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Final Interview? Here’s a Big Reminder (VIDEO)


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There are so many mistakes people make job hunting that are fatal. This reminder is one designed to head off a very painful one.

Summary

If you are on a final interview, and you know you been scheduled for final interview big a corporate recruiter has told you, maybe a third party recruiter has told you, wherever is you found yourself on a final interview, I know from my experience doing search, there is a tendency for people to ease up. They ease up, not just simply with the interviewer, but with the rest of their search, too because they think they've got it in the bag.

The thing I want to remind you about today is that rather than focusing in on this 1 job, I would encourage you to keep going pedal to the metal, really driving hard, even though you are scheduled for all final. You see, what I have found over the years is that sometimes, that dark or situation, that situation out of the blue shows up that's even better, but does become apparent to you but you keep going out on interviews.

I can't tell you the number of times that people I was contacted about a job with tell me, "I've got a final." I would tell them, "Terrific! Take your final interview. I have a client that I think is actually better than this 1." I would go through the reasons why and they'll be absolutely right on the money.

"No, "they would whine. "I think I'm done with job hunting." How costly that was. For some of these people and their careers.

You need to be driving hard all the time. I spoke about the importance of networking and continue to network while you're in a new job because, the fact of the matter is, you don't want to be lurching from one job search to another without a networking place, right? Well, from a job search perspective, you don't want to assume that this final interview is finished, closed, in the bag. You always want to be prepared just in case and because another situation can come in that is even better. Pay you more money! Be a better job! How do you know unless you meet with the firm?

I'm not telling you to take that job. I have no idea what the job is. But I'm telling you that sometimes the final interview doesn't work out because you're competing with someone else. As a result, you feel crushed because you let go of a number of things. You keep interviewing. You if someone is inviting you back for a 2nd or 3rd interview, you go! If you choose to take the one associate with the final, great! It's done!

He you imagine what it's like if you start canceling appointments until the recruiter, "I'm close to something else with another firm, " and then have to go back to them... Or have to start from the very beginning of your search.

My reminder is that you just go out and keep interviewing. Keep networking! Keep on interviewing. Until you have the offer letter, until you've walked in the door, ... Better to be safe than sorry. There is no harm here. If you keep going out on interviews.

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.

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Having Disorganized Answers (VIDEO)


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It is very easy to avoid this interview mistake. Just use STAR.

Summary

I thought I would do what my "stupid interview mistakes"shows today and talk with you about 1 of the classic mistakes people make when they are answering questions during an interview. Often, it is because they are sufficiently nervous that they become disorganized.

There are 2 things I want to encourage people to do. The 1st is to remember some sort of anchoring device that brings you back home. As I was doing with someone yesterday, in their case, I suggested that if they had a ring, when they needed to get centered to just press on that spot on your finger as a reminder, whether they wore the ring or not.

Another thing that is more concrete for a lot of folks is organize your answer using a particular acronym called STAR. That stands for SITUATION that you stepped into, the TASK you are asked to perform or were assigned or chose to do, the ACTION that you performed, and the RESULTS that you obtained. In referencing results, you want to use financial terms that reflect the money that your work helped your firm make or save. If your work helped your firm generate a certain amount of money, you indicate the number of dollars or the percentage difference between you and another person in your firm doing similar work. You can stated in terms of pure dollars or in percentages. It makes no difference.

The STAR approach to answering questions engages people because you are telling a story and people love stories! The format, again, is SITUATION, TASK, ACTION and RESULTS

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: What Was The Question, Again?


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EP 818 People make so many stupid interview mistakes.  Here’s another one.

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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and then forward your question to the same address.

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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.”

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Setting Up The Salary Question Right (VIDEO)


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This is one that just exposes you is a complete amateur.

Summary

During my 40+ years of experience in executive search and now is a coach, I'm always stunned that people do this. It comes across in the interview as, out of the blue, you ask, "So, what's the salary?" TA DA! They answer , but it comes across as being rude or obnoxious. There is a better way to set it up.

It really starts at the initial phone screen where HR or the hiring manager calls you and asks you about your salary. I'm going to pause for a second and say that I know there is a theory that recommends that you never answer a salary question. Unfortunately, for most people, if you don't answer the salary question, you are escorted out the door.

