One Thing to Get Before Your Second or Final Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 810 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses something you need to get before your second or final interview.

Summary

I'm back with more advice for you for your 2nd or final interview. I have a number of videos about 2nd interviews and I believe there is even a playlist. See you want to watch the playlist of you have already see my other videos about this. I think will be a huge help for you in your preparation. Here's another point I want you to prepare for on your 2nd or final interview.

The point is get the feedback that is been offered so far about your performance. Most people think that if they been invited back, everything is great! I'll tell you a story. When I was working with an agency in New York some years ago, a colleague of mine was scheduling a candidate I was representing on 1st, 2nd, and ultimately final interviews with 1 of her clients. That was all going well. She told me everyone love the guy… bullshit. bullshit. bullshit . . .

It got to a point where the person was turned down. Then she told me what the reluctance had been all along. I was furious. It is all things that he could've addressed very easily on the interview if only he knew.

Here's my point for you. It's really useful to get the feedback from the HR person or from the hiring manager before you need to head of the function. If you're working with a third-party recruiter, get the feedback through them. If the third-party recruiter goes, "EVERYTHING IS GREAT!" Ask them, "could you go back and just say, 'Are there any areas of concern? Any reservations? What do you like? Are there any hesitations?'" Ask questions. The flush up any of the problem areas because there was one thing I learned in my 40+ years of doing search, small problems become BIG PROBLEMS unless they are addressed.

You are always best if you address them in the meeting, are prepared to address them in the meeting , and are proactive in addressing what their hesitation or concern might be... But you need to know what they are. You cannot assume it.

If you cannot get anything or find out something, I want you to think back to your 1st interview or previous interviews and see where the dead spots were, where the uncomfortable things were, where your background doesn't necessarily match up perfectly with the job and how you handled it then and whether you seem to have a receptive audience. Go back and review and that becomes the best that you can do to compensate if you cannot get feedback elsewhere.

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.

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An Underutilized Interview Tool for Job Hunters | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a resource that more job hunters should be using.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about an underutilized tool in interviewing. Few people can use it as well as they could. It really isn't that difficult to pull this out but there is a bias than most job hunters have… Let me just explain.

Most people going to interviews prepared to talk about what they've done, how they went about doing it, maybe know your metrics (how much money you helped your firm make or save as a result of your efforts).  Maybe fall into those categories.  Unfortunately, the one thing most people don't access, they are not really prepared to reveal is the personality.  You see, their personality attributes that can really make you appear extraordinary.  It will really help you stand out from your competition in interviewing.

If all you do is recite facts and figures… What you did, how you went about doing it, technology utilized… All this kind of stuff, you are like everyone else.  Your job is to stand out in a positive way.

If you can take a minute or 2 before you walk into the interview accessing who you are in all your glory, putting a big smile on your face, sincerely, I'm not talking about a pasted on smile that has no meaning, but one that shows that you are feeling great, then, I can assure you you will stand out from others and firms will like you that much more.

You see, the one thing firms look for beyond skills, competence is the ability to inspire confidence that they are the solution to the problem being sought.  You can't inspire confidence. Unless you are confident.  You can't be, confident, unless you feel confident.  You can't turn that on and off like a spigot.

Again, go out there.  Connect with that part of yourself that is great.  Show it to the and if they don't like it, it is their loss.  You will find an organization that will.

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.

If you want to improve your interview skills, order “Winning Interviews.” You will receive “Winning Interviews,” “Winning Phone Interviews,” “Winning In-Person Interviews,” “The Single Best Question You Should Ask on Any Interview” and more.

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

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

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The Post-Interview Checklist | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 793 Here’s a checklist of things to do after an interview.

Summary

Most of the time, when Holly and other people do videos about interviewing, we talk about either the preparation for the interview or the process of the interview, how to answer questions better, how to be more effective in the room, etc.. But there's a part that takes place after the interview and I think it gets neglected.

Everyone knows about thank you letters... But I don't think that's really the 1st place to start. You see, after the interview, what I want you to do, when you get back to your computer, I want to sit down and write down a few notes.

The 1st question I wanted you to answer for yourself is, "Why do you think you can do this job?" Again, this is for yourself.

2. "Why do you think you want this job?"
3. "What about the position or the firm is attractive or interesting to you?"
4. "What red flags came up as a result of the interview?"
5. "What questions do you still want answered?"
6. "Do you want to continue interviewing for this position?"

I don't want you to start at the end; I really want to go to the individual steps. What I see happen over the course of time is that people's thoughts or feelings a better organization or about a position start to dissipate. They forget these questions. They forget their initial impressions. They forget a lot of things that are taking place. By writing it down and saving it, you have a resource that you can refer to before the 2nd interview and, let's say you get to the offer stage and you have multiple choices. You can go to the process of reviewing your answers. Each of these questions for each firm and what has taken place afterwards, not just after a 1st interview, but after the 2nd interview, after a third interview, you do this process so that everything is fresh, it is a reference point for you and you can move on.

Again, I do want you to send thank you letters that are really very simple. A thank you letters basically going to be an email that starts off by thanking them for making time to meet with you, talking about your interest in the position, reviewing what you learned and how your background matches up to it, and indicating that you're interested in moving ahead for the next step.

In reviewing your answers to each question, the last one is, "Do you want to continue interviewing for this position?" I want you to keep doing that one more round if you have a "no," to that question. The reason is that you may have missed on something, you may be confused about something in the next meeting will clarify it.

Again, don't close doors on this round; close the math the next round. If you are still not satisfied.

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.

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.

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 $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.”

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Don’t Let Them Distract You | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 786 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discourages you know not to pay attention to employer BS and keep your eye on the prize.

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.”

