Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11428/all en-US 4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000061108306_Large.jpg" alt="bouncing back from job rejection" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What's your go-to coping mechanism when faced with rejection? Openly sob in between giant bites of chocolate cake? Punch a pillow? Or maybe you bend the ear of every passerby about the sheer injustice of it all?</p> <p>We learn these methods when we're young, and while most of our toddler tactics dissipate with time, it's not unusual to hang onto these particular rejection responses for life.</p> <p>But there is a better way. Take it from the indefatigable Babe Ruth, who said, &quot;It's pretty hard to beat a person who never gives up.&quot; You can take rejection and bounce back stronger than ever. Here's how. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-over-rejection?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Get Over Rejection</a>)</p> <h2>Don't Wallow</h2> <p>Get a handle on the emotional stages you pass through when faced with rejection. The most common model of emotional stages &mdash; known as the <a href="http://www.change-management-coach.com/kubler-ross.html">change curve</a> &mdash; categorizes them as shock, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Although the model was initially designed to describe the stages of grief, they have been found to hold true with much more minor changes such as rejection.</p> <p>Between the shock and anger stages, you're going to want to let off a little steam. Have a bellow. Take it out on the gym equipment. Pour yourself a large glass of wine. Whatever does it for you.</p> <p>But moving on through the natural stages of adjustment is the key to a quick recovery. It can be easy to grind to a halt at the stages of bargaining and depression, and to find yourself wallowing in the defeat. If you start to feel yourself <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-every-day-to-defeat-negativity">getting overwhelmed by negativity</a>, take stock. Pull yourself up. But should the feeling persist, and you feel trapped, don't be afraid to seek help from family, friends, and medical professionals if necessary.</p> <h2>Don't Take It Personally</h2> <p>Remember that rejection happens to all of us. From being stood up on a date, to missing out on a great job, to being <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mortgage-application-declined-here-s-how-to-respond">declined for a mortgage</a>, we've all been rejected at least once. If you want to take it all to heart, and find the personal slight in every rejection, you're going to live a life full of resentment and sadness. But the thing is, it's not about you.</p> <p>Try to create a little distance between yourself and your negative thoughts. If a rejection feels personal, take a step back and put it into perspective. If you didn't get that promotion, maybe there was simply another candidate who fit the position better. Maybe you're lined up for a different opportunity you simply don't know of yet. Maybe the interviewer was just plain bad. Either way, it's not about you, so don't beat yourself up.</p> <h2>Reflect and Review</h2> <p>So now that you have a sense of perspective, acknowledge if there is anything you can or should learn from the experience. Be wary of falling back into the hole of self-doubt or blame. But if there's anything you can learn from this, then the experience has been worthwhile in its own way.</p> <p>Hindsight, of course, is 20/20, and this isn't an exercise in wishful thinking. Ask yourself if, with the knowledge you had at the time, you could have taken a different course. If you were turned down for a bank loan, for example, could you have presented your case differently, or understood the assessment criteria better? Could you have improved your credit file or chosen a different bank to suit your circumstances? You cannot change the outcome, but you can turn regret into a life lesson instead.</p> <h2>Move Forward With a New Challenge</h2> <p>To reach the acceptance stage of the change curve takes time, and requires you to shift your focus from what has happened to what will happen. In other words, you need to get back on the horse.</p> <p>Whether you can pick up the same challenge and try a different angle, or find a new goal to pursue, will depend on the circumstances. If you've been rejected from a particular job, for example, then reapplying to the same role is probably futile. But reminding yourself of what you were looking for more broadly, before restarting your search elsewhere is the perfect antidote to rejection.</p> <p>If you've had a financial setback, then it might be time to rethink and set some entirely new money goals. What's crucial is having a meaningful target to shoot for, to stop yourself from slipping back in your adjustment process, and dwelling for too long on a rejection that has long passed. And this is where you have the possibility to not only recover from rejection, but to bounce back stronger than ever. Set a truly impactful goal, and use the pendulum effect as you swing from pent up frustration into full-on goal oriented action.</p> <p>Rejection should be redirection, not defeat.</p> <p><em>What's your top tip for overcoming rejection and bouncing back stronger than ever? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting career confidence drive first impression Job Interview job rejection job search rejection Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Claire Millard 1709581 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000061725250_Large.jpg" alt="staying calm to ace her job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Next time you have a job interview, take a few deep breaths before walking in. Research shows that anxious candidates perform at a lower level in interviews than their relaxed peers. And not only are you stressed to the point of distraction about the interview, but the simple fact you're nervous &mdash; and probably showing it with sweaty palms and jittery energy &mdash; might mean that things won't work out for you, creating the worst sort of vicious circle.</p> <p>Don't let your interview nerves sabotage your chances. Use these tips to make sure you get the big break you deserve &mdash; and give interview anxiety the boot.</p> <h2>1. Recognize the Telltale Signs</h2> <p>The emotional twitchiness that comes with interview nerves quickly translates into physical symptoms, which can undermine your confidence and also indicate your level of anxiety to the interviewer. Whether it's feeling flushed, avoiding eye contact, or fiddling with your clothing, we all have our own personal range of mannerisms that come out when we are feeling the heat.</p> <p>Understanding how you tend to react when anxious is key. If you're not already aware, ask colleagues, family, or friends what they think. Chances are, they've noticed the small nervous ticks you turn to, even if you have not.</p> <p>Interestingly, research shows that speed of speech &mdash; speaking unnaturally slowly &mdash; is the only indicator that both interviewers and candidates agree is a <a href="https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/springer-select/interview-blues---anxious--slow-talkers-often-do-not-get-the-job-/55382?token=prtst0416p">telltale sign of nerves</a>. All other habits tend to be a personal cocktail of small things that vary among individuals. So if you're facing an interview and not sure where to start, then practicing pacing your speech in answers can help you overcome this most common of giveaways.</p> <h2>2. Harness the Jitters</h2> <p>Feeling nervous, to a certain extent, is actually a massive advantage to you. As long as your anxieties don't become so severe they're paralyzing, you can use the nervous energy to focus on preparation for your big day.</p> <h2>3. Do Your Research</h2> <p>If you already have an interview lined up, find out how many interviewers there will be, and whether there will be any pre-work or exercises to complete on the day. If you can find out the interviewer's name, then Google them. Knowledge is always power. Learn all you can about the company, including what others in the same field &mdash; industry insiders and the trade press &mdash; think of the business, for a balanced view. Simply following the right people on Twitter will glean you a whole lot of information that might come in handy.</p> <h2>4. Plan Your Answers</h2> <p>Learn how to answer some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">most common interview questions</a>, to make sure you're feeling confident. The STAR technique is useful for planning out answers to <a href="http://theinterviewguys.com/behavioral-interview-questions-and-answers-101/">behavioral questions</a>, as it forces you to think of the Situation, Task, Actions, and Results of any given example you might choose. Draft a list of the questions you might predict, and sketch out answers, including the relevant examples you might share. And plan how you might phrase any less-than-perfect experiences you've had along the way.</p> <h2>5. Practice!</h2> <p>You have your answers scoped out, now you just need to get them into your head. Try posting the key questions and your possible answers in places you will see them often. Think about the inside of your fridge door, or the bathroom mirror. Then start using your down time to run through your answers. Do them in your head if you have to, but out loud is far better. If you're in the shower, or in your car, talk an answer through.</p> <h2>6. Keep a Sense of Perspective</h2> <p>And finally, cut yourself a break. Everyone sits in an interview <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scary-thoughts-everyone-has-during-a-job-interview">thinking scary thoughts</a>. Pretty much everyone has interview nerves, and learning to cope is a useful skill that pays dividends outside of the interview room, too. Ask yourself: <em>What is the worst that can happen?</em> And consider whether anything that comes to pass today will still feel important in 10 years time, to get your fears in perspective. Most importantly, take a deep breath, and keep smiling. You'll knock 'em dead!</p> <p><em>How do you get over your interview jitters? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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This method hits the headlines every now and again. And occasionally, we hear about a stroke of brilliance and a deserving candidate landing the job. But all too often, these stories are about job seekers who go to enormous lengths to catch the eye of a prospective employer, only to have it backfire horribly.</p> <p>Did you hear about the one where the candidate back-flipped into the interview room? Or where she arrived armed with items purchased from the interviewer's Amazon wishlist? Those tales did not have happy endings. But even if your usual approach is a little more low key, you can still use some guerrilla skills without needing to hire a billboard to advertise yourself, or tattoo your resume on your forehead.</p> <p>Here's how to make this job seeking approach actually work for you, without making a total fool of yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked?ref=seealso">6 Extreme Interview Tactics That Worked</a>)</p> <h2>Make Yourself Stand Out</h2> <p>Recruiting managers might receive hundreds of applications for any single position advertised. Even with the most rigorous screening process in place, resume number 357 has to be pretty special to stand out. Some job seekers have gone to great lengths to make sure their applications memorable, including one famous tale of a job hunter sending a note asking for a coffee meeting, inside a coffee cup, using a FedEx tracking number. Monitoring the delivery notes online, she was able to see the exact moment it was received and signed for, and placed a call immediately to follow up. But don't panic. You don't need to do anything so extreme to make sure you get noticed.</p> <p>Make sure all the basics are covered first. Write a tailored resume and cover letter, making your enthusiasm for the role clear. Using a resume template is a great way to create a resume that stands out for the right reasons.