Answering Strengths and Weaknesses

What is your biggest strength?  Tell me your greatest weakness?  Answering the strengths and weaknesses questions in an interview can be difficult, especially when they catch you off guard.  I am not convinced about the value of these questions in job interviews, but since my responsibility is to help people prepare for interviews, this is often one of the areas … Read more…

Summer Internships

Summer Internships Dear college students welcome back to class.  Hopefully, you’re finally unpacked, getting into a rhythm and hitting the books.  Oh, and by the way, have you started thinking about your summer internships yet?  I know, it feels like you just got back and finally settled in.  You might not even be sure which classes you’re taking next quarter, … Read more…

Interview Questions to Ask

The Worst Interview Questions to Ask Imagine you’re on a first date, and things are going pretty well. You feel the chemistry and are getting excited about a second date. Your partner stares deep into your eyes and asks, “Do you have any concerns about me that I can address?” or better yet, “How do I measure up against the other people … Read more…

Traditional Interview Questions

The Seven Most Common Interview Questions How nice would it be to go into an interview already knowing all of the questions you were going to be asked?  Unfortunately, most employers won’t give you the interview questions in advance.  Today we’re going to break down seven of the most common interview questions that hiring managers ask. Now, here’s the deal, we … Read more…

Behavioral Interview Examples

Behavioral Interview Examples Behavioral interview questions are prevalent in large organizations.  Employers use them because there is a belief that past behaviors are strongly related to how people behave in the future.  So if you were able to drive results in your last job, chances are you’ll do the same in the new position. Today we’re looking at some of the … Read more…

What to Bring to an Interview

What to bring to an interview? Do you ever wonder what to bring to an interview?  It’s always pretty amazing to see what people show up with.  I’ve had ringing cellphones, family photo albums, and even other people. Most HR and hiring managers have seen some rather odd things.  Our interview coaching clients often ask us what to bring to their … Read more…

Building Rapport: Making Small Talk Work for You

Building Rapport: Making Small Talk Work for You Every interview starts with a casual conversation; maybe it is about the weather, sports, or even traffic.  The hiring manager wants to put you at ease and avoid any awkward silence before the interview officially starts. It’s pretty well-known that small talk is an essential factor in building rapport for a long … Read more…

Video Interview Tips

Video Interview Tips: How to Get the Job Imagine an interview where you record your responses into a camera with no one watching.  You’re given a question to respond to and a countdown to start talking.  You give your best response to your webcam and then hit stop.  You might see your face on the screen as you are recording or … Read more…

Social Media for Job Seekers: Part 3

Social Media for Job Seekers Part 3: Lessons Learned Every day people are finding new ways to use social media to get a job.  As a job seeker, creativity will get you noticed.  This is the last post in our Social Media series, and we wanted to share some of the successes and failures we’ve come across.  I Take a moment … Read more…

Parents at the Job Interview

Would you bring you parents to a job interview? Over the past few years, parental involvement in the hiring and interview process has increased significantly.  I’ve seen parents accompany their kids to the job interview and had calls from parents trying to negotiate salaries behalf of their children.  At best,  it’s something that gets talked about. It becomes a “can you believe what … Read more…