Dispelling Bad Job Interview Advice, Part 1

Dispelling Bad Job Interview Advice, Part 1

I recently saw an infographic about common interview questions and short suggestions on how to answer them. Some of it was good basic information. For example, when the interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself,” the infographic recommended keeping your answer to things related to work. That’s smart because what the person in front of you […]

A Twist on “Why Should We Hire You?”

A Twist on "Why Should We Hire You?"

My posts on adding value to companies, either before job seekers have secured the positions or after they have become employed, continue to be popular with readers. A recent search that led someone to my website was related to this interview question: “What value will you add to the company if you are selected for […]

The 4 C’s of Accomplishments

The 4 C's of Accomplishments

It’s no secret that accomplishments trump a listing of duties on a résumé. Achievements that tell your career story are also a significant part of a successful job interview. But how do you know if your successes are being framed well to position you as a top candidate? 1. They are CLEAR. When framing accomplishments, […]

The Art of Following Up Your Résumé

he Art of Following Up a Resume

A client recently sent his résumé to a contact he developed. Upon not hearing anything back after a week, he asked me: “Should I contact [name] again?” The answer to this question really depends on how the follow-up is framed. Let’s look at the scenarios: Scenario 1: You send out an email to your contact […]

How to Avoid Losing Out on a Job at the Interview Level

Losing Out on a Job at the Interview Level

Earlier in August, the weather in south-central Wisconsin had cooled off enough that we turned of the A/C and threw open our windows. While the more comfortable temperatures were a welcome relief from this summer’s heat, we weren’t so thrilled that flies started to make their presence known inside our house. One day when my […]

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