Interviews
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
The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search:  Confidence

The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search: Confidence

Every person who has gotten a job they want tells me that they had confidence. Confidence in their skills, talents and abilities Confidence in their story Confidence in their fit for the job at hand Confidence in their ability to step into and start the job immediately Confidence certainly feels better than insecurity – both... ...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
5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

I coach people for job interviews and find that a few simple things can reduce anxiety. 1) Tell YOUR truth, your stories, your examples.  I coached a young man for an interview with Goldman Sachs for a summer position.  He was incredibly nervous.  I noticed that he got even more nervous and flubbed his answers... ...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