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JobSearchaGram: Preparation


A short video about the importance of preparation

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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The Two Best Questions to Ask at a Job Interview | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you two great questions to ask at a job interview and when to ask them.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you two great questions to ask at a job interview.

Summary

Today, I'm going to talk with you about the 2 best questions you should ask on every interview, you go on and when you should ask them. Let me start by reviewing the way a typical interview goes.

You walk in. You sit down. The interviewer looks and you and in that certain voice says, "So, tell me about yourself and what you been doing professionally." You answer. Then, they ask you some follow-up questions and you answer those. If you are in disciplines that require certain objective knowledge like in IT, engineering or accounting, they will ask you some questions to measure your knowledge. Eventually, they will say, "So do you have any questions for us?" You will say, "Tell me about the job," and they will do that. You will say, "Sounds great." They will say, "Terrific. We'll get back to you." That is a typical interview.

Let's do a different interview. You walk in and sit down and, as the 2 of you get comfortable in your seats, just as the 2 of you have your derrière reached the seat, I would like you to start talking. You start by saying, "Thank you for making the time to meet with me today. I remember seeing the position description but wanted to get your take on the role. Would you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help?" If you been scheduled by an agent, you might say, "I spoke with Jeff Altman about the job and he gave me a brief description but I wanted to get your take on the role. Could you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help you?"

What this does is take the question you would normally ask at the end of the interview and moves it up to the very beginning. My thinking is even if you seen a job description, even if you reply to in hand or spoken to her recruiter, what you're able to do now is by moving a question to the beginning is get the current thinking about the job and tailor your answers to what matters to them.

You see, even if you seen the job description, from the time they start interviewing until now, they may have changed their thinking about it. As a result, you want to get their current thinking about the job, get that information at the beginning of the interview so you can use it to your advantage.

What are you going to do? Not lie but talk about what you've done in the context of what they are looking for. You see, most people talk about what they've done in the course of the interview, but they don't talk about what they've done in the context of what the employer is looking for because they don't know until the end of the interview what they actually are looking for.

So that's a great question to ask and I have told you exactly when to ask it. So, since we taken that question out of the end of the interview, you can't just simply re-ask the question. You have to substitute a different question. This is the question I'd like you substitute at the end of the interview when they ask you whether you have any questions for them.

"Let's say it's a year from now and it comes time for you to give me my review. I have a just a good job. I have a just a great job. I have done 1 of the best that you have ever seen. What what I've done during that year that would cause you to give that kind of review?"

1. You are giving the employer the idea that you're not going to think small, but are prepared to do great work.
2. You are going to get an idea of how realistic they are in the thinking about the job. If the role, if they talk about something that will be absolutely crazy for you to have accomplished, how could you ever do it?

The real thing is that you are planting a seed in their minds about your drive for excellence, you're getting them to talk about the job and some of the day to day stuff in the role, differently than they might otherwise with a great question that I believe will give you a lot of terrific information.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

ob hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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It’s Not Enough | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter points out that sports teams don’t just attend classes to learn how to play or sit around thinking about their performance. They practice. You should, too.

Summary

When sports teams practice for their games, they don't just simply read playbooks or sit in classes or think about how they're going to perform. They actually do it. They get out on the practice field. They get out on the court, if it's basketball, they play five on five against the other team they are practicing their plays. If it's football, they’re up against the defensive unit or if they’re the defense, they are up against an offense that is designed to allow these teams to practice what they actually learn.

Why is it any different with you? Why do you think all you need to do is watch these videos that I do or read a couple of articles or think about your answers and think that's enough? It isn’t.

You need to hear your answers as other people would hear your answers before you have to give them for real. In this way, you get the mistakes out early so that this way, you can correct them before you actually interview for that job you really want so that you don't blow it because you’re just not practiced enough.

