared – so when a position opens up, it’s game time! While packing your resume with loads of experience certainly gives you an edge, it truly is what you say during the interview that will be the determining factor for most employers. For this reason, employers will size up applicants usually within the first 30 seconds of meeting them. Sometimes it’s the fundamentals, the elementary negotiating tactics or lack thereof that cause the interviewer to essentially ignore everything after the initial meet and greet.
Statistics reveal that many hiring decisions are made within the first 2 minutes of an interview. It behooves the candidate to spend a little time on preparing to have their life’s work summed up in just 120 seconds. Follow the tips below: [Read more...]