Posts tagged "Questions"
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
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
Should I Keep My Job Search Confidential?

Should I Keep My Job Search Confidential?

A client wondered if she should remove her resume from one of the big job posting aggregators (Indeed.com), in case her boss gets wind that she is looking for work. My response was “it depends.” If you are interested in being found, then it’s a good idea to keep your resume up there.  One thing... ...Continue Reading
How to Handle the Second Job Interview

How to Handle the Second Job Interview

Second interviews are the next phase in that conversation called the hiring process.  And when you get closer to your goal of landing the right fit job for you, you can get nervous.  The stakes feel so much higher. I find that my nerves are calmed when I do two things: prepare as well as... ...Continue Reading
3 Questions You Need To Ask A Prospective Employer

3 Questions You Need To Ask A Prospective Employer

Asking questions at and after an interview is a great way to: show you really are interested in the job and company learn more about whether the job is really your “right fit” job empower yourself so you appear confident – because confidence is attractive What are the best questions to ask? Here are three... ...Continue Reading

Shame, Fear, Confusion: Difficult Interview Questions

Everyone has a “difficult interview question” they need to answer. Don’t be afraid to breathe in an interview. Take a moment to reflect on difficult questions before you interview! I  call it the “pause that refreshes,” to swipe an old ad tagline. A client asked: “I’ve sent some resumes out and it just occurred to... ...Continue Reading

How to Answer Difficult Interview Questions

The most difficult interview questions are the ones you aren’t prepared to answer. So be prepared! Anticipate that there WILL be difficult questions. Often, these questions fall into these categories. 1. Questions you wish won’t be asked because you haven’t come to terms with or become comfortable with the answers. These include “why did you leave... ...Continue Reading