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Job interview – Good manners

Good manners soothe people in a potentially bad situation. In a positive situation good manners make everyone involved even more pleased. Manners are society’s way of helping people cope with each other.

Here are some situations and how to deal with them:

I really want this job: At the end of the interview say, “This [...]

How early do I get to the job interview? (and what if I am late?)

How early should you get to a job interview? That depends on how far you have to travel and how slow the traffic is likely to be.

If you are sure you will get there right when you expect to, arrive 10 minutes early in the parking lot. Grab your notes and go over them. [...]

What to ask in the interview – the 4 best questions

Contributor, hard working, excited and interested will get you a job. Greedy, lazy, bored and distracted will get you shown the door out.

Excellent questions are a way to show the difference between you and the other candidates. You need to ask questions that show you will take some of the burden off of the [...]

My last job stunk, what do I say?

“My last employer lied to me. He looked me straight in the eye and lied to me twice in the employment interview. Then he spent the next year undermining me. He made it impossible to reach the pay level he promised me.”

When he told me that, I understood. I’m an agency recruiter. I could [...]

How much do we have to pay you? – The correct answer

It’s your first interview. Things are going well. The wall clock says you’ve been here 45 minutes. That’s good. Then the hirer sits back in his chair and asks, “How much do we have to pay you?”

This can be a disaster. If you come up with too big of a number, they won’t hire [...]

How to blow an interview using any of 5 questions

Yes, the wrong questions can destroy your chance to be hired.

True story with our candidate: He was interviewing for a $100,000/year job. The interview had lasted an hour. The hiring manager loved the candidate. There was no one else interviewing. The hirer had made up his mind that this guy was going to work [...]

You have to ask two questions in every interview

Ask, and it shall be given unto you. (Bible)

I talk to hiring managers after interviews to see how my candidates have done. I also ask about the competition. One of the common complaints I hear about many candidates is, “I’m not sure he really wanted the job.”

When I ask my candidates about [...]

How to double your job interview chances

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. (Stern)

If you aren’t remembered, your interview was a waste. Someone else will get the job. Someone else will get the promotion. Someone else will get the reward. If you aren’t remembered, why even show up?

Think of your interview from the hiring manager’s perspective. He is going [...]

Good job interview basics

I occasionally get to work with really bad candidates. Ones with an interview problem.

This one could not get a job. He was sure it wasn’t his fault. So, I did a mock interview with him. He leaned back in his chair, steepled his fingers in front of his face almost as if in prayer, [...]

Give the right answer in your job interview

In a job interview it is easy to give the wrong answer. You can also get in the habit of checking to see if you gave the right answer. It can get you a job.

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone? (Thurber)

What time is it? Wrong answer.

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