When you work in sales, it is different. You if you answer the question, you follow up by saying, "I just want to be clear that I'm not here to take a bad deal. So if you think I'm just going to accept the $3000 increase, that is not what I am looking for." That's the way to answer it in sales.

For average Jane or average Joe, who is interviewing for a position, let's say is $100,000 or $200,000 . . . Whatever it is, "I just want to check with you that I'm looking for reasonable raise on top of that is within the realm of possibility. I'm not here to take significantly less OR less for that matter. I'm looking for an opportunity where I can advance my career AND do that financially, too. Is that within the realm here?"

"Yes, it is."

"Great. Could you give me a sense of the salary range for the role, understanding that I don't know how you are going to evaluate me. At the end of the day, I just want to get a picture of what the ranges for the position. " Normally, they will give you a sense of it.

"Normally, there's a lot more than I'm sure you need to know in order to get a sense of where I would fit in but I just want to learn that this is…"

Did you see how I went with this? It is a respectful question not, "So, what's the salary for this?" Is not an imbecile question that so many people ask.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: What Was The Question, Again?


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People make so many stupid interview mistakes. Here’s another one.

Summary

I'm back today with another 1 of those stupid interview mistakes that people make. The title of the show is, "What was the question again?" It's really the notion of going off topic. And just basking in your own magnificence, talking until you're putting everyone to sleep by making them think about lunch or dinner or how the hell he get the heck out of his interview. It happens more often than you think.

I remember on one occasion I was interviewing someone for client. I'm a very easy interviewer; I just want to know what the truth is. It's really that simple. Tell me your story; help me understand; I would ask good questions. It wasn't complicated. In this person start to go on and on and on in such minute detail about nothing that relates to the question. There was a point where I said, "Hey! I have to ask you a question."

"Sure."

"Do you remember my original question?" He didn't. It let me know that he'd been on so many interviews that he stop listening to the question and just start to answer what he thought the question was, instead of listening to it.

You seek folks people are asking questions for a reason. They want to know something specific about how you match job, both from the standpoint of skills and experiences to getting a sense of personality. Do you make them feel confident in you that you can do the job. When you go off on these wild tangents that have nothing to do with anything that has been set up until that point, heck, they just go bonkers. I go bonkers! You're putting me to sleep and all I want to do is in the conversation.

Just be self-aware. Focus in on the question. Give your answer in 45 to 75 seconds. It's really that simple and you will make this mistake.

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.  

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made

EP 917 With kudos to The Reader’s Digest, these are some of the funniest pieces of stupidity job hunters have committed.

Summary

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I've been doing a series of about stupid interview mistakes and I stumbled into this article that the Reader's Digest published and it has some hysterical ones. So I thought I would share them and credit Reader's Digest for this. I think it's a very funny piece. 

So, the first one is . . .  One person took the edge off by having a beer before walking into the reception. So as someone says, " I swear this is true. Someone through his pure can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area. Probably not a smart idea, you know. Another person reported that a guy talk through his interview how an affair cost in his previous job. Probably a little too much information. 

This is a classic. This firm asked prospective job applicants to fill out a questionnaire. There's a line that says choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute. Well, one person wrote, "I'm very good at following instructions."  Remember . One word.  "I'm very good at following instructions."  

OK another one. Someone blew their nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of the interviewer. 

Not a smart thing to do.

Another person misunderstood the work and, in this case, what they did was they were applying for a customer service job and when asked what he might not like about the job he said, "dealing with people!"  Obviously, in customer service, that's all you're doing. 

So, another person was being interviewed and he reported that he came with a friend and the friend wound up sticking there head in the door and asking, "How much longer?"

In another instance reported on was about the job hunter who asked, "Tell me about the business." 

He'd never heard of the Internet. You can look it up.

Another person listed their prison time as a job and there was an exotic dancer who called themselves a customer service representative. You know it's not exactly a smart move.

One person reported that someone ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions.  Yes, they knew it was this person It was obvious.

