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How Job Seekers Discuss Flaws Like a Hero

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The article is written from the interviewer point of view based on creating a movie.  It is an interesting twist of looking for flaws and how to think about them from the hiring managers point of view.

 

Another interesting point, how long do you actually give a movie before you are thinking, "Why did I take the time to watch this, maybe a few more minutes..." Now think about the hiring manager on the other side of the table interviewing you.

 

First, as the author discusses, "everybody has flaws", be prepared to discuss yours. Here are some examples of flaws which can be strengths as well as weaknesses:

 

"If your movie has a hero we’re supposed to root for, then think of the sort of flaws you’d admit to in a job interview: too perfectionist, too rational, too passionate, too detail-oriented, too big-picture-oriented, too humble, too proud, too work-focused, too nice, too honest, too focused on short-term gain, not focused enough on long-term security."

 

"Any one of these is a flaw that, if the applicant shows an honest desire to do better, can pass muster with an H.R. director. Not coincidentally, these are the sorts of flaws that are unlikely to alienate an audience."

 

"One thing that these flaws have in common is that each can be the flip side of a strength. Such flaws are great for two-reasons:We will be more sympathetic to the flaw if we see that it came about as a result of too much of a good thing.Your hero will be reluctant to overcome that flaw for fear of losing the accompanying strength. Overcoming it won’t just be hard to do, it will be hard to want to do."

 

Now that you have a few flaws to consider, think about a situation you were in where you had to overcome the flaw/weakness. Now wrap this situation into a quick story. One last point, make sure the story is relevant and will resonate with the type of company and/or position of your dream job.

 

Read the full article here:

http://cockeyedcaravan.blogspot.fr/2012/09/storytellers-rulebook-140-give-your.html

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5 Things to Ask in a Job Interview

5 Things to Ask in a Job Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

“Do you have any questions for me?” This is typically the final question you will be asked in a job interview.

Ask the wrong questions and you might look like a bad fit.

Ask no questions and you might look indifferent, inexperienced, or uneducated about the position.

Asking the right questions is one of your best (and last) chances to determine whether the job and company are a good fit for you.

Here are five questions to get you started.

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Asking for a job? Ask good questions

Well-researched questions about the company or the job are entirely appropriate. In fact, they may help you stand out from other applicants.

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7 Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer at Any Job Interview?

7 Questions You Should  Be Ready to Answer at Any Job Interview? | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Preparation is key in an interview even if it's for a simple question like:

 

"Why do you want to work for us?"

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50 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Answers

50 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Answers | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Tell me about yourself?

What is your biggest weakness?

What do you know about our company?

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6 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

6 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Avoid being speechless when a potential employer asks if you have any questions.

 

6 interview questions for you to ask

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Practice Job Interview Questions on iPhone/iPad

Practice Job Interview Questions on iPhone/iPad | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

You never know how you look to others until you see yourself as others see you.

Gain this valuable insight before your next interview. Now you can easily know how you look to others and which areas you need to improve on

You are randomly shown 1 of 150 commonly asked interview questions. After each random question pops up on the screen, the iPhone’s built-in video camera immediately starts recording your response.

Offering the chance to evaluate your tone of voice, facial expressions, and how well you answer the questions — so be ready to answer just as would be expected in an actual job interview.

You never know which questions will be asked and no question is ever repeated in a single interview session. After 10 random questions have been answered and saved, the interview session can be saved and shared via Facebook or e-mail for an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from others on your job interview skills.

Alternatively, you can save your interview sessions on your iPhone and evaluate yourself as you continue brushing up on your interview skills.

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Job interview: Overcoming the weakness question

Job interview: Overcoming the weakness question | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Imagine yourself in an interview for your dream job. The job you know you've got the skills for; the job you want more than anything.

And the interviewer asks, "So, what are your greatest weaknesses?"  [GULP.]

[Is this a trick question? And how in the world am I supposed to answer it?]

Push the pause button.

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Best Job Interview Questions - Education, Work History, Job Performance

Best Job Interview Questions - Education, Work History, Job Performance | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

If you are the hiring manager, the three important dimensions you want to explore in the interview are the candidate’s ability, motivation and attitude.

 

Ability is the easiest and most straight forward of the three to determine that include the job applicant’s education, work history and job performance.

 

NOTE: Written from the hiring managers point of view.  Helps to understand the "what, why and how" behind some of the questions you as a job seeker will face.

 

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Tell me about yourself - job interview

Watch Don show you how to tell interviewers about yourself with one of the toughest questions...

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Job Interview Questions and Answers

Job Interview Questions and Answers | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Includes sample interview questions and answers on many topics and for a variety of occupations and types of jobs.

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