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Second Interview Questions: Why Should We Hire You?

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this important interview question.

Summary

This 1 is geared toward 2nd interviews. The question I want to offer up is, "So, why should we hire you?" This is been the meta-question that has been behind everything else that is taken place from your phone screen, your 1st in person and now this interview. They want to understand why it is they should choose you from all the other individuals whose resumes they have screened, who they have interviewed, who they are bringing back now on this interview.

To some degree, this is a pretty easy question... If you take a little bit of time to reflect on your previous interviews. That's because, at these interviews, they have given you cues about where their interest really piqued in your background, what they really zeroed in on the cause them to really get excited about you. They may have said something to you. They may have really gone in deep into that part of your background.

At the end of the day, that's what it's really all about. You have to deliver a message to them that really focuses in on their area of interest that causes them to say, "Yeah, that's right." All the stuff that they have signaled in the course of their previous interviews are really what you need to zero in on. You construct the answer by saying, "I'm sure you hear this all the time – – I really have a lot of passion for what I do. I love doing such and such. " Go into detail about that.

"But what really makes me stand out from others is..." You zero in on those qualities that they honed in on in your interview so that in this way, you're playing into what they believe your strengths are, confirm it for them and thus helping them choose you versus your competition. All

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.

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Should I Respond to a 3rd Party Recruiter or Apply for a Job Directly? (VIDEO)


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Should I respond to a 3 party recruiter for a job that their client or apply directly at the company’s job page. If I don’t like working with pushy recruiters?

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.”

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I had a great question asked that I paraphrased in the title: “Should I respond to a 3 party recruiter at their client or apply directly at the company’s job page. If I don’t like working with ‘pushy recruiters?'” Ooooh! Pushy recruiters!
1st of all, we don’t know what makes you think THIS RECRUITER is pushy. As someone who used to work in the search (and I no longer do so I don’t have skin in the game), a lot of people think a recruiters pushy because they reached out to them to talk with you about the job or because they wanted to talk with you about the job. That is not a pushy recruiter. That is someone who is doing what the company hires them to do– locate talent to fill So if you think this definition of pushy is pushy you are mistaken.
If you think someone is pushy because they are yelling, arguing and abusive, I suspect you gotten nowhere near that point you. That’s because this is a person who’s done a cold call or reached out to you through LinkedIn for advice. This is not being pushy. Again, this is what firms hire them to do.
Next is whether you should apply directly. Hmmm. You mean, go through the black hole. Go through the computer system that is designed to filter people out. One in a million years would you want to put yourself in that position? Why would you ever apply for job in that manner? Let me go one level deeper. Why would you ever be a thief and still proprietary information and use it to your advantage?
To me, this is no different than stealing software. This is no different than being a thief. That’s because you are taking information. It is not known to you at the beginning and using it to your own advantage, taking away the ability of someone to earn a living from it. Bad karma, folks, the stated very clearly. It is a very bad move on your part. You are just being a thief.
Should you respond to the recruiter? Yes. If they decide not to submit you, find out why. . From there, if the reason is cogent, accepted. If not, then apply directly. The probability is that they are not there to filter people out; they are there to screen people in because they are not paid to reject people. They desperately want to refer people who are qualified. If they tell you you are not qualified, you probably aren’t… Unless you done a bad job of presenting yourself, of course.
Go through the recruiter who told you about the opportunity and then, from there, if you are not presented to their client, then apply for the role.

Evaluating a Job Offer? (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses and it’s truly important criteria for evaluating a job offer.

Summary

To preface all of this, most people, when they are very young, are exuberant and enthusiastic. Somewhere along the line, it gets beaten out of them. Maybe it's the school system; maybe it's the notion that you should conform with societal expectations. I'm not a play therapist or social worker here. I was just simply say the notion of becoming extreme, of going for the gold of the gusto, going for being exceptional gets drilled out of most of us.

AND, for you, I want to remind you that your greatest success is going to come, not from being another cog in the wheel, not from being another cylinder in the engine, but from really driving things hard and be in an organization that respects those qualities that make you unique.

What do I mean by this?

As a job hunter, you get multiple offers (this is going to be about large firms.. After all, you work in a small group with a large firm) and you have an opportunity to work ... If you're going to be treated as though you're working at the 3rd desk in the 4th cube on the 7th floor in their headquarters building or in a remote outpost, it's very different than being on the line with someone who loves your passion and loves what you bring. Again, that's all about attitude. It's not about big company versus small company. You can have the same issue with a small firm.

For example, someone sent me a message asking whether he has anything to worry about. He is at a startup and they are trying to hire 2 people to work in his group and it hasn't been involved in the interviewing. Why would someone not involve someone on the team in the interviewing when with the small firm? I don't get it.

