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Why Interviews Die | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep. 598 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why interviews die and what you can do to avoid that from happening.

 

Summary

I'm going to talk with you today about why interviews die.

You know, you're sitting with the employer and you just have that sinking feeling like this is a huge fail.

There are number of reasons why they fail. The 1st 1 is because the hiring manager reviewed your resume and interpreted something you wrote that you didn't intend it to say. That mistake is from the employer standpoint. That's not your fault. Sometimes, they read things into your resume and wish and hope and think and pray that maybe you have that particular experience. And, you know, within 5 minutes. Everyone knows that you don't have the background that they are looking for.

Another reason is that is your fault. Sometimes, you overstated skill or experience or success, and, if you desire to get that interview, you oversold yourself. That's your fault.

You wasted your time. You wasted someone else's time. I have that happen in resumes all the time. People send resumes and they really don't have the experience that the resume suggests I can tell within 2 minutes at that is the case. I just get them off the phone fast.

Don't overstate what you can do. By the same token, don't understated. Just be accurate.

Sometimes , "fail because, frankly, the interviewer gets lost in the thought. They have other things on their plate and interviewing is 1 of 25 things they may have, to contend with on a given day. So, for whatever the reason, the timing wasn't right for the interview. You are stuck sitting there or trying to talk with them and realize pretty quickly that you've lost them attention.

Finally, this 1 is your fault, you are boring. They ask you a question, you never organize your thoughts around this topic and you go off and drone on and are absolutely awful and how you present your ideas. You give long-winded answers to questions that need to be answered in 35 to 45 seconds.

What can you do to avoid this? The easiest thing is to ask them about the role that you're going to be interviewing for. Just don't accept the interview. Asked him to talk with you about the job and exploring a bit. This way, if they are projecting experience onto you that you don't have, you can investigate further and say, "I really haven't done what you're looking for. This is what I have done. Does that work for you?" If they say, "no," you save everyone a bunch of time.

Another thing you can do is don't exaggerate. Lay out exactly what you know and what you've done. Exaggeration just put you in the position of wasting a lot of folk's time.

If you get a sense that the interviewer is often thought (if you're in a phone interview this is a really easy one), this is one trick – – cough. Doing a quick cough will jolt them back to attention. If you are in an in person interview, shift your position a little bit and that will get them back.

To avoid droning on, pay attention. Here the question if you are in person and stay on point. If you're doing this over the phone. Very simply, shut down the question on a slip of paper (you do have your resume in front of you for a phone interview, don't you). Johnson notes down on your resume and let that remind you how to stay on point.

Finally, keep your answers to 30 to 45 seconds. Where possible. What I found is that when people go over 45 seconds. The interviewer starts to mentally "channel surf" and start thinking about other thoughts other than you. Keep your answers brief and to the point and. You'll find that you not going to wind up losing them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Graduating? The One Thing You Need to Practice​ | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what you need to practice before your first interview.

Summary

I am talking to you college grads today or students who are about to graduate. There is were those lessons about job hunting when you graduate.

You are being hired on potential. I don't care how much you think you have done, you are really being hired on the basis of your potential. For those of you who have had great internships, the game is going to shift because you're not good be doing the same job or type of job; there is a much higher expectation of you based upon the fact that they seen some things about you and decided to give you another shot. . . Or they didn't give you a shot and there was a message in that for you.

Here is where the rubber hits the road – – when you are interviewing, your basic job is to convince people that your eager, you are smart, and you are ready to do anything... You have a few opinions but you want to learn more.

At the end of the day, your basic job is to smile, looks smart, dressed well and make a connection with the person opposite you. After all, without that connection, you're just another body in the chair. As a result, you are going to have to overcome that shyness that you may have about speaking to a strange 40-year-old, or 35-year-old or 28-year-old who you have never talked to before.

Most of the people who are going to make decisions about you are not your age. Most of them are not going to be my age but more like the ones that I quoted already. As a result, your biggest practice point from this point on is talking to adults of those ages about what you do in ways where you don't come across as being shy or frightened.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Showing Up For an Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 859 There is a cascading impact that occurs when you don’t show up for a job interview. I outline several things that may occur . . . and none look good for you.

Summary

I wanted to talk with you today about the impact of not showing up for an interview. I want to start off like talking about what it does for you.

I understand that sometimes people wake up and they are conflicted. "I have a work thing going on and I'm not really all that keen on this job; I said yes but I don't really feel like going because I could get into trouble at work" or some other explanation that rationalizes not showing up. Except there's one thing. There's no excuse for not showing up and not calling. You see, it's not like days of old were you have to sneak off to make of call. You can call in on your way to work, leave a voicemail and simply say, "I'm going to cancel my interview today and not reschedule. I appreciate you making time for me." Yada yada yada.

Not calling and not showing up is rude. It is obnoxious. It is something that will come back and bite you in the butt and I'll tell you exactly why. The world is smaller than you think. That hiring manager and/or that HR person, that interview team was adversely affected but you not showing up. They blocked time out that they could've been using for other things to meet with you. There was the desire of the schedule. This 90 minutes. This 2 hour block of time in their schedule that now they can use for other things sure are but it was mentally invested in you. You didn't show up.

I will let you in on a secret. These people are not can work at this firm forever. They just aren't. When they change jobs, they have memories of them on the spot your name they may go back and remember… "Can I take a look at that resume? Yeah, this guy stood me up. I think will take a pass." You don't want to have 1 of those silent killers floating around, waiting to drop a bomb on your candidacy somewhere. You just want to do with it in a forthright way.

Another thing that happens is you have affected someone else. You see, that time you blocked out of their calendar could be used interview someone else could've actually been interested in this role, but your selfishness got in the way. There is a hurt that you inflict on someone else.

Plus, I know a lot of you don't really care about recruiters as though they are unfeeling human beings, but recruiters are human beings, they have kids and mortgages and other things and you are affecting the reputation with the client. That's your fault, not theirs. They thought you were good enough to state the reputation on and refer you to their client and you are not showing up. Clients get angry and guess who they take it out on? The recruiter who did nothing wrong. All they were doing is what you agreed to do when you submit a resume. You are interested in this job, you agree to go on the interview and you could talk up a storm and rationalize it, but is not the recruiters fault that you said yes. You said yes to going on this interview and you have hurt them. There is no reason for it.

Lastly, there is a nuisance factor. Sometimes these folks who you are scheduled to interview with our traveling from one office to another, leaping out of the lunch appointment they had schedule with their wife/husband/partner/friend/colleague, whomever, so that they could going meet with you. They are stepping out of a meeting to meet with YOU. And you don't show up.

Don't be an idiot. If you are not really interested in the job, just simply say to the recruiter who is scheduling you (this is agency recruiter, 1st), "I'm not really interested in this job. If you want to bully me into saying yes, I'll say yes and just not show up. ." That will cause them to back down. If it is a corporate recruiter, ask more questions.1st. Don't just simply agree and not show up. There really care figure take the job. All they really care about is filling the time slot with someone who they believe their internal user (their hiring manager) is going to be interested in. They don't really care if it is YOU.

Just be professional about this and stop wasting people's time.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more. 

 

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