May, 2012

Job Interview Answers: 5 Common Mistakes

Before you walk into your next interview, I thought it’d be helpful to share with you some common mistakes people make when providing job interview answers.

Mistake 1. Length

The perfect interview answer should last between 20 seconds and two minutes. That means that you should basically never answer a question with a simple yes or no. You need to share the critical details and should provide a thorough answer to appropriate questions. However, you don’t want to tell your life’s story. When you feel like you’ve shared the highlights, cut yourself off. If you feel compelled to share more, you can offer, “If you’d like, I can also describe...” Don’t be surprised if the interviewer turns you down. Too long an answer, and the interviewer will just tune you out.

May, 2012

An Often Forgotten Job Search Tool

After discussing it with two Interview Success Formula customers this week, I wanted to mention an effective and often overlooked job search tool.

The first customer has been searching for a full time position for more than a year, thoughtfully applying to a new position every day, yet hasn't been getting many responses to his application. The second client has been getting interviews, and yet has not been getting job offers.

Both of them aren't sure what has been preventing their success. So, I asked them each the same question: When they call up and ask these employers about their candidacy, and why they aren't making it further in the process, what do they say?

Apr, 2012

Advice from The Princess Bride

This week, I decided to try something different: look to a movie for job and interview tips. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Princess Bride. So, at the prompting of my sister-in-law, I've explored how the characters in this movie provide lessons about interviewing.

If you are unfamiliar with the movie, or if it's been a while since you've seen it, here's the quick plot summary:
A farm girl, Buttercup, whose childhood love, Wesley, is lost at sea after a pirate attack, will soon become the bride of the her kingdom's prince, Humperdink. However, shortly before the wedding, she is kidnapped by three men: a swordsman named Inigo, a giant named Fezzik, and a not-so-clever mastermind named Vicene. Ultimately she is rescued by her childhood love, Wesley, and she escapes marrying the less-than-noble Prince Humperdink.