Stupid Interview Mistakes: Weak First Impressions (VIDEO)

In this video, I explain how they occur and easy ways to avoid them. Fir some reason, the first few second where I introduced myself didn’t record properly.

Summary

First impressions are critical. You only have a few seconds to create them and unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of creating a week 1st impression. Here's how it occurs and I will give you a few different scenarios.

You're getting a phone call out of the blue. Maybe someone and seen your LinkedIn profile; maybe they found your resume online. However, it occurred, it is a phone call that was unexpected. You're caught by surprise. You start to stumble and stammer; you sound uncomfortable because your meeting with people. The simplest way to respond to that is by saying, "I would love to talk with you but I made with other people. Can we speak it around 1:30 or 3:30 PM?" "Or I'll have time when I'm in the car driving home (or on my commute) at 5:30 PM. Does that work for you?" Offer a few different alternatives for them. If that doesn't work on their schedule and they say, "Why can't you talk right now," you just learn something about them that's really useful.

Try to schedule a time where you know you can speak. That's really the smoothest way to do it.

If you have a phone interview that has been scheduled, you want to be ready to roll right away. You can't sound uncomfortable if they are calling you. You have to sounded ease and, at the same time, have personality and be excited that they've reached you. The simplest way to do that, "Hey, thanks for making the call. I appreciate you being on time. I have a tight schedule today and let's get to work!" That's a fun way to do it instead of simply saying, "Oh! I didn't realize it was 2:30 PM." When you do that you make yourself seem like an idiot.

In the in person interview, what often happens is you are left waiting for a little while. You are in the reception area or in some conference room, waiting to speak with someone. The mistake people make is being too engaged in something else during the waiting period. Thus the retention is taken off of their upcoming performance and how to perform well in the 1st few moments of the interview and instead they're looking at the phone, their reading, they are on their laptop, pacing around looking at the 4 walls... There doing everything other than being mentally prepared..

During this time that you're waiting, you can do a quick review of how to answer certain interview questions, the stories that you have planned out that you're going to tell that are planned out to emphasize points that you expect they will ask you about. There's a lot that you can be reviewing in your mind, so that when someone opens the door or someone comes out to greet you and says your name, you can stand up and be ready to give them a great handshake, eye contact and, of course, a big smile.

When you are escorted into the interview room and sit down, you can start by proactively saying, "Hey, I really appreciate you making time to meet with me today." Then you can go into what I call The Single Best Question You Can Ask on Any Interview {I have a video about that. So not going to go into that now.). I just say that there is a lot that you can do to always appear ready. You always want to appear engaged and ready to seize the moment.

At the end of the day, this is your opportunity. You have no 2nd chances here. You have one opportunity to create the great 1st impression and the weak one won't do it. The weak one is going to let them know that you don't have a lot of confidence in your ability to talk about this stuff, or that you are in certain. They are looking for someone who could inspire confidence that you are the solution to a need that they have.

Unless you do that right out-of-the-box, you are missing a golden opportunity to lay the framework to convince them to want 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.

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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10 Career Management Mistakes You May Be Making


Here are 10 things you may be doing that hurt yourself.

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Have You Seen My Resume? (VIDEO)


It amazes me that people ask this question. What gives you the idea that they haven’t seen your resume?

Summary

Another 1 of those stupid interview mistakes people make, so often. There is a mistake. You get a phone call, so was talking with you on the phone and they're going through your background. Then, you under those famous words, "Have you seen my resume?"

Okay, why do you think they haven't seen your resume? Or maybe your LinkedIn profile? Is there any clue in there that let you know that they doubt 10 numbers out of the blue and decided to talk to you? Of course they've see something about your resume or your LinkedIn profile. Or maybe they had an old resume in their system.

Ultimately, what the trying to get is a feel for you and your capabilities and how you express yourself. Understand, recruiters, whether they are third-party or corporate, don't flip resumes to hiring managers like they are burgers in a fast food restaurant. Ultimately what they are paid to do is evaluate and assess.

In asking you questions, what are they evaluating?

1. Whether you fit the role.
2. How they think, depending upon you have your personality comes across, you will get along with the hiring manager and with the team.
3. A sense of your oral communication skills. After all, you will be talking about the subject that you know intimately-- what you do. It's not all that complicated will recruiters do. Recruiters are there to evaluate and assess people.

Generally, less experienced people will ask this question. Occasionally, a more experienced person will. I say "occasionally," because experienced people sometimes forget that when they hire people for jobs on their staff, this is no expectation of what someone will do for them-- evaluating and assessing people prior to referring them.

Don't be foolish and make 1 of the stupid interview mistakes and ask, "have you seen my resume?" Of course they have seen your resume or your LinkedIn profile or an old copy of your resume where you did something that piqued their interest and thought that the client might be interested in your background.

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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.  

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Do You Have an H-1b Visa? Don’t Make This Mistake | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discuss is a common resume mistake people make who are working in the US under an H-1b Visa. This mistake causes people to anger individuals who were there to help them for jobs.

