3 Ways to ace your next job interview
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Don't over-rehearse. Should you prepare for possible questions you may be asked in an interview? Of course. But some people think their best bet is to memorize word for word the exact response they would give for each likely question. Knowing the general points you want to make is fine, but the robotic repeating of responses will diminish your authenticity. It's near impossible to come across as relaxed and authentic when you're in hyper-vigilant mode waiting for the next question to come up.
2) Use the pause liberally. Don't let the pressure to produce a good answer lead you down the garden path of gabbing on about nothing. Give yourself the space to pause and reflect on the question you're asked before you answer. And no matter what, don't try to cover up for a question you don't know the answer to. Stop, think about it, and don't be afraid to say "I don't know" or "I'm not sure." In the end, thoughtful responses, not clever quips, are what show you at your best.
3) Know what your purpose is and where your passion lies. It's easy to fall into the habit of answering the most common interview questions with pat, uninspired answers that technically do the job--but are unlikely to land you one. Take the time to prepare your answers to the most common interview questions, and come up with authentic answers that speak to your purpose and/or passion.
Cover all your bases and land more interviews
SAN DIEGO, CA -- While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by recruiters and hiring managers who search all of the top career sites and niche job boards. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on these websites will give you better exposure than your competition!
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How to learn from a bad interview
NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Write everything down. Document your experience starting with your feelings and thoughts post-interview. How did you feel when you entered the office, during the interview, and when it was over? Was there an obvious turning point in the interview where you knew you screwed up? Next, document all the questions that were asked. Think about your answers that you were unhappy with. If there were questions you were unprepared for, now you'll know for next time.
2) Talk to your tribe. Seek out people you can trust. Share your job interview experience with them and see what they think. Perhaps they have a different perspective they can offer you that you never considered and give you honest feedback. 3) Send a thank you note. Despite how you think the interview went, don't skip this step. If you made a blunder, take advantage of the thank-you note to recover from your mistake and provide clarification if you can.
4) Remember your successes. What did you do well during the interview? Think of the things you did leading up to and during the interview that you can be proud of. Write them down. 5) Stay hopeful. Resiliency is key at this stage. Don't beat yourself up. Take the time to feel the disappointment, process what happened - then transition yourself into accepting what happened so you can let that interview go, and look forward to the next one.
How to write a customized cover letter
CHICAGO, IL -- When it comes to cover letters, find out as much as you can about the company and the hiring manager. Personalize your cover letter and, if you can, address it to the individual responsible for hiring. Research online or make a phone call to find out who the hiring manager is.
If you know someone at the company, mention their name in your cover letter so it will get a closer look. As an aside, be sure to ask your contact if they can recommend you for the job and help get your cover letter and resume a closer look from the hiring manager. Mention how you learned about the job in the first paragraph, especially if you found the listing on a job board or other site where they paid to post. Be sure to mention something about the company, from the mission statement on the company website, for example.
Always showcase your qualifications since this is your one opportunity to make a good impression and make it to the next round. In order to pass that first round of screening, specifically address the job ad and state why you are qualified for the position. Also include skill, results and recognition keywords to increase your chances of getting selected for an interview. This way, the hiring manager can see, at a glance, why and how you're qualified for the job.
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. A brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, few people understand this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.
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The secret to help recruiters find you on LinkedIn
SEATTLE, WA -- There are a lot of people out there who don't realize that LinkedIn is like a search engine for recruiters. When they need to source potential job candidates, they pop over to LinkedIn and leverage its database of 467 million users. But with MILLIONS of LinkedIn users, how can you stand out to recruiters?
Let's think about Google for example. Why do certain websites show up in a search result anyway? Well, their webpages are designed in a way that showcases the very terms you're searching for on Google. They're keyword optimized in a way that allows them to be found during an online search. LinkedIn also uses an algorithm. And when recruiters search for candidates, they typically search for specific keywords relating to the jobs they're looking to fill. Those keywords are skill sets.
For example, if a recruiter is looking for a social media manager, they could search for candidates on LinkedIn using terms like "social media marketing" or "social media management." These are both keywords AND skill sets. And if you want to show up in the search results, you need to showcase these keywords on your LinkedIn profile. So, if you want to help recruiters find you on LinkedIn, take a look at your profile. Are you showcasing the right skill sets? Do you have enough keywords on your profile? If not, you're making it harder for recruiters to find you.
Get help finding a recruiter in your industry
LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.
It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
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5 Types of decision making skills you need to know
SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Intuitive - Intuitive is one of the simplest, and arguably one of the most common ways to make a decision. It should be noted that it is not always the best way. Intuitive decision making involves relying on the decision that feels right, without necessarily thinking about the logic that goes into that choice. Rational - Rational decision making is the type of decision making most people want to believe they do. It is the act of using logic to determine what is best, by reviewing all possible options and then evaluating each option using logic and rationality.
Satisficing - Satisficing is accepting the one that's satisfactory for the needs of the company. A non work example would be deciding you need coffee, and then going to the nearest coffee shop even if it's not the best, simply because you get the job done. Collaborative - Collaborative is exactly as it sounds. Rather than make a decision yourself, you collaborate in some way to make the decision.
Combination - Not all decision making falls into a simple bucket. Many people use a combination of these different types of decision making styles. For example, rational and intuitive may be easily combined. The person doesn't necessarily use any data, or create any logic charts, but they think about the decision from a logical perspective and then go with their gut on the final decision.
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