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Career Grooming / Everything You Need to Know About Career Development
« Last post by Abdul Hye Zebon on March 31, 2020, 12:14:55 PM »
Are you choosing or changing your occupation? Maybe you just want to learn more about career development in general. A good foundation begins with the basics. Learn all about the whats, hows, whys, and even the whos of this process that encompasses our entire lives.


What is Career Development?
Let's go back to the basics of the basics—a definition of the topic itself. What exactly is career development? It sounds like a journey on which we can choose to embark, but, in reality, it is something all of us go through naturally as we develop and mature. As one part of human development, it is the process through which our work identities are formed. Career development spans our entire lives, beginning with the moment one becomes aware of different occupations and that people work to make a living.


What is a Career, Anyway?
We use this word all the time, but what does it really mean? It has a few meanings. We can use it to describe one's occupation or vocation. For example "Careers in entertainment include singer, actor, musician and dancer." The word can also be used to refer to the series of jobs one has over his or her lifetime, such as "When Ann retired at age 65, she had had a long career in medicine." Jobs included in one's career, when defined this way, can be related to one another, but they don't have to be, for example, "Jim's career included working as a carpenter, a sales representative, and a short-order cook."


What is Career Guidance?
Career development will occur without any intervention, but getting assistance can help get you through the process more smoothly and with greater success. Career guidance is the term used to refer to the combination of services that help people navigate the process. It includes assistance with making an occupational choice and finding a job, in addition to other services that will support you during the course of your working life.


Who Can Help Me With Career Development?
You may, at various junctures, require help. There are several types of professionals who can provide guidance. They include career counselors, career development facilitators, and coaches. It is imperative, when you hire one of these professionals, to consider his or her credentials. You want to make sure he or she has the proper qualifications and is trained to provide the assistance you need.


Can I Take a Test That Will Tell Me What to Do With My Life?
Imagine a test that could tell you what career is best for you and all you had to do was answer a few questions. Wouldn't that make navigating this whole career development thing so much easier? Unfortunately, such a test doesn't exist. When people refer to "career tests" what they are actually talking about are the collection of self-assessment tools that help individuals discover their interests, personality types, aptitudes, and values. They can then use what they learn about themselves to find occupations that are good matches for individuals with those traits.


How Do I Explore My Options?
After completing your self assessment, you've been left with a list of occupations that seem interesting. However, you probably don't know as much as you should about a lot of them. It's time to start gathering information. Several might appeal to you based on their descriptions and earnings. Make sure you also find out what the educational requirements are for entry-level jobs, as well as the job outlooks. You need to know your chances of finding a job when you are ready.


Why Do I Need a Career Action Plan?
A career action plan is a roadmap that will get you from Point A to Point B. Point A is the moment, after doing a thorough self-assessment and investigating suitable occupations, that you decide which one you want to pursue. You will reach Point B after you have met all the requirements that will allow you to begin to work in the occupation you chose. Your plan will include your long and short term goals and can even take you beyond Point B, as you make plans for career advancement. It's also smart to invest in your career plan.


Can I Change My Career?
The career you chose when you were 18 or 22 or 30 may no longer be right for you. Perhaps you no longer find it satisfying or the demand for employees has changed and you can't find a job. You can change your career as long as you are willing to do what it takes to prepare to enter a new field. Just as you did—or should have done—when choosing the career you are now opting to leave, investigate your options fully before you move ahead.


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Work Place Behavior / How to Ask for a Raise
« Last post by Abdul Hye Zebon on March 30, 2020, 03:56:02 PM »
So you want to make more money. Big deal. That’s not important to your boss. Simply going in and telling her that you want a raise isn’t going to get you one. You have to know how to negotiate. More importantly, you’re going to need to prepare ahead of time to even make negotiation a possibility.

Here’s the essential guide to what you need to know about asking for a raise.


Your Boss Doesn’t Want to Give You One

It’s a harsh reality, but your boss doesn’t want to give you a raise in 99 cases out of a hundred. Part of what keeps her business profitable is keeping overhead low. Often times the biggest overhead cost in a company is labor. That’s a huge hurdle to overcome from the word go.

