| Job Search Guide - How to Successfully Answer Odd Interview Questions
by Stacy Harshman and Jenna Connour - Jun, 2014
In today’s job market, almost nothing is off-limits, including strange job interview questions. The next time you’re sitting in an interview, don’t be caught off-guard by questions like, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” Stacy Harshman, experienced career coach and owner of Your Fulfilling Life Career Coaching, gives LJNRadio some insight on the topic of odd interview questions, including understanding the...
| Job Search Guide - Panel Interview Guidance
by Laura Smith-Proulx and Tim Muma - Jun, 2014
The interview is the final step between you and the job you desire. However, many organizations have gone away from the one-on-one style of interview, instead opting for a panel. Laura Smith-Proulx, a multiple award-winning certified executive resume writer, describes to Tim Muma the pros and cons of a panel interview from the job seeker's point of view. She also offers her take on the most effective strategies to nail the int...
| Job Search Guide - Pre-Interview Prep: Doing Your Homework
by David Lewis and Jenna Connour - Jun, 2014
Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking but crucial part of the job search process. David Lewis, founder and CEO of OperationsInc, a human resources consulting firm based in Connecticut, gives us some insight into pre-interview preparation – including the importance of studying up on a potential employer before arriving at the company for a job interview. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process from str...
| Job Search Guide - The Disadvantage of Interviewing First
by Howard Cattie and Cady Chesney - Jun, 2014
When setting up a job interview, few individuals think about the implications of the timing of their interview. As a candidate, if you schedule your interview at the beginning of the employer’s interview process there is a noticeable disadvantage. Howard Cattie, career coach and mentor with CareerOyster, sits down with LJNRadio host Cady Chesney to discuss the pros and cons of when you interview in the employers interview proc...
Network Your Way to Job Interviews and Offers
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2014
To some job seekers, “networking” is almost a dirty word–something they want to avoid like the plague. This isn’t a new thought; we’ve been around this track a few times before. However, in the unpredictable times we live in now, seemingly old methods can become new again, at least in terms of their importance to a successful job search. Networking: Not Just a Numbers Game I’ve seen various statistics and pieces of advic...
Getting Past the Telephone Screening Interview
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
When an employer calls to say, "We'd like to discuss your qualifications a bit.” what they are really saying is “We want to know more about your exact skills and verify your resume, before we offer you an interview.” Human Resources professionals refer to this interview as the Screening Interview. In today’s job market this kind of screening process has become very popular and is frequently used. This initial employer contact...
Having a Positive Presence Counts! 6 Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2014
We’ve all had to endure the “dreaded” interview. Have you ever left the interview thinking, “Did I do this right? Did I say that wrong? How did I look?” I’m sure you have, along with many other thoughts that flood our brains after an interview. This is when having a positive presence counts! Your credentials are, of course, important—but a first impression with impact speaks volumes. You never know exactly what an interview...
Question of Confidence: What Should I Not Do During an Interview?
by Michelle Kerrigan - Jul, 2014
Many people are quick to tell you the top things you should do during a job interview, but what is often more useful is what you shouldn’t do. Being aware of habits that could be unflattering is essential, and it can be difficult to assess yourself correctly. I advise getting some input from friends and colleagues on your strengths and weaknesses, then build on your strengths! To start you off, here are a few things to be a...
10 Great Questions to Ask During an Interview
by Louise Fletcher - Jun, 2014
At the end of most interviews, you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This is the perfect opportunity to learn even more about the job, the company, and the culture. But more importantly, the interviewer will form judgments about you based on the questions you ask. As an interviewer myself, I’ve had candidates change my mind (for better and worse) just because of the questions they chose to ask...
Job Interviews: Don't Just Tell – Sell!
by Thea Kelley - May, 2014
Many job seekers miss the boat in job interviews, because they forget that the purpose of answering every question is to market themselves for the job. You never forget that, right? You'd be amazed how many questions you may answering is a less-than-strategic way. Most job seekers, at least occasionally, answer interview questions as if they were filling in a form: providing information by rote. Let's look at an exam...
Get The Job Offer: 7 Action Steps To Take After The Interview
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2014
You did it! You landed the interview for the job of your dreams! Okay, maybe it “just a job”, but it was important enough for you to suit up and show up, right? So you clearly have some interest in getting it. Now that the interview is over, what’s next? Do you follow up? How soon? And how? In order to get the job offer, there are some important steps to take after the interview. They may not all be necessarily...
How to Follow Up After an Interview
by Barbara Safani - May, 2014
You felt the interview went well. The hiring manager gave you the impression the company wants to fill the position quickly. But you’re still waiting for a response and you are starting to get quite anxious. How long should you wait before following up on an interview, and when you do follow up, what should you say? How can you follow up strategically and intelligently? Here are a few suggestions. 1. During the inte...
How To Handle The Job Interview When You’ve Been Fired
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Okay, so you’ve been fired. It happens, even to some very interesting and successful people. Perhaps you saw it coming. Perhaps you didn’t (which is a topic for another time). Either way, the effect a termination has on your life usually ranges from unpleasant to downright devastating. Compounding the discomfort you suffer from losing your job is the reality that, like most folks, you really can’t afford to take a lo...
Job Interview Jitters? What You Can Do To Soothe Them
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Work can be stressful. Being out of work can be very stressful. And looking for work is stressful as well. There are few things (a visit to the dentist, for example) more sweaty palm inducing than sitting through a job interview. Whether your angst is attributable to the importance of getting the job or because you’re uncomfortable talking about yourself, it’s normal to feel nervous about a job interview. So, what can...
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