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What Qualities Do You Look for in a Boss (Manager)? | No BS Job Search Advice


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/25/what-qualities-do-you-look-for-in-a-boss-manager-no-bs-job-search-advice

EP 815 In this video, I discuss how to answer this typically second interview question?

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”
Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.
Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 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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Answering “The Hypothetical Question” | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/18/answering-the-hypothetical-question-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 808  Hypothetical questions are a rat hole leading you into a trap. Here, I explain how to handle them.

Summary

Imagine that you are on an interview, you are talking with someone who is there to evaluate you, and they say to you those magic words, "What would you do if . . . "Then they paint some sort of scenario.

You and I both know that there was a lot more that they haven't told you that they can drop in your head like a bomb later once you've answered the question based upon what limited information they have given you. How do you not feel at this question?

I think the answer comes down to talking about the process. Start by saying, "I'm sure there is a lot more texture than what you have told me so far. As a result, I think what might be most effective is how it might go about evaluating how to figure out the solution rather than offer you an actual solution. As a result, what I want to talk with you about is (1) identifying the constituencies will be affected by this; (2) then go through the process of evaluation.

They may say, "No, it is as simple as what we've asked." Okay, and as you start to answer, and they start throwing in more grenades into the situation, you pause for a second and say, "This is why it is so important to engage in the process because I would need to flush up additional things that can surface in the course of discovery. "

"I know I've had people come to me who are on my staff and were complaining about someone else and they wanted me to resolve it. Or, I have a user that I support who is having a problem with someone on my staff and they want me to fix them because they are not doing their job. But what I have to do is understand what it is that is wrong and go into some detail and speak with that person and going to some detail and, then, from there, your perspective on from everyone side, including some of the ones who have been affected by the blows who are affected by the different parties involved so that in this way I can actually solve it."

"Answering 2 lines of 'what would you do if' doesn't really give me any texture; talking to everyone does. Talking to not just simply the ones that they recommend but some of the others will."

So that's how I would go about answering it. That's how I recommend you do it.

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.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
and then forward your question to the same address.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Tell Me About a Crappy Job You’ve Had | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/08/06/tell-me-about-a-crappy-job-youve-had-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 826 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the intent behind this question and how to answer it.

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

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

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 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.  

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.”

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.

Tough Interview Questions: Tell Me About a Time You Had to Deal With Failure.


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What are firms looking for when they asked this question? How do you demonstrate the right stuff?

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

The question for today is . . . It is a behavior interview question . . . “Tell me about the time you had to deal with failure.”

You know, when you hear this question what they are trying to do is find out about grit, determination, tenacity and being able to reflect on situations. You see, everything that you work on in life isn’t going to work out and it doesn’t matter whether you answer this question (although it’s ideal that you answer the question) about the workplace in situations where you failed there (not to the tune of billions of dollars obviously).

But you had a professional failure and what you learned from it and how you bounced back from it, taking that knowledge and taking the next step because, you know, trying to see tenacity, resilience, guts, courage . . . things along those lines.

So as you talk about your answer, think about, well, there’s a couple of different approaches to this.

Sometimes, the question is disguised . . . It is disguised as, “tell me about how you turned all dream into a reality,” and then they’ll follow up with “since he didn’t completely make it happen, what did you learn from the ‘incomplete’ on the course” or “tell me about the failure that you had when you tried to turn this dream into reality.”

Sometimes I’ll just be direct with it. “Tell me about the time you had to deal with failure,” which is why I’ve titled this as I did.

Ultimately, what they’re trying to do is what you learned from resilience, learned from the failure, how you’ve stepped up big or are going for in order to be the success that you are today.

Think about it folks. Not everything you do works and you are not looking to hire someone who’s going to whine, complain or moan. Particularly those of you have a senior level. What they’re looking for is someone who has had a failure (not failing is a failure according to Warren Buffett.

You can’t say that you have never failed because companies will judge that you have never taken a risk.