But hey, there’s some good news. Your boss might not want to give you a raise, but she probably -- hopefully, if you’re asking for more money -- wants to retain you as an employee. That’s where you’re going to find leverage to ask for a raise. It’s not about threatening to walk. That’s never a good bargaining tactic. However, you have to look at asking for a raise less in terms of what you want (more money) than what you can do for your boss (more value).

Never, Ever, Ever Bring Up A Colleague’s Salary

This is the kiss of death. It doesn’t matter what someone else is making and you’re probably not even supposed to know what they’re making. Nothing is going to shoot your request for a raise in the foot quite so fast and suddenly as referencing what other people on your team are making. If you go down this route, don’t be surprised if you get shown the door instead of a fat new paycheck.

Don’t Talk About How You’re Doing The Work of Multiple Employees

Telling your boss you’re doing the work of two, three, or even 10 people isn’t an argument for giving you a raise. It’s an argument for hiring new talent. This is especially true if you work for a company that hasn’t fully recovered from the recession in terms of how many people are on staff. Chances are good that you’re not the only one who feels this way. Simply being “busy” is not a sufficient reason for a raise.

Your Last Raise Is Irrelevant

Don’t bring up the last time you got a raise if you haven’t gotten one in a long time. It’s an irrelevant piece of information and one of the surest ways to start things out on the wrong foot. The overriding theme here is that you have to convince your boss that your current performance merits a raise.

Bringing up how long ago your last raise was can be perceived as whining. That’s not going to get you a bigger paycheck.

So Is the Date

This is a common mistake among younger employees who might be on their first job. Older employees sometimes suffer from this, too. The difference is, Millennials will say “I’ve been here a year now” and Gen Xers will say “I’ve been here for ten years now.” Your boss probably knows about when she hired you and about how long you’ve been with the company. So what?

Loyalty is great, but it’s not an argument for increasing your salary, at least not on its own.

Your Personal Finances Don't Matter

If you’re having trouble paying your bills, that’s unfortunate, but it’s not going to get you a raise. Your boss might care that you’re broke, but it’s not going to make her want to increase your pay. Your personal finances are just that — personal. You’re going to need a much stronger argument if you want to see your pay get bumped up.

So how do you start working on getting a salary increase?

Perform For the Salary You Want, Not the One You Have

You might get a regular salary increase as part of your performance review cycle. If so, that’s what your boss has budgeted for you when you’re not going above and beyond. So if you’re just kind of doing what you’re supposed to be doing, that’s not good enough when it comes to asking for a raise. You have to be one of the top go-getters in the company, and your boss has to know it.

That means you need consistently outstanding performance reviews. It also means you should do more than that. You should take on additional responsibilities almost as if you were angling for a big promotion rather than just an increase in salary. The key here is to be able to point to ways you’re creating more value for your employer. Creating more value is the only solid argument for a raise — not that you haven’t had a raise in a long time, and certainly not that you just need more money.

Let Your Boss Know You’re Performing

Of course you could be doing the best job in the world and it wouldn’t matter if your boss doesn’t know you’re doing it. Communicate what you’re doing — and do it in a way that doesn’t come across like you’re bragging. Otherwise, you could get a reputation as more of a sycophant than a high performer.

The last thing you want to do is bomb your boss with a laundry list of things you’ve done all at once. It’s better to simply inform her of your accomplishments as they make sense to communicate. When are they relevant for her to know? The first opportunity you have to, in the proper context, communicate your accomplishments, tell your boss what you did. Try to keep it objective. “I did such and thus and this is the relevant metric” is how you want to phrase it.

Consider Making Your Own Personnel File

One way to have all of your ducks in a row is having your own private personnel file. This is where you keep all of your accomplishments and achievements on hand. It’s good to get into this practice whenever you start a new job. That way, when the time comes to ask for a raise, you have everything where you need it. This is one of those little moves that high achievers perform to set themselves aside from the rest of the pack.

Don’t just include things that you’re doing on the job, either. Any extra-curricular activities you have that might be relevant to your job should go in here. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn a little. Consider it a sort of “super resume.” You might even be able to use it when you apply for your next position.

Do Your Research

One of the worst things you can say when you walk into your boss’ office to ask for a raise is, “I know the timing is bad.” The timing is perhaps the most important part of this. So before you talk about a raise, investigate the financial health of the company. Maybe the timing is bad. That means you need to wait until the timing is good.

