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I'm Being Interviwed By Someone Much Younger

I’m Being Interviewed by Someone Much Younger! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 932 The anniversary show AND I explain how to handle an interview situation where the hiring manager is much younger than you.

Summary

I want to talk with you about age discrimination, 1 of the most common forms of discrimination in hiring.As a search professional, I hear the lament . . . And I've heard from the time when I was 1st entering the business was 20 years old . . . "I being discriminated against because of my age. I'm X number of years old I was interviewed by someone who is much younger than me. I said no chance of getting the job."

That may have been true. I also want to say that discrimination takes a whole host of forms , including your assumption that this person was going to discriminate against you and that the 20-year-old like I once was is being interviewed by the 45-year-old who thinks that in no way, shape or form does this person ever bring in the head. Discrimination takes a whole host of forms .

Be that as it may, you are the person who is my age (I'm in my 60s) interview by the person in their 30s or 40s. You have that feeling in the pit of your stomach that this interview is dead in the water before it even gets underway. I would just want to say to you that you may be wrong. You may actually be someone who they are really interested in for the very reason that you have the experience.

My advice he was really very simple. Make no assumptions. Walk in there and know that you may not get the job. You may not get the job NOT because of your age But because you did not perform well on the interviews. You may not demonstrate all the brilliance that you have and the experiences and template that you have in the course of your interview. That's not their fault; that's because you gave up proactively walking in the door.

Your goal when you walk in the door. In the example that I gave with the person who might be 20 or 30 years your junior is to make them fall in love with you, just like you would be trying to do if you're being interviewed by someone who is your own age.

Invariably, there are circumstances where the younger hiring manager asks the question that translates into, "can you take direction from me?" The correct answer is, "Of course. I've done it before. I've taken direction for people younger than I. Statistically, you must admit the probability is I'm always going to be working for someone younger than me. This was never an issue for me, but I've always recognize that people are concerned about it going in. I have no issue with it."

You can be just as casual in his blunt this I was in that answer. Also say that there is another variation on This where you can say, "I have no problems. As a matter of fact, I have worked with younger hiring managers before. At times, they appreciate that I have the experiences That I do because they see me as someone that they can come to for advice, who is not going to stick their noses in my business, allow them to make the mistakes, but is available as a resource if they need it."

Notice what you are doing you saying, "I can mentor, but I'm not going to push my mentoring on you."They can come to you as an advisor because you have certain experiences that may be of value to them. I don't answer is good. You can combine those answers for easily.

Again, my suggestions are always do the things that are comfortable for you and allow yourself to just be magnificent in the interview, even though you are concerned that this person is going to reject you because of your age.

Again, you may not be the person that they hire, but you may be the trailblazer makes it possible for the next person to get hired, all because of your performance. So, do a masterful job.

ABOUT YOUR HOST

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.

Two Dirty Words to Never Use in an Interview

The Two Dirty Words to Never Use in a Job Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 931 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you the two dirty words never to use in an interview.

Summary

I just got off the phone with someone. I was due to conversation with the worms evaluating their resume for client of ours. It was really interesting because in the course of talking with her, she used 1 of the 2 dirty words of interviewing. What are the 2 words that you should never use in a conversation.

Do you want to know what those 2 words are? I'll tell you what the 2 words are and then give you examples.

The 1st dirty word. Ready? Only. As in, "I have only done this," Or, "I have only done that." Here is the 2nd dirty word. Light. "I have light experience with.... "Whatever it is.

Tell people what you know and what you've done. If it is sufficient, great! If it isn't, that's okay, too. When you use words like only or light, but it tells the employer is, "I don't have a lot of confidence in my ability to answer questions on the subject. Could we go on to something else, please?" After all, what does light mean anyway. In this context? When you use only, what are you really saying?

Drop those 2 words from your vocabulary. Like I said, tell people what you know and what you have done. If it is good enough, terrific. If it isn't, you have been forthright. You have been accurate. Your no risk of being fired when they hire you, because they're not hiring you.

So, like I said – – 2 dirty words – – only and light.

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.

Take Nothing for Granted

Take Nothing for Granted | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 929 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of the importance of preparing whether it is for a job interview or a standardized test.

