"Before a big interview, most people will spend time to prepare answers for likely interview questions. This is useful and can get you prepared for the basics."
"The trouble is that the interviewer is not looking for answers that are already on your resume, they want to hear something that adds to it."
"You have to realize that a successful interview isn’t a cross examination, it’s a conversation. If you want to break out of the question/answer ping pong match, you should aim to sprinkle in some interesting information about yourself in the shape of stories."
"The human brain is hard wired to remember stories, not just the words but the visuals that went through the listeners head as well. Marketers make very clever use of stories to sell products and services and so should you."
Jogen provides numerous examples of stories you can tell in an interview.
As with any story, practice is recommended and try to come up with the best stories to tell about yourself. Regardless how good you are at telling stories, even a bad story comes out poorly.
Think about how many times you've walked away from a conversation at a party where the reason you moved on was having to listen to really bad stories.
The other hint is to make sure every story has a point and get to it quickly. Ideally, every story you tell in an interview should be less then 90 seconds. If the hiring manager is interested, you will hear these words, "tell me more."
"The report shows students are not aggressively preparing for their post-college careers, one of several reasons that many struggle to find jobs upon graduation."
"In particular, although 85% of students surveyed consider internships important to their future career prospects, only a third have a presence on LinkedIn, a primary online mechanism for connecting to internship opportunities, and only 1 in 9 have a presence on WordPress, a major home for blogs."
"The term “job interview” is searched ten times as often as the term “job search”. The keywords “job search prep” is barely a blip on the Google’s search term radar."
"What I often find in the job search process is that people want to chase the shiny objects they see. They want to jump to the last step in the process… the one that lands them a job offer: the job interview."
And they’re right, good job interviews do result in job offers."
"However, 86% of people surveyed said that the biggest mistake they made in an interview was not preparing well enough." by Lea McLeod
Lea provides 3 quick recaps of what bad things happen based on some real ife situations when people were not prepared for the interview.
Moving on to "why" the job search does not simply include interviewing. Plus offering up 15 steps to help you in advance to rise above the noise of all of those who forgot to come prepared.
In the article Andy covers 3 main topics to consider before you arrive at the interview.
1 - Under research, be prepared to answer the question, "What do you know about the company?"
2 - In terms of advice, this is from those who know more about the company than you do. Use those who helped you land the interview to get the inside scoop as much as you can. Don't go in blind folded.
3 - The job description contains a host of information around the types of questions both the interviewer and you should be asking. Focus on what it is they are looking for and be prepared to tailor your past experience around what is important in the job they are looking to fill.
Hiring managers are looking to hire the top people for open positions. By arriving prepared to have a business conversation around the open position, you will rise above the noise and be remembered. Those who show up unprepared are quickly forgotten.
"The other day, a few of my peers and I were discussing our social media presence and how it’s evolved over the years. One of them had mentioned that they often Google themselves to see what..."
"It’s hard enough to land a job as a job seeker in this economy, it’s even worse if your online presence ruins chances before you can even get to do a phone interview. Do yourself a favor and Google yourself to see what kind of information is at recruiter’s disposal and do some damage control." - Ashley Lauren Perez
"Interviewing over Skype is becoming more popular, but how do you conduct yourself using this new medium, and turn it to your advantage?"
"As with conventional face to face interviews preparation is key. Don’t fall into the trap of being too casual or unprepared, interviewing via Skype requires different preparation. Take a moment to consider these factors." - Kaitlin
Read on for 5 areas to make sure you are prepared:
"While I am not the authority on LinkedIn by any means, I have spent a lot of time looking for candidates on it (for many real, open roles at amazing companies) and I know what I like to see." - Jaime Petkanics-Levo League
Direct from a recruiter who looks at more LinkedIn profiles than we ever will.
As a recruiter, Jamie is looking for the facts. As a 2nd step, she recommends you wrap the facts within a story. Considering a story can help the facts be retained by over 20 times, this advice is dead on.
"Once upon a time, the want ads were king, and job seekers could be relatively successful in finding employment by pounding the pavement based on what the want ads and job boards were offering."
"In the current workplace climate, that pavement has significantly narrowed."
"Unfortunately, many college students are unaware of the hidden job market and still operate under the notion that earning a degree and responding to job posts is all they need to do to land a great job."
"A job interview is a two-way street. While you need to use it as an opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job, you also need to be convinced that the job and the company would be a great fit for you."
"So when the tables are turned and you’re invited to ask questions, do it. “Remember that hiring managers appreciate an engaged conversation and value an inquisitive mind,” Taylor says. This may be your best chance to determine whether the job or the company is right for you." by Jacquelyn Smith
If you are looking for examples of open ended questions to ask during an interview, jump to the bottom of the article.
The intro builds the case as to why you need to come prepared for the end of the interview and the hiring manager says, "Do you have any questions for me?".
This is a defining moment and it is not the right time to go quiet. Providing you can picture your future dream job in your mind, now is the time to ask questions around what it is you want out of a position, the boss and/or the company.
Many people "wing it" when it comes time to answering questions. Coming in prepared is just another way job seekers rise above the noise and help land the job.