Arming yourself with information about the financial state of the company has benefits beyond simply being able to time your proposal right. It also arms you with important metrics about the company you can use when asking for a raise. Your boss will be impressed that you know as much about the company as you do.

Know How Much to Ask For

Many employees has been caught off guard with the question, “How much were you looking for?” When you research your company, you should also research what people are making in comparable positions at comparably sized companies. You can tailor that up or down depending on experience, but having a solid idea of what you actually want in terms of a raise is going to help you to not flinch and lock up when the boss asks how much you’re looking for.

Prepare Your Case and Practice Your Pitch
Look at asking for a raise like you would at one of the biggest proposals you’ll ever have. You don’t want to go in cold. So prep your case and practice with an objective person who can give you meaningful feedback about what works and what could maybe work a little better. Have all your ducks in a row in your head before you go into your boss’ office and ask for a raise.

And, oh yeah: Don’t just go into your boss’ office and ask for a raise. Instead, schedule a meeting and make your pitch there. If your boss asks why you are scheduling a meeting, tell her that you want to talk about your performance.

Have Your Resume In Order

Here’s the thing: Anytime you ask for a raise, it’s a gamble. Be prepared to walk out or be terminated. It’s not that this will happen in every scenario. It’s just that it wouldn’t be the first time a person lost their job after asking for a raise.

But if you follow these tips and you’re providing value for your employer, that won’t be high on your list of worries. In fact, these tips will significantly increase your chance of getting the raise you’re after. If nothing else, your boss will be impressed with your professionalism and tenacity.


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There are a few common interview questions that you can expect and prepare for. Often the questions should not be taken purely at face value as they indicate that the interviewer is trying to reveal deeper information about your character and work style.

So here are the topmost questions that you are most likely to be asked during the interview process, along with a suitable answer.

You don’t need to memorize an answer, but do review these common interview questions so you know what you’ll be asked and have an idea of how you will respond. This advance preparation will help you feel more confident and less on the spot during the interview.

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Wining Interview Techniques / 10 JOB INTERVIEW SUCCESS TIPS
« Last post by Abdul Hye Zebon on March 30, 2020, 03:30:56 PM »
Job interviews can be so stressful. There’s nothing worse than going into an interview and realizing you are completely unprepared for the questions being asked, or how to handle yourself. The hardest part of the job search should be getting the interview (read this to learn how you can get a job interview every time you apply for a job).

WE’LL MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED

Once you’ve got there, we need to make sure YOU are prepared for showing how amazing you really are. That’s why I’m sharing all the best tips to ace job interviews!


WHEN I GOT LAID OFF…
When I got laid off from my first job (ever!), I had to learn to be REALLY good at interviews. All of a sudden, I was 6 months out of college, with a lost job and interviewing…again. I knew I was the odd one out. I did tons of research, talked to career coaches, the works, and figured out the best tips for interviewing.
Now I’m sharing them here! In the past, I’ve shared things you should never do in a job interview and how to prepare for a job interview, make sure you read these posts because they will be super valuable in this process.


10 Job Interview Success Tips

Find a Professional Outfit
Finding something great to wear in an interview is tough! You want to make a great first impression. There is no dress code though!
When you walk into an interview, you want to capture the full hiring manager’s attention with your personality and accomplishments and show your professionalism. Don’t wear something that catches their attention from your clothing, dress simple but professional. I would stay away from jeans. If you are stuck on an outfit, try black dress pants, a white shirt and flats or heels!

If you are interviewing a field that involves clothing, like fashion, then you definitely want to show your style. Otherwise, make the interview about you, and not what you are wearing. Even when I interviewed at Conde Nast, I wore something stylish but simple. Try shopping at stores like H&M if you need a good interview outfit – they have totally affordable clothes that are still professional and cute.


Have Positive, Engaging Body Language

Did you know that a massive part of how we feel about others is their body language towards us? When you go into an interview, watch your body language. Try keeping your back straight, chin up and shoulders down. Maintain eye contact and try and emulate confidence. This will show everyone that you are a great fit for the job! And show your great communication skills.

If you are feeling nervous or underconfident, try standing in a power pose for a minute or two in a mirror before going in an interview. This might feel silly, but it works! Standing straight and looking at yourself confidently is actually proven to help you truly come off more confident in an interview.

