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Being Smart with Stories on Your Interviews


In this video, I speak about using stories effectively when interviewing . . . and it isn’t what you think.

Summary

Today's podcast talks with you about stories. Most of you already know that there will be a lot of questions that you will be asked where you can talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it through stories. In doing so, use a way of talking about the situation you stepped into, the resources that you have available to you, the actions that you took the outcomes that you received in the course of doing this work. You got that.

What often happens is the story because the land particularly well. Whatever the reason is it doesn't work. When you're preparing for your interviews (you do prepare for interviews, right) I always talk with people that tough interview question is that people are asked pretty predictably on interviews. Whether it is, "Tell me about yourself," or, "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now," "What are your career aspirations," "Tell me about a time when you ...." There are a lot of questions that are asked pretty predictably on interviews. If you been on a few interviews you can already see that you're being asked the same questions over and over again.

1. Prepare by rehearsing answers to this.
2. Prepare with stories.
3. Have multiple stories available to illustrate your point.

Why multiple stories?

You see 2 people or 3 people and tell the same story. It lands flat with one person and the others nod. What have you done to counteract the impact of that 1st story? Good or bad? With good, you want to reinforce it. With bad, you want to correct it.

The next person, you need you may ask you similar question, you want to offer up a different story to them and not just parrot back the 1st answer.
1, the 1st story landed flat
here's the big thing:
2. By selling more than one story, you demonstrate that you have more than one experience with contending with this problem and thus more experience.

I don't care for the most junior person is good be hired an organization or in the C suite. Telling multiple stories to answer question is an effective way of demonstrating your experience and capabilities plus tactically offers a counterbalance against the impact of the story landed flat on someone's ears. 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,” “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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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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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.

Improving Your Leadership | The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast


Listen to the full episode here:
https://anchor.fm/no-bs-coaching-advice

It doesn’t take much. Two steps is all it takes

Summary

I'm often asked to do leadership coaching with people . . . relatively inexperienced folks . . . very senior people around the world. For the most junior pe, ople I want to start by saying leadership in many of your cases starts off with just doing 2 things and doing them regularly.

Number 1. I think this is the most important one. Caring. So few people seem to care about their work. So few people put in effort in their jobs and leadership is about leading yourself and learning how to lead yourself in caring.

The other one is demonstrating joy with a smile. Again, so few people really seem to enjoy what they do. So few people care about what they do and, thus, they have got the dour look on their face, gumpy puss basically says, "I hate life."

So, if you're really interested in leadership, start off with a smile to the world, start off with caring about what you do. If you can't figure out how to do either, I think 1 of the best things you can do is change organizations or change programs. Get out of being in a situation where you think the world sucks. It doesn't serve you.

A lifetime is not long time.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

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

Subscribe to the “No BS Coaching Advice” podcast.

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For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

 

How Can I Improve My Interview Performance? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/30/how-can-i-improve-my-interview-performance-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 820 How can I get better?

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.

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.”

Happy Birthday Job Search Radio!

Today, we complete our 4th year and begin our fifth with a new format. VIDEO! Yes, we become a video podcast that you can still listen to even if you don’t like my smiling face.

Summary

This is Job Search Radio. I'm your host, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and welcome. Notice anything different? It's video!

Do you know why were switching to video? Well, I will simply say this is a very special day in the history of the show--- (I blew a non-noise maker and put on a birthday hat).

Happy birthday to Job Search Radio! YAY!

4 years ago, I interviewed Hal Klegman who, at that time was doing recruiting for a firm in Chicago named Roy Talman & Associates. We did what was for me a very uncomfortable interview., It was my 1st interview. I had never done one before.I thought I sounded pretty good but as I listened to it years later, It sounds pretty scripted. You want to know why? It's because it was scripted.

I outlined much everything that we spoke about. He knew the questions in advance and everything we were going to cover. I felt more comfortable that way. I was nervous.

Here we are. Job Search Radio is now 4 years old and I decided in conjunction with the folks at WebTalkRadio.net, where the show is hosted, that we would switch formats. We would go to video.

You can still listen and get the show through iTunes or stitcher or wherever else you listen to it. But, you know what? You're going to have my face to look at from time to time.

I just want to say that I think this is an exciting transition for the show. You can still listen to me; you don't have to stare at me and watch me all the time.You can still just listen to the podcast. But I thought the reality was it will be more interesting for some of you. You can see that lovely painting behind me that was painted for me when I still lived in New York. It is a place that is long since closed called Shopsin. Over my shoulder is a picture of my son when he was very young. That lovely plant behind me that is flowering beautifully . . . You have a chance to see my smiling faceAnd learn more about job hunting.

So, I hope you enjoy the transition. He is officially going into effect on Monday and, in the meantime, a few have questions for me, if you Multiply advice about some element of job search, send an email to me at JobSearchRadio@gmail.com . I can't promise I will cover every question. We will have a backlog of stuff. Send me questions. I would love to be able to help you.

