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How Can I Improve My Interview Performance? (VIDEO)


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How Can I Improve My Interview Performance?

Summary

I received a question from someone I thought was a very fair question. Jimmy, he has an obvious answer, but not to this person. The question is, "How can I improve my interview performance?"

Interviewing is an acquired skill. No little baby is born with the ability to interview effectively. Their job is to just be cute. That is as much as they know how to interview.

For you as an adult working in the profession of some sort or in unskilled job being evaluated by a future employer, interviewing is pretty predictable rules and patterns to it. Learn them. You learn them, not simply by studying the book, but by practicing how to answer interview questions. You need to practice how to conduct yourself with appropriate body language, how to write a resume (Oops. That is about interviewing).

Everything you do in the interview is going to be measured and evaluated. There are millions of questions that could be asked. I just want to remind you that it's not just what you say that matters; but how you tell the story of your experience. Start with the basic questions. If you're not sure what they are, go to my YouTube channel which is TheBigGameHunterTV. Look at the playlists and I have answers to tough interview questions... Start practicing how to answer them. Don't just simply think the answers; have the words come out of your mouth. This way, with practice, with time, your performance will improve. I will prove it to you.

When you are a little girl or a little boy I somehow imagine there was that moment where you learn to toilet train. You know, the 1st few times you probably weren't too good at, right? As an adult, this isn't anything that you think about anymore. This is proof the practice creates improvement.

The same thing happens in interviewing. Practice will create improvement. If you are in a specialty area, whether it is in medicine, in IT or in engineering or in accounting, obviously their professional questions that you might be asked that go beyond the standard scope of the general questions. Practice answers to those questions, too. If you're not sure what they are, ask your network for advice. You do have friends who work in the field right? Take advantage of those relationships, have them do mock interviews with you. You will get better.

I hope you found this answer helpful. I also host JobSearchCoachingHQ.com I am the head coach there. There, I have curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that is going to help your interviews improve. You don't have to join there. You can go to YouTube; I have a ton of stuff there, but if you want to get the best of it, again, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.

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 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.”

 

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.

A Great Indeed.com Resume Hack


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to get faster action on your resumes on Indeed.

Summary

Indeed is a great service. It is aggregating all sorts of jobs from all over the place. It's to be replaced upload the resume and have it distributed to people. There was one thing about the indeed resume service that is a little quirky. They shield the contact information from people who are searching for it and, thus, you have to contact the candidate through their system.

Someone should be a workaround for that because 1 of the issues with doing that is that it makes. Indeed, more importantly needs to be in this process. If you want to have that delay with people contacting you, if you want that sort of "emailing messages sort of thing" that indeed offers, great! Leave it as it is. Most people I know want to have speed in their communications. They do because, the fact of the matter is, you are competing with other individuals for these jobs. Any delay can cost access to an opportunity that will make sense for you. I think you get that.

Here's what I saw someone do. Melvin, great job! I really like this!

What he did in the body of his resume, under his current job and worked into the content, he put his phone number and email address. Indeed is not going to purge that. As a result, for recruiters who wanted to reach him, they will be able to get his name, phone number and email address and reach out immediately to him. No delays. Beautiful!

If you are actively job, that's a way for you to go. When you are not actively job hunting, see if you can remove the resume from the site or edit that area so that you're not getting more calls or emails..

Great little hack. I thought I would bring to your attention.

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 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.”

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.

Leaving a Message? | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/07/13/leaving-a-message/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an important tactic for leaving a message when you are networking.

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.

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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
and then forward your question to the same address.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

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.”

How to build a career brand

How to Build a Career Brand


What is the crux of your career? What is the soul of your work? In this video, I speak to the importance of identifying, claiming and marketing your answers.

Summary

People send me resumes all the time and resumes are very flat document that demonstrate what a person's normally accomplished up until that point. But it doesn't necessarily tell me how they were expert.

When marketers start to build their product or service, they're trained to think of an avatar who their ideal audience is who their customer is down to the most minute detail. It's a 40 year old male who lives in a urban environment. They may have come to the United States from another country, most likely India. They attended university there, got high grades, completed their Masters and they are working as a cybersecurity expert for a global consulting firm. I'm just using that as an example of the detail to which we could go down the road. We could continue by talking about who he's married to. how many children he has, where he lives, a whole host of other things.

But, in thinking of yourself as the potential Avatar, What are you strengths? What are you really expert at? Where could you lend credibility to an organization?

In talking about yourself as a brand (because that's really what we're talking about), you need to start thinking about building reputation and credibility and marketing yourself because marketing yourself is the branding process. Establishing yourself as the expert is the launch point.

So these days it's a lot easier to do. So, for example, here I am talking to you as I have done 1300+ times online on video. I also host podcasts I also publish ezines about job search. I have worked in search for more than 40 years. I filled over twelve hundred positions on a full time basis, tons of consultants assignments. Part of what I've accomplished comes from my branding efforts and when you think of "The Big Game Hunter" which is the brand I've worked on developing that differentiate myself from all the other recruiters, talent acquisition specialists, Head of North American whatever that many recruiters title themselves with, I went out and trademarked that term and have been working on building a brand to appear as an expert.
So I've been writing, first blogging about the job market since August 2001. I've attended meetings and workshops where I have talked to individuals. I market my successes readily. I've appeared on other people's podcasts, interviews, live streams ...a whole host of other places. I've got a professional website which I developed while I was associated with another firm. So, I started putting out all my content, ideas, jobs I was recruiting for, very early on in the website game. And when the firms I was associated with didn't get web sites, I did and developed a content website that also had information about jobs I was recruiting for.