Summary

Let me be blunt with you. Like a resume from someone who appears only have been the US for a few years, I already know that you are working in the United States on a visa. All I have to do is confirm. Why? Very simply, is because my clients tell me whether they will or will not transfer a visa.

Speaking to you, how many of you have ever heard of someone who is gotten hired by an employer who did not want to do a visa transfer? Who at the beginning of the search said, "No Visa Transfers" and then turned around and said, "you know, this person is so extraordinary. We'll transfer their visa!"

It doesn't. The one miracle case is usually exactly that – – the one miracle case because in my 40+ years of doing search, I never heard of one. Just put it on your resume.

I understand if you don't have a lot of time left on your visa, there is a certain urgency that you have. I get that. At the same time, understand the impact is that you are wasting a lot of people's time for no point whatsoever. I may run an ad that indicates that my clients want someone with the legal right to work in the United States , and are unwilling to transfer a visa. Why are you sending a resume to that? Other people do their version of that.

At the end of the day, make it easy for everyone because not doing that is just a huge time suck.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of the biggest mistakes job hunters make. This is a mistake that consistently costs you money.

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 have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as 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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

It’s Hard to Avoid This Interview Mistake | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 778 I point to one of the mistakes job hunters make when interviewing in person or doing a video interview.

Summary

I see a lot of mistakes that people make and this 1 is geared toward job hunters. It can occur in an in person interview and they can occur in a video interview. What you're doing when you make this mistake is tipping offices of nerves that you have that you want to disguise for better.

What I'm doing as I record this is sitting in a swivel chair and rocking from side to side. I'm actually feeling calm this morning, so this is quite a bit of an act for many people I talk with by Skype, some version of video interviewing whether it's FaceTime or some other way our talk to a person, I see them rocking in the chair a little bit. You not disguising you nerves. It's really that simple.

If you are doing a video interview, you want to have a basic chair. No swivel to it. If the role, if you are nervous. I don't want to be revealed this way. I would rather have you use you nerves with your hands so that you use your hands to emphasize things as you speak.

If you are sitting with me, my hands to be about waist high as I'm talking. But when were talking now, when speaking with your hands you want to use them to illustrate going point by point by point. You can illustrate that with your hands and I am flicking them as I would an interview.

You never want to cross your hands across her face. You may want to frame your face at times, or frame your body at times with your hands. Never EVER block your face because there was a signal and that about hiding... At least that the signal the people are trained to believe that the behavior indicate (I think it's a case of nervous energy, but this is again how people are trained).

At the end of the day, you always ALWAYS want to demonstrate being firm, certain, confident and rocking chair turns you back in the being a little boy your little girl back in public school sitting at a desk, maybe being brought up in front of the teacher... All that sort of nonsense. You don't need that.

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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

Job Search Mistakes: Wanting It Too Much | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of the biggest mistakes job hunters make. This is a mistake that consistently costs you money.

Summary

This is a mistake the job hunters make all the time by falling in love with the job and falling in love with the work. The impact of doing this is that for many of you, you lose all your negotiating savvy.

Imagine for second that you walk into a house And say, "I love this place! Oh! This is fabulous!" What happens to your negotiating power? At that point the realtor knows that your sucker for a price. If the sellers there, they know that you want this house. If there are 2 of you walking in and one person is doing that, the other one is over a barrel. There is no walkaway capability.

A lot of you make that same mistake with job search. You reveal way too early on that you like the job you do to people like me, you do it to the firm that is hiring, and the impact of that is they think that they have you over the barrel.

1 of the things you always need to be prepared to do is walk away. I know we bought a house a few years ago, my wife liked it, but wasn't in love with it and she said, "This decision is yours.." I made the decision to buy. I negotiated my particular way. .. I got of the lowest price that I could and we are very happy with the house that we put money into it.

When you're negotiating with the company for job, you can't let them in on the secret that you love this job because then, they know you don't have the ability to walk away because most people don't. At that point, most people are overcommitted and the result once it being that you get less money when they offer to you.

You always need to walk in prepare to leave and not loving the idea of the job so much that you will take it for less than what you are deserving of getting it for.

I don't care with the company's budget is because the budget, at the end of the day, is irrelevant to you. What your value on the market is should be what is important to you. Don't overcommit and show that you are in love with the job.

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 have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as 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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Asking Great Questions | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 776 I discuss this mistake and offer ways that you can solve it.

Summary

This is 1 of my shows in my is stupid interviews series that I've been doing. It involves not asking questions, will not be asking great questions.

Sometimes you walking completely unprepared and you are kind of frozen. Thus, when they ask, "So do you have any questions for us," you respond by saying (stupid voice), "No, you have done a great job of explaining everything to me." That's not the right answer. They want to make sure that you have insightful thinking, that you demonstrate a certain amount of care your questions, so is important to ask questions.

I just want to mention I have an e-book available on Amazon for, I think, $5 and that my website. It's called, "No BS Questions You Should Ask on Any Interview." It is a series of questions that you can ask on an interview.