A person came to an interview. Well they didn't come to the interview. This guy sent his sister to interview in his place. Another guy didn't just do a handshake at the end of an interview. They hugged the interviewer.  

One person had their prepaid Chinese food including the fortune cookie with his name and phone number on it. Not smart. 

Another one put up posters of himself in the company parking lot.  This is amazing stuff. 

One person came to an interview in a catsuit. An applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram.

Then there was the person who rented a billboard with which the hiring manager can see from his office listing his qualifications. One person indicated that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was his drinking time. 

One person explained their arrest by stating, "We stole a pig but it was a really small pig.".

So one person had had a spelling error.  Didn't you think of spellchecking your resume?

So they wrote that advertising, "is a tough business." which maybe why one perspective ad man wrote a cover letter boasting, " I'm getting and getting to my goal slowly but surly."  Instead  of "surely.". 

And then there's the weird person who came in with a cockatoo on the shoulder. 

Another one forgot to wearing dark socks with his suit to the interview. So he colored his ankles with a black felt marker.  Only a man would do that.

 Then there was a person who saw a clipping her fingernails while they were speaking. 

The interviewer was interviewing someone who took a cell phone call and asked them to leave their office while they talked. So the candidate's on the phone. They asked the interviewer who's in their office to leave. 

The candidate who told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.

 The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation but felt the interview was worth risking jail time. 

Then there was the people person not the numbers person in the interview for the accounting position. 

And this is the last one for today… The candidate complained that she was hot. She then said, " excuse me," and she removed her socks and then placed them on the interviewer's desk and then continued it like everything was OK. 

When you think that corporate or third party recruiters our obnoxious or insane, I must in all honesty tell you I had this experience when I did recruiting. People who just did ridiculous things and tried the truth and what they were completely normal. So I understand the other side of this. And I would just simply say look the fingernails broken 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 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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made


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With kudos to The Reader’s Digest, these are some of the funniest pieces of stupidity job hunters have committed.

Summary

I've been doing a series of about stupid interview mistakes and I stumbled into this article that the Reader's Digest published and it has some hysterical ones. So I thought I would share them and credit Reader's Digest for this. I think it's a very funny piece. 

So, the first one is . . .  One person took the edge off by having a beer before walking into the reception. So as someone says, " I swear this is true. Someone through his pure can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area. Probably not a smart idea, you know. Another person reported that a guy talk through his interview how an affair cost in his previous job. Probably a little too much information. 

This is a classic. This firm asked prospective job applicants to fill out a questionnaire. There's a line that says choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute. Well, one person wrote, "I'm very good at following instructions."  Remember . One word.  "I'm very good at following instructions."  

OK another one. Someone blew their nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of the interviewer. 

Not a smart thing to do.

Another person misunderstood the work and, in this case, what they did was they were applying for a customer service job and when asked what he might not like about the job he said, "dealing with people!"  Obviously, in customer service, that's all you're doing. 

So, another person was being interviewed and he reported that he came with a friend and the friend wound up sticking there head in the door and asking, "How much longer?"

In another instance reported on was about the job hunter who asked, "Tell me about the business." 

He'd never heard of the Internet. You can look it up.

Another person listed their prison time as a job and there was an exotic dancer who called themselves a customer service representative. You know it's not exactly a smart move.

One person reported that someone ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions.  Yes, they knew it was this person It was obvious.

A person came to an interview. Well they didn't come to the interview. This guy sent his sister to interview in his place. Another guy didn't just do a handshake at the end of an interview. They hugged the interviewer.  

One person had their prepaid Chinese food including the fortune cookie with his name and phone number on it. Not smart. 

Another one put up posters of himself in the company parking lot.  This is amazing stuff. 

One person came to an interview in a catsuit. An applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram.

Then there was the person who rented a billboard with which the hiring manager can see from his office listing his qualifications. One person indicated that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was his drinking time. 

One person explained their arrest by stating, "We stole a pig but it was a really small pig.".

So one person had had a spelling error.  Didn't you think of spellchecking your resume?

So they wrote that advertising, "is a tough business." which maybe why one perspective ad man wrote a cover letter boasting, " I'm getting and getting to my goal slowly but surly."  Instead  of "surely.". 

