Conventional or Behavior-Based Interviewing?

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A job interview has been scheduled for you, but do you know what types of questions you’ll have to answer? Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview interview preparation interview tips Winning Interview StrategiesThis is the dilemma most candidates face. Don’t panic. You can prepare for various types of questions, and I’ll give you a few hints later on. Most companies are using one or the other type: [.].

Can YOU Control the Interview?

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Think what the interview is all about. It’s about the interviewer’s perception regarding your fit into the organization’s culture combined with your ability to perform the job very well. No interviewer is looking for Mr. Average. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Development Career Transition hiring manager interview preparation Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation Personal Branding Winning Interview Strategies

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Are You Really Good at Job Interviewing?

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Job interviewing is an act. Yes, you are the actor, and both sides know the rules: You, who are one of the candidates for the position, are doing your best to convince the interviewer you are the ideal candidate. The interviewer, who is the audience, has choices, is an independent thinker and often skeptic, and [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview preparation Job Interview Coaching

How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

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The caller is from the company’s human resources department and wants to schedule you for an in-person interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Job Advice Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation networking Personal Branding Winning Interview StrategiesSo, finally the phone rings and the caller ID displays the name of a company you sent your résumé to.

Have a Successful Job Interview with These Four Steps

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You’ve landed an interview. With these 4 P’s, you’ll increase your chances of a successful interview. Preparation is the first step toward a good interview. Knowing your profile and what you want will give you more confidence and demonstrate to the interviewer you are purposeful and reflective—skills employers want employees to have. Keep those things in mind during your interview and take opportunities to demonstrate how you will meet them.

Job Interview Tips for Mature People

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Transition Coaching Individual Career Counseling Mature job seekersTo start with, here are some statistics: Only 28% of workers 55 and older find jobs within one year versus 71% of those aged 25 to 35, reports Career Builder. 63% of workers 55 and older applied for positions at lower levels than their previous jobs. 48% of workers 55 and older found positions at [.].

The Interview Focus Is on Future, Not Past

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Interview Skills by Alex FreundUntil about 1990, the conventional thinking was that if you did your job satisfactorily, you would keep it for many years to come. Several of my friends were AT&T employees in those days, and many of them had had seniority for one or two decades. So it seemed like they had it made and that [.].

Interviewing is a Two-Way Street

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So many of us focus so intently on preparing to answer interview questions that we often neglect to prepare a strong set of questions for the interviewer. To simply not ask any questions during an interview is unforgivable and fortunately most candidates do not commit this job-search sin. General Advice by Michael Farley how to get a job offer how to job interview interview questions job interview job offer Jobs questions for a job interview

How to Shorten Your Job Search

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career management career planning Individual Career Counseling interview interview preparation interview techniques job interview job interview preparationPeople in transition know that finding a new, suitable job is a process—and most often, an unpleasant and lengthy one.

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The Elevator Pitch Checklist

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund "Career Change" Career Transition Coaching checklist Elevator pitch interview preparation interview techniques interview tips job interview preparation Winning Interview StrategiesA recent article of mine covered most people’s lack of efficacy in practicing their elevator pitches at job search networking meetings.

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Employers Hire the Best: Is That You?

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Most candidates approach the interview similar to a test. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice interview preparation interview tips Job Interview Coaching Job SearchNo employer is seeking to hire Mr. Average. All employers seek the exceptional and the very best. But how do you convince them that you are the ideal candidate? And how do you beat your competition for this one job? For many, this is the logical [.].

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How to Deal with Your Stress While in Transition

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Transition Coaching dealing with stress interviewPhysicians and psychiatrists have proved that there is a positive correlation between stress and illness. People in transition experience various and variable levels of stress.

How Hiring Decisions Are Made

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Consulting Career Development career management career planning Individual Career Counseling interview preparation interview tips Job Advice Job Interview Coaching Job Search Job seeker networking Networking StrategiesYears ago, I had a large office in the Wall Street area with a personal secretary screening my phone calls, opening mail, taking dictation, and managing my calendar.

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America, the Land of Marketing and Selling

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Answers Confidence Interviews Marketing sellingEvery morning when I get to my computer, I’m amazed at how many companies have targeted me as someone in need of their products or services.