Summary

I want to remind you about something that sometimes we take for granted, sometimes were casual about limited you in the context of the story.

As you know, I was a professional recruiter and did work as a headhunter for more than 40 years. In the course of doing my work, I try to prepare people for interviews. More more firms these days, no matter what level looks of experience some has, are relying upon standardized testing as a way of evaluating and assessing different candidates. The more senior someone gets the more likely that they are going to blow these things off or take them for granted or be casual about the tests. After all, "I can do this. I've done it before. I don't have to study for this."

There was a person is representing who took 1 of the standardized tests and did well. But they're not looking for "well." Do not looking for "good enough." They are looking for "exceptional." He knows this. He has been told this. He was told to do a little bit of homework before hand so that if he was rusty and some of the subject matter he would be well prepared. Instead of scoring 3.5 or better on the exam, he scores 3.15, which may or may not be good enough to get him onto the next step.

When I spoke with him, he was (I want to say he was blasé about it because I think that's unfair) disappointed in himself because he coasted. You can't afford to coast. When you interview. You may be competing (more often than not, you are). You're competing with yourself. You're competing with the standards an organization sets. The matter where you are interprofessional cycle, your job is to score an A+ on any exam that you take. I'm not talking about written exams necessarily. Interviews or form of exam, too. You want to be well prepared before you walk in the door, knowing what it is that they are looking for and be able to talk with them about what your role, responsibilities and accomplishments are (and if you're in IT, you have to include the technology that you've been using in order to accomplish your goals).

No more coasting. No more taking it easy. Go all out.

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.

The Lunch Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 928 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you a few of the obvious things to look out for as well as how to handle one far less obvious one. 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about the lunch interview. There are some basic things get out of the way early; I know you know this stuff, but, on the off chance that you don't, if they are they're having coffee or tea, if the they're having bottled water, don't order the alcoholic drink. Don't order the most expensive item on the menu. Don't start the sales pitch before they are asking you questions. Go that you should make chitchat at the very beginning in order to play the conversation flowing personal level, rather than on the "sales level." Let them start the business side 1st.

Those of the basic things; I know you know them intuitively, if not practically. Let me just because you about one little.

Here's the scenario. Your interviewer is incredibly friendly and affable. They just assume which energy and enthusiasm that just makes seem like to friends are talking. Well, two friends aren't talking. They are there to evaluate and assess you. You are there to sell yourself and make sure that they understand your credentials and to demonstrate the fit for whatever role they have for being able to work in the institution. There is a difference in the agendas here. Often, the person who is exceedingly affable is going to report back later on that you were not a fit.

You are a little bit of a bind and I am going to suggest a few simple techniques here. If you have the "exceedingly affable one," the one who is just so friendly and they have that big enthusiastic matter about them, just relaxing people smile on your face as you answer questions. Don't fall for the trap of being extremely affable yourself because frankly, often what happens, you reveal a little too much because Your guard is down and you make mistakes. You get off the script that you want to work from that talks about your role, responsibilities and accomplishments (if you are in IT, the technology that you utilized), you forget some of the stories of the good parts of the stories that you may want to tell it relay information. Just because your offer game. You're not in professional mode.

Just remember very simply to always remember, they are not your friend. They are not there to be your "bud." They are not there to be your girlfriend. What they are there to do is evaluate and assess you. Your to ensure that (1) you have the skills to figure organization, (2) that you can fit in with the people in the group.

It is not complicated. You just have to be smart when you interview because you always have to remember they have an agenda. The agenda is always knowing more about you to see whether or not they should disqualify 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.

Don't believe their bull

Don’t Believe Their Bull | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 927 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you not to believe the bull employers throw at you during an 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 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 http://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

Building Charisma

Building Charisma | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 900 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the importance of charisma when you interview and explains how you can increase yours.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about building charisma.  If you know some of my work, you know that I believe that there are certain number of qualities that firms look for when they hire. Competence is one.  Self-confidence, character, chemistry, CHARISMA… All of which add up for me as personal leadership. How do you add to your charisma? Why is charisma important? Often, it is a huge differentiator between one candidate and another, and it draws people in, emotionally when you interview.

Today, I want to help you work on your charisma By building some of the techniques that will allow you to be more charismatic in interviews.