</p> <p>Then try this:</p> <ul> <li>Make an effort to find out the name of the individual recruiting, and use it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you can start adding value to the business at this early stage, you'll be remembered. Is there a business improvement idea, or some customer insight you can share as part of your application?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have an &quot;elevator pitch&quot; summing up your unique abilities, ready to use whenever you get the ear of a potential recruiter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gather intelligence. If you send an email application, follow up with a call. Ostensibly this is to check that the email was received, but take the chance while you're on the phone to get any insight into the business that you can.</li> </ul> <h2>Leverage Your Contacts</h2> <p>Once upon a time, &quot;it's not what you know, but who you know&quot; was the embodiment of a system that favored the elite. With the democratization of information resulting from Internet use, this is no longer the case. If don't have contacts who can help you in some way, then it's probably because you're not trying hard enough.</p> <p>First of all, think through your real-life connections. Do you have friends, family, or previous business contacts who might be able to help you? Can they put you in touch with managers at businesses you're interested in applying to, or who you can tap for information and ideas? Even if your direct connections don't work directly at the company in question, they may be partners, suppliers, or contractors, who can still offer valuable insight.</p> <p>Then try this:</p> <ul> <li>If you want to pump connections for ideas, ask to meet for a coffee. An informational interview sounds too formal and demanding.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Follow the right people: businesses, recruiters, industry insiders, and the trade press, on social media. The knowledge you gain can be game-changing. For example, if you learn about an organization's expansion plans, reach out directly even before they start to officially recruit, to get ahead of the game.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A referral opens doors. If you have an inside contact, ask them to send your resume directly to the recruiter with a recommendation.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you have the nerve, call the CEO (or another senior manager) directly. Ask them where you should address your application. And when you do send in your resume you can legitimately say, &quot;the CEO recommended I apply to you directly.&quot; It's cheeky, but this implied recommendation has been known to work.</li> </ul> <h2>Follow Up</h2> <p>Recruiting managers are only human. There's research to show that if you've scored an interview, you're more likely to be selected if you are the first or last person seen, as memories are sharper, and the recruiter's mood is perhaps more forgiving. You can't necessarily dictate the order in which your interview falls, but you can increase your chances of being remembered with a polite follow-up note after an interview. Failing to follow up is a common <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">complaint of recruiting managers</a>, so don't miss the chance to do so.</p> <p>Try this:</p> <ul> <li>Handwritten notes, in more traditional businesses, are preferred. In more modern or tech-focused organizations, an email is fine. Include a link to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired">your LinkedIn profile</a>, and you'll be able to see if the reader clicks through to check you out.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Thank the interviewer for their time, and reiterate your interest in the role in authentic terms. If something came up in the conversation that impressed you about the business, then say so.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Refer to a point of connection. If you mentioned an interesting article or book during your conversation, pass over the link in your message.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you felt you did not get across some skills, or answers as well as you could have, this is a chance to elaborate. The interviewers are likely to be flattered that you're still thinking of them after the meeting.</li> </ul> <p>Traditionally, a job search follows a regular pattern: find a relevant role advertised, apply, interview, and if all goes well, receive an offer. These days, finding a job is a more fluid process. Many roles are not even openly advertised, putting the ball firmly in the job seekers' court. Use your intuition, employ some of these tactics, and you will stand out for the right reasons. No backflips required.</p> <p><em>What tactics have you tried to get a job? Did they work for you? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting interview etiquette job application Job Interview job interview questions job search resume unemployed Thu, 05 May 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Claire Millard 1703709 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We've Ever Shared http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_glasses_work_000075592811.jpg" alt="Woman learning best career tips ever shared" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your first job will probably not be your dream job. In fact, you might not land your ideal professional role until your fourth, fifth, or sixth job. Crafting a fulfilling career takes time, and hopefully your peers and mentors are sharing their wisdom with you along the way.</p> <p>But just in case that wisdom is hard to come by, and you need some additional assistance in your path to success, we've got some brilliant job search tips right here.</p> <p>Here are the 65 best career tips we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/000050916338.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a> &mdash; Answering any question during a job interview can be stressful experience. There's so much pressure to nail every answer that's it's easy to flub a response. Well, not anymore. This will help you nail all interview questions, and hopefully, get the job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a> &mdash; Sometimes the path to the stop requires standing out in a crowd. These unique interview tactics may seem extreme, but amazingly, they worked!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000071991467_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self">7 Career Tips You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self</a> &mdash; Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Well, what would you tell your younger self about how to be professionally fulfilled? There might be some handy advice in there for you now, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30</a> &mdash; Starting over in a new field is not easy, especially once you're past your 20s &mdash; when life is generally more flexible and suited to career changes. These tips will help you transition at any age.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/guy_fired_000052937386.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Fired? Here's How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career</a> &mdash; It happens to the best of us. Don't worry, losing your job doesn't mean your entire professional world has imploded. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and read this.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-during-a-job-interview">10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview</a> &mdash; There are certain topics that should not be discussed and certain things you should never ever do during an interview. Know the rules before you go.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000068043419_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-signs-the-job-is-too-good-to-be-true">11 Signs the Job Is Too Good to Be True</a> &mdash; Don't fall for the job scam. There are plenty of jobs out there that are too good to be true, and here are all the telltale signs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a> &mdash; Certain seasons are just better for job hunting. If you've got a job now, but would like to make a change in the near future, try to search when the time is right.</p> <p><em>What other career tips have you learned along the way? Share your wisdom with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Make Guerrilla Job Hunting Work for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting career fbf flashback friday Job Interview job search jobs resume Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:00:15 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1670661 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_interview_000078187585.jpg" alt="Woman learning what really annoys hiring managers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made it to the interview, and all that's standing between you and your dream job is the hiring manager &mdash; but winning her over may be easier said than done. So what will it take to make her like you? Well, one thing you can do is avoid annoying her. We reached out to several hiring managers who shared their biggest pet peeves on the condition of anonymity.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Name-Your-Resume-Cover-Letter-26126164" target="_blank">What to Name Your Résumé and Cover Letter</a></p> <h2>1. When You Don't Understand the Company or Product</h2> <p>There's nothing a hiring manager hates more than wasting time, and you will definitely be seen as a waste of time if you don't understand the company or the product. It'll show that you're not even doing the basic research you need for the interview. Why should they even consider you if you're not putting forward the effort? It'll seem like you don't have any passion for or interest in the company, which is one of the biggest pet peeves of any hiring manager.</p> <h2>2. When You Don't Ask Questions</h2> <p>When you don't ask questions, it shows disinterest and lack of effort. One hiring manager told us, &quot;It makes me feel like they're just looking for any job. Anyone can make up good answers to an interview question, but I want to see how they think and what they care about.&quot; Need some help with this step? Check out some <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">great questions to ask</a> during the interview.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-My-Resume-Better-38831500" target="_blank">6 Ways to Revamp Your Résumé</a></p> <h2>3. When You Are Too Persistent</h2> <p>Persistence is an admirable trait, but be careful not to go overboard. &quot;A little persistence is good &mdash; I've often given a candidate a second look after a follow-up email,&quot; said one hiring manager. &quot;But emailing multiple times a week, stopping by the company's headquarters, and reaching out to every employee you can find on LinkedIn can seem desperate and annoying, and none of those things will get you hired.&quot;</p> <h2>4. When You Don't Follow Directions</h2> <p>The job listing says to email and not call or maybe that a cover letter is required. Follow those instructions to a T, because if you can't follow simple directions, it's likely that your application will be ignored.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Change-Your-Life-Year-26709448" target="_blank">36 Moves to Change Your Life For the Better</a></p> <h2>5. When You Get the Company's Name Wrong in Your Application Materials</h2> <p>You'll be surprised how often candidates mess this up in their applications. If you're sending your résumé to a lot of places, you may accidentally copy and paste the wrong company name. &quot;Nothing gets a cover letter tossed in my trash faster than seeing another publication's name in the 'to' field,&quot; said a hiring manager.