And, in all honesty I have to tell you that the best way that I can help you is by coaching you. You may have questions about your job search that require conversation And they are not just a simple question.You, may have a question as to whether your resume or LinkedIn profile is good enough. You may have questions about a salary negotiation or how to interview effectively. Visit TheBigGameHunter.us. There are tabs on the top they will tell you how to reach out to me. I would love to help you. I would love to coach you.It's really good be the best way that I can help you.

But, in the meantime, Happy Birthday to Job Search Radio!

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.

Being Clear When You Interview

Be Clear When You Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 930  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the importance of speaking clearly when you speak on a job interview.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about the importance of speaking well when you interview. This 1 is an easy example for me; in the work I used to do, it happens all the time. I must in all candor say, this happens in interviews every day. Every day, get a phone call from some hiring manager who tells me about this issue. Here's the scenario.

I referred someone to a client ( this happened what I'm still doing recruiting. I no longer do recruiting), they called me up after the interview. I prepared the job applicant for the conversation and this is the feedback that I received. The feedback was, "This guy is terrific! Is really strong at (and they list a series of skills that they believe he was strong strong in). "But it was hard to understand them at times because, in his enthusiasm, his speaking cadence became so fast, and his accent got in the way, so often, it was hard to really follow him at times. So, I have to bring him back because I'm not really sure I want to hire him because he is going to have to deal with . . . " Let's going to what they're really saying.

For people with accents, it is very important for you to speak clearly. I know with enthusiasm, there is a tendency to speak more quickly and, with certain accents, that tends to be very difficult for people from different backgrounds to follow. I want to be clear, this isn't about someone from one nationality not be heard by "Americans." Native borms. It is about people from different backgrounds finding it difficult to be understood by people from a different background than them.

This can be someone from the People's Republic being interviewed by someone who was born in India or the United States or Paris . The are just having a communications issue because the accents are not familiar. Enthusiasm and passion to get across ideas and becomes very hard to . . Did you see what I did there? You probably found it difficult to listen to me and follow what I was trying to say.

To break the habit you may have, I want to offer simple suggestion. Visit a Toastmasters meeting. Toastmasters meetings occur all over the world in cities and states and countries worldwide. They offer you an opportunity to practice public speaking. Public speaking take lots of different forms. It is not just simply about speeches. You can be quick extemporaneous conversations like an interview, we tend to be.

There's a process that they do their that they work with beginners on when the 1st join called Table Topics where people may be asked the question. I give an example. There's a moderator there who is at the day is who says, "You know, we are coming up on summer. Summer is a wonderful time of year. The weather is warm. People become enthusiastic. They take trips. Tell me about 1 of your quick memories of summer, Jeff?" When you hear you name is the 1st time you are going to know that you're going to be asked to speak. Then you have to talk for 1 to 2 minutes on that subject.

I being put on the spot, it becomes a good way to practice for interviews. I must also, in all candor say for those who are native to the country the interview is occurring in (if you were born in London and the interviews occurring in London, if you were born in New York in the interviews occurring in New York, if you are a US born individual interviewing for US job), don't think you better than the foreign individual because you have your issues, too. It's not just simply about regional dialects.

For example, people from the South they find it difficult to be understood by people from the Northeast advice 1st. I'm living in North Carolina now. I recognize that I sound like a New Yorker (that's right was born and lived most of my life) and I have learned to speak a little bit differently when I talk to people from the South. Is just the nature of the differences in communications and my desire to be understood. You need to do the same kind of adjustments when you're being interviewed by someone.

Recognize that he you are enthusiasm and your passion and if you speak quickly, it is hard to follow people as they get so wound up they have difficulty putting ideas together... It just turns off the audience makes question.

What do we think about someone in this culture, who speaks quickly in sales? We don't think highly of them. We describe them as a fast talking salesman.

Recognize that you have to speak clearly but, at the same time, communicate intensity and passion. If you're not understood, you are not going to get hired. Look for venues where you can practice.

I am going to use my wife and I as an example. If I were the interview now for job in Atlanta, I wouldn't practice my communication style with her. I would practice with someone who is from the south to make sure I was being followed clearly. Same thing should happen with you. If you are from one nationality, though practice with someone from the same nationality; practice with someone from a different one. That's because it is so important to be understood that even if you are hired and they struggle to understand you, is going to cost you money.

Figure out that there is a multiplier from the money loss. If you are offered 5 or $10,000 less than you might've gotten if you are understood, if it's $5000, in 5 years, it's like losing $26,000 or $27,000 when you take salary increases into consideration.

So, don't fool around. Make the point of practicing how you communicate your ideas and to visit a Toastmasters meeting to see how others evaluate 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.

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