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You Certify Yourself (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how we certify ourselves during a job interview as the person to be chosen.

Summary

I was part of a nonprofit group that runs men's retreats around the United States and the world. In the course of standing for what is called certification (it's basically being authorized by committee of men to leave these weekends). I was basically told that the idea you try to have his certify yourself.. Your manner and your demeanor go a long way toward whether or not you are ever going to be chosen to be hired for an organization. That is true in my case as to whether or not to be certified to leave these retreats; that is true when you're being interviewed for position.

Does that mean you supposed to carry yourself like a firm determined individual? No. It's really about your self-confidence and your certainty in yourself, no matter what your personality is and how that displays itself in the course of the interview. You don't have to be an interview clone after reading like so many other people do with the behavior that is false or having false arrogance when you present yourself. You just have to have that presence and bearing that says I am comfortable in my skin, I know what I know and be able to people squarely on and, at times you smile, at times may even laugh, at times you may display some discomfort or agony about decisions you made, but you're comfortable in your own skin as you speak about your experience and your accomplishments in the role.

When you can do that, it doesn't really matter whether someone chooses you are not. They will choose you. When all is said and done, when you can certify yourself, when you can carry yourself with belief in yourself that you are the authority, then ultimately, you will do so much better on your interviews, so much better professionally.

I just want to encourage you – – relax! You don't have to act any particular way. You just have to really be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin.

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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.”

 

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.

Getting Ready for The Team Interview (VIDEO)


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Team interviews have their own dynamics based upon whether you are going to be leading the team for being a member.

Summary

I'm going to talk with you today about the team interview. You know, you are invited back to me, "the team."

How you conduct yourself in the team interview depends upon the level at which are joining the organization. After all, if you joining in organizations and member of the team, they are looking at you differently than when you're going to be the lead for the team.

As the lead for the team, you have to arrive with self-confidence and ask questions that suggests you are there to help them and not be there to become the next dictator to join. When you’re on staff, you need to be collegial, friendly, affable, ask them questions that are comfortable with.

In both cases, you want to have a self-confident smile, but the nature of the questions that you might ask are going to be different. I am 1st to talk with you about the questions you might ask them, then, from there, then my going to the told that you would take if they start asking you questions.

You might ask a question like, “What’s it like to work for so-and-so? They seem like a terrific person. Any honorees or peculiarities that I should know, again, because everyone’s got their stuff, right?”

“In this role, what’s the top priority for someone? “

“What do you think will be my biggest challenge coming in?”

“Is there any training that you think I might need coming in?”

“Performance reviews. How have you found those? Have you found them effective and helpful?”

“What are the group’s plans for the year? What is your target?” Here you want to find out if it matches up with what you have been told.

“Do you have any questions for me? Can you tell me about the work will be doing or the project I will be on?”

“Was there someone in this role before? What did they do well? What could they have done better?”

Stuff along those lines is the kind of question you might ask. If you feel like you’re losing the room for some reason (I’m sure you can pick up the signals if you are), you might ask, “Do you have any concerns about my ability to fit in or my qualifications?” The question like that makes them confess to you.

For them asking you questions, most the time to go to be asking you about your background and experience. Again, recognize that it’s not just simply what you say that matters that you tell the story about yourself. How does your body language confirms (and thus is congruent) with someone who should be in this role. Thus, if you are 54, interviewing with a group of people who work 24, if you are joining is a member of the team, each of you has different expectations, right? If you are leading the team, they have aspirations for you. Your ability to inspire them in the course of this 1st conversation will set the framework for success or failure. When you come on board.

The team interview is an opportunity for you – – it opportunity for you to impress, an opportunity for you to relate, or to fail on both counts. Being a failure on both counts makes it hard for them to hire you.

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.”

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.

One Thing to Get Before Your Second or Final Interview


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/20/one-thing-to-get-before-your-second-or-final-interview

EP 810 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses something you need to get before your second or final interview.

Summary

I'm back with more advice for you for your 2nd or final interview. I have a number of videos about 2nd interviews and I believe there is even a playlist. See you want to watch the playlist of you have already see my other videos about this. I think will be a huge help for you in your preparation. Here's another point I want you to prepare for on your 2nd or final interview.

The point is get the feedback that is been offered so far about your performance. Most people think that if they been invited back, everything is great! I'll tell you a story. When I was working with an agency in New York some years ago, a colleague of mine was scheduling a candidate I was representing on 1st, 2nd, and ultimately final interviews with 1 of her clients. That was all going well. She told me everyone love the guy… bullshit. bullshit. bullshit . . .

It got to a point where the person was turned down. Then she told me what the reluctance had been all along. I was furious. It is all things that he could've addressed very easily on the interview if only he knew.

Here's my point for you. It's really useful to get the feedback from the HR person or from the hiring manager before you need to head of the function. If you're working with a third-party recruiter, get the feedback through them. If the third-party recruiter goes, "EVERYTHING IS GREAT!" Ask them, "could you go back and just say, 'Are there any areas of concern? Any reservations? What do you like? Are there any hesitations?'" Ask questions. The flush up any of the problem areas because there was one thing I learned in my 40+ years of doing search, small problems become BIG PROBLEMS unless they are addressed.