At first it may seem Lea as a hiring manager is being too tough. Then again, when you walk into an interview, the job is yours to loose.
The article provides some great insight into what to do before setting foot inside any company for an interview. Especially with all of the tools and resources available to scope out what a company does and why they are in the business they are in.
Trying to figure out which keywords to use in your profile can be a guessing game. One way to help is to use the auto complete suggestions as you type words into the new searches. See point #2 in the article for how, auto complete for keyword research.
LinkedIn is moving the way of most valid search engines. Learning as you search and as your network grows. This implies it is a good idea to hit the save button for searches which provide you with value.
Such as how do you rank for certain keywords. Save the searches to see if your profile is making progress. SEO is not only about your blog.
If you want a quick word cloud to see how the search engine looks at your keywords, go here. Quick cut/copy/paste of your profile can build a complete word cloud of key words in seconds. http://tagcrowd.com/
One you have the right keywords for your dream job. Jump to the new jobs section. It will help you quickly review open positions in companies from your network.
From LinkedIn beginner to expert, the article has numerous solid ideas of how to build better searches to save you time while casting a bigger net during the job hunt.
"Since most informational interviews are short -- often just 15 or 20 minutes -- it's smart to lead with what's most relevant to your job search."
"Freiberger suggests bringing a list of questions in descending order of importance."
"As for what to avoid asking, he says, "Aside from questions that are ridiculously inappropriate ... there is only one absolute taboo: Don't ask for a job." If all goes well, that will come later." by Anne Fisher
As the article points out, use open ended questions around your interest and the person across the table. Which means you must come prepared with "open ended" questions to ask and have an idea what the person you are meeting with is interested in themselves.
There are 10 great open ended questions in the article to help you craft some around your dream job and the skills and capabilities you bring to the table. Plus make sure any questions you ask lean towards what the person on the other side of the table will be interested in discussing.
“When you ask any professional who has achieved some level of greatness how he or she got there, the journey is always unique, always varied, and rarely cookie-cutter."
"Most have, in some capacity, followed their passion, used their network, and had a good resume–but those things are usually part of a much bigger picture, and an unpredictable winding path."
"Instead of always following the exact by-the-book job seeking formulas, most were simply open to possibilities and got really good at whatever it is they were doing.” by Isa Adney, http://isaadney.com/
"Here are 10 unconventional (but very effective) things job seekers should try, in addition to traditional job search tactics." by Jacquelyn Smith-Forbes
I enjoy reading Jacquelyn Smith. Her advice is always grounded with input from other experts, as well as her own insight to what is working and what is not around job seeking and growing your career.
The article touches on numerous ideas you may want to consider if you are currently on the job hunt. Just make sure to read Parnell's input before jumping in with both feet:
Parnell says generally speaking, unconventional methods should be used sparingly, judiciously and only when necessary. “And when you do decide to use them, factor comprehensively by recognizing things like industry standards, personalities involved, and the general ilk of the position’s responsibilities, before strategizing.”
I am repeating Karen Dietz's insights from below, says it all for me...
Hey -- we ALL need a career narrative! And it is a story that continually shifts and changes over time as we add experience, wisdom, and talent.
I really like this article because it explains exactly what a career narrative is, why we need one, and how to create it.
And there are great examples shared.
I particulary like the point that a career narrative -- or bio or 'About' page -- needs to meaningfully link your past successes with your near + long term goals, AND suggest the kinds of assignments that would help you achieve those goals.
If you have difficulty sharing the story of your career journey, if you need a better bio or 'About' page, then use these tips and examples to craft a better story!
"Use LinkedIn to network and reach out to your connections. Be proactive. Ask for help. Don’t be shy…. that’s why they’re there! And I know I’ve said this last point many times before but it bears repeating."
"After you apply online at a company, you need to stand out from the pack."
"Follow up with the recruiter or hiring manager via LinkedIn. Let them know..." - Stacy Donovan Zapar
Read on for ideas of how to follow up after applying on line:
"The purpose of your elevator pitch is to introduce yourself as a job candidate and/or business partner, explain what you have to offer, and initiate some next steps of the relationship."
"Think about how to convey your basic information (name, career field, etc.), your skills and experiences, and your career goals in an organized manner."
"You should be able to deliver a pitch that can be adapted to last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Different situations may call for different versions... Consider what your core message should be and adjust the delivery to fit each occasion." - Andrew Crain
"There are far too many job seekers blasting their resumes at any job posting that looks remotely close. This practice alienates recruiters, and your resume is sure to end up in a black hole."
"When you find a job you want to apply to, you must do more than just submit your resume and cross your fingers. Take the bull by the horns and find someone inside the company to share what they know or better yet, ask them if they will present you as a candidate for the job."
"These three posts will help with the details and logic:" - Hannah Morgan
Hannah covers 3 different scenarios around the job search when you do not know who to contact. Yet you understand to connect before submitting a resume is critical.
She also covers how to find the right people to connect with and which tools have been found to work the best. Definetly an article to bookmark for future use and share with any actively looking for their dream job.
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