</p> <h2>6. When You Don't Include Links For Easy Reference</h2> <p>Hiring managers will appreciate the little details that make the process easier for them. One hiring manager advised, &quot;If you mention your portfolio, a website, or your social media profiles, make it easy for me to view them! I want to read more about you and see what you can do, but I'm not going to spend time digging for it myself if you don't include.&quot;</p> <h2>7. When You Don't Follow Up After an Interview</h2> <p>This seems like an obvious step, but a lot of people don't follow up after an interview. At the very least, said one hiring manager, send a quick one-line thank you, although a thoughtful follow-up referencing something from your discussion is very much preferred. Here is a good&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">template for the follow-up email</a>.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Jobs-America-2016-39873247" target="_blank">The 25 Best Jobs in America This Year</a></p> <h2>8. When You Make Up an Answer</h2> <p>You may be startled by an unexpected question, but don't resort to making up an answer. First of all, your interviewer can probably tell, and secondly, she will not be impressed. Take some time to think before crafting your answer, and read these steps on what to do when you're <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">stumped by a question</a>.</p> <h2>9. When You're Too Casual</h2> <p>You may get along with the hiring manager, but remember that you should always still be professional even if the company culture seems casual. &quot;Keep emails professional and always include greetings and sign-offs, not just one-liners sent from your phone, and present yourself as poised and confident but not overly familiar in your interview,&quot; advised one hiring manager.</p> <p><em>Did we miss anything else that annoys hiring managers? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When heading to a job interview, you want to impress the hiring managers. So make sure to avoid doing these nine things that really annoy them. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Name-Your-Resume-Cover-Letter-26126164">What to Name Your Résumé and Cover Letter</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-My-Resume-Better-38831500">6 Ways to Revamp Your Résumé</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Change-Your-Life-Year-26709448">36 Moves to Change Your Life For the Better</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Jobs-America-2016-39873247">The 25 Best Jobs in America This Year</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self">7 Career Tips You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting career tips hiring manager hr job hunting Job Interview job search Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1643602 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Career Tips You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self http://www.wisebread.com/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000071991467_Large.jpg" alt="thinking about career tips she wish she could give her younger self" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine if you could go back in time and have a heart-to-heart with your 22-year-old self. What career advice would you give? What behaviors and habits would you thoroughly encourage? What fears would you try to put to rest?</p> <p>Granted, I don't know what the condition of your professional path has been, but if you're like most of us, there have been a few ups and downs along the way &mdash; as they're nearly impossible to avoid. With the lessons you've learned tucked securely in your back pocket, let's rewind the clock. Here are seven career tips your younger self needs to know.</p> <h2>1. Understand That Your Career Will Evolve</h2> <p>Very rarely is a person's career the product of a single epic choice. Building a career is a process of trying new things, responding to new markets and new technologies, making incremental moves, and listening to our changing interests. Don't stress out if you don't know at 22 what you want to do with the rest of your life.</p> <h2>2. &hellip;But Be Active in the Process</h2> <p>Not being sure what you want to do professionally is very different than not caring. The key is to begin <em>something</em>. Be conscious, be curious, and be active in the process of growing your skills. If a job isn't a good fit, figure out why before you move on. Use what you learn and then develop a strategy that keeps you constantly moving toward your goal &mdash; even if that means making a lateral move from time-to-time.</p> <h2>3. Start Saving Immediately</h2> <p>I'm writing this as I stare into the gaping maw of 50. And while life is great, I'm still trying to figure out how the last 25 years flew by so quickly. Start saving something &mdash; anything &mdash; with your very first paycheck and make structured saving a habit you never abandon. Compounding interest is a force worthy of your undying respect &mdash; learn about it; love it; live it. If you're not sure how to begin saving, some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-microsaving-tools-to-help-you-start-saving-now">simple microsaving tools</a> can help you get started now.</p> <h2>4. Job-Hop Carefully</h2> <p>Make sure you're not job-hopping just for the sake of variety. There's real value in building experience, history, and a reputation within a company. If you're unhappy in a job, explore opportunities in another department or work toward a promotion. If moving on is the only answer, be clear about your goals, gather as much information as possible, and know exactly how the move will benefit you.</p> <h2>5. Don't Waste Time in a Job You Hate</h2> <p>There are countless benefits of youth, and having time to recover from our mistakes is a big one. If you have the luxury of choice, don't stay in a job that isn't (and won't ever be) a good fit. Dragging yourself to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">job you hate keeps you poor</a>, trains you to be unmotivated, and wastes your time and talent. Though no job is a carnival ride every day, search for what inspires you. Find work that speaks to part of your soul.</p> <h2>6. Don't Burn Bridges</h2> <p>Who hasn't dreamt of killing the copier, finally telling off the boss, and speeding away in a cloud of righteous exhaust fumes? Dramatic endings might make great cinema, but burning bridges is a terrible career strategy. However much you think your employer may deserve it, avoid leaving things on a bad note. Give two weeks' notice, express gratitude, and move on. You may need that bridge again someday. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-repair-a-burned-bridge?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Repair a Burned Bridge</a>)</p> <h2>7. Explore the Unconventional</h2> <p>I worked for large corporations until the recession of 2008 gave me space and time enough to reflect on a few career assumptions I'd made. The financial crisis proved to be just the motivator I needed to reinvent how I made a living &mdash; I only wish I'd made the leap sooner. My point is, don't be afraid to explore unconventional career paths while you're young. Find your professional niche and, if possible, gradually build your living around it. There are few things sweeter than thriving in a career you built from scratch.</p> <p><em>What career advice would you give a new nine-to-fiver? What lessons were the hardest for you to learn? Share with us in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-pearls-of-career-wisdom-from-brian-tracy">6 Pearls of Career Wisdom From Brian Tracy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career tips employment Job Interview job search younger self Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:06 +0000 Kentin Waits 1645871 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hiding_desk_000052944964.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways to job hunt without getting caught" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Applying for a new job is often a Catch-22: You've got to put yourself out there as a candidate, but you don't want to get caught by your current employer for fear of being prematurely fired. Yes, it's a fine line to walk for career advancement, but you can totally perfect this skill with these nine ways to conduct a stealthy job search.</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Social Media Profiles Current at All Times</h2> <p>If you're active on social media in general, your various profiles are probably up-to-date on the regular. If they're not, and you update them out of the blue, it could raise suspicions, particularly on LinkedIn and if you're connected to coworkers &mdash; which you probably are.</p> <p><a href="http://alexandermannsolutions.com/about-alexander-mann-solutions/our-talent/key-person/ian-cluroe">Ian Cluroe</a>, director of global brand and marketing for Alexander Mann Solutions, warns against this sudden attention to your social media profiles.</p> <p>&quot;Keeping your social profiles up-to-date ensures that you don't raise flags when you're the one actively searching, and enables you to be found by sources who may have an opportunity that you're the perfect person for but you would have otherwise known nothing about because your outdated profile made you impossible to find,&quot; he says.</p> <h2>2. Don't Send Resumes to Blind Ads Online</h2> <p>If you don't know who the recipient of your resume is, do not send it. I repeat, DO NOT SEND IT. You don't know who is on the other end, and serendipity has a way of biting you in the butt for not being careful.</p> <p>&quot;A woman once told me that her coworker responded to a blind ad and then was confronted a short while later by someone in the company from Human Resources,&quot; reveals certified career coach <a href="http://www.calltocareer.com/about/">Cheryl E. Palmer</a>. &quot;The HR professional asked her if she was looking for another job. The woman lied and said no. The HR professional responded, &quot;I got your resume.&quot; It turned out that the job that this woman had unwittingly applied for was at her own company.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Be Cautious When You're Networking</h2> <p>Of course you have to network when you're searching for a new position &mdash; just be smart about it. Be very careful to whom you're telling your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress">plans to switch jobs</a>, because you never know who you're talking to. As a rule, don't go to networking events at a bar where you're going to have a couple drinks and become less inhibited. That's a recipe for certain disaster.</p> <h2>4. Don't Let Your Attire Give It Away</h2> <p>Here's a prime example of amateur tactics that absolutely raise red flags: When your everyday work attire is chinos and a button-down and you all of a sudden show up to work in a suit and tie. The jig will be up immediately, and you're better than that, bro.</p> <p>&quot;Dressing up more than normal can be a real giveaway that you are interviewing for another position,&quot; says Palmer. &quot;To avoid suspicion, put your interview clothes in your car and change in a discreet location before the interview. It's also a good idea to schedule interview appointments during times when your absence won't raise questions. Taking too much time off from work can signal that you are interviewing at other companies.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Don't Tell Your Coworkers That You're Looking</h2> <p>I'm sure there are coworkers you trust to keep the secret that you're looking for a new job, but my life motto has fared me well so far &mdash; trust no one, and fear everyone. Besides, you don't know what plans they have in mind for their own career advancement. They may view your undercover search as an opportunity to swoop in and take your job right out from under you. And if that happens, you'll kick yourself for being so loose-lipped. Ruthless comes in all shapes, sizes, and smiles.