Seldom does a job interview end without the (often dreaded) question, “What is your greatest weakness?” or “What is your biggest negative quality?” Regardless of how it is worded, you can be prepared. Sylvia Giltner, in her article, “Good Negative Qualities to Say During an Interview,” has provided some direction in how to answer this type of question, including mistakes to avoid. Read the full article HERE.
The job interview isn’t only about ensuring you are the best person for a job; it’s also about whether the organization is the best fit for you. Alison Green, in an article on usnews.com, listed some signs that might indicate you are walking into a dysfunctional job or team situation:
- The hiring process is chaotic
- The interview is really short
- The manager tells you “we’re like a family here”
- The hiring manager seems very impressed with herself
- No one seems to stay there very long
- People look miserable or sound cynical when you talk to them
- The hiring manager can’t tell you how the success of the person in the job will be measured
- The hiring manager isn’t interested in having a real dialogue with you or answering your questions so that you can figure out if the job is right for you
For the full story, click HERE.
Behavioral questions are a subset of interview questions that require you to pull an experience from your work history and expand on it. One such question might be “Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.”
It pays to think about this type of question ahead of an interview – and preparation can reduce some of your stress! In her post, “6 Anecdotes You Need to Rehearse Before Your Next Interview,” Emily Moore identifies a number of common behavioral interview questions and suggests tips about preparing your stories to showcase your strengths. Read her post HERE.
The information interview is another key component in a successful job search. It should go with your networking efforts, getting names of people at companies in which you’re interested, and a top notch resume and cover letter.
So you set up the interview – and then what?! The Wise Job Search, a website that provides information, resources, and ideas for job searchers (and a site you might want to investigate!), suggests four considerations when you incorporate information interviews in your job search strategy:
- YOU drive the agenda
- Preparation is key
- Balance talking and listening
- Respect their time
The article expands on each of these suggestions; read it HERE.
You have work experience. You have had a number of interviews. You feel comfortable “winging” your next interview. SHOULD YOU?
In the article, “Science Warns Don’t Do These 6 Things If You Want To Get Hired,” by John Boitnott, the author identifies six solid DON’Ts if you want to avoid interview slip-ups, including:
- Talking instead of listening
- Show up dressed for yardwork
- Wing it
- Accept the first low salary offered
- Do nothing after the interview
For the full story – backed by science – on these tips, read the article HERE.
Competing against other candidates for a job you want often depends on a successful interview. Caroline Ceniza-Levine suggests “10 Ways to Stand Out in Your Next Job Interview” including:
- Start Your Interview in the Lobby
- Be Excited from the Start
- Be Poised from the Start
- Minimize Nervous Habits
- Prepare Your Introduction
- Prepare Your Stories
- Have Questions to Ask
- End Strong
- Place Cues for Yourself Where You Can Easily See Them
For more information, read the full article HERE.
Before you walk out of an interview, one of the last questions you should ask the hiring manager or interviewer, is “can you explain the next steps in the selection process?” It is a valid question and indicates you are interested in pursuing this position. For more information about interview follow up, visit Ask The Job Doc and read Pattie Hunt Sinacole’s Q & A about “How to follow up after an interview.”
Think ahead and prepare before job interviews for potentially challenging questions. How does one do that? Avery Blank, in her article “5 Tricks to Nailing the Toughest Job Interview Questions” suggests five tips, including identifying your own skills and expertise, and knowing the company. Read the full article HERE.
What if you make mistakes in a job interview? Are you too nervous to think straight? Don’t understand what the interview is asking? Space out and miss part of a question? Start to ramble on questions? Just totally bomb the interview?
Check out Sheiresa Ngo’s article on “How to Recover from a Bad Job Interview” and consider the tips presented.
You know you should prepare a few questions of your own for that job interview, but what questions? In “4 Job Interview Questions You Should Always Ask,” Sheiresa Ngo suggests four possible questions to help you learn more about the potential position and to help make a good first impression.
- What’s the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year?
- What new skills can I hope to learn here?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, and a year?
- What is a typical day like?
Read the full article HERE.