Firms like risk takers . . . calculated risk takers.

Firms like people who are willing to measure risk and take action. And sometimes it won’t work out, particularly for the senior people. They want to know that you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go from there because they’re being conditioned to believe that gritty people are the better individual to hire. Be prepared to talk about grit and determination.

Tough Interview Questions: How Do You Get In The Zone (VIDEO)

I think this is a ridiculous question, but someone was asked her last week.  There’s more than one way to answer the question.

Summary

Almost every day, early like this, I go online to talk with people about some element of job search. That's because I believe jobs hunting doesn't have to be hard, difficult, painful or take a long time. To me, the skills needed to find a job are different than those needed to do a job.

Today, I thought I would answer 1 of those tough interview questions I get asked on interviews. If you're interested in hearing more of my answers, I'm doing a year of shows about interviewing on my podcast, "No BS Job Search Advice Radio." That's available in iTunes, stitcher and other podcast services.

The question for today is, "How do you get in the zone?"

I'll simply say that this is a dumb question. It would never be as to the senior person. It tends to be asked of staff level people. How do you get in the zone? It's really very simple. What you have noticed on your way in what's the energy like in the office that you are interviewing with. Is there a buzz? Is it loud? Or is a quiet? What is it like energetically?

If you haven't noticed it, you have to take a cautious approach. Again, if this is something that is true of you, you talk about, "I love working in place with high-energy." Or, "I love working in a quiet place. When I get in the zone, I'm really locked in and the distraction of other noise . . . "Do you see where I am going?

If you haven't noticed it on the way in, you say something all bit more ambivalent or wishy-washy for lack of a better term. It's basically hedging your answer.

The way you say it, is something along the lines of, "hey look, I have worked in a lot of different places and I had been able to key in very well and perform at a high level. What is my preference? I like working with smart people." Thus, you deflect off of working or talking about the energy level in the office and focusing on that.

Again, either mirror what you walked into. Or, you hedge, and that get you off the hook.

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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

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.

 

Tough Interview Questions: What Do You Look for When You Hire Someone?


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/10/tough-interview-questions-what-do-you-look-for-when-you-hire-someone

EP 800!!!! I offer a textured answer to a more complex question than it seems.

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
 

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

What Are Your Hobbies? (VIDEO)


Although this may not seem like a tough interview question, it is a subtle one with subtle intention. Here, explain how to answer it.

Summary

The question for today is (I know you're not gonna think this is a tough interview but I'm going to explain why am going to include this), "What are your hobbies?"

What the trying to do is to connect with you in some way and at the same time, you something to evaluate you with to see if you are an A performer or your someone who goes to the job, goes home and forgets about everything. They're not looking to find out if you're a member of "the resistance," or a member of the Republican National Committee as part of your part-time or volunteer work. What the trying to do is to see if there is something that can be translated into work-related stuff.

I know there are things in terms of organizing that can translate but you open up the possibility of being rejected based upon politics or faith, or other things. When you bring in religious organizations, when you bring in political activism… Stuff along those lines that I don't think really serve you. It may be true. Which would you rather be someone who is right or do you want to look at something a little bit differently and get the result?

What I suggest people do proactively is think about the things they do outside of work and tell the story of being actively involved so that you demonstrate something that's congruent with the work that you do. For example, the obvious case is, "What I do (this is a sales person's story) is competing martial arts. I work with the sensei, we test regularly, it is fabulous for my "edge" to be in a situation where I am constantly competing." You understand why that story works and, yes, I could've gone into this big elaborate story here, but I just want to make the simple point that there are things that you do in your personal life that demonstrate the right tone for answering this question.

If you think being a mom doesn't show that you can be well organized, that you have empathy and care for people that you are interacting with, you're missing the point of all this. This is a situation where you can bring out a great quality that employer wants to see in a new hire, brings a right to the surface in a very subtle way so that it is a part of your life and you demonstrate authenticity all in answering this question.