</p> <h2>6. Consider Having an Executive Recruiter on Your Side</h2> <p>If you're afraid of getting caught searching for a job (and you should be), there are ways to ease your anxiety. Hiring an executive recruiter is one such solution, and it won't even cost you. Recruiters are paid by employers, and their fees are usually based on your starting salary. Depending on the type of job you're seeking &mdash; like CEO or VP of Somethingorother &mdash; working with a recruiter is often the only way to go.</p> <p>Zach Brown, a senior sourcing recruiter for David Brown International, details a few of the benefits of using a recruiter.</p> <p>&quot;A skilled recruiter can leverage their network and industry connections to get your resume and portfolio in front of employers in your field that are looking for top talent,&quot; he explains. &quot;Going this route will get you exposure with the right companies without having to post your resume everywhere for all to see. Look for an established recruiter that specializes in your career field and has worked with the types of organizations that you are interested in working for.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Keep Your Search Quiet, Especially on Social Media</h2> <p>As a professional, you should be mindful of what you're posting to social media, in general &mdash; no more drama! &ndash; but you should particularly be conscious to keep your job search updates off Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites. Even if you're not connected to your boss or coworkers online, what you post has a mysterious way of popping up in places you don't want it to be seen &mdash; security settings, be damned.</p> <h2>8. Don't Use Anyone at Your Current Job as a Reference</h2> <p>If you don't want to raise a red flag that you're looking for a new job, WHY would you use one of your coworkers as a reference? Surely you have three other people with whom you're not currently working who can vouch for you, no?</p> <h2>9. Search for Your New Job on Your Own Time and Equipment</h2> <p>And, finally, don't be sketchy and use company time to search for a position with another company. That's not only dumb, but also disloyal and rude. Use your own computer and other resources on your own time. Get caught and you're likely to get fired on the spot. The only silver lining is that it will seriously speed up your job search. You don't want it to go down like that.</p> <p>Palmer says, &quot;You should never put your work email or work phone number on your resume. Also, you should use a personal email address that sounds professional &mdash; i.e., ralph.smith@[emailservice].com, not wonderboy@[emailservice].com &mdash; and list your cell phone number so that communication with potential employers will remain private. In addition, you should use your computer at home to send emails to hiring managers. Using the computer at work is risky since many companies monitor their employees' computer use.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how employees can search for a new job without raising a red flag? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Make Guerrilla Job Hunting Work for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting boss Job Interview job search new job resume Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:15:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1606587 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_crossed_arms_000046266010.jpg" alt="Man trying extreme job interview tactics that worked" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting a job is hard. These days, it may even be very hard. But so is getting an interview, and when you are given the chance to sit down and chat with someone who holds your future in their hands, you usually play it very safe. But sometimes safe isn't the best answer. Sometimes, like with these examples that came from an extensive <a href="https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job">Quora Q&amp;A,</a> you have to employ extreme <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">interview tactics to get the position</a>.</p> <h2>1. The Walkout</h2> <p>Let's start this series off with the story that inspired it &mdash; namely, mine. Advertising is a competitive and cutthroat industry, and getting your foot in the door, even for an interview, can be hard work. Even back in the early 2000s, before the Internet bubble burst, getting a decent job in the industry was tough.</p> <p>So, when getting an interview at a place known for doing outstanding work, the usual routine for candidates was to go in, sit down, be polite, let the interviewer tear your work apart, and hope for a callback. If you were lucky, he or she would actually like a few pieces in your portfolio.</p> <p>In my case, the hiring manager, who was a director of marketing, looked like a bulldog chewing a wasp as he went through my work. &quot;Seen it before. Crap. Not impressed. That's obvious.&quot; And so on.</p> <p>As he got halfway through the folio, I'd had enough. I needed a job, but not one that would be filled with this kind of derision. I stood up, closed it, and politely said, &quot;thanks for your time, but clearly my work is not suited for you or this company.&quot;</p> <p>As I walked out, he got out of his chair and patted me on the back. &quot;Wait, wait,&quot; he said. &quot;Maybe I was being a bit harsh. I think there are actually some strong pieces in there.&quot;</p> <p>I sat down with him, and it turns out this was his &quot;test.&quot; To see how candidates react to a real ego bashing. Would they cry? Would they get angry? Would they say nothing? Apparently, my reaction was the one he had been looking for.</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> Trust your gut. If you really feel like you need to react in a certain way, and it does not seem inappropriate (like punching someone in the face for instance), go with it. Showing people who you really are can make a big difference. </em></p> <h2>2. The Pocket Surprise</h2> <p>This story comes from <a href="https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/Richard-Waddington?srid=isCn&amp;share=1">Richard Waddington</a>, who had been the same company for over 10 years, and was looking for a change. (Incidentally, a <a href="https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/jobvite_jobseeker_nation_2015.pdf">recent study</a> shows 50% of people see their current job as just a placeholder, and are actively looking around.)</p> <p>Richard had never been out on an interview in all that time, and so when he decided to move on and got an interview at another company, he was obviously nervous. The stress of finding the right clothes and shoes, the preparation, the background work &mdash; they can all get to a person.</p> <p>Richard was also a family man, and as he left for the interview, his four-year-old daughter handed him a little plastic cow from her farm yard play set and said, &quot;Daddy, take this for good luck.&quot;</p> <p>Richard went through hours of interviews, with different people (which is all too common these days) before sitting in front of the VP of HR. She sternly asked him, &quot;How do I know you'll fit in?&quot;</p> <p>Without thinking, he exclaimed, &quot;I have a cow in my pocket!&quot; He set the cow on the table, over an awkward silence. But, she burst out laughing, and he got the job.</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> A real moment can go a long way toward showing people who you are when your guard is down. A genuine laugh, a reaction, something that lets the interviewer see a person and not just a candidate, may feel extreme or risky&hellip; but it can reap rewards.</em></p> <h2>3. The Refusal</h2> <p>Perhaps the most extreme thing you can ever do is refuse an offer of a job &mdash; if you actually want to get that job. Or, refuse to do something that the interviewer asks you to do. It's a risk, but for some people, it has definitely worked.</p> <p>This has a lot to do with catching the interviewer off guard. They know they are in a position of power. They have the job, you want the job, and therefore, they have the upper hand. But what if you take control?</p> <p><a href="https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/Stephan-Vladimir-Bugaj?srid=isCn&amp;share=1">Stephan Bugaj</a> did just that. His career was in a very technical field, and to start off the proceedings he dressed more like a biker than an office worker. When the interviewer asked him to solve a technical puzzle, he said no. Flatly, no. Then, he offered the reason; one that was given to him by a physics teacher some years back and said, &quot;How does putting a person in a situation where they're faced with a difficult and unfamiliar problem and then denying them access to equipment, reference materials, and discussions with colleagues in any way represent a realistic professional environment?&quot;</p> <p>He got the job. And so did Gil Yehuda, another interview candidate who actually refused the job offer. Gil's story is long; you can read it on Quora. But the short version is, Gil had surmised that the job in question was ill-defined, and was probably not one he should take. So he said no. But when he was then asked for a salary range, he asked the interviewer to make an offer impossible to refuse. She did.</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> You can take control of the interview by doing the unexpected. Not in a way that would get you kicked out of the building for breaking public decency laws, but by questioning things, and refusing the requests or offers on the table. It will definitely make you stand out. </em></p> <h2>4. The Honest Approach</h2> <p>Of course, there's honesty, and then there's boorishness. You certainly don't want to be so brutally honest that you upset everyone in the room. But interviewers are so used to hearing rehearsed, bland answers that a touch of real honesty can be refreshing &mdash; and memorable.</p> <p>A case in point &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/Michael-Shiloh">Michael Shiloh</a>. As an infectious disease specialist, he was used to working in high-pressure environments, and was prepared for rigorous interview questions and techniques. He was sat in front of 25 members of the faculty admissions committee, and they all had questions for him.</p> <p>The answers came easy to him, as the questions were nothing out of the ordinary. But towards the end of the long process, one interviewer threw a huge curveball by asking, &quot;If you were to design an RGD peptide to potently inhibit the integrin IIb/IIIa receptor, what would it look like?&quot;</p> <p>Michael was stumped. He had nothing. So, trusting his gut he said, &quot;I have no idea. But if I did know, I wouldn't be here interviewing for your program, but rather there, working on it. And, they'd be paying me big bucks to do it.&quot;</p> <p>Hearty, deep laughter followed, along with the offer of a position.</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> Don't be tempted to give the interviewer a lot of platitudes and vanilla responses. A lot of the time, an interviewer will be much more impressed by the truth; even if the truth is difficult to say, and sets you in a less favorable light. (Just think how we would react if politicians were honest.)</em></p> <h2>5. The Bluff</h2> <p>This is a case of, when all else fails&hellip; bluff.</p> <p>The interviewee, John Doe (who wants to remain anonymous for obvious reasons), was applying for a job as a consultant. And, the interview was not going well.</p> <p>The interviewer then asked John to solve a puzzle, and as he described it, John could not help the spread of a massive grin on his face. He had recently heard, and solved, this very puzzle, and interrupted the interviewer, saying, &quot;Sir, I'll be honest with you. I've heard this one before,&quot; and gave an outline of the solution.</p> <p>The interviewer appreciated his candor, and went on to another question. This one was a mind bender. A very hard, almost impossible, puzzle for John to solve. He had no idea. So, he did the only thing he could think of. Smiling broadly he said, &quot;Sir, I hate to admit it, but I've heard this one before as well!&quot;</p> <p>The interviewer did not ask for proof, but simply believed him and said, &quot;Wow&hellip; no puzzles today it seems.