Executives who successfully reach the finalist round of an interview process achieve something special. Hundreds of qualified candidates apply for these positions. Only 25 candidates are invited to interview in round one, sometimes even fewer. After four or five rounds of interviews the field narrows to two. Unfortunately, the company will only select one person … Continued

A good tip for success in an interview – show interest and enthusiasm for the job and company if you want the interviewer to be excited about you. THe Importance of enthusiasm in an interview “I didn’t get the offer,” my client shared. She was a bit shocked at the news. “The recruiter gave me … Continued

Carefully read and analyze the job description to improve your odds of success in the interview. job descriptions provide clue for interviews “What jumped out at you from the job description?” I asked my client in the interview prep session. “What do you mean?” he asks. “Were there specific items that seemed important to the … Continued

Ageism in the job interview and hiring process affects most candidates after the age of 50. Do you know how to overcome the effects of ageism? How to overcome ageism in a job interview “I’m just hitting my stride,” she said. “I don’t have plans of retiring any time soon.” The recent merger caused her … Continued

But for some reason, it has come up more than usual in the last few months. I’m not sure if my name is being circulated on a discussion board in cyberspace somewhere but there has certainly been a spike in clients seeking help. I’m not complaining, mind you, just observing a nice trend. Some have … Continued

“I’m not as good of an interviewer as a candidate as I am doing the hiring. I think need your help.” It’s a common misconception made by executives and especially HR leaders. They assume that because they have participated in numerous interviews it will naturally make them a better interviewer as a candidate. In many … Continued

They are what they are. None of us will change these things. Why is this important? We spend far too much time grousing about things we are not going to change. Instead of using that emotional energy in a way that will yield nothing, rechannel it. For instance, I have clients who get so frustrated … Continued

Our Client’s Story “I’m waiting to hear back on an opportunity where I interviewed,” the prospective client shared with me. “If that doesn’t pan out I’m definitely going to work with you.” “Sounds reasonable,” I replied. “If I may ask, where are you in the interview process with this other opportunity?” If he was just … Continued

“I have the worst luck in the world when it comes to jobs,” the new client shared. “The past 4 companies have either been full of horrible people or going through terrible financial times.” He shared this with me to explain why he had worked in 5 different places in the last 7 years. It … Continued

“I’ve applied to over 500 jobs in the last 8 months,” she shared. “I’ve kept track of everything. Fewer than 10% even acknowledged my application. This is crazy.” Her company reorganized earlier in the year. She was one of the executives who was downsized. The frustration just poured out in our initial call. “Here’s what … Continued

The last several months came and went while you looked for a new job. There were likely some interviews, though not likely as many as you wanted. Maybe there was a job offer or two but just not the right one. You’re still sitting on the sidelines trying to get in the game. Is it … Continued

Computers do not make hiring decisions. They are made by humans. Humans are not robots. We have emotions and make ALL of our decisions emotionally. The humans use logic only after the fact to justify the emotional decision made. The hiring decision maker relies on a litany of emotional inputs even when it’s just him … Continued

We need mentors who will who tell us straight. Receiving feedback and critique is painful for most people. Inside, we all desperately crave praise and validation. But, if we don’t listen to those who are sharing how to improve we will walk blindly through life with a false perception. Value the people who will tell … Continued

I’m always amazed at how few candidates for jobs will ask detailed questions prior to an interview. It’s not cheating. In fact, it’s often encouraged. Raise your hand. Ask the questions. If you have a friend or connection on the inside they can be a wealth of knowledge. If you don’t, ask the contact person … Continued

A former client called some time ago. We helped her land a position as a Chief Human Resources Officer a few years earlier. “I have a referral for you,” she said. “Wonderful!” I replied. “We always appreciate referrals. Who do you have in mind?” I thought she would say someone from her company. Maybe one … Continued

Job Interviews can sometimes feel like an interrogation. You sit in an uncomfortable chair at the police precinct under a bright light while some dour looking people grill you with questions. “I didn’t do it! I’m innocent!” Don’t worry. You’re not a suspect for a crime. If you crack under the pressure you begin to … Continued