I will go to my answer. I'll just simply say, "if you are just treated as another object, as just another body that is occupying space that is expected to perform a task, if you are just expected to be a robot executing tasks, that is not a job for you." If you are expected to think and have your ideas really be valued, are you as an individual going to be valued for the creativity that you bring and how you can draw that out from the next employer, that's really the firm you should join.

Again, you just don't want to be another robot in an organization. You want to be seen as someone exceptional and have the opportunity to really thrive and have your ideas heard, respected, not always taken (after all, they won't always be taken), to be someone who is hired for their mind and for their ideas and not just simply because you can execute tasks.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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.

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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.”

I’m Interviewing For a Job and Saw That It Has Been Re-Posted!


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EP 742 Does that mean I don’t have a chance of getting the job?

NOTE: The offer mentioned at the beginning of the show is no longer in effect

Summary

The question for today is, "I'm interviewing for a job and just let it has been re-posted by the company. Does that mean I don't have a chance for getting the job?" Have they been rejected? Do they have no chance?

The answer is, "No!" When he walked through the mechanics of how firms conduct themselves. There are always exceptions to this, but this is the rule in almost all cases.

Some firms have their job postings on a setting called auto re-post. That is, a site (I will use The Ladders as an example) , where if you have not taken the position down, it will be re-posted and refresh to the top of the list after a certain number of days. Many sites offer that feature to employers and they take it gladly because, if the job is still open, they don't have to waste time re-posting it. That's option number 1.

Option number 2 is that you have been rejected and you did a crappy job on your interview and they are not interested. However, the likelihood is that (3) they are going to keep running that had until such time as they have an offer extended and accepted in the person has started. Most firms conduct themselves that way because they have been burned many times by people who say yes to their job offers and don't start, they have been burned by job hunters who lead them on...

As much as people complain about employers, there are a lot of job hunters to create the conditions that everyone lives under.

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 [email protected] 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

Do You Want Superior Focus on Job Interviews | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 868 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a technique for improving your focus on your next job interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you better technique for preparing for your interviews that will help you perform so much better, it won't take you a long time to do, it could be 2 or 3 minutes, it could be 10 minutes but it is a very simple technique that has been done for thousands of years.

What's that technique?

Spend a few minutes in meditation.

I know. I know. You think meditation is real. "Whew."  I must tell you, when all is said and done. If you spend a few minutes on your breath, for example, or about a single thought, what you will wind up doing is relax your mind, relax your body and get yourself incredibly focused. If you drift off on 1 of those topics, just returned to it.  Don't beat yourself up.  Don't criticize yourself for doing it wrong.  Just returned to the breath, for example.

You will find that by doing this, your focus and concentration is going to grow.  Your ability to perform well on interviews and your career in general is going to improve as well.  What can go wrong?

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 [email protected] 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.

Should I Stay Underemployed for At Least a Year So I Don’t Damage My Resume? (VIDEO)


The details are sad. The answer isn’t.

Summary

Someone wrote to me with the question. "Should I stay in a job where I am underemployed for at least a year if I don't want to damage my resume?"

Here's the extra detail – – "I am 40 and I am earning $14 an hour in a job as a social media manager for a small company on Long Island. I'm being told I need to stay in his job for at least a year before I start looking for a better job. The position is an unchallenging dead-end with no advancement opportunities. Why should I stay?"

The simple answer is that there is no reason that you should stay. The "however" is I'm wondering whether you have the actual skills and experience yet to command more money. After all, why didn't you get a job paying more than $14 an hour if you have those skills and experiences?

Through question becomes how can you get them? If it is not at your current job, where can you get them? What training can you get? What can you do on the side to beef up your capabilities? To me, it's not about staying there for a year. That's the kind of crap that agencies tell job hunters that no longer applies.

What really matters is why was it necessary to take a $14 an hour job doing this at a firm with a dead-end? Why were you unable to get something better?

Usually, there are 2 reasons. One reason is lack of skills. The 2nd reason is lack of job search skills. That is what JobSearchCoachingHQ.com it is about. You can visit the site and get a sense of how I help people. There, you can get one-on-one coaching so that you're not just simply learning through trial and error and getting stuck. At least, the job-search side of this can be handled.

I can't help you become excellent at what you will careers. I can help you with your job search.

Again, there's no reason to stay. However, there may be reasons why you got stuck in this role then makes sense to look at. There are things that you can do to correct them. To me, it is not about the company; is really about you at this point. There are things you can do to get stronger, both in terms of your career and in terms of your job search skills.

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 [email protected] 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.”

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