&quot; The bluff worked, and John got the job.</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> Sometimes, you can bluff and win. But you really have to be prepared to have your bluff called. However, if that happens, simply use the honest approach &ndash; &quot;hey, I was bluffing, I just have no idea how to answer.&quot; It might just work, too. </em></p> <h2>6. The Backup Plan</h2> <p>Finally, we come full circle and finish on another story from my advertising past. Before the days of cheap Macbooks and readily available design software, ad portfolios still had to look the part. And spec work (work done for a client that has not asked for it, merely to showcase your talents) still had to look the business. Creative teams would often employ designers and photographers to help them comp up ads that would not look out of place in magazines or on billboards.</p> <p>The portfolio of my art director and myself was full of both produced and spec work. The produced work, as it was early in our careers, was not great. The clients weren't blue chip, and the spec work was put together in our spare time with stock photos and rub down transfers. It looked&hellip; acceptable.</p> <p>As we went into the interview, we were nervous. This was a big shop, and they demanded quality. The creative directors looked bored as they flicked through the portfolio, and we could tell they were getting ready give us the polite brush-off. As one stood, and started to say, &quot;well, thanks for coming in, but&hellip;&quot; I stopped him and said, &quot;honestly, the work is crap compared to the ideas we have sketched in the back pocket of the portfolio.&quot;</p> <p>They both looked a bit taken aback, but they reached in, and brought out the sketches my partner and I had been working on for much bigger ideas. Ones that were beyond our skill to produce with any great polish. We didn't plan on showing them to anyone, but figured, what the hell. They flicked through them, smiling, pointing, whispering, for 10 minutes. Then they said, &quot;when would you be able to start?&quot;</p> <p><strong><em>Moral of this story:</em></strong><em> Never be afraid to impress people with ideas you do not think are quite ready. Whether it's a new product, a sales plan, an app, or anything else relevant to your career, if it gives you goose bumps, it may well do the same to your future employer.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting hacks interview Job Interview job interview tips job search Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:23:13 +0000 Paul Michael 1593842 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_work_success_000056629092.jpg" alt="Woman learning what to do after the interview to land the job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've created a flawless resume. You've networked like a champion. You've managed to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-noticed-during-a-job-search">get noticed by the right people</a>. And you just aced a three-hour long group interview without so much as a nervous twitch. Don't stop there; here are six things you can do <em>after</em> the interview that will help you land the job of your dreams.</p> <h2>1. Send a Thank-You Note</h2> <p>Send a brief, but detailed thank-you email within 24 hours. Refer to the topics discussed in the interview and include the email address of every interviewer, regardless of title or job level. Though many career consultants suggest following up an electronic thank-you with the hand-written variety, it's not necessary and can often be interpreted as overkill.</p> <h2>2. Send a Personalized Follow-Up Email</h2> <p>A few days after the thank-you note, send a follow-up email that reinforces how your skills and experience directly related to the requirements of the position. Respect your readers' time by being specific and concise, but don't be afraid to mention relevant accomplishments or important points you didn't have a chance to cover during the interview.</p> <h2>3. Alert Your References</h2> <p>If your interview went well, it's likely your references will be contacted in short order. Both as a courtesy and a means of preparation, give your references a heads-up. Let them know a bit about the role and the skill set required. Advance notice will help each of your references craft their best pitch for you and stress the experience and qualities that matter most. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-great-job-references">How to Get Great Job References</a>)</p> <h2>4. Keep Researching</h2> <p>Research shouldn't end when the interview is over. Keep learning about the company and the position you've applied for. If there's an impromptu follow-up call or a second interview, your deeper knowledge will help inspire ideas and generate insightful questions.</p> <h2>5. Tap Into Your Network</h2> <p>Sometimes <em>who</em> you know is just as important as <em>what</em> you know. Leverage the power of your professional network to increase your chances of getting hired. If you know someone inside the company who can tilt the scales in your favor, reach out to her and tactfully ask for assistance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-networking-tips-for-people-under-40">10 Best Networking Tips for People Under 40</a>)</p> <h2>6. Gracefully Accept Rejection</h2> <p>Rejection is part of every job hunt, but knowing how to gracefully accept rejection can sometimes help you get a job. Remember, not all new hires work out. In order to differentiate yourself at this final stage of the interview process, thank your interviewers for their time and wish them well. If new positions open up or if the person they hired turns out to be a bad fit, you're much more likely to be top-of-mind.</p> <p>I get it; job hunting can sometimes feel like a full-time job (and an exhausting one at that). Avoid feeling overwhelmed by breaking the process into a series of action phases. By the time you get to the face-to-face interview, the uphill slog is nearly done. Pat yourself on the back; your skills have been noticed. Now, enjoy the downhill slide by executing each post-interview task mindfully and thoroughly.</p> <p><em>What have you done after an interview that helped you beat the competition? What advice do you have for new graduates who may be interviewing for the first time?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting hiring tips job hunt Job Interview job search unemployment Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:15:23 +0000 Kentin Waits 1593784 at http://www.wisebread.com Master These 15 Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/master-these-15-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-152981657-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First impressions are everything, and making a good one during a job interview can very well snag you the job of your dreams. Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if it's for a job you really want. The only way to calm your nerves is to do a lot of prep beforehand so you'll be ready for your interview. Read on for 15 common interview questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">4 Rules for Answering the Weakness Question</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>This question usually takes about one to two minutes to answer and will be your elevator pitch. You want to give them a brief rundown of who you are as a person and show how you articulate you are. Don't start rambling on about your personal history. Talk about highlights from job positions or schooling and how you can contribute to the company with your background and experiences.</p> <p>Know what the company is looking for. If it prizes technical skills, play those up. Showcase the qualities needed for the job you're interviewing for.</p> <p>Before the interview, write down two to three notable achievements, and be sure to bring them up during your elevator pitch.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?</h2> <p>Think about what others have said about you when you're trying to come up with a list of your strengths. Remember, always back up your points with an example.</p> <p>Pick strengths that align with the company's culture and goals. If you're applying to a scrappy start-up, highlight your ability to multitask and to take initiative.</p> <p>The most important factor when choosing which strengths to highlight is to make sure they relate to the position your applying to. For example, if you're applying for a human resources position, talk about your interpersonal skills.</p> <p>The weakness question is always the hardest to answer. Don't give a clichéd answer such as you work too hard or you're too much of a perfectionist. Try your best to stick to the truth and make sure you mention the steps you take to counter the weakness. Don't disclose anything that will make you look like an incompetent employee, such as not meeting deadlines and getting into conflicts with co-workers. Put a positive spin on the weakness but make sure it doesn't sound too practiced. An example of weaknesses can be impatience, which can mean that you want to get the job done. Another weakness can be time management but make sure you name the steps you take to beat that problem. You will look like a problem solver when you show them what you did to fix a flaw.</p> <h2>3. What Salary Are You Looking For?</h2> <p>You don't have to answer this question at the interview, and you can try to deflect this question until you've received an offer. Tell the interviewers that you want to hold off on salary talk until the both of you know that you're right for the job.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>Read up everything you can about the company, including the website, news articles, profiles of employees, and any tidbits on LinkedIn. If you or your friends know employees at the company, ask if they can speak to you about what the company is like.</p> <p>Try to get a sense of what the company culture is and what its goals are. Once you've done your homework, you need to figure out how the company ties into your own career path and future.</p> <h2>5. Where Do You See Yourself in a Few Years?</h2> <p>Think about how you can move forward from the position you're eyeing. Figure out the natural career track and tailor your answer to the company. Try to be honest but not to the point where you make yourself look like an unattractive candidate, such as saying you want to work for their competitor or something too personal like becoming a mom. Stick to professional examples; they don't want to hear about your personal life plan.</p> <h2>6. Are You Interviewing With Other Companies?</h2> <p>Try not to spend too much time on this question and answer briefly. A simple yes and mentioning the fact that you're open to opportunities will do the trick. You can also say that this particular job is your first choice. Remember, honesty is always the best policy, and don't lie and say you're interviewing at certain companies when you're not.</p> <h2>7. What Can You Do for This Company?</h2> <p>There are several versions of this question, which also includes, &quot;What will you do when you're at [job position x]?&quot; When you're preparing for the interview, think about why you would do a good job at the position and what steps you would take to achieve that.</p> <p>Bring in new ideas and examples of what you have done in the past that has benefited your previous companies. One trick that will help the company visualize you in the position is to tell them exactly what you'd do in the first two weeks at the job. Be specific about what you'd like to accomplish, so it's more believable and impressive.</p> <h2>8. Why Do You Want to Leave or Why Did You Leave Your Current Job?</h2> <p>It's understandable if you were laid off given the rocky economy. You don't have to share the dirty details, but you should be truthful and mention that your company had to let go of X number of people or the department was being restructured.