What Do You Have to Lose? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 785 Have you ever finished second on a job interview? Here’s an idea for something that you can do and maybe you’ll win it later!

Summary

I have a great idea can be helpful to many of you.

Never lose our job? You were beaten out. The manager agonized, but chose the other person. It happens. Have you really wanted that job? Yeah, and it's a disappointment when you lose out. Here's my idea.

It's not like you are incompetent. It's not that you are a loser. I just of the other person market themselves better than you. Maybe they interview better. Maybe they presented better.

Sometimes, there is a single buyer's remorse where an employer winds up deciding a few months later, "I really wish I had that other person."

2 months after you the job has been closed down, after you been turned down, put a little reminder on your calendar and contact the recruiter who presented you (if you are present. The buyer recruiter) or contact the manager directly.

Say, "I! How are you? How's the new person working out?" You keep your mouth shut. "They are doing great!" "I just want to know how much I enjoyed meeting with you and how interested I was in that role. I took a chance that maybe this person wasn't working out so I thought I would reach out to you." It's a great tactic

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.”

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How to Answer the One Question That Every Employer Needs Answered | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 784 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer that one question that is on every employer’s mind when they interview. 

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about how to answer the single most important question that employers try to find out from you. Do you know what that question is?

Can you do the job? Can you do the job they need to have filled? Most of you have no idea what the job is when you apply for it.

You may have seen an ad. You may have seen some place or you may have been told something about the job… But you really just don't know. If you posted your resume on a job board all you're going to do is talk about yourself, but the most important thing that you can do is contextualize what you've done and how it relates to what they need.

How do you do that? How do you find out what they really need to have done? It's really simple. Let's say, you get a call out of the blue.

Ring ring. Ring ring.

"Hi I am Nancy Recruiter from ABCDEF Corporation (by the way, if there is a firm out there by that name, my use of that name is purely fictitious). Is this Jeff Altman?"

"Yes."

"I saw you resume the job board want to have a chance to speak with you about a position. Is this a good time to talk?"

"Sure, Nancy, I'll be happy to speak with you. Nancy, before we get started, maybe I can just ask you , could you give me an idea of the position you have in mind for me and what I might be able to do to help you?"

Noticed, what I'm trying to do is find out about the job before I start answering questions.

The next alternative... You are in the physical job interview. An in person interview. Maybe you've seen an ad and you are now at the interview and you are now escorted to sit down with Nancy Recruiter. As soon as the 2 of you lower your butts into the seat, I would like to start speaking and say, "Thank you so much for making time to meet with me today. I recall the position I saw advertised but I want to get your take on the role. Could you tell me about the job as you see the what I can do to help you?"

Again, a simple way to find out about the job at the beginning of the interview where you can use that information to help sell your credentials. Obviously, if you are introduced by recruiter… "Hi! I spoke with Jeff Altman about the job and he gave me a brief description. I want to get your take on the role. You tell me about the job as you see and what I can do to help?"

Again, always try to find out about the job before you start answering questions.

It certainly possible that that they might say, "We'll get to that later on. I want to ask a few questions of you." What you've done is learn something about them right then and there. They like to do things close to the vest, they don't like to be particularly transparent. They would rather play gotcha.

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

Sabotaging Your Job Search | Job Search Radio


Everyone makes mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. It’s just the way things are. In job search, mistakes are very very expensive. They can result in you losing opportunities you could have had and, even if you get the job, receiving a lower salary offer than you might have otherwise.

On this show, Marcus Ronaldi and I talk about the mistakes job hunters make that prove so costly.

 

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.” 

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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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.

 

 

I’m Interviewing For a Job and Saw That It Has Been Re-Posted! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 742 Does that mean I don’t have a chance of getting the job?

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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 TODAY

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

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.

What’s the Best Question to Ask at the End of an Interview? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 739 Answering a Facebook follower’s questions

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Summary

What's the best question to ask at the end of an interview?

There is a lot that has been written on the subject and most of it is pretty useless. There is one guy who has some pretty standard answers to it that all have at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. Here's what I think is the best question to ask and why it works.

A lot of people tell you to ask about the job. In fact, you should have done that before the interview really started, had the hiring manager tell you about the job that they are recruiting for so that in this way, you can talk about what you've done that relates to that, rather than just simply talk about what you've done. In this way, by the time you get to the interview, you have already heard a lot about the job. This is the one that makes the most sense.

Let's say it's a year from now when I come on board and I haven't just done a good job. I have done a spectacular job. As a matter of fact, if it's not the best it's minimally 1 of the best of someone that you've seen in a role like this. What what I've accomplished during this year that would cause you to think that way?

The reason that this works so well is (1) you get an idea of what the hiring managers thoughts are about the next year for you. Yes, you have set a pretty high bar for yourself, but would you want to hear. With the high bar would be in the managers mind? If it is crazy, why would you want to get involved with it? I know you not to be lazy when you go to work at 1 of these firms. I know you try hard, particularly out of the gate. If you find out before joining that the hiring manager is a lunatic, you head off a problem, right?

If the expectations are reasonable, if they can be met, it is worth knowing that before you join. In addition, in the managers mind, you set the idea that you want to aim for the high bar. That serves you well because there are a lot of people that he or she is going to interview that are going to aim for mediocre results. I identify what would cause them to think of you as a high achiever, you are saying to them, "I want to be a top performer. What would make you think that way about me? What I have to do to achieve that in your mind?" It makes a huge difference in interviewing; you can going to more depth about some of the challenges the hiring manager is facing.

But it all comes back to, "Let's say you hire me and it's a year from now and time to give me my review. I haven't just done a good job; I'm done a spectacular job. The job I've done is amongst the best that you've ever seen, if not the best. What what I've accomplished during that year that would cause you to think that way?"

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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. 

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