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Creating Star Quality in your Interview

Imagine the person that would be a real “star” in the position you are applying for.  How do you imagine they would be dressed?  How would they enter the room?  Introduce him or her self?  How would they be managing the conversation?  What would they want to get from the 60 minute interview?  What information is critical so that they can move forward and get the job done? How would they end the meeting?  What would be the next step?

What shift do you have to make in how you view yourself to be create that presence?  What homework about the …

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Would You Win An Academy Award for Your Interview?

I just saw the King’s Speech this past week and recognized some of the anxiety that Bertie felt when he stepped up to the microphone!  While Colin Firth put on a brilliant performance, it is probably not a performance that would win anyone an Academy Award in the interview process or in a presentation!

Bertie (soon to be King George VI) made a few mistakes in his attempt to solve a persistent problem and to overcome the fear he knew would be disabling for him in his new role:

He thought he could maintain his façade (identity) …

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Can You Over Prepare for the Interview?

And a related question we will answer here about the interview PROCESS: who is interviewing whom?

You are there to find out what they need. And when you find out what they need you can share with them what you have that will help them address that need and get the results they are looking for.

The key to finding out what they need is to ask questions.

In order to ask good questions you need to get a little insight into the context of the job, get a general understanding of some of the needs they may have and results they …

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The First and Most Important Step in the Job Search: Letting Go of the Old Job

After a happy and satisfying stint with an organization for which you thought you were a great match – until you got downsized and out-placed – what can you do to move on?

Celebrate what you accomplished!

No doubt you left behind a long list of accomplishments. If you can’t make a list of 10 – 20 things you accomplished there, ask some of your former colleagues or look at your past performance reviews and make a list of all of your successes, both big and small.

Close the door on what you didn’t accomplish!

You also probably left behind a few unfinished …

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Putting YOU in Your Resume, Really!

Last week I did a webinar for ASAE Career Services about the Qualifications Summary in the resume. The title was Taking your Resume from Good to Great: Putting YOU in the Qualifications Summary!

“The concept of being able to be ‘me’ in a resume was almost stunning. Didn’t think that was ‘allowed’. Wow!”

The response to the webinar was eye opening. Over 325 people registered in advance so the title obviously struck a note even before the webinar began.

The most telling responses on the post-event survey were all along the lines of the quote above. Over and over people implied …

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Become a Believer in Asking Questions!

Be curious. Ask great questions!

Going for an interview or exploring some potential employers?

Ask open ended questions of people you meet who work there –What do you like best about working there? What is the prevailing management style? What is the average age (or most prevalent) age of employees? How long have people on staff been on the job?

How often does the leadership meet face to face with the employees? What is important to the organization? What kinds of goals do people have? Are there incentives offered for performance? Is information shared in all directions? …

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Exploring “Fit” in the Interview!

Just what does it mean – we’re looking for someone that is the “right fit”?

The chances are good they are not talking about a skills fit, an experience fit, or an accomplishment fit! Those are a given by the time you pass the screening for the interview – or they are close enough that the organization knows that what it needs to check for now is “fit”.

The questions that interviewers are trying to answer about “Fit” include:

Do you have enough in common with and compatible with the people with whom you will be spending a lot of time?
Do …

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