And then there's the weird person who came in with a cockatoo on the shoulder. 

Another one forgot to wearing dark socks with his suit to the interview. So he colored his ankles with a black felt marker.  Only a man would do that.

 Then there was a person who saw a clipping her fingernails while they were speaking. 

The interviewer was interviewing someone who took a cell phone call and asked them to leave their office while they talked. So the candidate's on the phone. They asked the interviewer who's in their office to leave. 

The candidate who told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.

 The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation but felt the interview was worth risking jail time. 

Then there was the people person not the numbers person in the interview for the accounting position. 

And this is the last one for today… The candidate complained that she was hot. She then said, " excuse me," and she removed her socks and then placed them on the interviewer's desk and then continued it like everything was OK. 

When you think that corporate or third party recruiters our obnoxious or insane, I must in all honesty tell you I had this experience when I did recruiting. People who just did ridiculous things and tried the truth and what they were completely normal. So I understand the other side of this. And I would just simply say look the fingernails broken 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 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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

You Never Know Who Makes a Difference in Your Interviews | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 908 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares a few stories to explain why you should treat everyone like young royalty who you meet on an interview. 

Summary

Every once in a while, I speak with someone from a networking group or social services agency that provides advice and coaching for job hunters. I had a conversation with someone from an agency that provides four-week job coaching in job training services. There really the story to me that you thought was real important for me to share with you.

They sent someone out for an interview who did very well, they were about to get hired. The owner of the firm comes out, is enthusiastic about the candidate and walks over to the receptionist and asks, "So, what did you think? I'm planning on hiring her!"

The receptionist told him, "Hmmmm, you really shouldn't."

"Why is that?"

The receptionist told him about how rude the candidate was. I have heard this many times before. I'm from the New York area in the classic story from days of old on Wall Street was bad the bigwigs at the investment banks would ask the man who shining their shoes it would ask him for advice about someone they had met. They want to know how he had been treated recently by this person because they want to hire people who are not only capable but considerate and a little bit humble. I know that may be a little hard to imagine a lost these days, but this is to happen and is the point of the story.

You never know who is involved with the hiring decision. You never know whether the person in the reception area is going to be offended by remark you made, by the disregard for them as a human being, are you treating them as though you are more important and mightier than them.

Keep your "attitude" to yourself. Yes, you are focused on delivering a great interview, but everyone, EVERYONE is a part of the process

I remember one client am I would find people in for interviews. Invariably, they would asked the driver who would pick people up at the airport for his input (yes, he was generally a "him" who was the driver). They would ask him for his input about how he was treated by them. Or they rude or discourteous to him. Whether they spoke to him in the car or completely disregarded them as being a nonentity.

You never know. You just never know who is going to be involved in that decision. Treat every last 1 of them as though they were Prince George of England, small royalty who seem so important to everyone.

Summary

Every once in a while, I speak with someone from a networking group or social services agency that provides advice and coaching for job hunters. I had a conversation with someone from an agency that provides four-week job coaching in job training services. There really the story to me that you thought was real important for me to share with you.

They sent someone out for an interview who did very well, they were about to get hired. The owner of the firm comes out, is enthusiastic about the candidate and walks over to the receptionist and asks, "So, what did you think? I'm planning on hiring her!"

The receptionist told him, "Hmmmm, you really shouldn't."

"Why is that?"

The receptionist told him about how rude the candidate was. I have heard this many times before. I'm from the New York area in the classic story from days of old on Wall Street was bad the bigwigs at the investment banks would ask the man who shining their shoes it would ask him for advice about someone they had met. They want to know how he had been treated recently by this person because they want to hire people who are not only capable but considerate and a little bit humble. I know that may be a little hard to imagine a lost these days, but this is to happen and is the point of the story.

You never know who is involved with the hiring decision. You never know whether the person in the reception area is going to be offended by remark you made, by the disregard for them as a human being, are you treating them as though you are more important and mightier than them.