Now I'm talking about myself but I want you to think of it for yourself. I don't expect you to be working on the same schedule that I am. But what's difficult about writing an article once a month for LinkedIn and marketing it's your followers or to the groups that you are involved with? What's difficult about logging on for 15 minutes a day on the LinkedIn and getting involved in some of the groups that you have joined and offering people advice? What's difficult about attending trade groups for your area of specialization. I'm not talking about traveling to places. I'm talking about very simply attending them locally. You can go to meetups and start on a local level to start establishing the relationships.

Now, when you think about how people find jobs the statistics our that 70 percent of positions are filled through networking. But 70 percent of the 70 percent are filled through what are called weak ties-- People that you have a casual relationship with or people who are friends of friends of people that you know well.

So you know when you think of how you start building your expertise . . . Well that's going to involve training and experiences. But how you appear as an expert to others comes from marketing, promoting and branding yourself. It is very easy these days to build a web web site--$15 for a domain name. Do not use something like (I will use my own name) JeffAltman.whatever the host is. Com for one of those services that will give you a subdomain on their main domain. Don't do that. Just go for a traditional web site. Try to have it use your name. Put your resume there as well.

Recruiters love to find resumes online and they think they're very smart when they do so. Make sure your resume, just like your LinkedIn profile, is SEO optimized.

By the way one thing I learned about LinkedIn recently. If you lose your job do not put a termination date. What it tells LinkedIn search engines to do is push you down further in the search if you are not working.

So, a lot thrown in there but your job is not just to build your brand when you're aggressively looking for work but to continue to build your brand way after you found work, to make that part of your continuing effort to brand and market and promote yourself as an expert throughout your career. If you do that jobs come in and opportunities will be coming to you and salaries will be growing for years to come. If you don't you lurch from job search to job search, always struggling to find interviews, always struggling to be seen as someone valuable and that's always the harder way to play. Will

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

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

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

which should you light first?

Hedge Fund Brainteasers: Which Should You Light First?

 

EP 899 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this tricky brainteaser

Summary

Here's another 1 of those tough interview questions that is actually a classic deflection question. It's really not hard period. I'm going to pause after I pose the question in order to give you time to answer. I'm going to do Jeopardy music in the middle.

So ready? Here's the question.

If having only one match on the freezing winter day, you enter the room which contained a lamp, a kerosene heater and a wood burning stove, which is you like 1st?

I'm going to repeat that.

You have only one match. It's a freezing winter day. You enter a room containing a lamp, a kerosene heater and a wood burning stove, which should you like 1st?

I gave you a clue before when I talked about this being a deflection question.

Ready?

The correct answer is . . You light the match 1st.

See some questions are designed to deflect you away from the correct answer. It's kind of like when I was growing up, there was a question that the kids would ask, "If a rooster laid an egg on the top of a pointed building, which way where the egg fall? And you kind of make the gesture of the steeple and while speaking and the hand gesture would deflect the audience from thinking about rooster? Roosters don't lay eggs. Chickens do.

So, the correct answer to that one is roosters don't lay eggs. Chickens do. It's 1 of those tricky questions. So back to this, you would you like the match 1st

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

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

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Hedge Fund Brainteasers: How Many Square Feet of Pizza Are Eaten in the US Each Year?


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/06/14/how-many-square-feet-of-pizza-are-eaten-in-the-us-each-year

EP 774 What a delightful question! With an acknowledgement to Yahoo! Finance and Business Insider, I walk through answering this one.

Summary

The question for today is, "how many square feet of pizza are even in the US each year?"

I want to give credit to Yahoo! Finance for carrying an article from Business Insider from 2015 that walk through a way to solve this.

The solution is really about talking out loud and being plausible. Ostensibly this is a question that Goldman and a number of other firms ask on their interviews . But, I want to be clear, the exact answer isn't the important thing. It's the process that you go through that is.

Here is what you do:
Listen to the question very carefully and if you're unsure about something ask for any sort of clarification that you think you need or if you need additional information.
From there, use a launch point.

Here's how to go through it.

If there are 320 million people in the US, how many square feet of pizza do they eat each year? To get the number, you have to figure out how many of these people actually eat pizza each year. For the sake of simplicity, startup of the round number. So, you would say, "Let's say there are about 200 million pizza eaters and that is about two thirds of the total US population. I may be being conservative but round numbers are always easier to work with." You say that out loud.

Once you have the actual population of pizza eaters you need to have the rate of pizza consumption per person. Work with the assumption of 4 slices of pizza per person per month. In other words, 48 slices per year. That can be way off, but it's a reasonable guess. Again, it's logic that matters, not the numbers.

Now, translate pizza slices into square feet. Estimate the area of a triangle. So take the base times the height and divided by 2. If the pizza slices 6 inches at the base and 10 inches long, the area is 30 inches. Multiply 30 in.² by 48 slices per year and you have the average square inches eaten per person-- 1440. Multiply that by 200 million and you have 288,000,000,000 in.² of pizza.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

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

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

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