The 1st thing is preparation.  An unprepared person who is "winging it," has a degree of uncertainty about them.  You cannot be uncertain when you interview.  You have to display complete mastery of the subject on an interview.  So, you have to take the time to prepare.  After all, athletes do it.  The greats do it.  Do you think A public speaker hasn't walked out and rehearsed that speech before they have given it? Why do you believe that you can just "wing it" and do well on every interview that you do? Even if you are not hired, you want to create positive impressions because you never know when you will run into these folks again.

Preparation is a huge part of presenting yourself in a charismatic way.  Another thing is asking great questions.  If you just arrived with little more than superficial questions, you are not going to draw them into you.  One of my beliefs, and I've said this in another video I've done, is that the more they talk, the more they like you. You want to get them talking as much as possible Because of their belief becomes that you are interested.  While they are talking, you want to appear completely engaged in what you are listening to.

You'll find this next one comes hand-in-hand with energy.  Energetic people present themselves in charismatic ways and people who use their hands when they talk also appear charismatic.  In using your hands to speak, I want to be clear that you never block your face.  You go to about middle-of-the-chin level when you use your hands because anything that you do to block your face becomes distracting. But keeping it to about middle of the chin level, no higher, emphasizes points and, thus, demonstrate greater strength and passion for what you do.

That brings us to passion.  I know it's easier to be passionate about things that you love, whether it's hobbies or family that you have huge joy about.  However, you have to demonstrate about your career, too.  Being passionate as you talk about your work is incredibly important.

Finally, optimism.  People are not drawn to, people are not magnetic, if they send down and pessimistic.  If you talk to downers, don't you just want to get away from them?  Downers – – people who are completely negative, point fingers at others, complain, piss and moan (Excuse my language, folks)… You want to be someone who draws people into you, who has a magnetic quality… That's what charisma is all about.  That backdated quality that makes you attractive to others.

Employing some of these techniques is a huge way of making people want to hire you because they want to be around you.  Being flat, being dull, speaking in a monotone for 30 minutes just makes people want to go to sleep.  Is that what you want to do?  Of course, not.  You want to be that charismatic individual that, even if they turn down, it's hard for them to turn you down because they really like 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.

3 Steps to Better Interviews

3 Steps to Better Interviews | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 891 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter suggests 3 things you can do to improve the results of your job interviews. 

Summary

Today, I specifically want to talk . . . You know who you are. You have been a lot of interviews. You know how this all works I want to remind you about something pertaining to your interviewing. It comes from an episode that occurred many years ago who is really very good in his field, but, for some reason, he wasn't getting hired. I feel that about him job searching after he had been doing it for a while. He had already been on more than 10 interviews. I invited him to my home to give them a coaching session and to get a sense of what was wrong.

I started off with the traditional question of, "Tell me about yourself and what you been doing professionally." I listen to him answer this question and immediately knew what the problems were.

Problem number 1 was that he was not particularly well prepared. He thought he could just wing it and provide answers off-the-cuff. After all, it doesn't many times before and why would this time be any different. It was different; he wasn't doing well.

Problem number 2 was that when he did answer, it sounded like he answered this question a thousand times before (which he probably had) and frankly, he sounded like he was bored. There was no passion in his voice. There was no excitement. This didn't sound like opening-night for Broadway show where the entire cast were excited to be on stage. Instead, this sounded like the cast had been performing together for a long time and seeing the same songs over and over again.

I can only imagine what it was like the people were performing in the cast of, "Cats," the longest running show on Broadway. I can't imagine would be like to sing those songs over and over again night after night . . . "Memories!" Oh God! You got to get bored and has to show up in your performance at some point. I'm not trying to be disrespectful to the actors; I just think it's human nature. This is what showed up for him.

The 3rd thing that showed up was that he was long-winded.. That was part of not being well prepared. Often, you veteran folks out there, we start to answer questions, you start going off on these monologues and pontificate as though we should all bask in your magnificence. It doesn't work. All that happens is the listener starts to mentally channel surf and go somewhere else. They start thinking about anything other than you.