</p> <p>If you are leaving because of a negative situation, be sure not to badmouth your old company or boss. It just reflects badly on you if you do. You can focus on the fact that you're looking for growth and that you feel this company feels like the step in the right direction.</p> <h2>9. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>Asking good questions can reveal a lot of your personality and can be the most important part of the interview. Take some time into crafting very personal, well thought-out questions that require more than a &quot;yes&quot; or &quot;no&quot; answer.</p> <p>Don't ask questions that seem to be too assuming and that make you sound like you think you got the job. Don't try to focus on pay, benefits, and getting promoted. Focus more on what you can do for the company and not what the company can do for you.</p> <p>Use your judgement during the interview on how many questions are appropriate.</p> <h2>10. When Did You Have to Deal With Conflict in the Office, and How Did You Resolve It?</h2> <p>Be careful when you're addressing this question and make sure that you're not bitter or negative in your answer. You should always be positive because this reflects the fact that you take conflict well. Talk about a problem you faced (preferably not something you created), and detail the steps you proactively took to resolve the problem. The best examples will come from your past experiences.</p> <h2>11. Testing Your Knowledge and Experience</h2> <p>Make sure what you can live up to your claims in your résumé and cover letter, because your interviewer may try to test your knowledge and experience.</p> <p>For example, he might ask you questions in your field or get your professional opinion on some current events happening in your expertise. Another way to test your knowledge is to walk you through a sample scenario you might face in this new job, and ask you how you would solve the issue.</p> <p>The best way to prepare for these questions is to read up as much as you can about industry that you're applying to, and brush up on items in your past. Give yourself time to think about how you would tackle the problem they present to you, and don't rush your explanation. Even if you don't arrive at the conclusion the hiring manager is looking for, they may be impressed by your thought process.</p> <h2>12. Tell Me About Your Achievements</h2> <p>It's your time to shine when you talk about your achievements. Make sure you're preparing ahead of time for the achievement question.</p> <p>Write down three possible past wins relevant to the company and position you're applying to, and practice articulating your answers. Do your best to be specific and possibly throw in numbers to really back up your answers. For example, saying something like &quot;As a result of achievement x, revenue numbers increased by x percent year over year.&quot; This will really show your hiring manager how you added value to your past company's growth and reveal your worth as an employee.</p> <h2>13. Tell Me About Your Failures</h2> <p>Be careful when picking which failures to talk about because it can either be a hit or miss answer.</p> <p>Be honest in your answer. Don't pick a weak example, where the failure wasn't truly a flop. It's very telling if you're uncomfortable with the question. The interviewer may see you as someone who can't take responsibility for her mistakes and grow from it.</p> <p>You want to make sure that whatever you mention, you're able to explain how you bounced back stronger than ever and how you took steps to make sure that the mistake never happened again.</p> <h2>14. How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You?</h2> <p>It's time to talk yourself up! Highlight your positive traits, and make sure you're not bringing up your flaws. You should only bring up negative things if you're asked to do so.</p> <p>Think back on what your co-workers and bosses have said about you in your past reviews. This will help you formulate your answer.</p> <h2>15. What Was Your Last Salary?</h2> <p>Remember, you don't have to reveal anything you're not comfortable with to the hiring manager. You can answer this question indirectly by giving the interviewer a range you're expecting.</p> <p>Liz Ryan, CEO of consulting firm The Human Workplace, writes in a <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131217070749-52594-how-to-answer-the-question-what-was-your-last-salary?trk=tod-posts-post1-ptlt">LinkedIn post</a>, &quot;When we call the plumber because our tub drain is clogged, we don't ask, 'What did you charge the guy down the block to unclog his drain last week?' If we do, the plumber is going to say, 'My rate is $95 an hour. Do you want me to come over or not?'&quot;</p> <p>She suggests responding to this salary question with &quot;In this job search, I'm looking for jobs in the $95,000 to $100,000 range. Is that in the ballpark?&quot;</p> <p>The best way to prepare for this question is to figure out how much salary you want to be paid. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Much-Salary-Should-I-Ask-17873128">Here's how</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land a job interview? Great. Now seal the deal by learning how to answer these 15 common job interview questions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cover-Letter-Introduction-Templates-31929718">How to Start Off Your Cover Letter Right</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">Follow Up After a Job Interview With This Email</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Follow-Up-After-Interview-24541874">5 Rules For Following Up After the Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting interview Job Interview job search new job Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1221623 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-486489595-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't take your interviewer's questions at face value. Often, the reasons why she's asking you these questions is not just to hear your answers, but to read in between the lines and find out what your intentions are and how your character is. We've listed a couple of the most <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663">popular interview questions</a> below and what the interviewer <em>really</em> means when they ask you these questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Interview-Mistakes-35619757">9 Costly Interview Mistakes That Can Lose You That Job Offer</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>Okay, you should ace this question because it's the most basic and expected question out of every job interview. We want to see how you carry yourself and how articulate you are. We also want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career and what's special about you.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?</h2> <p>You know this question is coming, let's see how honest and thoughtful you can be. Not to mention how prepared you are. Please don't give us the clichés like, &quot;My weakness is I work too hard.&quot; We can see right through that. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">This question</a> can reveal how self-aware you are and how proactive you are when a problem arises.</p> <h2>3. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you're here for the long haul and you've really thought about this. It takes resources to train a new hire, so ideally, we would like you to stay a while. Your answer will clue us into your ambition as well, and if you've truly thought about what your career track with us will be like. It's a chance for us to hear your strengths and your goals.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you really want to work for us and that you did your research. We don't want to hire people who just want this job because it's a job.</p> <h2>5. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?</h2> <p>Was there drama in your last company? We're actually curious to see if you left your company on good or bad terms. Obviously, most of you will catch on to this question, but your answer can also give us an insight into your relationship with your former company and how you work. If you badmouth your previous employer, no matter what the circumstance, we'll probably take it as a red flag. We also want to make sure that you're not going to leave our company for the same reason.</p> <h2>6. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>This is my opportunity to see if you have been paying attention and how passionate you are about this position and company. It's also a test to see how much homework you've done on the company and the position. This can be your chance to wow us, and it can be one of the most memorable things about a candidate.</p> <h2>7. [Insert Incredibly Hard Problem]</h2> <p>We want to know how you think on your feet and what your thought process is like. You <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">may not be able to answer this question</a>, but we want to see how you deal with the stress of not being able to answer the question and to see if you can at least tell us the steps you would take to find the answer. This shows good initiative and problem-solving skills. We're not looking for someone who would give up as soon as something hard comes their way.</p> <h2>8. [Insert Surprising Question]</h2> <p>Okay, you may be completely thrown off by this question, but we want that to happen. It may elicit a more genuine reaction and that's what we really want to see. Perhaps, we can catch a glimpse of your personality.</p> <h2>9. What Would Your Co-Workers Say About You?</h2> <p>We want to know how you think others view you. It says something about how self-aware you are, and it can clue us into how your relationships with your former co-workers are.</p> <h2>10. What Are Your Hobbies?</h2> <p>We want to know what you are like as a person outside of your job. This is a good time to bring up your side projects and impressive hidden talents. What you do with your free time can be a big reflection of what kind of employee you will be. For example, having a successful Etsy store can show us that you're productive, driven, passionate, and creative. This is your chance to stand out and share something personal about yourself that will make us remember you.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn to read the truth behind these common job interview questions, so you can respond with the answers that get you hired. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Annoys-Hiring-Managers-34912002">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Say-During-Interview-35404815">13 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">16 Major Dos and Don&#039;ts at a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting Job Interview questions underlying meaning Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1203902 at http://www.wisebread.com How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-178169066-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A smart, thoughtful answer to an interview question can help you clinch the job. Likewise, an epic blunder can knock you out of the top three. So it's as important to study what NOT to say as it is to practice and polish your real answers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our round-up of common job interview answers to steer clear of. You can thank us when you're in your brand new corner office.</p> <h2>1. &quot;So, Tell Me About Yourself&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Don't give the interviewer a walk-through of your resume. That's a different question. The question you're being asked is intended to test your ability to answer an open-ended question with eloquence and ease. Don't use &quot;um&quot; and &quot;ah&quot; fillers. And don't blather.</p> <p>Experts say the best answer is short, to-the-point, and highlights your career and educational background while also shedding light on why you want this particular job.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Why Do You Want to Work Here?&quot;</h2> <p>Ditch the boilerplate answer. And don't give an answer that simply addresses why you want to work in that field. You also want to avoid an answer that makes you seem desperate, such as, &quot;I need experience,&quot; &quot;I need more money,&quot; &quot;I got laid off.