I actually get really nervous before public speaking and before interviews. To fix this, I try standing in power poses and taking 10 deep breathes before going into a tougher situation. This helps me calm my mind and trust that everything will be ok!


Skip Breakfast – Watch What You Eat Before

Ok, I’m not actually telling you to skip breakfast, BUT, don’t stuff your face with sugary foods before you interview. Your brain works better when a little bit of adrenaline kicks in. So don’t put anything in your body that could potentially slow it down.
This goes the same with getting a good nights sleep before. You want to put your body in the best possible position to perform and succeed.


Bring Pen, Paper and an Extra Copy of Your Resume

It’s hard to figure out what to bring to an interview. ALWAYS, bring a pen and paper to take notes. Even if you take it out at the beginning of your interview don’t write on it at all, it looks better to have someone look like they want to take notes during an interview.

I also always bring a printed copy of my resume, in case the interviewer is unprepared. This shows that you will be prepared in future meetings, and who doesn’t want to work with someone like that?
Job interview success tips, tips for being successful at job interviews with any hiring manager.


Know Your Availability

Make sure to study your calendar before an interview. If someone asks you when you’ll be free to meet again, you want to know when you are free. Don’t leave it up to chance for them to respond to an email. Also if there are different interview locations, make sure you know which ones you can make.
You can even write notes in your pen and paper (that you will have brought because you read the above!), when you are free for another interview or a time to talk.


Be Prepared To Talk About and Negotiate Your Salary

Negotiating salary during an interview is an incredibly hard thing to do. I’ve actually written whole posts on it (read it here), so make sure you familiarize yourself with certain tactics before going into an interview.

Most likely during the interview process, you’ll be asked about salary expectations. This is normal. The recruiter is probably just trying to make sure they can afford you. Before going into an interview, I would try and understand where you are trying to land with salary.

If someone asks me about salary before I’ve gotten the job offer, here is what I always say:

1. When the recruiter asks how much you want to make, ask if there is a range for this role.
2. If they give you a range, great, say that this range sounds reasonable and you are thrilled about the opportunity. You are confident you can find something within your range.
3. If they don’t give you a range, that’s fine. Say that you would be taking this job for the incredible opportunity, and you are confident you can find something that works within the range.

My point, try and not get into the weeds in the salary conversation prior to getting the job. If you have had a different experience, tell me below!


Ask Questions

At the end of the interview, when someone asks what questions you have, ALWAYS ask some questions. In my notebook I bring to interviews, I like to write down 3-5 questions I have to ensure I am not drawing a black. If you are stuck on questions ask about the position (what the day to day is like), about the company (the culture) and the team (how big is the team, the dynamics, etc). You will be set!

It’s a common interview question to ask questions, so make sure you are prepared here.


Study the Job Description

When someone writes a job description, they are doing it with intention. They are trying to attract the right type of person for the job. So make sure you can speak to every aspect of a job description. If you don’t know a system or tool mentioned on the job description, learn what it is and how you can learn it before the job. When I haven’t known something but it’s on the job description, I’ll offer to take a class on it before coming into the role. People love that!


Learn About the Company

Even if it doesn’t come up during the interview, start researching the company before going into an interview. You can check websites like Crunchbase, Owler, and Google News. If there’s anything new that’s happened with the company, find a way to bring it up. Let’s say the company just got a new CEO, when walking into an interview you could say, congrats on getting the new CEO! Just to show you’ve done your due diligence.


Make Sure Your Social Media is Appropriate

More and more, companies are checking people’s social media before taking the job. I mean, you have to admit – on the employers part – this is BRILLIANT! Why wouldn’t you want to see what your employee is doing on the weekends and see if they are at all responsible?! You want to show the team you are a good fit.

Make sure you don’t have super drunk or inappropriate pictures on social media if you are interviewing, it can’t hurt to clean this up. Don’t forget!

Follow these ten interview tips and you will ace your upcoming interviews!


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Career Grooming / 8 REASONS YOU ARE NOT GETTING JOB INTERVIEWS
« Last post by Abdul Hye Zebon on March 30, 2020, 01:21:49 PM »
Applying for a new job (even before you starting interviewing) can feel like a full-time job in itself. Sometimes you are applying for jobs, sending your resume in and … crickets. How frustrating is that? You’ve created your resume, done everything on T20S (ha!) and still, you aren’t getting any interviews. There could be a few reasons you are not getting job interviews, and we are going to dive into all of them in this post.