You are always best if you address them in the meeting, are prepared to address them in the meeting , and are proactive in addressing what their hesitation or concern might be... But you need to know what they are. You cannot assume it.

If you cannot get anything or find out something, I want you to think back to your 1st interview or previous interviews and see where the dead spots were, where the uncomfortable things were, where your background doesn't necessarily match up perfectly with the job and how you handled it then and whether you seem to have a receptive audience. Go back and review and that becomes the best that you can do to compensate if you cannot get feedback elsewhere.

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.

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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.”

Researching Companies | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/03/researching-companies/

EP 426 I talk about the big mistake people make when researching companies

Summary

I want to talk with you about a big mistake job hunters make when they are researching companies, trying to figure out who to connect with to apply for job without going to the applicant tracking system... All the stuff that you can do through researching.

The most common mistake people make is the only contact current employees of the firm. They don't think of contacting the previous ones.

Yes, previous ones can be jaded. They left. However, they may know is much as the current employees about the job that you are applying for, about the organization, the good points, the bad points and before more willing to share them in the current employees are.

Why might the current employees not talk?

Because they may be afraid that you will get back, they don't know you from a hole in the wall, and, as a result, they become reluctant. My encouragement to you is really very simple.. On LinkedIn. You use the advanced search option to search a previous employer. Look for, "Past Company." Choose that. Enter whatever search terms are relevant. See if you can find the hiring manager by contacting previous employees of the firm., Rather than just simply going to the applicant tracking system.

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made


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With kudos to The Reader’s Digest, these are some of the funniest pieces of stupidity job hunters have committed.

Summary

I've been doing a series of about stupid interview mistakes and I stumbled into this article that the Reader's Digest published and it has some hysterical ones. So I thought I would share them and credit Reader's Digest for this. I think it's a very funny piece. 

So, the first one is . . .  One person took the edge off by having a beer before walking into the reception. So as someone says, " I swear this is true. Someone through his pure can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area. Probably not a smart idea, you know. Another person reported that a guy talk through his interview how an affair cost in his previous job. Probably a little too much information. 

This is a classic. This firm asked prospective job applicants to fill out a questionnaire. There's a line that says choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute. Well, one person wrote, "I'm very good at following instructions."  Remember . One word.  "I'm very good at following instructions."  

OK another one. Someone blew their nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of the interviewer. 

Not a smart thing to do.

Another person misunderstood the work and, in this case, what they did was they were applying for a customer service job and when asked what he might not like about the job he said, "dealing with people!"  Obviously, in customer service, that's all you're doing. 

So, another person was being interviewed and he reported that he came with a friend and the friend wound up sticking there head in the door and asking, "How much longer?"

In another instance reported on was about the job hunter who asked, "Tell me about the business." 

He'd never heard of the Internet. You can look it up.

Another person listed their prison time as a job and there was an exotic dancer who called themselves a customer service representative. You know it's not exactly a smart move.

One person reported that someone ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions.  Yes, they knew it was this person It was obvious.

A person came to an interview. Well they didn't come to the interview. This guy sent his sister to interview in his place. Another guy didn't just do a handshake at the end of an interview. They hugged the interviewer.  

One person had their prepaid Chinese food including the fortune cookie with his name and phone number on it. Not smart. 

Another one put up posters of himself in the company parking lot.  This is amazing stuff. 

One person came to an interview in a catsuit. An applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram.

Then there was the person who rented a billboard with which the hiring manager can see from his office listing his qualifications. One person indicated that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was his drinking time. 

One person explained their arrest by stating, "We stole a pig but it was a really small pig.".

So one person had had a spelling error.  Didn't you think of spellchecking your resume?

So they wrote that advertising, "is a tough business." which maybe why one perspective ad man wrote a cover letter boasting, " I'm getting and getting to my goal slowly but surly."  Instead  of "surely.". 

And then there's the weird person who came in with a cockatoo on the shoulder. 

Another one forgot to wearing dark socks with his suit to the interview. So he colored his ankles with a black felt marker.  Only a man would do that.

 Then there was a person who saw a clipping her fingernails while they were speaking. 

The interviewer was interviewing someone who took a cell phone call and asked them to leave their office while they talked. So the candidate's on the phone. They asked the interviewer who's in their office to leave. 

The candidate who told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.

 The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation but felt the interview was worth risking jail time. 

Then there was the people person not the numbers person in the interview for the accounting position. 

And this is the last one for today… The candidate complained that she was hot. She then said, " excuse me," and she removed her socks and then placed them on the interviewer's desk and then continued it like everything was OK. 

When you think that corporate or third party recruiters our obnoxious or insane, I must in all honesty tell you I had this experience when I did recruiting. People who just did ridiculous things and tried the truth and what they were completely normal. So I understand the other side of this. And I would just simply say look the fingernails broken interview.

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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