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 leadership 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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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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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.

 

 

The 1 Question Every C Level Candidate Should Be Asked . . . (VIDEO)


(And a Lot of Non-C Suite Potential Hires, Too)

Most C level interviews are very predictable And translate into, “Do you have the required skills,,” and, “Can I trust you?”

Here I offer one question that every person should be asked.. It will reveal a lot about them and it can be asked of you too.

Summary

Meaning.

Few of us like to think of ourselves as cogs in a machine. No where is that more true than in the C suite where a man or woman is hired to embody an idea or concept and lead an organization.

Yet so much of their interview, so much of how a man or woman is measured translates into two things:

Do you have what I believe are the requisite skills and experience that will need to execute in this role.

Do I trust you.

Of the two, usually by the time of the interview, what a firm is really doing is confirming your assertions that you have the requisite experience and looking you square in the eye to see if they believe you.

No wonder interviewing has become such an unsatisfactory way of evaluating potential hires. In most cases, it has turned into "business blind dating" . . . and we know how unsatisfying most blind dates have turned out.

What if I told you that there was one question you could ask that would allow you to identify the special people, the ones that should grade out head and shoulders above the others, would you be interested in using that question in your interview, whether you were a potential employer or C suite hire?

Here's the question:

"Are you familiar with our firm's mission and what does it mean to you?"

There's only one problem with asking this question of Potential C-Suite Hires

There's only one problem . . . Most corporate mission statements are as dry as sand and equally inspiring.

Here are a few examples that may yield defensive responses:

"Serving Others. For Customers, A Better Life. For Shareholders, A Superior Return. For Employees, Respect and Opportunity" (Yawn)

"To provide our policyholders with as near perfect protection, as near perfect service as is humanly possible and to do so at the lowest possible cost.” (I guess it wasn't good enough to provide policyholders with the right protection; they had to give themselves some wiggle room)

"Helping our customers manage document workflow and increase efficiency through best-in-class products and services. Fostering the growth and development of our employees. Providing a distinct advantage to our suppliers as a distribution channel of choice. Growing shareholder value through strong execution of our strategies." (Are you excited?)

"It is the policy of xxxxx to provide products and services to the market which meet or exceed the reasonable expectations of our customers. Satisfying our customers with the appropriate level of quality is a primary goal and a fundamental element of our business mission." (Not a mission statement. It is a policy statement, hence a goal).

Let me contrast these with:

"(Our) mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use (us) to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them."

or

“to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

or

"We enable businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, helping people fulfill their hopes and dreams and realize their ambitions."

When did business stop believing in becoming bold and breathtakingly great? In our search for meaning, do you think we will be more inspired by offering a leader the opportunity to help a firm become "near perfect" or "helping businesses thrive, economies prosper and people fulfill hopes and dreams?" Do mission statements that could be used in a greeting card help attract exceptional leaders or cause them to be repelled?

And, if you tell me that the mission statement means nothing and the last time it was referred to by management was during the last century, what are you telling the public about your words having meaning?

Mission statements should be a rallying point for everyone to be extraordinary so that your firm can be extraordinary. If they ave no meaning to you, take it off your website and abandon the lie. However if they do have meaning, ask potential hires if they are familiar with your firm's mission (first tip off of adequate preparation) and what that mission means to them.

And if you are looking at a firm as a potential employer, ask the people you meet with about the firm's mission and what it means to them. You will learn something about the leadership of the organization and its congruence with its avowed values.

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.

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL NOW

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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.

Nail the Interview & Land the Job


We all know how important it is to prepare for an interview yet so few people actually do it.

Michelle Tillis-Lederman is the author of “Nail the Interview, Land the Job.” http://amzn.to/2nvO2Pq

She and I discuss exactly what needs to be done to shine during an interview and set yourself apart from the crowd of people you are competing with.

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 leadership 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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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.

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