An Interview Preparation Tip (VIDEO)

 

In this periscope video, I offer a simple way to prepare for the standard interview and the behavioral job interview.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about interview preparation trick that works whether you receive a behavioral interview or 1 of the standard ones with those obnoxious questions.

Just to illustrate with behavioral interviews, they are going to start off with language along the lines of, "Tell me about a time when you…"It's kind of like mutual funds… If they start out by saying, "Tell me about a time when you…" They are looking for examples. Because, like a mutual fund, they are trying to evaluate past performance and predict future outcomes. That's what the trying to do with behavioral interview.

Even with the standard 1 when they ask you dumb questions, they are looking for much the same thing. They just don't say it. The looking for the same type of answer.

Here's the tip. It doesn't matter with your rookie trying to get your 1st job, an experienced person who Is trying to find another job, or veteran individual. the C suite. Here's what you do in advance.

Look for 3 things that are key to the role. For example, with the rookie, they talk about a hard-working individual who is reliable, but they are really looking for is a self-starter. For the "self starter stuff,," think of it this way. They are looking for examples of instances, stories that you can tell about how you step into a role and, without a lot of direction, picked up the baton and just running with. Come up with 2 examples of that that you can use in the interview.

For the experienced person, you may be looking at skills that they are looking for. They may be looking at leadership stuff. again, 2 examples of things that you tell along these lines that you can use as an example, on your interview. Experienced people generally have an idea what they are walking into but I'm so that encourage you to ask what I call the single best question you should ask on any interview. That question very simply, is asked before the real interview starts. I want you to speak 1st. Say something to the effect of, "Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I recall from the advertisement (or from the search firm, my conversation with so-and-so, whatever it is from wherever it is that you learned about the job) what the position is, but I'd like to hear from you and get your take on it. What you tell me about the roles you see and what I can to help?"

Now that they have defined it for you, you can speak about what you've done that matters to them and, knowing the true veteran individual, yes, I'm sure you do a certain amount of preparation in advance based upon what you been told, but you have the capacity to switch gears pretty quickly and adapt to what you hear on the spot. That's because (1) I want to just talk about what you've done. I want to talk about what you've done that matters to them.
(2) , I want you to have stories in your mind or instances where you can demonstrate that which they are looking for. Experienced individuals, managers, people operating the C suite are used to adapting. You guys are used to dancing on your feet. Recognize that you have to think quickly for examples. Think of one right away. My experience tells me the most you can come up with the 2nd 1 pretty quickly in order to demonstrate your experience of relates to them.

Again, always have two stories in place to illustrate every point that matters to the employer that is evaluating you.That's how you really prepare an advantage yourself on a behavioral interview or any interview for that matter.

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.”

 

10 Steps to Prepare to Job Hunt

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses his ebook, “Get Ready for The Job Jungle.”

Summary

Well tell you very simply, is that you need to understand that there are steps in preparation for job hunting that I know that almost everyone fails to take. It's not just writing a resume; writing a resume is probably 1 of the least important things that you can be doing.

I have 10 things to do to prepare to get ready for a job search in this short guide.

How to work with recruiters well. Lord knows, most of you create adversarial relationships with recruiters.
Your LinkedIn profile and things that you can do there.
Career assessments.
Getting clear about what your goals are and how you want to live your life beyond simply finding yet another job.

10 things that you can do to get ready to job hunt.

This book is also good if you are in the middle of the search because, frankly, I would encourage you to stop for a short period of time in order to backtrack to do the steps here.

10 steps. Not a big deal.

1 of them. Take some time, but it's important one. At the end of the day, if you do these 10 things, you're going to find the job hunting is a lot easier than you are finding right now.

The book is called, "Get Ready for the Job Jungle: 10 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search." Is an Amazon for the Kindle. Come over to www.TheBigGameHunter.us for the PDF of the product.

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.”

Job Interview Preparation (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with easy to use suggestions for how to prepare for your next interview and the questions you are asked.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about interview preparation. This video is derived from my book, "The Single Best Question You Should Ask On Any Interview." Is available on Amazon for Kindle. However, you can read it and all of my other books if you join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.

Before you go to an interview. Most people know to do some basic research about the firm if you've never heard of them before. Even if you have heard of them before, what about some of the basic challenges the firm has right now.

You need to talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Think in terms of the format. The format starts off with a task, you were given to work on. You might say, " I was asked to work on this what it's, or this system, or this engineering project."