If this is you, no fear. I’ve been in this situation so many times and it sucks! Remember that rejection and failure is part of life. Don’t get attached to any job before you start interviewing, and know that sometimes – it truly is a numbers game.

I hope after reading this post, you have full clarity on what you need to change in your resume and interviewing process. Like, you’ll know if you need to tweak that resume and cover letter of yours, or if you need to be more aggressive in your approach. You got this chica, I promise.



8 Reasons You Are Not Getting Job Interviews

Your Resume Doesn’t Match the Job Description

I know this probably sounds like a ton of work, but make sure your resume matches the job description in which you are applying. There are these little digital crawlers that go through all the resumes that have applied for a certain job and MAKE sure they match resumes and cover letters.
Try rewording your resume to match the job description. You heard me – make a new resume for every job you apply to.
Even if it’s just little phrases here and there, or making sure you state your skills that the job description requires (the ones you have, of course), do it! It will help you get through the job interview process.


You Haven’t Reached Out to People at the Company 

If you haven’t read my SECRET for getting in touch with people at any company in which you are applying to, READ THIS! I genuinely believe that after you apply for a job, you should follow up with the company directly. You can do this via LinkedIn or by guessing their emails.
Letting someone know proactively that you are dying to work at their company will get you noticed. Everyone wants to hire someone who wants to work for them – make it super clear.

You Haven’t Networked 

More often then not, people get jobs through networking. When I was laid off from my job, I joined groups like Women In Wireless to start networking. A lot of the (amazing!) women in that group actually helped me get new jobs.
If there aren’t any groups in your area, try going to a meetup – or heck – creating a meetup! Do something to meet other people who might have jobs in the field you are looking for one. Once you impress them with your amazing charm, they will be so happy to refer to. People love to pay it forward!


You Are Not Applying to Enough Jobs

Even if you are the best applicant in the world – you never know what is going on at a company. Job applications are a numbers game. Even though a job may be posted online, you never know if people internally are applying or if they can even afford you.
If you are in the job application process, don’t leave it up to chance by only applying to a few jobs. Apply to a LOT. Like, more than you think you should. When I was laid off I applied to over 50 jobs. I got 4, and I absolutely love job applications. If you are new to this process, assume your conversion rate will be slower!


Your Resume is Messy

Recruiters want to know that you’ll treat your resume the way you’d treat a job – make it typo-free and perfectly laid out. I have a resume template on my site you can always use – but there are tons of resumes out on the internet.
Make sure your resume looks pristine, is super clear and has no typos! Most likely, someone is going to skim it and not read it carefully – so looks matter.


Your Skills Aren’t Clear on Your Resume

Did you know that it’s a hobby of mine to look over friend’s resumes? I absolutely love it (I’m weird, I know). That being said, I’ve seen a lot of resumes. One of the biggest downfalls I see on resumes is that your skills aren’t clear. People will write out their job responsibilities under their headings, but they won’t see WHAT they actually accomplished in this role.
Think of your resume as a snapshot of what you can do, and what you will do for a future company. You want someone extremely confident in hiring you after looking of yours!


You Haven’t Found the Right Opportunity Yet

As I mentioned, job applications are a numbers game. Heck – job interviews are a numbers game! It’s ridic difficult to get a job and sometimes – the perfect opportunity hasn’t come along yet. Keep your head high and don’t get frustrated, you will get a job sooner than you think.
If you get rejected from a job – ask for feedback! See if you can understand why you weren’t the right fit. This will either provide comfort that the reasoning was outside of you, OR give you insight into what you need to do for the future.


It’s Not a Good Time of Year 

If you are applying for jobs around a holiday, or during a busy season for a company – you may not be hearing back because no one’s in office! Take into account when you are hearing back from companies, and when you aren’t. There are sometimes perfect times of year – and sometimes there aren’t. Take into consideration the busy season of the place you are applying to – and you’ll get more job interviews.


Job interviews are a marathon and not a race. Even when you get an interview you have to deal with several rounds of interviews, and it may take several months. So apply apply apply and get those job interviews!