So, my simple advice for you for today is find some people that you know and trust who are capable of giving you a mock interview. Sit down with them. Have them ask you 40 or 50 questions. Maybe, you go so far as to record your answers and listen to what you say. Don't listen to your tone of voice right away because everyone thinks that their voice sounds weird and terrible. It doesn't. It is just something in how we hear things given our auditory canals that cause some complications.

But, when all is said and done, listen to your content. See if you sound believable. Get feedback from them, especially if you they are in your field, especially if they know what they're talking about vis-à-vis you and your experience.

Get a coach. Have a coach do a mock interview with you. Schedule some time on their calendar to spend a 1/2 hour with you and go through some questions. You also so find your progress on interviews will grow exponentially and you will avoid some of the trial and error that’s causing you to fail some of your interviews.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Interview Preparation | JobSearchTV.com


In this video. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you exactly what to do before your job interview do that you’re ready to roll when it starts.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about job interviewing up until the point the interview starts. Everything you need to do to set yourself up properly in order to perform well.

Let's assume you have an interview scheduled. The 1st thing I will tell you to do is to do some research of about the firm. No employer likes a job applicant who arrives at an interview and says, "So, tell me about your company what it does." It's ridiculous. Ever hear this thing called the web? Go unwanted find out about the firm and what it does. Look up the individual that you need through LinkedIn. Do a Google search. Do some homework about that individual CF since what their background is.

Then, on the day of the interview, arrived a few minutes early. Why? Real simple.. You want to set your mind in the proper frame so that you can perform well. If it's hot out, you want to cool off because no one wants to shake hands with someone with sweaty palms. If it's cold out, you don't want to shake hands with hands like a popsicle. They clearly don't. Warm up, cool off, depending upon the weather. Then, invariably you walk into the building and greeted by a receptionist who invariably says, "Hi. Can I help you?"

"I have a 230 appointment to see so-and-so."

They will invite you to have a seat for minute and wait. Sit facing the greatest number of entry points to the room so that you can see someone approaching you. Years ago, I remember having a meeting at a bank. It was summer the reception who had an interview scheduled with someone. There were 2 entryways into the reception. This person pick the wrong one; they should have been seated facing where both doorways open up so that they wouldn't be surprised; instead, this person had their back to 1 of the doors and, of course, this is where their interview was going to emerge from.

It was a rainy day. They had overcoat, an umbrella, a copy of the New York Times and their briefcase. They were intently reading the newspaper, the name was called. They were startled. They try to pick up the newspaper, pick up the raincoat and fold it over there arm, put their umbrella there. Pick up the briefcase, shake hands... They were startled kind of flustered. I know that in perform well at the beginning because you could see the just and stop a lot. As a result, face the greatest number of entry points, were someone could come out to greet you.

As you walk to the interview area, as you want to their office with the conference room where the interview is going to go on, immediately size them up as a person. Are they smart or not? Are they aggressive or not? What are they like? Then, deal with them as you presuppose them to be. Experience tells me that if you meeting someone socially for the 1st time, 95 times out of 100 your instincts about them would be right. But because it's an interview, it's important, it's your career on the line, people paralyze their decision-making and freeze up. Just deal with them as you judge they're going to be. Like I said, 95 times out of 100, your instincts are right. Frankly, if you are at a casino and you knew you're going to win 95 times out of 100, would you worry about the other 5, or would you deal with a hand that you got dealt to know that you would win almost all the time? The latter, of course.

As soon as you walk in, size them up as you presuppose them to be and deal with them. That's because the 1st 10 minutes of the interview are the most important time of it. It's for each of you decides whether or not to pay attention to the other hour of your conversation.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Take Nothing for Granted

Take Nothing for Granted | TheBigGameHunterTV


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of the importance of preparing whether it is for a job interview or a standardized test.

Summary

I want to remind you about something that sometimes we take for granted, sometimes were casual about limited you in the context of the story.

