Posts tagged "Interviews"

How to Respond to “You’re Overqualified” (Too Much of a Good Thing)

‘Tim’ thought the interview went really well.  He was pleased when the HR person confirmed that the team liked him.  So he was was astonished to hear this: “they were so impressed, they wondered why you would want this position. You seem really overqualified.” How do you respond to that? First, understand what “overqualified” really... ...Continue Reading
How to Dress for Interviews at Different Kinds of Workplaces

How to Dress for Interviews at Different Kinds of Workplaces

A first impression sets the stage for how people will perceive you as a candidate for that job you really want.  Wearing clothes that fit and match the setting will give you more confidence in your interview. Thanks to my colleagues at TM Lewin, a British clothing brand, you now know how you can dress... ...Continue Reading
You're Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

You’re Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

Graduations from college and university will take up much of the month of May.  Many graduates have lined up summer jobs, or their first full-time job, while others are still searching.  Regardless of where you are in your search, it may be helpful to look at the infographic in this post (courtesy of my colleagues... ...Continue Reading
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
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
The Most Underused Job Search Tool:  Appreciation

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

Recently, I led a workshop for women (and 1 man) who are looking for their “right fit” job. The discussion yielded solid consensus on one thing: there is not very much acknowledgement and appreciation in the workplace today. Around the room, I heard people feel under-appreciated – for their efforts, results, talent, and contributions. Some... ...Continue Reading
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