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What Were/Are Your Boss’ Strengths and Weaknesses? (VIDEO)


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WOW! A chance to criticize your boss. Should you take it?

Summary

This is 1 of those great questions that is designed to see if they can flush out that you are an imbecile! I would suggest a very textured answer. The question is, "What are (or were) your boss' strengths and weaknesses?"

Some people make the mistake of going off on this enormous tirade about their boss. They say nothing positive about them; they just go off half cocked, criticizing and abusing them for some perceived mistake. Welcome folks. Your boss is a human being and doesn't do everything right.

Here's the way I would suggest answering this question. It isn't hard but follow this for 2nd. "My boss' strengths Were that he or she interfaced very well with senior management and shield us a lot of the political stuff that went on. Some of the palace intrigue they can sometimes occur in decisioning. Then, they would come back to us with what the solutions were or what the mandates were so that, in this way, we were able to perform her job particularly well." Got that? I think that is a nice little answer.

Here are the weaknesses. "Our boss did a great job of shielding us from…"And feed the same thing back to them. When they look at you puzzled and smiling, you can say, "There are 2 sides to this coin. What he or she could have done a little bit better is make us aware of some of the things that were going on so that we could learn and, in this way, be prepared to step into his or her shoes so that when was our time to step up, maybe he would change jobs, maybe she will the getting a promotion 1 of us wound up with wind up stepping into this role, we will be prepared for a little bit better had here she just opened up a little bit about what was going on and thus the reasons behind what the decisions were. what he or she attempted to communicate with their peers or managers, what their preferences were and how decisions were made from up high. That would have been helpful to us.Just shielding us was a good 1st thing. What they could've done a little bit better was teachers what went into the decisions so that we would be prepared."

I think that's a nice way to answer it. It's the same answer flipped the back and expanded upon to give texture. And to me, texture to an answer is the big part of answering tough interview questions like this.

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.  

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Strung Along? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/23/strung-along-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 813 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a simple but elegant tactic for moving things along.

Summary

This 1 is a classic situation the job hunters run into. It's the one we keep going back for interview after interview after interview after interview... And it seems like there is no end in sight. What do you do?

I reminded of this because of the situation I had years ago with someone who I had interviewing with 1 of the investment banks. 19 interviews. I made a mistake in how I handled it. 19 people interview this guy over at least 7 or 8 occasions. Here's what I should've done and what I didn't do.

Somewhere along the 3rd or 4th interview I should've asked this question, "how much longer do you think this process is going to go on?"

"Gee. We don't really know. There are a lot of people who want to meet him that are represented by different constituencies within the firm. They all need to sign off."

I should've then continued by saying, "Well, he has other things going on and is going to be making a decision in the next 2 weeks. Do you think you can get things together in 2 weeks time. Otherwise, I'm sure he will withdraw his candidacy."

What that would've done is set a timeline for action. If they would have responded with, "Gee, I don't know," that would have basically indicated that they would have been shopping and shopping and shopping... And you never really know what the target is because they don't really know what it is.

I just want to encourage you that if you are in a situation where you going on lots and lots of interviews (I'm not talking about 2 or 3. I'm talking about, you are at number 4 or number 5 and nothing is really moving and they are not really indicating when things are going to be over), reach out to them after that interview and tell them,"C could you give me an idea how much longer this process is going to go on." Then, sit there quietly and listen to the answer.

If it is appropriate, then you turn and say, "I have a few other things in the hopper right now that are pretty close to fruition. I expect to have an offer on the next 2 weeks. Do you think you could be done in that amount of time or should we just pull the plug on this, which one another well and move on."

It's very graceful because you are giving them a timeline. You are not saying it in a demanding way with an ultimatum. You are just very politely saying, "I have my life to live. You have yours. We each have decisions to make and I am going to be doing minor the next 2 weeks. Do you think you can do yours in the amount of time."

If they don't like it, that basically indicates that this could go on forever.

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.

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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.  

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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.”

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Setting Up The Salary Question Right (VIDEO)


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This is one that just exposes you is a complete amateur.