Explain to them what you stepped into. Identify the problem you were given and what resources you had available. That could be dollars, people, time, technology… Whatever it is, to find the resources you had to work with.

Then, talk about the outcomes , whether you help them make money, save money, how much was involved. It's certainly a lot more impressive when you're able to say, "my work helped to generate 3 1/2 million dollars in additional sales," or "I drove costs by $2.4 million." Or $213,000.

Once you can describe it in a real way, firms can contextualize what you've done in the context of what they are looking for. Ultimately, what you are going to be hired to do is make your boss look good.

Catch that one again.

You are hired because your boss thinks you are going to help make them look good.

How will they look good?

Real simple. You help the firm make money or you help the firm save money. That's kind of like a parent when they look at a child and think, "that's my girl!" Or "that's my boy!"

They are able to claim credit for your work. They hired you, and that helps them look good.

Spend some time preparing for your interview, otherwise you walk in and you "wing it," and frankly, there are very few people who can pull that off successfully very often.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

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Your Worth (VIDEO)

Establishing your worth is more the most Important things that you can do in business and in job search. In this video, I walk through a simple technique that anyone can do.

Summary

This video is entitled, "Your Worth." Your worth is consistently 1 of the things that people undervalue and they do so for one very simple reason – – they don't understand their value. They go into the job market and decide they are looking for a certain percentage increase over what they currently earn without making any comparisons.

Comparisons have value and I understand that employers attempt to value you based upon previous salary. After all, they are not going to take a $65,000 per your person and pay them $135,000, or are they? Not unless they go into consulting 1st and establish themselves as earning $65-$90 per hour . In which case, at $65, they are earning $130,000 per year and at $90 per hour they are earning $180,000 per year. Then, they will try to drop you down.

What can you do to establish your value?

The 1st thing you need to do is to establish it in your own mind. You need to understand how you compare with others. You are not going to find that out online. You're going to find out by talking to hiring managers and other organizations to get a sense of how they would value you and your skills without telling them necessarily that you are looking for job but you just want to try get a sense of how they would evaluate you. For example, don't tell them what you are currently earning; just asked him to give you a sense of what your capabilities are and how they would assess you. That's a more valuable benchmark for any online survey you might ever read.

After all, the surveys are very limited. They may offer a job title; they may offer skill set. There is no depth in that. For example, if you are in IT and it says, "Java developer," what does that really say? There are tons of different tools to go along with that.

How do you get that sense? The 1st place is internally so that in this way, you are persuasive with someone else. Then, from there, I think the 2nd places during the waiting. A lot of job hunters do things that devalue themselves and often that occurs during the waiting process. They become anxious they REALLY want it. Their desperation comes across and kind of like the guy or girl in a dating situation who is waiting by the phone pining for that person to call them to the point where they turn into a stalker who called for 5 different times in a short period of time to try to flush out that person they were out with, you don't want to come across as being desperate. Desperation doesn't work, does it?

You will like it. After all, if you walked into a car dealership and the salesperson tried to push you into buying a car or they were selling life insurance and they try to push you into a policy, employers don't like it and hiring managers don't like it. So why do you act desperate?

You have to control yourself and the best way to do that is to go out on more "dates." By dates, I'm referring to interviews. By doing this, you get a sense of your value. You get a sense of how others perceive you and how that engenders more interesting you. The more interest you get, the better you will feel, the more value you will have and the more persuasiveness you will deliver when talking about your value to others.

You see, it's not just enough that you know your value. That's the starting place. You need to convince other people of your value in the 1st way to do it is with YOUR attitude. Your attitude says a lot to the employer. It says, "Hey, look, I would love to work for you, but there are other fish in the sea, too." That's the same as what they communicate to you, right? "Hey, we'd love to hire you, but were to talk to 25 more people before we circle back and maybe, ask you out again." You have to have your equivalent as 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.”

"Any Given Sunday"

Job Search Lessons from The Movies: Any Given Sunday | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter looks at the movie, “Any Given Sunday” and pulls out a great quote to motivate you to prepare.

Summary

This 1 that comes from an old Al Pacino movie, not 1 of his better ones, called, "Any Given Sunday." He plays a football coach and in it, there's a lesson that I think is very applicable. It's something I stress but I've never said quite as directly as this line.

"You find that life is a game of inches. So is football. That's because in either game, life were football, the margin for error is so small, I mean, want to have a second too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second to slow, too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it."