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Congrats! If you are reading this, you are probably interviewing – or getting ready to interview. If you’re following the T20S guide to preparing for job interviews (which you SHOULD, btw), you know that you should prepare for all expected interview questions. One of the most common interview questions is, “what is your biggest weakness?”

TBH, my perfectly honest answer to ‘what is your biggest weakness’ would be that I love watching The Real Housewives (is that a weakness?) and somehow can’t control how much chocolate I eat, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, that is not what your interviewer wants to hear.

In fact, the question, “what is your biggest weakness” is one of the most common – and one of the trickiest. When you share a weakness or any negative in a job interview, you want to frame it in a positive way. Remember – this is your one chance to make a positive impression out of all the applicants.

I can’t stress this enough – practice your answer to this question. You really want to phrase your answer to “What are your biggest weaknesses” as a positive, while still stating that you human – and yes, you have weaknesses.

What I’m saying is, there’s an art to answering this question. Instead of simply giving you what I would say (because we are all different), let’s talk about how you can frame your answer to this question!


How To Answer The Job Interview Question “What Is Your Biggest Weakness”
Don’t Say Something Cheesy
If someone is interviewing you, they probably are interviewing other people. Giving a generic answer that is the first answer on Google probably isn’t going to seem very ‘real’. You want to give any answer as a positive, but you also want to be honest!

Even if this is unlikely to happen (which it probably is), you want to have evidence to back up what you say in interviews – so if you say a blatant answer off of a script, you will be super transparent.

We’ll give some more concrete answers to ‘what is your biggest weakness’ throughout the rest of this article.

Tell The Truth
As mentioned in #1, you want to find some truth to your answer. So, a good answer for me would be that I often say “yes” to things, taking on too many projects. This is genuinely, so true. But, you have to find an answer that isn’t something so true that someone wouldn’t want to hire you.

I’m being so transparent here because I want you to find the perfect answer. You want to essentially give your answer that can be spun into a positive. When thinking about your biggest weakness, think, will someone still want to hire me after this?

For example, if you say, I’m terrible at follow up – someone will not want to hire you. People want you to be accountable in a role, so if you share that you are horrible at follow up – figure out how to make a to do this and keep that one to yourself.

However, with my example, (that I often say yes), someone will infer that I’m a hard worker, and will make an impact in their business. I can then spin it to a positive (which we’ll talk about in #3), on how I’ve learned to make their business better as a result of this weakness.

Spin Your Answer Positively
It’s important that while sharing your answer, you show you can take feedback and learn. I mean, no one is perfect. Even if we like to think we are. If you can show that even if you are not perfect, you know how to learn, and evolve, that will signal something positive on the job.

For example, if your biggest weakness is that you are very detailed oriented – so sometimes you have trouble looking at the big picture, you can easily spin this to a positive. You can say you researched how to look at things in the big picture and now, after recognizing this, always look towards the next step. Showing you came up with a process to understand your weaknesses makes you even more valuable!

Plan your job interview answer in advance
As we’ve talked about before, preparing for an interview is one of the most important things you can do. If you are interviewing, THIS IS A QUESTION YOU ARE GOING TO BE ASKED.

Try these things to prepare for an interview: 1. Figure out and write down your answer and then 2. Say it out loud. 3. Say it out loud again! Make sure you are practicing speaking it, it will really help!

Show how you evolve and learn
You might be thinking at this point, what the heck am I going to say for my biggest weakness during your job interview! There are so many possible answers. Being too detail oriented, saying yes too much, wanting things done quickly, and more.

For any of these – you can spin it to a positive. Let’s say your weakness is that you like things to be done quickly, you can then say that you’ve learned to ask all of your teammates about their working style, and adapt to what they do best.

Job interviews are so incredibly tough! If you prepare though, you’ll be more than good to go. I promise!


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Getting an interview at a stellar company can be quite a thrill, especially after weeks or months of relentless job searching. But the interview process can be fraught with minefields. Knowing exactly what to say, what to wear, and how to act is no easy feat.
So start by avoiding these common interview blunders and you’ll be on your way to a cushy job offer:


Interview Mistake #1 – Thinking You Can Wing It

If your interview preparation consists of glancing at your resume and spending 5 minutes on the company’s website, you’re definitely not going to stand out as a top-notch candidate. So write out and rehearse your answers to common interview questions, especially behavioral and case based ones, so that you’re not caught off guard.


