Interview
Infographic:  How to Nail a Phone Interview

Infographic: How to Nail a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the first step in what can be a lengthy job interview process.  It’s the first hurdle, and there are some good ways you can prepare yourself to do well.  This infographic shares some of them. For more on nailing phone interviews, see my posts on phone interviews.  These posts share common phone... ...Continue Reading
Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Have you stopped yourself from applying for jobs because you decide you won’t like the company?  Or because you re-read the job description and think there’s too much in it you won’t like doing? You’re not alone!  Many people make decisions about potential employment opportunities based on very little actual knowledge of the job or... ...Continue Reading
How to Answer "What's Your Greatest Weakness?

How to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

The interviewer asks:  “What’s your greatest weakness?”   The interviewee thinks:  Not that question! This question makes even the most sophisticated job seeker nervous.  Sometimes it breeds contempt, because it seems like a stupid question.  I mean, who’s going to admit to having a weakness? You have to answer the question, though.  And fear or contempt... ...Continue Reading
3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

Job interviews freak many people out. Many candidates focus almost entirely on what the employer is going to ask them.  And they stress about having the “right” answers. If you’re going to be successful in a job, however, you also need to know more about the employer and the position itself. You need to interview... ...Continue Reading
How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the initial gate between you and your new job.  If you’ve gotten to that stage, you have the chance to market yourself and get to the next stage – an in-person interview. A reader of this blog reached out about her lack of success in making it past the phone interview: I... ...Continue Reading
One Column Jobseekers Must Read

One Column Jobseekers Must Read

My one “must read” for jobseekers is Corner Office, in the New York Times, by Adam Bryant. If you don’t have a subscription, use your free article reads for the month on this column.  Or go to the library and read them there. Every week on Sunday, on the inside front cover of the New... ...Continue Reading
5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

You get to interview a potential employer at the same time they are interviewing you.  And in fact you must for 2 reasons: Find out if the job truly is the right fit for YOU Show the interviewer that you are concerned about how you can meet the employer’s needs A client got this feedback... ...Continue Reading
10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

This guest post offers some interesting ideas for you to stand out in the crowd of job seekers.  I hope you find it to be useful.   When performing initial candidate screening, recruiters usually already have in mind the kind of candidate they think will be perfect for the offered position. Since you’re not directly... ...Continue Reading
How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

I rarely run guest posts because I don’t have time to review them.  But when Nicole Davies of ShortCourseFinder proposed the topic of researching a company, I said “yes.”  It is ESSENTIAL that you research the company for which you want to work.  Nicole goes into why and how to do this effectively. You might have a... ...Continue Reading
Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

  Daniel Goleman, the emotional intelligence “guru,” wrote this great article about how successful business people make decisions.  Essentially, they use their gut. In the article, Goldman gives guidance for how to access our “gut feeling.”  Gut feeling derives in part from all the neurons in our digestive system – or the enteric nervous system.... ...Continue Reading
Don't Do the Employer's Job for Them

Don’t Do the Employer’s Job for Them

“I don’t think they want someone so old.”   “I’m sure they’re looking for someone with more digital experience.” “I don’t have any major donor experience, which I’m sure they want.” “I don’t have a PMP yet so I bet they won’t consider me a serious candidate.” I could list many more reasons people have... ...Continue Reading
Why It's Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

Why It’s Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

A client saw a job description for a big job and commented: “that’s supposed to be even more dysfunctional than the place I work now! No way am I applying.” My response: “If it’s the kind of work that interests you and the kind of prestigious organization that appeals to you, see if you can... ...Continue Reading