Understanding, Preparing for and Mastering the Behavioral Interview

Behavioral interviewing is hot these days and every job seeker should be fluent in handling this type of interview. A behavioral interview is based on the interviewer attempting to discover how the job candidate has acted in past jobs in various employment scenarios that likely, reflect the situations in the job at hand. Whereas a traditional interview would likely include the question: Please tell us your strengths and weaknesses, the behavioral interview seeks to understand from specific experiences that reveal your strengths and weaknesses and how you deal with them.


How to Follow-Up After a Job Interview. The Thank You Letter and More.

One of my wife’s friends who has been a stay at home mom for several years is preparing to re-enter the workforce. Earlier this week she had a job interview and wasn’t certain how to properly follow-up. So, she did what many 21st century job seekers do — she posted some questions to her friends on Facebook asking how for advice on how to properly follow-up after a job interview. She mentioned that her husband’s advice was that follow-up letters or follow-up emails (AKA thank you letters) after a job interview were passé – that no one really does them anymore – and asked her friends for their thoughts and advice. 


First Impressions: How To Seal The (Job) Deal In Seven Seconds

Can you close a sale in just seven seconds? You can do it even faster if you make a great first impression.  Seven seconds is the average length of time you have to make a first impression. If your first impression is not good you won' t get another chance with that potential client. But if you make a great first impression you can bet that the client is more likely to take you and your company seriously.


Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

Has it ever occurred to you how much you are saying to people even when you are not speaking?  Unless you are a master of disguise, you are constantly sending messages about your true thoughts and feelings whether you are using words or not.



The Two Questions You Should Always Ask in an Interview

We tend to focus our attention on recruiters and employers when looking for a job, and that makes a lot of sense.  Recruiters, after all, are the gatekeepers.  They determine whether or not we even get in the door to have an interview.  And, employers, of course, deserve a lot of scrutiny as it’s their culture and leadership which determine an organization’s prospects for success (and our future employment).

It’s a logical approach, but it is also insufficient to ensure success.  If our goal isn’t simply to get hired – if what we’re trying to do is get employed and stay that way – then we have to devote as much time and effort to evaluating the one person who will most determine that outcome.  And, that person is our new boss.  They set the conditions under which we will work and they are responsible for ensuring we have the necessary resources and support to perform at our peak.