Summary

During my 40+ years of experience in executive search and now is a coach, I'm always stunned that people do this. It comes across in the interview as, out of the blue, you ask, "So, what's the salary?" TA DA! They answer , but it comes across as being rude or obnoxious. There is a better way to set it up.

It really starts at the initial phone screen where HR or the hiring manager calls you and asks you about your salary. I'm going to pause for a second and say that I know there is a theory that recommends that you never answer a salary question. Unfortunately, for most people, if you don't answer the salary question, you are escorted out the door.

When you work in sales, it is different. You if you answer the question, you follow up by saying, "I just want to be clear that I'm not here to take a bad deal. So if you think I'm just going to accept the $3000 increase, that is not what I am looking for." That's the way to answer it in sales.

For average Jane or average Joe, who is interviewing for a position, let's say is $100,000 or $200,000 . . . Whatever it is, "I just want to check with you that I'm looking for reasonable raise on top of that is within the realm of possibility. I'm not here to take significantly less OR less for that matter. I'm looking for an opportunity where I can advance my career AND do that financially, too. Is that within the realm here?"

"Yes, it is."

"Great. Could you give me a sense of the salary range for the role, understanding that I don't know how you are going to evaluate me. At the end of the day, I just want to get a picture of what the ranges for the position. " Normally, they will give you a sense of it.

"Normally, there's a lot more than I'm sure you need to know in order to get a sense of where I would fit in but I just want to learn that this is…"

Did you see how I went with this? It is a respectful question not, "So, what's the salary for this?" Is not an imbecile question that so many people ask.

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.

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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.

WIIFM (What’s In It For Me)


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you that at an interview you must think like the hiring manager – – WIIFM

Summary

If you are US centric. That is, you were raised in the US and you are used to US cultural mores, you know the scenario of being set up on a blind date. 3 of you are supposed to meet. You got a phone call at the time that you are all supposed to meet saying, "I need to be about an hour late. Why don't the 2 of you get acquainted." I need to be was kind of like a blind date in that regard.

If you are not used to the United States, think of it like an arranged marriage that is kind of like a networking scenario. In networking, someone basically from up high or who knows the hiring manager says, "The 2 of you would be perfect! I think it is an ideal marriage." You need for a short period of time and you get married. This may not be a short period of time. It may be 3 meetings before you get married. At the end of the day it's pretty similar to in a networking situation having an arranged marriage.

When all is said and done, you have a lot of time to get someone's attention. 1 of the things that you need to do is remember this acronym-WIIFM. What's in it for me. Meaning, not you, but them. What's in it for them to hire you? How are you going to solve their problem?

At the end of the day, you have to focus, not on pleasing them, but demonstrating your fit for the role and your fit for the organization..Period.

Eventually, you get to the point where of "What's in it for you," and you'll have an opportunity to learn that along the way, whether it is in terms of money, benefits, nature of the work, people you will be working with, work environment, reduce commute... There's a lengthy list of things that can be in it for you.

I also want to remind you that when looking at. "What's in it for you," that there could be a .2 years from now where the US economy craters again. Or the economy in the country you're in craters again, how can you land? What can you learn here that is going to help you become marketable going forward.

I know, if you're out of work, and you been out of work for a long time, sometimes you do what you have to do.

But, where you can, make sure that you're not signing on for a job that no one is going to find you attractive when you leave this organization at some point in the future.

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

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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Changing Your Attitude

Preparing to Job Search: Changing Your Attitude | Job Search Radio


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/08/preparing-to-job-search-changing-your-attitude/

I discuss the first step to preparing to job hunt–changing your attitude.

Summary

This is clearly the place most people need to start and that is with changing your attitude.

You see, a lot of people have been conditioned to be an employee and become obedient. You start in school, you talk to signature and act like a training chimp, answer questions that you are posed, if you got your chair when you are very young that going to give you ADHD drugs to try to keep confined. If you're bored because the teachers awful, your great start to suffer. If you don't do your homework on time, the grades go. If you gossiping other students, you become the target of criticism ostracized from the in-group and your teachers see this ego drugs again. It's awful.