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Customer Experience Food for Thought

Customers Rock!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mike Stelzner of the popular site Social Media Examiner. Watch the interview to get some tips on how to exceed your customers’ expectations and create a ROCKin’ customer experience. I want to eat there!

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Product/Program Promotion Problems and Profits -- Launching Lessons Learned Expert Interview

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  I'm interviewing various industry experts and asking them about their product or program launches.  Women in Business' In January 2012 she was added to ‘Who’s Who: 100. Women in E-Commerce’, in August 2012 included in “Top 5 Coaching Blogs”.

How the Illogical Process of Hiring Can Help YOU

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So, finally, you receive a call to schedule an interview. A person calls you to schedule another interview. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice career management interview Job Advice Job Search networking Winning Interview StrategiesAll your efforts have paid off. This is a huge compliment! You were selected from dozens or, at times, hundreds of people who applied for the very same position. You typically feel elated on one hand and [.].

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Too Old to Be Hired?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund age bias Age discrimination career advice Career Consulting Career Transition interview interview preparation interview tips Job Search too oldThe law says employers are not permitted to discriminate because they deem someone too old, yet employers do so every single day. How can they get away with it? The answer is, By thinking it but never talking about it or documenting it. When questioned, their answer is, It was not a good fit.

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Can’t Find a Job? Do You Know Why?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interviewGrowth, evolution, changes. Technology may be a wonderful thing, but it has negative elements—especially if you’re in transition and looking for a job. Perhaps you don’t know how to conduct a contemporary job search. Well, that may not be true, and don’t blame yourself. The résumé Two decades ago, applicants would submit their IBM [.].

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Jobs Jobs and more Jobs!

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I’m not sure what people are thinking about what 2012 is going to be like but I figured that it [.]. Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre engineering Jeff LeFevre Job Advice JobsJTL Services, Inc. has been getting hammered with new jobs so far this year. If you or someone you know is looking for a new position I will list a link to our job page.

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How to Benefit from the Positive Job Market Outlook

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund interview Job Search Networking StrategiesBased on a recent survey by economists, the job market outlook is projecting steady growth in employment. Recruiting consultant CareerXroads reports that new companies find 28 percent of their hires via referrals. Job boards represent one in five applicants, or 20 percent. And career Web sites, about 10 percent. For job seekers or those who [.].

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Are You in the Right Profession?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund interview Job Interview Coaching job interview preparation Job seekerAs a career coach, I am at times asked for such advice as whether I believe a person is a good fit for the person’s current profession or some future one. Usually, I refer such a case to my business partner, who is a well-qualified and experienced career counselor who meets with clients several times [.].

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The Landing Expert Principles

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Consulting Career Development Individual Career Counseling interview job interview Job Search networking Winning Interview StrategiesI am a practicing career coach and have noticed that in most cases, I guide my clients through 10 certain deeply held beliefs of mine that have evolved over my years of practice.

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Is the Employer Always Right?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Career Assessment and Testing career planning Individual Career Counseling interview preparationIn this new, chaotic, and uncertain century, with its more and more minutely specialized occupations and skill sets and with nothing to do with the faltering economy, it’s not only human resources employees who might not be familiar with certain job skills and the actual needs of the open positions in their organizations. Believe it [.].

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In Transition: So What’s Your Brand?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Bartnding career advice Career Transition Career Transition Coaching interview Job Advice job interviewMore than ever, when you are in transition you should have a brand. you ask. Because that is how you differentiate yourself and stand out from the proverbial crowd. Branding is not about what you like but about what employers like. Your branding statement—whether in writing, on the Internet, or spoken via your elevator [.].

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Can Body Language Be Learned?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund body language career advice career management career planning interview Job Advice Job Search landingexpert networkingTen minutes after I meet with a coaching client for the first time, the client is facing my video camera for 60 to 90 seconds. Then we watch the video together. Differently from in real life and because we have modern technology, I can separate the impression—and the client’s image—from the spoken words. I simply [.].

Is Your Elevator Pitch Working?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Elevator pitch in transition interview preparationI frequent job search networking groups where people stand up and recite what’s called the elevator pitch. Ideally, people are supposed to be able to concisely sum up unique professional aspects about themselves in a way that intrigues and excites listeners so that the listeners will want to connect later—for mutual benefit—with the one giving [.].