&quot;</p> <p>Instead, tell the interviewer specifically how you can benefit the company and how the job will help you achieve your own career goals. After all, a good fit is a mutually beneficial one. For example: &quot;It seems like I could really benefit the company with my X and Y skills while also furthering my own career goals to do Z.&quot; The key is to convey why you are the best fit for <em>this</em> job &mdash; not just for your own benefit, but also for theirs.</p> <h2>3. &quot;What Do You Know About Our Company So Far?&quot;</h2> <p>Stay away from negativity &mdash; the interviewer doesn't want to hear what you know about the company's most recent round of layoffs or the latest stock market tumble. You also want to avoid giving the interviewer the impression that you haven't researched the company, which will lead them to believe that you're more interested in landing a job, period, rather than a job with this specific company.</p> <p>Experts say it's best to focus on things like the company's role in its industry, its history, and any accolades, awards, or distinctions it has won. Show that you've taken initiative and done your research.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?&quot;</h2> <p>Never cast blame. Don't bad-mouth your last employer or your former managers. Don't go into the gory details. But don't leave them hanging. If the interviewer gets the feeling that you're trying to cover up something related to your departure, he or she will most likely assume there's skeleton in your closet.</p> <p>Be honest and succinct in explaining why you left. Experts recommend sharpening your focus on how your past job has prepared you for the future.</p> <h2>5. &quot;What Are Your Strengths?&quot;</h2> <p>This is your chance to shine. Don't screw it up by highlighting non-work related attributes or coming off as a braggart. Do away with examples of times when you shined at someone else's expense.</p> <p>Instead, bill yourself as a team player who consistently goes above and beyond job expectations &mdash; and have a few specific examples to back up your claims.</p> <h2>6. &quot;What Are Your Weaknesses?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't say, &quot;Nothing.&quot; Don't rattle off a list of negative attributes about yourself without explaining how you've overcome them in the past. And don't answer, &quot;I work too hard&quot; &mdash; that's not a weakness.</p> <p>Experts say the best answers to this question prove that you are self-aware and resilient.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Where Do You See Yourself Five, Ten Years Down the Road?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't intimate that you have no idea what you'd like your future to be like. And don't say that you want a job with this company as a stepping stone to getting another job with a different company.</p> <p>Interviewers want to hear about your career goals and how a job with their company could help you fulfill them. They want to hear that you have a plan, even if it's fluid. They want to know that you're thoughtful and not haphazard in your career decisions.</p> <h2>8. &quot;What Kind of Salary Are You Looking For?&quot;</h2> <p>Steer clear of the following responses: &quot;I haven't thought about that yet,&quot; &quot;I'll take any salary,&quot; &quot;I'm sure whatever you offer is fine,&quot; &quot;My last salary was X. I'd like a little more than that.&quot; And don't just pick an arbitrary number.</p> <p>Know your worth. And arm yourself with the research and data to back it up. If you want a salary in the $100,000 range, it better be because other people in similar jobs at similar companies are making that amount. It's also smart to consider factors like geography and cost of living expenses. Website likes <a href="http://www.salary.com/">salary.com</a>, <a href="http://www.payscale.com/">payscale.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">glassdoor.com</a> can help with this task.</p> <h2>9. &quot;Why Should I Hire You?&quot;</h2> <p>These are all major no-no's: &quot;Because I really need the money.&quot; &quot;Because I think this job could help me learn this skills I need to do X.&quot; &quot;Because I think a job at your company would look great on my resume.&quot; &quot;Because I'm fun and easy to work with.&quot;</p> <p>Better answers are honest, highlight your confidence in yourself and your skill set, and exemplify why you're a great fit for the job. For example: &quot;Because I really, really want this job and I know I'm the best fit for X, Y, and Z reasons.&quot;</p> <h2>10. &quot;Do You Have Any Questions for Me?&quot;</h2> <p>Do not say, &quot;No&quot; &mdash; it implies that you're disinterested or worse, unintelligent. You also should not ask the interviewer what he or she thinks are your chances of landing the job.</p> <p>The right answer is always, &quot;Yes.&quot; You might have questions about the company culture or how on-the-job success is measured. Maybe you want to know what qualities the company most values in new hires or what a typical day on the job would like. Whatever the questions, just make sure you ask them. It'll show that you're interested, inquisitive, and not willing to settle for just any old job.</p> <p><em>Any questions we've missed? Ask in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Make Guerrilla Job Hunting Work for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building interview job hunt Job Interview job search Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1197961 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-180409534-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job interview coming up? Don't be nervous! Just follow these guidelines below, and you'll be fine.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Make-Good-Impression-Interviewer-Minutes-34950915">Make a Good Impression on Your Interviewer in 10 Minutes</a></p> <h2>Do</h2> <h3>Wear the Right Outfit</h3> <p>Make sure you know what the dress code is for the office. One good idea is to check with HR before the interview to get a feel of what you should wear.</p> <h3>Bring Copies of Your Résumé</h3> <p>Although you're sure the company has your résumé, it never fails to bring copies of your just in case your interviewer needs to look at it and doesn't have it in front of her.</p> <h3>Have a Nice Folder for Your Résumé</h3> <p>Just so your résumé doesn't look like something cat dragged in, keep it in pristine condition in a professional-looking folder. Here are other <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">important items</a> to bring to an interview.</p> <h3>Have the Appropriate Body Language</h3> <p>Be aware of how you're carrying yourself during an interview, because your posture, eye contact, and relaxed position can impress your interviewer. Remember to sit still and straight and don't fidget. Here are more <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Body-Language-Tips-24032463">body language tips </a>to help.</p> <h3>Give the Right Answer to the Weakness Question</h3> <p>This could be the question that could trip you up. Be honest and give a real answer and not a cop-out one. Here are more tips on how to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">answer the question</a>.</p> <h3>Be On Time or Slightly Early</h3> <p>Turning up five to 10 minutes early is the sweet spot for interviews. Showing up too early can make things awkward, and showing up too late is a red flag. But just because you only have to get there shortly before the interview starts doesn't mean that you can leave your house later. Plan to be near the interview spot a lot earlier than when it starts to account for unexpected delays like traffic, and hang around in a nearby coffee shop until it's close to the interview time.</p> <h3>Prepare the Right Questions for the Interviewer</h3> <p>Make sure you've prepared a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">list of good questions</a> to ask your interviewer at the end. Pay attention throughout the interview, so you'll have questions related to what the hiring manager talked about. This shows that you're actively listening.</p> <h3>Send a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Always send a thank you note (here's a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">good template</a>) after the interview. This is something that's appreciated by a lot of recruiters. It's also your chance to make a final impression or clarify anything you didn't get around to in your interview.</p> <h2>Don't</h2> <h3>Think the Interview Is Over Until You Walk Out the Door</h3> <p>The interview will continue until you walk out the office door, so be careful of your behavior and your words even when your hiring manager is done firing questions at you. Be polite and on top of your game when you are making casual conversation on your way out, and be nice to the receptionist.</p> <h3>Get Too Relaxed</h3> <p>Your interviewer can seem like your long-lost BFF, but&hellip; she's not. And you shouldn't treat her like one. It's OK to be friendly, but you're still trying to make a good impression. Don't be too relaxed or you may slip up and do something that's unprofessional. She's not going to base the interview solely on how likeable you are.</p> <h3>Badmouth Your Old Job</h3> <p>Maybe you had a boss à la <em>Devil Wears Prada</em>, but your hiring manager doesn't need to know that. Badmouthing your former employer just gives off negative vibes and detracts from your professionalism.</p> <h3>Be Unprepared</h3> <p>This should be obvious, but research the company to death. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Research-Company-23243414">Here's how</a>. This is so you can craft your answers to fit the kind of candidate they're looking for and show that you're diligent and have done your homework.</p> <h3>Address Salary or Benefits Until the Interviewer Does</h3> <p>OK, so they are very important factors for you, but hold off until you get the job offer. Your interviewer wants to see what you can do for the company, not what's in it for you.</p> <h3>Freak Out If You Don't Know the Answer</h3> <p>The interviewer just threw you a big curveball by asking you to do some calculations when you have a phobia of math. Don't. Freak. Out. The worst thing you can do is to clam up when you don't know an answer, because you won't be able to think clearly and may throw out a bad answer in panic. Here's <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">what to do </a>you if you don't know how to answer a question.</p> <h3>Lie</h3> <p>Never, ever lie. Being found out will ruin your chances of getting the job. Plus if you make up something, you may not be able to talk at length about it without slipping up. Generally speaking, honesty is the best policy! Here are some of the <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027">common lies</a> you need to avoid.</p> <h3>Talk About Your Problems</h3> <p>You need the job to pay off your student loans, blah blah. The hiring manager does not want to hear about your 99 problems, and although you're being honest, it can come off as a pity party. You will be hired based on your qualifications, potential for success, and your fit with the culture. Everything else will be secondary to those factors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume, network, online profiles all worked and you&#039;ve landed the interview. Don&#039;t mess up now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Employee-Discounts-Retail-Stores-35428578">Check Out the Employee Discounts at 21 of the Biggest Retail Stores</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Job-Hunting-Tips-Women-35579564">4 Major Don'ts For Women in the Job Market</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-guerrilla-job-hunting-work-for-you">Make Guerrilla Job Hunting Work for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting ettiquete Job Interview resume Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1183629 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-80608178.jpg" alt="interviewees" title="interviewees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on essential steps to take before a job interview, reducing stress in your life, and making money for your monthly bills.