How to talk about money in a job interview

You aren’t a beggar in a job interview.

Do you hate to be asked about money in an interview? Are you afraid it will go something like this:

“I really like your background. I think you would do well. How much less than $55,000 will you take as a base salary?”

You […]

Horrible interview answers, and a good one – the weakness question

Wrong answer! You lose. Now leave.

In an interview you are asked, “What are your weaknesses?”

You reply, “I really don’t have any weaknesses.”

Wrong answer. Every religion I know of says that you have weaknesses. Don’t fight it. Come up with one.

“My biggest weakness is my cheerfulness and high character.”

That just […]

The pause that destroys a job interview

It is not when YOU pause that destroys you.

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. (Muhammed Ali)

An interviewer said, “Tell me what your biggest weakness is.” The candidate gave one example. There was a pause. The interviewer looked puzzled. Uncomfortable, the candidate gave another weakness. The surprised […]

How to deal with interview traps

Questions that are really interview traps can kill your chances

Thumb screws and the iron maiden are no longer considered proper interview tools. Nasty traps are rarely set for candidates. The most common snare is a reasonable question or a pause that becomes the killing moment in an interview. We’ll talk about pauses another […]

How to answer unasked interview questions

If the interviewer won’t ask, answer anyway.

Séances and interviews sometimes have a lot in common. Primarily, no one really believes in the person being interviewed. The answers are suspect. Everyone involved is afraid to act on what they heard.

Interviewers believe you may lie about the following questions:

Will you work hard? Can […]

The most common interview questions – asked and unasked

Yes, that question is a trap. Get the cheese without danger.

 

Have you asked, “Why didn’t I get the job when the interview went so well?”

Often it is because an interview question was answered wrong.

The most common interview questions are:

Tell me about yourself. Will you work hard? Can you do […]

1 way to blow an interview, 10 ways to fix it

Perfect candidates blow interviews like this every day.

Daryl comes out of another tense project meeting at work. He’s late leaving for his job interview. He guiltily leaves his jacket hanging in his cubicle so no one will suspect he is gone and sneaks out to his car. He turns on talk radio where politicians […]

Don’t be powerless at an interview 

Do you feel powerless at some point in your job search?

The job interview was at 2:00 pm. The candidate, Bill, called at 1:45 pm. He was in their parking lot. Showtime. That great candidate was going to shine. He told the receptionist he was there and sat down to wait.

At 3:15 pm […]

Down by 20 at halftime in your job search

You can recover from a bad interview, or 20 of them, if you go at it right.

Every job seeker has a bad interview occasionally. Often you will have a great interview and NOT get the job. Your resume may be perfect for a lot of jobs, but you get no call backs.

Here […]

Dead fish – arsonist firefighters and job hunting

In job hunting, you need to make some choices if there are dead fish in your briefcase. You can make two mistakes. The first is to put […]