Character in an Interview

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There are several ways to derail an interview and make the interviewer want to wrap things up quickly. One is the lack of character and values. While I could go into all the ways an interview could derail regarding character and values, I would like to discuss ways to make your character and values shine. Since there is quite a lengthy list of character traits, no matter the position you’re applying for, here are five that should ...

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Questions to NEVER Ask in a Job Interview

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In last week’s blog post I discussed questions to ask in an interview. In this blog post, I want to discuss questions NOT to ask in an interview.

Depending on the situation, some of these questions MAY be warranted, but you need to tread lightly. The way a questions is asked, and the timing if a question could offend the interviewer. Have you ever asked a question like this in an interview? What was ...

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25 Questions to Ask in an Interview

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Asking questions in an interview may not seem like a big deal, but they are. No matter what you say in the interview, or how great your credentials are, the candidate which leaves the best impression is the one remembered most.

When the interviewer asks, “do you have any questions for me?” This is the time when you can leave them feeling like you are someone who they NEED to add to their company. Here are 25 questions ...

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4 Tips When You Don’t Know How to Answer an Interview Question

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No matter how much stressing you go through before a job interview, there may be questions you are unable to answer. Here are 4 tips on what to do when you don’t know how to answer an interview question.

  1. Stay Calm – I know what you are thinking, “How did I miss this piece in the job description?” Do not panic, stay calm!
  2. If you start to freak out your body will go into stress mode… your blood pressure ...
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STAR Technique

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The last couple blog posts discussed different interviewing tips for behavioral interviews, and interview misconceptions. In each of these, the S-T-A-R technique was introduced. Discussing what the STAR technique is and why it is important, will not only assist you in amplifying your interviewing skills, but will allow you to answer tough work related questions in a compelling and powerful manner.

The STAR technique:
S – Situation – Give the interviewer a background, ...

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Misconceptions about Job Interviews

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Are you new to the interviewing world, or have you been in the same job for a while and looking to get back out there to interview for a new position? If this is the case, you may go to your family and friends to ask for advice. Some advice you may get will be great, but like all kinds of advice not all of them are accurate. Some of your friends may be in the same ...

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Mastering the Dreaded “Behavioral Interview Questions”

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In our last blog post, “What is Behavioral Interviewing” we discussed what behavioral interviewing is and provided some example questions. In this post, we are going to discuss some ways of mastering answers to behavioral interview questions:

Know the Job Description – To better prepare yourself for an interview, you will need to know which soft skills and behaviors the employer is looking for in the job. So, your first step is to always review the job description ...

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What is Behavioral Interviewing?

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Do you ever wonder why you are asked certain questions in an interview and not really know why the question is being asked? There are a lot of interviewees that wonder the same thing. Why are some questions so basic and some require so much thought? Well, the basic questions are easy, the ones that require more thought are much more telling. The questions that require much more thought are behavioral interview questions. ...

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Resume Tips – How to Stand Out

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Over the past several months I have had friends and family members ask for assistance on putting together a resume. Since there are so many conflicting recommendations out there, I wanted to put my suggestions together for you. When applying for a job, this may be your only chance to make a good first impression, so having the right information in the right spot is critical. Here are some tips that will help your resume stand out.

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Counter Offer – Why You Should Never Accept

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You have gone through the long interviewing process, and you have taken your time to weigh the pros and the cons. You finally accept an offer for a new opportunity, with a new company. You go into your boss’ office to give notice, and before you leave for the day, your boss calls you back into the office… they want you to stay.

If this hasn’t happened to you yet, know that situations like this occur often, and ...

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