How to Interview with Potential Direct Reports
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
5d ago
An interview with your potential direct reports can be awkward, even risky. This post will help you avoid the pitfalls, build rapport and make a positive impression. Navigate the minefield. Direct reports may arrive with a negatively tinged agenda. There are many reasons why. Change is scary. They may worry that you’ll disrupt processes that are working for them, or even “clean house” and fire people–including them. They’re likely to have strong feelings about the departure of the previous manager/executive. They may have wanted the role you’re interviewing for. They may not have much influen ..read more
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How Not to Go Blank in an Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1w ago
It’s terrifying. You’re in the middle of telling a story and suddenly you have nothing to say. Your face goes hot and your stomach goes cold. Well, let’s fix it. In this post I’ll teach you how not to go blank in an interview. First, keep track of the question you’re answering. It’s easy to blank out when you’ve forgotten where you were going. Read my post, “Forgetting What Question You’re Answering in an Interview.” “Why does my mind go blank in interviews?” Blanking out is a fight-or-flight response caused by stress. Your body thinks you’re in physical danger, so it’s telling you to stop thi ..read more
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How to Avoid Toxic Workplaces in Your Job Search
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
2w ago
The easiest time to escape a “nightmare job” is before you ever take it. Let’s look at how to avoid toxic workplaces in your job search. What is a toxic workplace? An organization may be toxic in various ways. Difficult personalities, poor communication, lack of clarity about goals and procedures, cliques and turf wars, inequity, exclusion or harassment can make for a miserable job. The word “toxic” is apt. Workplaces like these can result in so much stress that employees’ health is damaged. The key is: due diligence in researching the company, before and during the interview process. Read be ..read more
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10 Ways to Prove Your Emotional Intelligence (Soft Skills) in a Job Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3w ago
Emotional intelligence is a huge factor in employee success, and hiring managers look for it during job interviews. Studies at Google have found that their most productive employees and teams excelled not because of their technical skills, but because of emotional intelligence and related soft skills such as communication, listening, problem solving, understanding others and showing empathy. Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of one of the most influential books on the subject, has pointed out five key elements that make up emotional intelligence. They are: Self-awareness Self-regulation Mot ..read more
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USP: The Guiding Light for Your Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3w ago
One of the biggest “aha!” moments for many of my clients comes as we develop their unique selling proposition (USP). Your USP is your unique answer to employers’ question – stated or not – “Why should we hire you instead of another candidate?” You may have 20 reasons why they should hire you, but the employer can’t grasp all 20 at once, nor remember them. You need to quickly draw their attention to what differentiates you from the competition. What do you offer that others don’t? Do you already know what that is? If you don’t, consider questions like these: Why was I chosen over competitors f ..read more
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Forgetting What Question You’re Answering in an Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
3w ago
Have you ever gotten halfway through a lengthy interview answer, only to realize you’ve utterly lost track of the question? This is not likely to happen with a simple inquiry like “Why are you interested in this job?” But longer and more complex ones, especially behavioral questions, can send you down a winding path into a jungle of confusion. To prevent this, repeat the interviewer’s question before answering it. To keep from sounding like a parrot, don’t repeat the whole question, just part of it. Here’s how it might sound: Interviewer: “What would you do if someone on your team was not pul ..read more
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Preferred Name vs. Legal Name on a Resume and Other Quandaries
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
Should you put your legal or preferred name on your resume? Does it matter how you name the file? The choices you make send a message. Preferred name vs. legal name on a resume: The best name to put on your resume may be the name you’re known by and want to continue being known by. Let’s say your co-workers call you “Kat” instead of “Katherine,” and and that works for you. Go with it! If your resume says “Kat Jackson” everybody knows exactly what to call you. On the other hand, you could go with this– Katherine “Kat” Jackson –if you prefer a more formal look. But it’s a bit more complicated, i ..read more
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Accomplishments: Resume Rocket Fuel!
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
Why are resume accomplishments absolutely crucial? How do  you write accomplishments for your resume? This post tells you why and how. Resume Accomplishments vs. Responsibilities Once an employer sees your job title, they already have a pretty good idea what you did from day to day – and if they don’t, they can google up a job description! The same goes for interviews. By that point they know what your jobs have been about. What they don’t know is: How well did you do it? How did you do it better than someone else would? And what difference did it make for your organization? The answ ..read more
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Podcast: How to Use Evidence for a Convincing Interview
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
You may believe you’re the right person for the job, but will the interviewer? Claiming you have a skill is one thing, but proving it is something else entirely. How can you do that? Mark Alred and I tell you how in a recent interview tips podcast on Spotify. Click the “play” button near the bottom of this post. Here are some highlights of our discussion: Why are interviewers so skeptical? Even aside from job seekers who often lie during interviews–80% according to a poll cited on Forbes–the fact is, none of us are objective about ourselves. If you say you’re very collaborative or have excelle ..read more
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How’s the Job Search Going? Here’s a Truly Useful Answer.
Interview Coaching and Job Search
by Thea
1M ago
How do you answer friends who ask “How’s the job search going?” If you’re like most job seekers, you get asked this question all the time. It makes you a little (or very) uncomfortable. You brush it off with a quick “It’s going okay” or “I’m hating it!” What if “how’s the job search going” could actually be a mini job search networking opportunity? I owe these awesome suggestions to Jason Alba, the inventor of Jibberjobber, an online tool that helps job seekers organize their contacts and tasks. Here’s Jason’s suggestion: Interpret this question to mean “How can I help you in your job search ..read more
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