Will you do anything we ask? – the interview question

Will you really do “whatever it takes” ??

“Will you do whatever it takes to get the job done?” is a common interview question.

In “The Firm” a new lawyer finds the perfect job: great pay, wonderful benefits and a really high flying lifestyle. Then he finds out he is a part of the […]

Which Reference Is Knifing You In The Back?

Which reference is killing you?

Trust enthusiasm. Fear okay.

If something always goes wrong in your job interviews after the point where references are checked, you probably want to rethink your references.

References – phantom friends

Some of your references may be knifing you in the back. They are your phantom friends. You thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

15 ways to blow your job interview subliminally

No one will know for sure why you were turned down, but you will be out of the running for a job because of these 15 interview mistakes.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]