You get into the workforce and you are being conditioned even more. Do what you are told. Come in at a certain time. Leave it is certain time. On and on and on. A lot of managers, a lot of bosses try to make the people guilty. I want you adopt a different attitude.

I want you adopt an attitude that basically says, "I am the chairman were the chairwoman of the board of my own business. My shareholders are my wife/husband/partner/lover/whoever is important to you.. I am responsible for my career. " Not big mommy Corporation not big daddy Corporation. You are the one who's responsible. You have to think of your career as being something in your hands not in the company's hands.

For a lot of people, this is a big shift but the reality is that the company only does what is good for them. There going to chew you up and spit you out if you're not careful and look out for yourself. I know so many different people who have been posted to careers that they don't really want to have, only to be dismissed during bad economic times which are completely understandable, but they can't find work because the need for the job that they have been doing has been unique to that one firm.

By changing your attitude as the head of your business, thinking of it that way, you start to look at your career differently. You start to think of it as being something that you own and not one the company owns.

Millions of people around the world have learned the hard way that in bad economic times, corporations to talk about permanent employment quickly point out the fact that you live in "at will" state and they don't have to keep you working there.

Don't full for the BS. Start looking out for yourself. Start looking you for what the market demands in the way of skills for the kind job that you do In the company will pay for its, pay for yourself and then get someplace that appreciates 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 career coaching,  all 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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.

Proper Preparation

Proper Preparation . . . | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 920 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to act like an actress, actor, or athlete before your next job interview. 

Summary

I want to give you some no BS job search advice for how to prepare for your next job interview. Hear me out. I know most of you are going to take the lazy approach to help you get through some of you will actually put in the effort to excel.

Let me start by saying that when actor or actress walks out of the stage to recite those lines, they didn't just read the lines in the past, what they've done is command stage before an audience to perform those lines as though they were in front of the audience. When and athlete comes out of the field for a game, whether it is football, basketball, whatever the sport is they have practice in a number of times in front of people who are there to critique and evaluate them in order to ensure that they are performing to the maximum capabilities. You are going to need to do the same thing.

You may say, "I know how to answer these questions," but you don't know the nuances of how you are answering them and there are only a few ways to find out. One bit of homework for you – – there are certain predictable questions that everyone is asked in an interview. What might you be asked? Write down your answers.

Here's the fun part. What I want to do is to get two friends together for a mock interview one person is going to ask the question. The other one is going to take the phone out and record you while you answer the questions. Have them stand behind the interviewer so they are looking directly at you. There are a few things that you want to notice when answering questions.

1. What you actually say.
2. You also want to notice your bad habits so that you can work at correcting them.

Some people think their maintaining eye contact but really aren't. Some people have lots of "uhs," and pauses and "ums," and "you knows". They may stagger when the answer questions. Isn't that better to correct before you actually interview through practice and rehearsal than at the interview. When you walk out the door and go, "Oh, well. I will be better next time." You wasted everyone's time and blown an opportunity that you may have really wanted.

Don't just shrug it off to a learning experience athlete. Some shrug it off to a learning experience. There prepare before they get out on the field, the when they get out of the court. Actresses and actors don't flub line and call it a learning experience. The audience would be annoyed at them. They are in the theater watching them. Having spent good money getting an amateur performance. Do you want to be seen as an amateur? Of course, not. You want to be the position where you have the opportunity to choose whether or not to join this firm for this job and not leave it up to them to make that decision on their own.

Get out there with a video camera. Get 2 friends together. It could be a wife, husband, partner, friend… Whoever it is… It could be a person in your networking group. It could be your coach. It could be someone they know. Whoever it is, get them there and videos you so that you can listen to your answers and watch your bad habits. This way, you can correct them before the question very much.

By the way, even if you get the job, you may question money with a lower offer because they don't think you're quite that good and you are good enough. You never want to be seen as "good enough." You want to be seen as the 1st choice. Period. The best choice. Period. Not the "good enough" choice because there never compensated quite as well as the best one.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all 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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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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