This is about all the preparations. I encouraged my videos and podcasts, and articles that are designed to help you understand the importance of preparation. You can go out there and wing it but, at the end of the day, you want to rely on luck and good fortune or would you rather be like a professional athlete or college athlete and betrayed that had a muscles honed so that you can can execute perfectly at the time of combat?

I think that's really where you want to be. It's only amateurs to go out there and try to figure it out on the fly. Amateurs miss out on things that they could've gotten. A professional, a great amateur, what is it be ready for those moments from all that time in preparation.

This is being recorded in March, 2015 where we are at the Final 4 of the NCAA tournament. These teams been practicing for the entire season and beyond to get ready for this time and ultimately to compete for the championship. There going to be small differences between one's human another that the preparation is invoked in this quote makes a difference for.

Don't just rely on luck. Don't rely on good fortune, your charm, your personality. Those are skills that you have developed over the course of a lifetime. Prepare your answers and prepare a plan. 2 things to get yourself ready. You will do much better.

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!​

Tips to Get You Started & Get You Going | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


FROM THE ARCHIVES (2011). NOTE: any jobs mentioned on the show were filled years ago PLUS I no longer do recruiting. I’m an executive job search and business life coach.

 

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

12 Steps to Take to Prepare for a Job Search | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

From the Archives (May 2011) PLEASE DISREGARD THE JOBS AND EMAIL ADDRESS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST. I no longer do recruiting and it has been years since I recorded the show.

Things to do to prepare to job hunt.

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.”

An Interview Preparation Tip | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 782 I offer a simple way to prepare for the standard interview and the behavioral job interview.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about interview preparation trick that works whether you receive a behavioral interview or 1 of the standard ones with those obnoxious questions.

Just to illustrate with behavioral interviews, they are going to start off with language along the lines of, "Tell me about a time when you…"It's kind of like mutual funds… If they start out by saying, "Tell me about a time when you…" They are looking for examples. Because, like a mutual fund, they are trying to evaluate past performance and predict future outcomes. That's what the trying to do with behavioral interview.

Even with the standard 1 when they ask you dumb questions, they are looking for much the same thing. They just don't say it. The looking for the same type of answer.

Here's the tip. It doesn't matter with your rookie trying to get your 1st job, an experienced person who Is trying to find another job, or veteran individual. the C suite. Here's what you do in advance.

Look for 3 things that are key to the role. For example, with the rookie, they talk about a hard-working individual who is reliable, but they are really looking for is a self-starter. For the "self starter stuff,," think of it this way. They are looking for examples of instances, stories that you can tell about how you step into a role and, without a lot of direction, picked up the baton and just running with. Come up with 2 examples of that that you can use in the interview.

For the experienced person, you may be looking at skills that they are looking for. They may be looking at leadership stuff. again, 2 examples of things that you tell along these lines that you can use as an example, on your interview. Experienced people generally have an idea what they are walking into but I'm so that encourage you to ask what I call the single best question you should ask on any interview. That question very simply, is asked before the real interview starts. I want you to speak 1st. Say something to the effect of, "Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I recall from the advertisement (or from the search firm, my conversation with so-and-so, whatever it is from wherever it is that you learned about the job) what the position is, but I'd like to hear from you and get your take on it. What you tell me about the roles you see and what I can to help?"

Now that they have defined it for you, you can speak about what you've done that matters to them and, knowing the true veteran individual, yes, I'm sure you do a certain amount of preparation in advance based upon what you been told, but you have the capacity to switch gears pretty quickly and adapt to what you hear on the spot. That's because (1) I want to just talk about what you've done. I want to talk about what you've done that matters to them.
(2) , I want you to have stories in your mind or instances where you can demonstrate that which they are looking for. Experienced individuals, managers, people operating the C suite are used to adapting. You guys are used to dancing on your feet. Recognize that you have to think quickly for examples. Think of one right away. My experience tells me the most you can come up with the 2nd 1 pretty quickly in order to demonstrate your experience of relates to them.

Again, always have two stories in place to illustrate every point that matters to the employer that is evaluating you.That's how you really prepare an advantage yourself on a behavioral interview or any interview for that matter.

 

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

10 Steps to Prepare to Job Hunt | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses his ebook, “Get Ready for The Job Jungle.”

Summary

Well tell you very simply, is that you need to understand that there are steps in preparation for job hunting that I know that almost everyone fails to take. It's not just writing a resume; writing a resume is probably 1 of the least important things that you can be doing.