Interview Mistake #2 – Not Researching the Company

Employers want to know that you want to work for them specifically, not just anyone. So do your homework and learn as much as possible about the company’s products, services, mission statement, and other noteworthy pieces of news such as a recent award or office expansion.


Interview Mistake #3 – Not Researching Who Will Be Interviewing You

Whether your interviewer is an HR assistant, peer-level employee, or head of the department will likely determine the types of questions you’ll get. Research this person (or people) on LinkedIn to get a sense of their professional background. Any common ground may be fodder for the pre and post-interview small talk.


Interview Mistake #4 – Conducting a Phone Interview at Work

As you can imagine, doing a phone interview while whispering from your office or a nearby conference room is a major no-no. So schedule the interview at a time when you can physically leave your office and conduct it from the privacy of your car or home.


Interview Mistake #5 – Conducting a Video Interview In a Poor Location

I once heard a story of a candidate conducting a video interview with laundry hanging in the background. Yikes! So make sure you’re in a quiet setting that’s well lit with a simple background. Sound matters too, so test your mic before you start.


Interview Mistake #6 – Showing Up Late to an In-person Interview

Don’t make a bad impression right at the start. Since you’re going to a new location for the first time, allow plenty of time for traffic, getting lost, parking, finding the right building, etc. And it’s best to walk into reception 10 minutes early so that you have a little time to decompress and get focused.


Interview Mistake #7 – Being Rude to the Receptionist

Think the receptionist (and other employees) aren’t paying attention to how you act before and after your interview? Think again! It’s crucial to be friendly and considerate to everyone in the office, regardless of their title.


Interview Mistake #8 – Wearing Inappropriate Attire (Too Casual or Too Formal)

There used to be a time when everyone wore a business suit to every interview. But unless you’re in banking, law, government, or another traditional industry, that’s not the case anymore. But that doesn’t mean you can walk into an interview in jeans and a t-shirt, even if the staff does. Play it safe by wearing business casual in this environment.


Interview Mistake #9 – Looking Disheveled

Not thinking through your wardrobe choice ahead of time might lead you to quickly grabbing clothes that are stained, wrinkled or torn. So allow plenty of time to look sharp before you walk out the door. And throw a comb, tissues and breath mints in your bag just in case.


Interview Mistake #10 – Appearing Overly Nervous or Anxious

Employers know that interviews can be nerve-wracking. (And trust me, it’s common for interviewers to feel nervous too.) But if your jitters get in the way of you showcasing your accomplishments, it becomes a problem. So watch these habits: speaking too fast, poor eye contact, fidgeting, pen tapping and hair twirling.


Interview Mistake #11 – Using Too Many Filler Words

Dovetailing on the last point, sometimes nerves or not rehearsing your answers can lead to lots of um’s, uh’s, like’s and you know’s. Recording your answers as you practice at home may help lessen this issue.


Interview Mistake #12 – Giving Brief, General Answers Without Enough Specifics

The interviewer is trying ensure you’ve solved similar problems in the past and therefore will be qualified to take on their department’s current issues. But if your answers are vague and don’t provide enough concrete details, it’s hard for the interviewer to assess your fit for the role. So make sure to highlight impressive metrics and other relevant evidence of your achievements.


Interview Mistake #13 – Giving Disorganized, Long-Winded Answers

That said…quantity doesn’t equate to quality! Strive to provide the necessarily details in a concise, linear fashion. Think about organizing your answers using the PAR format: Problem, Action, Result. And practice, practice, practice till you get your answers down to 1-2 minutes.


Interview Mistake #14 – Not Answering the Question Asked

Maybe the interviewer asks you to talk about a specific instance from your work history, and you speak generally about the future. Or they inquire about a particular skill, and you talk about a different one. Yes, dodging questions may work for politicians, but it won’t score you any points in the interview. So listen carefully and answer the question at hand to the best of your abilities.


Interview Mistake #15 – Not Asking Questions at the End of the Interview

The interview isn’t over when they’ve ask their last question. Now’s the time to gain more valuable information on the role and company to make sure it’s the right fit for you. But one caveat — avoid asking about benefits, perks, working from home, or anything that screams “what’s in it for me??”