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Are You Media Social?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Consulting Career Development career management interview Job Search Social MediaMany people don’t realize how different from the job search of today is from the job search of not even too many years ago. Many others find it difficult to learn about today’s different kind of search and therefore shove the issue to their back burner, planning to deal with it later—if they do at [.].

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Are You an Effective Job Search Networker?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund networking Networking StrategiesLoads of people network during their job search, but very few are effective at such networking. Certainly, some are better at it than others, but in general, the majority of people not only dislike networking but also are simply not good at it. Based on a survey they conducted, Ivan R. Misner, Ph.D., and Don [.].

Do You Want a Job or the Right Job?

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling Job Search Job seeker Winning Interview StrategiesAs a career coach, I talk mostly with two kinds of people: employed or in transition to another job. Sadly, people in both groups have one thing in common: most of them are unhappy. For those in transition, the unhappiness is self-explanatory, but why such a high level of unhappiness for those who are lucky [.].

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Informational Interviews

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Conducting informational interviews is a good place to start. What’s an informational interview? Equally important is what an informational interview is not: It is not a stratagem for finagling an opportunity to ask for a job under the guise of merely obtaining information.). How do you go about setting up an informational interview? Original Post: Informational Interviews.

More help for Job Candidates

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Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Jeff LeFevre Job AdviceJTL Services, Inc. today announced a new division that is going to assist job candidates in their search efforts. To be considered for this program candidates must be qualified. Submit all resumes for review to: jeff@careercoachplus.com or jeff@jtlservices.com.

The Trauma of Unemployment

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund Career Consulting Job Advice Job SearchThe emotional stress associated with unemployment is understood only by those who are unemployed. Often, even people closely associated with the unemployed such as spouses or other family members don’t fathom the emotional pressure and pain that settles in on those without sources of income and places to go to called work. Unfortunately, some jobless [.].

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Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 3 of 4

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This is the second of a four part interview with Rob Siefker, the Director of the Customer Loyatly Team at Zappos. In this part of the interview, Rob talks more about the service metrics that Zappos tracks, how the company empowers its Customer Loyalty Team Members (and has avoided bureaucracy), how escalations to managers work at the company, how the Zappos compensates its employees, and the extensive continuing education programs employees have access to at Zappos and how they work.

How to Find a Job in This Job Market

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Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview tips Job Advice Job Search ResumeI want to preface this by stating that I have been a practicing career coach for six years, during which time I have helped almost 400 job seekers. Every case is unique because no two circumstances are alike, but ultimately there is a lot of commonality between job seekers. Finding a job, especially in today’s [.].

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Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 4 of 4

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This is the fourth and final part of my interview with Rob Siefker, the Director of the Customer Loyatly Team at Zappos. You can read part one of the interview here , part two here , and part three here. I interviewed Tony a couple years ago and we were very high level, and I had requests for the nitty-gritty. Possibly Related Posts: Interview with Rob Siefker of Zappos – Part 3 of 4 This is the third of a four part interview with.

22 Secrets to Discovering Your Dream and Living It

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They're things that have worked for me and many others I've studied, talked to, interviewed and admired. One of the most important rules of happiness in life is to do what you love. But discovering that dream job and what you are meant to do in life isn't always so easy.

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One Uncomfortable Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Dumb Little Man

If you have a blog, start interviewing people, start a podcast and at some point, have your own webinars on the topic you are good at. Are you one of those people who jealously adore successful people and think, “Why am I not successful?

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7 Ways to Make a Good Impression on the Phone

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I have interviewed a lot of great people in my time, and those talks stick out in my mind. The conversations were frustrating for me, and the outcome (a fairly lousy interview) didn't do anyone any good. Not the right one, says Bailo, founder and chief executive of Phone Interview Pro.

If unemployed hiring managers will like this!

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Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Jeff LeFevre Job Advice VolunteeringIf you have been unemployed for some time now or a recent victim to this economy, there is one thing that you can do to keep your resume current. Instead of having a gap from your last job to your current status, how about volunteering and adding that to your resume? It will make a [.].