3 things to keep in mind when answering, “Tell me about yourself”

The directive from the interviewer, "Tell me about yourself," strikes fear in the hearts of even the most confident job candidates. That's because they haven't given serious consideration to how they'll answer this directive. It's also because they haven't taken time to construct a persuasive elevator pitch, which is one of the most important tools in … Continue reading 3 things to keep in mind when answering, “Tell me about yourself”

5 reasons why older job candidates shouldn’t discriminate against younger interviewers

Amy, a colleague of mine who looks no older than 30, came to me to tell me of meetings she had just had with a job seeker and to give me some advice. In her rapid voice, she told me that she had just met with an older male who treated her as though she were a … Continue reading 5 reasons why older job candidates shouldn’t discriminate against younger interviewers

2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

With the plethora of job-search advice for introverts (Is) and approximately zero for extraverts (Es), it must make the Es feel...unloved. I'd like to give some love to the Es, because that's the kind of nice guy I am. In this post I'll advise the Es on mistakes they can avoid. There are two components … Continue reading 2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

Don’t take the telephone interview lightly; be prepared for 4 potential problem areas

Recently a former customer of mine told me the great news that he was offered an engineering position. He was extremely happy about getting the job and thought he'd enjoy working for the company, even though he never met anyone at the company. After five interviews he was offered the job. These interviews were all conducted … Continue reading Don’t take the telephone interview lightly; be prepared for 4 potential problem areas

6 ways to interact with one of the most important people in the interview process

Who is one of the most important people in the interview process? The recruiter? Sure they’re important; you go through them to get to the interview. Human Resources? They’re important, as well. Like the recruiter, you may have an initial phone interview with them. The hiring manager? Definitely important. They make the final decision. You don't have the … Continue reading 6 ways to interact with one of the most important people in the interview process

3 major Skype interview tips you must know

As my second daughter prepares to go to college in Maine, my wife and I are figuring out how we can see her frequently. The solution that comes to mind is Skype. How does our concern about communicating with my daughter have anything to do with the job search? The future of job interviewing may … Continue reading 3 major Skype interview tips you must know

10 reasons why you’re not a fit for the job

And you'll never know which one. "You aren't the right fit." This is the default answer recruiters and hiring managers give job candidates when the hiring manager (HM) doesn’t hire them. But it’s as vague as the answer my son gives me when I asked how school went. “Fine.” Though you may never know why … Continue reading 10 reasons why you’re not a fit for the job