I have 10 things to do to prepare to get ready for a job search in this short guide.

How to work with recruiters well. Lord knows, most of you create adversarial relationships with recruiters.
Your LinkedIn profile and things that you can do there.
Career assessments.
Getting clear about what your goals are and how you want to live your life beyond simply finding yet another job.

10 things that you can do to get ready to job hunt.

This book is also good if you are in the middle of the search because, frankly, I would encourage you to stop for a short period of time in order to backtrack to do the steps here.

10 steps. Not a big deal.

1 of them. Take some time, but it's important one. At the end of the day, if you do these 10 things, you're going to find the job hunting is a lot easier than you are finding right now.

The book is called, "Get Ready for the Job Jungle: 10 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search." Is an Amazon for the Kindle. Come over to www.TheBigGameHunter.us for the PDF of the product.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to take notes of the things you tolerate at work so that when your current firm makes a counteroffer you can decide whether it is worthwhile to accept.

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!

9 Steps to Getting Ready for Your Next Interview

We used to host dinner parties in our apartment in Greenwich Village. Our place had two story windows with a view of the midtown Manhattan skyline both in the apartment and in our roof garden. People would come and enjoy the company, the views and would LOVE the food.

Evenings would start with cocktails and hors d’oeurves before we sat for dinners that lasted hours. Everything was served with an eye to detail that included how each dish was plated. People begged for invitations.

Like preparing a great meal, interviewing requires preparation. You buy good ingredients and give yourself time. Taking the time to prepare for an interview will give you a huge leg up on your competition.

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Here’s how to get ready for your next job interview:

1.   Schedule interviews at times that work for your metabolism. Are you a morning person? Why would you accept a 6PM interview? If you are a person who functions best in the afternoon, try not to accept early morning appointments. If you are a person who needs to be conscious of their blood sugar, try to schedule your appointments at times when you are at your peak. If forced to accept one of your less ideal times, have a quick bite prior to the interview to avoid “fading.” Avoid overeating.

2.   Give yourself extra time to get to their offices. There are few things worse than getting to an interview late.  Arrive at the office building 7-10 minutes early. If it is summer, you want to wait in the lobby to cool off; no one likes shaking sweaty hands. If it’s winter, warm up; you don’t want someone’s early impressions of you formed by shaking a cold hand. Take a few minutes in the lobby to get focused on what you will say. Allow time to get through building security so that you actually arrive at your interview on time and ready to go.

3.   Properly introduce yourself to everyone you meet by saying. “My name is __________ and I have a [1:30] interview with ________________.”

4.   If you are asked if they can hang your coat, accept the offer; if offered a beverage, accept a beverage. You don’t have to drink coffee or tea. Soda, bottled water or water is fine. Thank whoever helps you. Declining the offer may be rude in some cultures.

5.   Take your seat in order to face the greatest number of entry points into the room so that you can see someone approaching you. Being startled is not a good way to start a meeting.

6.   If you are given an application, complete it and complete it thoroughly, accurately and neatly. Do not attach your resume and write, “See attached resume.” An application is a legal document and failure to complete it accurately can be grounds for termination.  If you are not sure about the month you started a job or your exact salary, write “approx” (for the word approximately) next to the item. If asked, indicate you are not absolutely certain of the exact month and don’t wish to deceive anyone. Obviously, if you can ascertain your salary or starting date prior to interviewing, do so; for some people, the date or salary may be so far in the past to make it impossible to determine.

7.   Write legibly (or as legibly as you can). This may be the twelfth application you’ve completed, but it is the first of yours that they’ve seen. In many professions, sloppiness is seen as a flaw.

8. When you hear your name announced, stand, and smile, shake the hand of your interviewer and immediately size them up as a person. Are they smart (or not). Aggressive (or not). If you were meeting this person socially, I’m sure your instincts would be right. Unfortunately, because people think interviews are important, they think they have to feel the interviewer out. Doing that is a mistake. Hard and fast impressions of you will be formed during the next ten minutes that will be difficult to change. If you tend to be right in social situations about the people you meet, trust your instincts in professional ones, too.

9. I have a video on YouTube called What Is The Single Best Question You Should Ask on Any Interview. Watch it before you go to your meeting. I am confident you will find it is a good decision.

Using these nine steps as a check list will get you started better than your competition. What you do after that is up to you.

 

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