So when they say, "So do you have any questions for us," they're not just asking them about the job. That's my advice to ask at the beginning of the interview, you should ask about the job before the interview really starts. So the end of the interview, I don't really what you're asking about the job because you will of the ready asked that question at the beginning of the interview and they have already covered it. I want to asking some of these questions.

I they got into these 2 into the book and I will add them shortly but, in the meantime, I want to make sure that you the best advice possible.

There are 2 great questions to start off with.

Some of the ask the question, you can step in and say, "Let's say you hire me and I come on board, what you expect I will be doing and need to accomplish during the 1st 30, 60 and 90 days after I join?" This is going to give you an idea of the acclimation process and how they are going to measure you at the beginning of your employment there. I think it is a great question… And now comes the greatest question you can ask.

"So it is a year from now and it is time to give me my review. I have a just a good job. I have done a spectacular job. As a matter fact, my work is been amongst the best that you have ever seen. What what I've accomplished during that year that would cause you to think that way?"

Ding ding ding ding ding! Home run question!

Don't just glide over the 1st one and go to the 2nd. You need to know, what they will be expecting from too.you at the beginning of your employment, Do the 1st question then go to the 2nd next. They use some of my additional questions from the book.

You will demonstrate that you are a great fit, that you are smart and will close out the interview very well.

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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

Executive Networking Mistakes

Executive Networking Mistake #1 | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the biggest mistake executives and others make when networking.
Summary

Have you ever gotten 1 of those emails that says, "Hey! How are you? How's it going?" The next line basically translates into I'm looking for a new job. Can you help me?

You just want to hit the delete key because you haven't heard from this person for the longest time and suddenly, they are sending a message to you, like they are your long lost cousin and they need $20,000 from you.

You hate those emails yet so many of you operate that way of doing networking. You see, the biggest skill that you can develop professionally (other than the core job skills that you have) is maintaining your network. That's because at the end of the day, there is going to come a point where you going to need them. You may want to hire someone that they know or you may need help finding another position. Not nurturing your network is a huge mistake that way too many of you people make.

I don't care if you are in the C suite, the have a corporation, or the most senior person that firm. You as an individual have to cultivate and nurture a network of contacts because, one day, you don't want to be in the position of lurching to someone and say, "Hey! How are you?? How's it going? It was going real well for me until…" And then having to ask for a favor.

How many favors like that you grant? Most people I know don't grant many of them… If any of them.

Nurture your network during the time that you don't need so that they are available during the times when you do need them.

 
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 have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as 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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

The Missing Ingredient in Most Interviews | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 770  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter suggests that you add this ingredient to your job interview recipe.  

Summary

Today, I want to offer you a job interview to that I see time and again, no matter how often I tell people to do this, they forget to do it. That is, when you are in an interview, and you're being asked the question about something you have done, most people talk about the situation and offer an answer to the question without giving examples. Examples (please excuse this example. I'm going to give) is like mayonnaise to tuna and the sandwich. It's the thing that blends everything together to give all that the great flavor.

When you are interviewing, don't neglect examples because they really give sustenance and texture and flavor to the story, different than just simply reciting facts. For example, if I were to talk to talk about myself as a recruiter and I went to the particular tasks of the day, it would probably cause your eyes to glaze over, certainly within less than 5 minutes. If I were to talk with you, but some of the difficult interviews I conducted, some of the difficult situations that had to contend with with job applicants who have just been acting irrationally or institutional customers that were just acting irrationally, how I brought those situations together to get both parties together so they can live happily ever after. For many many years with one another, that will probably give you better flavor for what I have done.

Don't neglect examples. Always use them as part of your interviewing. Practice them envious of that you are comfortable with them and you will find time and again that your interviews will thrive as a result.

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Crossing The Line (VIDEO)

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter warned you about crossing the line on your next interview and how that can become so costly.

Summary

I want to spend a little time today cautioning you about crossing the line on your interviews. I'm reminded of this by something that happened on an interview that I arranged.

I had someone interviewing with a client of mine. He was on his fourth interview; he's on the home stretch; they live his background. The last person he interviewed with told him, "You're the only person of a I've interviewed who is qualified to do this job." He's having a great interview. They are yukking it up. They are having a great time with one another.

The phone interviewer asks him a question to answer and he answers, "I'll show it to you on the whiteboard when we meet."

Ding ding ding ding ding ding.

Answer the question.

You're having a good time with someone but you have to remember that they are there to evaluate and assess you. They interpreted that language as "not being willing to answer the question." He was rejected

This person who is the only individual under consideration for this role, the obvious front runner, no one else is being considered, and he blew it. He also got a little too "friendly" with his language at particular times using a profanity or two in the course of answering questions. That's what I was told.; I don't know if it was true or not.

When all is said and done, there is a line you cannot cross. At any point where they ask you a question, you have to answer it. You can't put it off because you are feeling so friendly with the interviewer that you lose track of the fact that they are not your friend and are there to evaluate and assess you. They are there to make a determination as to whether you are qualified for the job. As much as they may like you personally, you have to show that you can do the job.

Caveat emptor. Don't cross the line.

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.

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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