Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Answer ANY Interview question

So you are petrified of going on an interview?  
Or maybe you have one experience where you could have - -  should have answered differently?  What can you do to prepare yourself for your next one?  Simple. 2 things:
1. Before attempting to answer an interview question, take a couple seconds to determine your response.   Is the question is directed at finding out more about you history or your personality? 
2. Don’t sound flustered; speak clearly and give an honest answer.

Don’t stress yourself over making a right or wrong answer.

Why?
Interview questions are simply about gaining insight into your personality and work habits. Don’t get overworked about making sure you answer correctly; in some cases, there is no right or wrong answer.  Being personable and honest while giving an answer is most important for questions that are odd or seem off topic. 
For strange questions, always remember HOW you respond is much more important than the actual answer. They ask to see if you’ll make a good fit in the department or company. 
2 Sample Questions:
1.  “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” 
It’s easy to talk about your strengths; you’re smart, hard working, a fast learned–but it’s easy to get tripped up when discussing your weaknesses. Never talk about a real weakness unless it’s something you’ve personally overcome at work.  The best answer is to mention a weakness such as, you used to come in late to work a lot but after your supervisor explained why it was necessary for you to come in on time, you were never late again.  And stress how much more you get done when you come in early. 
2. “Give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a supervisor/co-worker and how you approached the problem.” 
Most employees have a problem with a co-worker at some point. How employees handle the problem says a lot about how they deal with people. If you explain to the interviewer that you were able to overcome a people problem at work, this will help your chances of getting the job when asked.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Stay Ahead in Today's Job Market

To stay ahead, and not get bogged down or overwhelmed, there are a few things you have to do when job searching in today's market. 

Stay informed. 
Read, read, read. There are many articles online about  job searching that list what to do and not do. Spend time each day reading articles online. 

Lower your expectations and rise above. 
If you expect to go out and get the first job out of 10 you apply to, you might get let down. A lot has changed in the job market from 5, 10, 15, or 20 years ago.  Employers can get the 10 out of 10 perfect candidate.  Revitalize yourself on paper and electronically with a resume and LinkedIn profile done by a professional (New Resume = New You) and rise above the rest!

Know your timeframe.
Your search WILL take Longer.  It's still good to know someone to get a foot in the door. So, add Networking to your list. Contact me for details on how and where to network.


Network.
With the advancement of social media and the Internet, there are sometimes hundreds or thousands of applicants for the same job you are looking at (and before you've seen it).   Therefore, you need to know someone, and often know intimately about the company culture, so that you can speak to it given the opportunity. 


Know your mobile app advantages.
Job search mobile apps often have algorithms built in to automatically search and find other positions similar to the one you just applied for. So take advantage of that technology.

Know what your edge is.
Work with a professional, like New Resume = New You, who knows today's market and what your edge will be before you accidentally "blow it" and apply with your tweaked version of your resume that won't get you the interview.  

So, lot's of things have changed, but on the other hand, some things are still the same: Employers are still looking for the best qualified candidates, those with achievements, and they still want a current, strong resume and a candidate who is the perfect match  - current, achieving, problem solving, and enthusiastic!.