You need to keep your answers to 30-45 seconds in length so that you make the interview interactive. Through your answers, what you are going to do is guided the interviewer to the next logical follow-up question. You want to tantalize them a little bit so that they want more. And ask you for more. By doing that you keep them engaged and interested.

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.

The One Thing to Use Your Mobile Phone For on an Interview

The One Thing to Use Your Phone For on an Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 926 This is the one thing to use your mobile phone for on a job interview.

Summary

This podcast is about one thing, the only thing you should be using your phone for on an interview. I want to be clear that this is an in person interview not a phone interview. This is the one thing you should be using your phone for.

Before you arrive, I want to take a picture of your mouth and check to see if there is anything your teeth.

There are 2 bit hygiene things I was taught long time ago. Dirty fingernails and stuff in your teeth. Obviously, you need to take a shower before him. I'm not going down that road. These 2 things are things that, particularly men, tend to forget about the women get caught in the trap of the thing with the teeth.

I'll simply say that if you have lunch or had breakfast, if you've eaten anything before the interview, take a quick snapshot of your mouth just to make sure that there is no residue there from the meal. Then, if you discover something inappropriate there, you have time.

Better to do that than to go on an interview and have that nice piece of lettuce in your teeth (if you don't believe me that that happens, trust me. It happens).

Again, take a quick picture of your mouth, check the results and smile like a star.

 

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.

Training Camp | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Training Camp | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 925 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the importance of training camp for athletes and job hunters. 

Summary

Today, I want to offer you some no BS job should drive that is designed to help you really catapulted job search and wind up crossing the finish line a lot faster. Today's advice is really simple.

Let's start off with a scenario. Can you imagine a pro football team or pro basketball team or baseball team that doesn't practice and just shows up and wins? Can you imagine them avoiding trading him and just showed up that 1st Monday of the season and performing well? Can you imagine lots of injuries, lots of guys getting hurt. A lot of women on the basketball court winding up a pulled muscles? Can you imagine this team having a great record and winning a championship ? Frankly, I can't.

Yet this is how a lot of job hunters conduct themselves. They just show up for an interview, they expect to do well and are sharp when they don't. They are shocked when they don't get the job. It's no different. It's really no different for you as a job hunter. You need to get out there and practice. You need to practice with someone else. You need to rehearse your answers to the point where they'll say unrehearsed because otherwise you are nothing more than that athlete who expects the shop on Sunday, having done no practice and expects to win.

I understand in team sports that the other members of the team may carry this person for a given week. Let me give individual sports example. On the tennis court, can you imagine a tennis player who doesn't practice winning many titles? Frankly, I can't imagine it. I don't care if they are visualizing all the time that Paul going over the net and landing the perfect placement, that they are imagining all those overheads that they are smashing or those lobs that land in the perfect spot... It just doesn't work. They have to practice; they have to keep their muscles limber. Time and time again, they have to, over hours and hours of practice, actually hit the ball. You walk into the arena of a job interview unrehearsed, unpracticed and unprepared. Unprepared with no research. Unprepared to answer obvious questions. Unrehearsed for the entire thing.

Let me give you a joke from another YouTube video.

Stop it! There is a Bob Newhart video called, "Stop It!" Go watch it sometime. I think it is hysterical.

I'll simply say stop doing the things that are getting into trouble. You are acting like an amateur when you do that. Get out and do a professionals do. Professionals don't walk into meetings and wing it. They have spent years getting ready. They walk out onto the practice field, they walk into the arena of the game in the stadium and they are practiced. They are at peak condition at just that moment, ready to perform. You need to do much the same sort of thing and get your muscles ready, and your plays down pat so that, in this way, you can nail it.

Now, there's a difference between being well practiced being over rehearsed. I've been watching this 1 series called, "The Next Food Channel Celebrity." 1 of the finalists there is someone who seems to well prepared that they don't connect with people. That is the feedback that she's been getting time and time again. She seems really good and really talented, but is too prepared. There is a fine line when you crossover and just missed the connection that you have to make with people..

Don't over rehearse to the point where you sound canned and phony. You have to always make it seem as though that this is the 1st time that you are saying these words, even if it is the 400th.

Again, practice. Prepare. Rehearse. Sailed wonderful. Send like you talking to your best friend on the other side of the desk.

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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