Interview Mistake #16 – Bringing Your Parent, Child or Dog to the Interview

Ha – think this has never been done? Read enough recruiter blogs and you’ll be in shock. It goes without saying that no one can get you the job but YOU.

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No matter how confident, composed, and qualified you are, there's something nerve-racking about a job interview that can rattle even those at the top of their field. It's a bit like high-stakes speed dating. You have a matter of minutes to impress the person you're meeting with, and you know that every gesture and word is being closely scrutinized.


If you're battling nerves, leadership adviser Dana White says there is a way to boost your chance of success: Research, prepare, and practice questions out loud. As a top adviser to CEOs and U.S. senators, and author of Leader Designed: Become the Leader You Were Made to Be, White is a master of speech writing and reading those around her—two skills that are vital for turning an interview into an offer. Here, she tackles the questions that would make any candidate squirm and explains exactly why her approach could score you the job. Consider this your word-for-word guide to the five toughest interview questions. Go on; you've got this.


Repeat After Us: "I'm here because I'm excited about the idea of growing and evolving into a position I think I could add significant experience and perspective to as the company moves forward."

Here's Why: The key to perfecting this response is focusing on positivity and what you bring to the role, rather than why the job might benefit you. "It's so important to express excitement and positivity at the start of an interview," says White. "People ultimately want to work with those who are interesting or challenging, not someone who just needs to pay the bills." Her top tip? Pepper words like "excited, opportunity, grow, and evolve" in your response.
If this question makes you feel uncomfortable, White also stresses that it's important to question why. "I think this question is quite revealing about the interviewer," she says. "It's antagonistic and [makes you] question Do I really want to be here today?" Remember, this is an opportunity for you to learn about the employer, too, and judge whether the company is a good fit for you.



Repeat After Us: "I would much rather be respected. In any facet of life, to be feared is ultimately detrimental to you. Being a successful manager or even coworker requires you to work together and develop trust and transparency. If someone fears you, they're going to hide things, which is damaging to the overall mission."


Here's Why: This question reveals your true character, so it's extremely important to respond with sincerity and consider what it says about you. "Your character is what sets you apart," explains White. "Lots of people have gone to great schools or have connections—perhaps even better than you. This is a chance to show what kind of colleague or employee you're going to be. That's what interviewers want to invest in."



Repeat After Us: "Where does a sheep get his wool cut? At the bah-bah shop! I know some much better jokes, but I think they're better told once we're working together closely!"


Here's Why: This terrifying interview question tests how you think under pressure and whether you have a sense of humor. White says it's important to try and show that you can laugh at yourself, even if you don't know any great jokes. "This is really difficult, but it's very telling about your personality and ability to handle awkward situations," she says. "It doesn’t matter what joke it is, as long as it's not dirty or too personal, just give it a go. If you don't have a joke, be cheeky and tell them you'll share it once you know each other better."



Repeat After Us: "The worst manager I ever had was one who wasn't able to help me grow. Despite asking for more responsibilities and for ways I could evolve, I was ignored, and it made me feel dejected because I enjoyed the position and company but they seemed unable to channel my energies."

Here's Why: Respond with caution—this question baits you to bad-mouth past employers or reveal your own shortcomings. "It's important to stay above board, but answer truthfully and honestly. After all, you wouldn't be looking for another job if it was wonderful," says White. "[This response] reveals that you're eager and you want to learn. It shows that this manager can give you more responsibility."



Repeat After Us: "I feel I deserve a salary that's in line with the level of responsibility this role requires. I've looked at similar positions and can see that my experience as a manager [insert strengths here] would be an asset and should be reflected in the offer."

Here's Why: The salary question is hard enough, but this rendition is particularly difficult because it elicits an emotionally driven response. White says the best way to respond is to show you're aware of the standard industry salary for the role, then use it as an opportunity to outline the skills that set you above this benchmark. "Deserve is a very loaded term, [but] just because someone asks doesn't mean you have to answer straight," she says. Instead, "focus on building your case and when it comes to talking numbers, come prepared with facts about competitor salaries. It takes away the awkwardness and is a stronger place to negotiate from."




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Career Planning / Creating a career plan: 5 steps to your future
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Creating a career plan: 5 steps to your future



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