interviewing

Four Ways To Practice For A Job Interview So You Sound Prepared But Not Overly Rehearsed

– Posted in: interviewing

In my 20+ years of recruiting, most candidates don’t practice enough for a job interview, so overwork is not a common problem. If you are looking for a job and not currently doing any interview practice, you want to do some preparation ASAP and not worry about sounding overly rehearsed. (You can start with these [...]

A Simple Two-Step Process To Answer A Negative Interview Question Like ‘What Is Your Biggest Mistake?’

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  Most job interviews include at least one negative interview question: What is your biggest weakness? Tell me about a project where something went wrong. What is the biggest mistake you made? The interviewer is looking for habits, qualities or skill deficiencies that might hinder your ability to do the job. In addition, the interviewer [...]

Job Interview Mistakes, Part 4 – Five Overlooked But Critical Factors In Hiring Decisions

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When I wrote a three-part series on job interview mistakes for Forbes, I focused on communication skills – non-verbal, verbal and phone and video. However, there are other aspects of the interview process that are too often overlooked but play a critical role in moving you forward in the process. Here are five critical factors [...]

Four Steps To Interview With Confidence When You Have Little Relevant Experience For The Job

– Posted in: career change, interviewing

If you are an aspiring career changer, a new graduate, or even an experienced professional but looking to enter a young industry (e.g., blockchain), then you have less relevant experience for a job than other candidates but still need to interview with confidence. As you sell yourself, you might feel disingenuous doing so. This impostor [...]

How To Write Effective Thank You Notes After A Job Interview: Five Tips With Real-Life Examples

– Posted in: interviewing, networking

I still emphasize the importance of thank you notes after 20+ years of teaching job search skills at an Ivy League graduate school (and I’ve taught through both boom and bust hiring markets). Thank you notes after a job interview or general networking meeting keep you front-of-mind with the people you meet. Thank you notes [...]

Job Interview Gone Bad? How To Handle The Hostile, Mean-Spirited, Difficult Job Interviewer

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A job interview is a person-to-person communication, and some people are difficult, so you will likely encounter a difficult job interviewer at some point. The difficult job interviewer pushes back on what you say, picks apart your claims, focuses on your weaknesses and mistakes, or tries to get you to talk trash about your past [...]