The most frequently asked question asked in an interview, for most people, is also the most feared question: “What can you tell me about yourself?”
In any interview, the hiring authority is utilizing their time with you to determine if you are going to be the best fit for their open position and for their company as a whole. The obvious place for an interviewer to start is asking “Who are you?” , “What made you interested in this position?” , or ” Can ... Continue Reading →
Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions had the privilege of conducting a resume workshop at Lincoln Middle School a few weeks ago. Thank you to all of the parents who made it! We wanted to share some of the highlights of the workshop with everyone.
First off, remember that your resume is your first impression on any employer. In today’s job market, hiring managers often receive hundreds of resumes. In many cases, you have about 30 seconds to impress a potential employer with your resume before they move on to the ... Continue Reading →
There is a proverb that says, “Desperate times require desperate actions”. Some individuals seeking employment might just feel that way when it comes to seeking employment. We’re all reading about individuals standing with a sign at a corner or printing their resume on a tee shirt, but apart from the amusing story of what some people would do for a job, let’s look at it from a different perspective.
It’s easy to follow the application process ... Continue Reading →
It is important whether you will be meeting people in person or on the phone, to prepare your 30-second commercial so that when someone ask you, “What do you do?” You don’t say, “Well, uh, I’m just looking for a job and looking for like an HR job or something…!
A simple model for preparing your 30-second commercial is to briefly review four specific questions. Any longer than that time and people will not listen.
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Even during these tough times, networking continues to be the most successful way to find new employment. Different studies conflict as to the exact number, but somewhere between 50-80% of job seekers report that it was their networking that helped them land their current position. This is especially true for professional, leadership, and technical positions. But what if you just don’t like or can’t network? This is a common source of fear for many ... Continue Reading →
I find that one of the simplest ways to improve interviewing performance is through asking good questions: Here are some of my favorites.
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- What’s the biggest change your group has gone through in the last year?
- One year from now, if I get the job, what will earn me a “gold star”? What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
- What’s your (or my future boss’) leadership style?
- About which competitor are ...