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Preparation-Tips-Time-Line-20892485">10 Essential Steps to Take Before a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Before a job interview, turn off your phone and take deep breaths. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/reduce-the-stress-in-your-life">Reduce the Stress in Your Life</a> &mdash; Eating right and exercising can help reduce the stress in your life. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/fifteen-ways-to-make-money-for-your-monthly-bills-make-10001700-per-month/">Fifteen ways to make money for your monthly bills: make &pound;1,000/$1,700 per month</a> &mdash; To make money for your monthly bills, build a blog or make/mend things. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/04/23/6-easy-to-steal-rituals-of-extremely-successful-people/">6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People</a> &mdash; Extremely successful people only use quality tools and spend quality time with quality people. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetblonde.com/2014/04/28/too-busy-to-side-hustle/">Too Busy to Side Hustle? These 5 Tips Will Show You How To Make It Happen</a> &mdash; If you are too busy to side hustle, systemize, regularize, and organize. [Budget Blonde]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/04/quit-job-ask-5-things.html">Before You Quit Your Job - Ask Yourself These 5 Questions</a> &mdash; Before you quit your job, ask yourself what you want to do instead. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/04/if-its-not-on-your-list-dont-do-it/">If It's Not on Your List...Don't Do It!</a> &mdash; To make sure you stick to your to-do list, take the time to order your list. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/8-keys-attracting-healthy-relationships.html">8 Keys to Attracting Healthy Relationships</a> &mdash; If you want to attract healthy relationships, know who you are and teach people how to treat you. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-add-wi-fi-to-a-desktop-pc-1569231692">How Can I Add Wi-Fi to a Desktop PC?</a> &mdash; The easiest way to add Wi-Fi to your desktop PC is to use a Wi-Fi adapter. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/learning-learn/">Learning How To Learn</a> &mdash; When figuring out how to learn, you have to look at what strategies help you retain information best, not simply memorize information. [20's Finances]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview">5 Things You Must Learn About the Company Before Your Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bounce-back-from-job-rejection">4 Ways to Bounce Back From Job Rejection</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips interview Job Interview Thu, 01 May 2014 08:48:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1137577 at http://www.wisebread.com This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-dv1080023.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've conducted a number of job interviews, and while I interviewed a lot of very nice, very smart and very qualified people, I have to say that there's a reason why job interviews make such great<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTCGzrqE_BA"> fodder for comedians</a>. But unlike in the movies, the job candidates who aren't charming, articulate, and interesting aren't funny&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash; rather,</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;they are almost invisible. I met a lot of people who were so terrified of screwing up that they refused to break from their rehearsed script. As a result, they couldn't really answer my questions, I couldn't get to know them, and they didn't get the job. (See also: </span><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview?ref=seealso">Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Interview</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">)</span></p> <p>That's why many employment experts recommend that job seekers answer questions &mdash; or at least some questions &mdash; in a narrative format. In other words, rather than spitting out job search cliches like &quot;I'm a hard worker&quot; or &quot;I'm a team player,&quot; job seekers should let go of the script a bit and tell the interview a story about themselves.</p> <p>I like a good story as much as the next person, but when it comes to telling one in a professional setting, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it. So let's take a look at what a little storytelling can do for your job interview &mdash; and how to get it right.</p> <h2>Stories Are Memorable</h2> <p>When you're being interviewed for a job, it's a good idea to put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Think about what they're looking for in a candidate, what qualities you have that you think might make you stand out from other candidates, and how you can get that information across. You should also consider the fact that the person who is interviewing you might be sitting in that office conducting job interviews all day long. Please people; don't bore them to death. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">Make a Good Impression at Your Next Interview</a>)</p> <p>Science (and possibly common sense) tells us that listening to a Powerpoint presentation or reading through bullet points activates the parts of our brain where we process language and decode meaning. The same probably goes for reading a resume...or having one repeated verbatim by a job candidate.</p> <p>When we hear a story, however, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains">our brains light right up</a>. Sure, those language processing and decoding areas are active, but so are the parts of our brain that would be active if we were actually experiencing those events. So, if you can tell your interviewer a compelling story, you will essentially be getting a bigger, more attentive piece of that person's brain. It will also give your interviewer a deeper, richer sense of the qualifications, experiences, and qualities you can bring to the job. If you're interviewing in a competitive field, that can mean the difference between standing out and being forgotten.</p> <h3>Caveat: Your Stories Need to Be Relevant</h3> <p>You can tell just about any kind of story in a job interview, but before you start reeling off your summer adventures in South America, make sure that what you're saying is <em>relevant to the job you're interviewing for</em>. Maybe your trip helped you uncover some important skills or characteristics you believe will help you on the job. That's a story worth telling. Maybe it included a turning point that helped you figure out what you want to do with your life. That's a relevant story, too. But the hilarious story that starts with too many beers? Save that one for your friends. The key is to use stories to reveal the most important, most relevant information about you in a compelling and interesting way. If you're telling stories for their own sake, you've probably gone off course. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-always-have-something-interesting-to-say?ref=seealso">How to Always Say Something Interesting</a>)</p> <h2>Stories Help Interviewee and Interviewer Feel Compatible</h2> <p>Have you ever finished a book that starred a character who was completely unlike you, but with whom you could identify by the time you turned the last page? That's how stories work. They help us bring other people into our world, and vice versa. That's important at work, too. After all, a hiring manager is a lot more likely to hire someone they &quot;get&quot; than they are to choose a candidate they can't imagine seeing eye-to-eye with.</p> <p>According to scientists at Princeton, when you tell a story, you not only implant information in your listener's brain, you also <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html">inject ideas and emotions</a>. So, while you could mention a challenge you've overcome on the job, if you tell it as a story, your interviewer is much more likely to really understand and empathize with how big that challenge was and how difficult it was for you to overcome it. Plus, when someone empathizes with you, they are also more likely to like you as a person. And that, as much as any skill or credential, can be what lands you the job.</p> <h3>Caveat: Get the Right Information Into Your Stories</h3> <p>If you find you have something in common with an interviewer, such as a shared interest in sports or the arts, it's fine to chat about it briefly. But a job interview isn't a chat, and if you get too off topic for too long, it's unlikely to work in your favor. Before you go into your interview, make a list of the qualities and characteristics you want to portray about yourself, and think of some of the stories you could tell to help get those messages across. If you're really good at this, you'll be able to make your interviewer <em>feel</em> like they've had a nice conversation with you, while still coming away with all the information required to assess your fit for the job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/impress-the-future-boss-9-interview-mistakes-to-avoid?ref=seealso">9 Interview Mistakes to Avoid</a>)</p> <h2>Stories Are More Convincing Than the Truth</h2> <p>I would never recommend lying in a job interview, but there are definitely two kinds of truth: there's plain and simple, and then there's fancy. The latter is better because it usually requires a few figures of speech. And that's what makes it more effective.</p> <p>So, for example, you could say that you were the top salesperson in your division last year. That might be a simple fact, and it's certainly one that a hiring manager would be interested in hearing. But what you really want your interviewer to understand is that <em>you could sell sand in a desert ... or ham to a pig ... or ice to an Inuit</em>. Well, you get the idea. What really hammers a point home is the use of similes and parables and other figures of speech. If the three I used caught your attention, it's because your brain is literally wired for them.<a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/this-is-your-brain-on-metaphors/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0"> Several studies</a> have found that we actually process literal and metaphorical information in the same area of the brains. So, if you can use stories, metaphors and other devices that relate you and your skills with positive attributes &mdash; or even positive feelings &mdash; you can take a giant leap (metaphorically speaking) ahead of your competition.</p> <h3>Caveat: Keep Stories and Metaphors Simple</h3> <p>Metaphors are fun and interesting and engaging &mdash; to a point. If you get carried away, you're likely to sound like you're speaking in code. So keep literary devices to a minimum, and keep them simple (as pie!). This isn't a college-level comparative literature class. You don't want your interviewer to have to work too hard here. Or think you're crazy as a loon. (Also, now that I've tortured you with cliches, you're probably getting the idea that you should avoid those too. Some people like them, but many don't, so don't press your luck.)</p> <p>A good story, like a good metaphor, should transport the listener to another place &mdash; one where you're kicking ass and taking names in the employment world. Just remember that not all stories are good, and the bad ones are likely to harm your job prospects more than they help. So be creative, but also be sure to be concise, relevant and, above all, professional. If you get it right, you'll have a new story to tell: how you landed your new job.</p> <p><em>Have you used storytelling to land a job? Share your tale in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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