I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people. (Mark Twain)
I admit it. This is my biggest problem. I make a jokes in interviews. I’m irreverent. These jokes really have been used in interviews.
Q. When do you like to arrive at [...]
I have been asked to find people for the ultimate bad situation. For example a job had 4 bosses in 1 year – each one fired. 7 coworkers had quit in that same year.
I asked the difficult questions, and then refused to place someone in that job. However, I have placed people in difficult situations [...]
Managers really want to avoid this guy. Cheerful is good. Positive is positive. Then there is Larry. Larry is an interviewer’s greatest fear.
Larry attracts indifference. His smile rarely reaches his eyes. The way he walks looks like he is just a little reluctant. Larry is not depressed. He is recessed. Life’s okay, but, why waste [...]
Not a popular word, obedient. It can be magical in an interview.
It can get you a job.
If your previous boss overruled your objections and you did what he said to the best of your ability, mention it. Tell how you backed him up. If the outcome was good, so much the better.
Companies want to hire [...]
Why do some job candidates look for someone to look down on? How much does kindness cost? Unkindness can cost you a job. Here is one very real example:
“Receptionists are all idiots. I never talk to them.”
And yet, I know companies that specifically ask the receptionist to rate each candidate. They literally give the receptionist [...]
One email took him from third place candidate to tied for first place. A two line letter arriving in the mail won the job. Both were just courtesies. They were thank-you’s. I have had hiring managers tell me exactly that.
The most important courtesies when job hunting are:
Arrive early or call before you are due if [...]
Because of the pressure, a lot of people have trouble being friendly in an interview. Instead they are stiff and formal. It can cost you a great job.
A friend is someone who will help you move. A real friend is someone who will help you move a body. (Unknown)
Why are there so many books on [...]
Why do bosses hate to hire? Here is what happens before you are hired.
“I will lose my job if I can’t get more done. I’m working 60+ hours each week. I have 200 responses to my ad for an assistant. All anyone wants to talk about is what is in it for them. In ten [...]
Lee’s boss yelled at him, changed project specs constantly, did not give him a raise in 3 years of outstanding service, was occasionally late with paychecks, and was basically the boss from …. you know where.
I found out about the 3 years of no raises in our first interview. When I asked why, Lee said, [...]
I had two people axed for falsifying their resumes in a year. The saddest part is that in both cases the lie that cost them their job was not significant to getting the job. In other words, if they told the truth they still would have gotten the job, they would still have it. One [...]