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2 critical interview questions you should always ask the hirer

The interviewer’s first worry (out of 7)

You may be talking yourself out of a job. Your resume and your interview may combine to scare the interviewer. He may think he will lose control of his situation if he even makes you a job offer.

The hiring manager for any job usually already feels out […]

How to overcome an employer’s resistance to hiring you

Why won’t they hire you? Do desperate employers resist hiring anyone? Do they resist change? Or is it something else they resist?

Would you like to win a million dollars tax free? But isn’t that a change?

If Oprah gave you a new car and money to pay the taxes on it, how hard would […]

How to beat personality tests and FAQ

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. (E. Letterman)

 

Here is how your boss decides to use personality tests. Then we will show you how to “beat” them.

His story

Your job as boss is in danger. 3 more people have quit. 5 of the last 10 people you hired […]

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 […]