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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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What a laser like focus means in your job search (part 1)

Your job search and resume have to have a laser-like focus. But what does that really mean?

Light waves first marched in step half a century ago. The laser was born. A 10 watt laser will burn you from a mile away. A 100 watt light bulb will only burn you if you touch it.

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Avoid the Rush Limbaugh job interview

My apologies in advance. I like Rush Limbaugh. He’s a great entertainer.

Can you imagine interviewing someone with Rush Limbaugh’s on-air attitude? It might go something like this:

Q. What are your most current skills?

A. I not only have skills, I have abilities, insight and a keen intellect that will be focused with laser-like [...]

Your job search: the poker game

If you look at every job search decision, action, and result as a measure of your worth, you are setting yourself up for massive failure. In this article a world renowned poker player talks about evaluating decisions based on the information you had at the time you made the decision.

There may be absolutely nothing [...]