As you know, I was a professional recruiter and did work as a headhunter for more than 40 years. In the course of doing my work, I try to prepare people for interviews. More more firms these days, no matter what level looks of experience some has, are relying upon standardized testing as a way of evaluating and assessing different candidates. The more senior someone gets the more likely that they are going to blow these things off or take them for granted or be casual about the tests. After all, "I can do this. I've done it before. I don't have to study for this."

There was a person is representing who took 1 of the standardized tests and did well. But they're not looking for "well." Do not looking for "good enough." They are looking for "exceptional." He knows this. He has been told this. He was told to do a little bit of homework before hand so that if he was rusty and some of the subject matter he would be well prepared. Instead of scoring 3.5 or better on the exam, he scores 3.15, which may or may not be good enough to get him onto the next step.

When I spoke with him, he was (I want to say he was blasé about it because I think that's unfair) disappointed in himself because he coasted. You can't afford to coast. When you interview. You may be competing (more often than not, you are). You're competing with yourself. You're competing with the standards an organization sets. The matter where you are interprofessional cycle, your job is to score an A+ on any exam that you take. I'm not talking about written exams necessarily. Interviews or form of exam, too. You want to be well prepared before you walk in the door, knowing what it is that they are looking for and be able to talk with them about what your role, responsibilities and accomplishments are (and if you're in IT, you have to include the technology that you've been using in order to accomplish your goals).

No more coasting. No more taking it easy. Go all out.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Training Camp | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the importance of training camp for athletes and job hunters.

Summary

Today, I want to offer you some no BS job should drive that is designed to help you really catapulted job search and wind up crossing the finish line a lot faster. Today's advice is really simple.

Let's start off with a scenario. Can you imagine a pro football team or pro basketball team or baseball team that doesn't practice and just shows up and wins? Can you imagine them avoiding trading him and just showed up that 1st Monday of the season and performing well? Can you imagine lots of injuries, lots of guys getting hurt. A lot of women on the basketball court winding up a pulled muscles? Can you imagine this team having a great record and winning a championship ? Frankly, I can't.

Yet this is how a lot of job hunters conduct themselves. They just show up for an interview, they expect to do well and are sharp when they don't. They are shocked when they don't get the job. It's no different. It's really no different for you as a job hunter. You need to get out there and practice. You need to practice with someone else. You need to rehearse your answers to the point where they'll say unrehearsed because otherwise you are nothing more than that athlete who expects the shop on Sunday, having done no practice and expects to win.

I understand in team sports that the other members of the team may carry this person for a given week. Let me give individual sports example. On the tennis court, can you imagine a tennis player who doesn't practice winning many titles? Frankly, I can't imagine it. I don't care if they are visualizing all the time that Paul going over the net and landing the perfect placement, that they are imagining all those overheads that they are smashing or those lobs that land in the perfect spot... It just doesn't work. They have to practice; they have to keep their muscles limber. Time and time again, they have to, over hours and hours of practice, actually hit the ball. You walk into the arena of a job interview unrehearsed, unpracticed and unprepared. Unprepared with no research. Unprepared to answer obvious questions. Unrehearsed for the entire thing.

Let me give you a joke from another YouTube video.

Stop it! There is a Bob Newhart video called, "Stop It!" Go watch it sometime. I think it is hysterical.

I'll simply say stop doing the things that are getting into trouble. You are acting like an amateur when you do that. Get out and do a professionals do. Professionals don't walk into meetings and wing it. They have spent years getting ready. They walk out onto the practice field, they walk into the arena of the game in the stadium and they are practiced. They are at peak condition at just that moment, ready to perform. You need to do much the same sort of thing and get your muscles ready, and your plays down pat so that, in this way, you can nail it.

Now, there's a difference between being well practiced being over rehearsed. I've been watching this 1 series called, "The Next Food Channel Celebrity." 1 of the finalists there is someone who seems to well prepared that they don't connect with people. That is the feedback that she's been getting time and time again. She seems really good and really talented, but is too prepared. There is a fine line when you crossover and just missed the connection that you have to make with people..