Keep your "attitude" to yourself. Yes, you are focused on delivering a great interview, but everyone, EVERYONE is a part of the process

I remember one client am I would find people in for interviews. Invariably, they would asked the driver who would pick people up at the airport for his input (yes, he was generally a "him" who was the driver). They would ask him for his input about how he was treated by them. Or they rude or discourteous to him. Whether they spoke to him in the car or completely disregarded them as being a nonentity.

You never know. You just never know who is going to be involved in that decision. Treat every last 1 of them as though they were Prince George of England, small royalty who seem so important to everyone.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Can I Pick Your Brain?

Can I Pick Your Brain and Other Nonsense.

Stupid Expressions People Use When Job Hunting

Tell me the truth. Do you really like the idea of having your brain “picked?”  Picking someone’s brain is one of those completely ghastly expressions that people use habitually to describe asking for advice.

It is like listening to a podcast and hearing a guest answer a question by saying, “Absolutely!” How did that become de rigueur for answering interview questions on tv and podcasts?  All you are doing is showing yourself as an amateur since pros never say, “Absolutely!”

Picking Your Brain and Other NonsenseHere’s another one. Describing yourself as visionary. Are you really someone “who thinks about or plans the future with imagination or wisdom.”  I assume you don’t ascribe to the definition that describes a visionary as someone who “sees visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.” If so, there is medication for that or a part in the final season of “Game of Thrones” for you.

Are You Really “Unique?”

OK, snowflake, you are “special.” I will concede the point. But what makes you unique? What makes you special?

I have spoken to very few people who can back up the claim to being unique. Most of us,  myself included, are well-conditioned people who have learned through schools, media, friends, books (you remember what a book is, don’t you) and other venues how to think and what to believe. Yet, we often go into situations proclaiming our uniqueness while in a room of similarly costumed and made up people who look around the room feeling affirmed by their belief that by appearing like others, they are unique. Crazy, isn’t it.

Do You Really Want to Be a Team Player?

Stars make star money in sports. They are head and shoulders above the other player on their team or in their sport. Team PlayerThey are paid accordingly. Team players in business are generally paid ordinary money because they are “solid,” but not spectacular. Even if you are the best of the solid, you are a commodity to most organizations and replaceable. Yes, stars may do “the little things” that the rest of the team does. But don’t you want to be viewed as a star? Any time an organization talks about hiring a team player, they are telling you that they want another soldier to send into battle and get slaughtered or a person who will do what they are told. Thinking is unnecessary.

I worked in executive search for more than 40 years. I now coach job hunters into new roles. I never received a resume from someone who claimed to be “the perfect fit” for a job that actually was. The joke in my office was that the person who claimed that they were “the perfect fit” saved us time and we could treat the claim as a signal we could delete their resume. Prove it. Don’t proclaim it and not back up your claim.

I Feel Unappreciated.

Lastly, one of my biggest laughs comes from people who have told me that they felt unappreciated in their previous position. I find it funny because (1) they have allowed themselves to be taken for granted or (2) they are a team player and you can re-read what I said before about team players.

You are not underappreciated. You are valued at a level that a firm sees your value to be. This goes back to being unique and a snowflake. Most of you aren’t. You are 21st century factory workers working at identical desks doing identical work to other 21 century factory workers. You are commodities who will be disposable again when the next recession lands (particularly you, Ms. or Mr C Suite Executive who think of yourself as so essential to your firm’s well-being). 

Every era has its snowflake. In the movie, “The Graduate,” which introduced America to Dustin Hoffman as a recent college grad, the audience breaks into hysterics when his character, Benjamin, is told by his parents’ friend that there is one word he must remember in order to be successful . . . Plastics. Plastics was the hot tech circa the 1960’s that would guaranty his future.

We can all laugh at the line, even now. After all, Benjamin would probable have been laid off 5 or 6 times had he pursued his dream as a visionary leader in plastics.

Take your ego out of the equation and describe yourself and your work in 15 words without using a cliche. Speak as person to another without using a cliche. Communicate clearly without sarcasm (yes, I have used sarcasm to make a point about how unappealing it is). Overselling yourself and your abilities is a waste of time.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC  2017    

 

For more, job search advice, read, “5 Things C Level Professionals Should Always Do When Engaged in a Job Search.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunterwork 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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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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