Don't over rehearse to the point where you sound canned and phony. You have to always make it seem as though that this is the 1st time that you are saying these words, even if it is the 400th.

Again, practice. Prepare. Rehearse. Sailed wonderful. Send like you talking to your best friend on the other side of the desk.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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What You Must Do Before Your Next Job Interview | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you exactly what to do before your next job interview.

Summary

Let's talk today about the most important thing you can do before an interview. The answer that is to rehearse.

Let's get practical. When you were in school and you had a test, did you walking cold most of the time, or did you study? Sports teams. You think football teams or basketball teams or baseball teams or soccer teams (I'm in the US, so I refer to the soccer) just run out onto the field and do it, they feel like doing or they think is right? No. They practice place. They practice where to position themselves on the field. Nothing is left to chance . Every once in a while, there is creativity within the framework, but, ultimately, everything is practiced in everything is rehearsed.

And you think you can walk into an interview and wing it, right?

You need to practice as much as the athletes dp. After all, this is your test. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to someone who could potentially be your next employer that you are worth bringing on board. Why are you walking in and winging it?

Within the framework of winging it, let's talk about some of the other things that you need to do.

You need to find out about the firm. Go to the website and learn about them. Do a Google search. Look at their financials. If the role, you want to join an organization that is in trouble or do you want to join an organization that's growing. Do I get a sense of what the profits are?

TheJobMarketBlog.com is no longer in service. Try Googling the firm and the word layoff.

In addition, practice what you are going to say to obvious questions. There any number of websites we can find a list of basic questions that you will be asked of the interview. You need to practice your answers to them. If you're not sure for doing well with your answers, ask a friend to listen. Spend time with them is the interviewer and use the candidate and just show that your practiced. So when you're asked all these obvious questions, you're not just answering questions off-the-cuff.

If the role, the easiest way to blow interview is to be unprepared.

That also involves talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Talking about how you helped your organization make money or save money.

It's really very simple. You need to practice. You need to rehearse before your next interview.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Getting Past Ugly in Your Interviews | TheBigGameHunterTV


Referring to an article by Alain Hunkins about presenting to groups, I discuss getting past “the ugly phase.”

Summary

My friend, Alain Hunkins, wrote an article recently for LinkedIn (that's A-L-A-I-N H-U-N-K-I-N-S) about people who want to build an executive presence. People who want to demonstrate their command and leadership in organizational settings. And he wrote about preparation, calling it "the ugly phase."

The ugly phase occurs when you've done a certain amount of homework, you've prepared your thoughts and the first time you stand up and present to your dog or cat or to the mirror and you do it a few times and the words come out of your mouth and you think to yourself, "Oh this is awful!" And they say, "You know, this is probably good enough." you know you haven't gotten to the point where it's completely refined, where it's second nature to you and you kind of go, "it's good enough." The ugly phase happens in interviewing, as well, as, Lord knows, the first time order to you go on an interview, you have an idea of what you want to say in answering questions, but it comes out of your mouth in a half assed way and you wince afterwards and you blame it on the interviewer. But the fact is, it is you're doing.

The only way to get past the ugly phase is with preparation. As the six Ps from sports is proper preparation prevents (excuse my language) piss poor performance. It'll help you work through these thoughts so they come out of your mouth eloquently.

Now, remember there are people who are professionals and their are people who are amateurs and in business it's easy to spot the amateurs because they're just not prepared. They may have the knowledge but you put them into a situation and you can tell their preparation is inadequate.

Interviewing is the same way except you only have one chance. So, it once you are working for a firm, maybe you have one chance to present to a particular group and you go "Ah! Ah!"and the next time you've learned your lesson. You do it differently.

We build any sort of a lost image in the organization through better preparation but it is a interview, you only one chance because then, I think, it is likely they will reject you.

So take the time to get past the ugly phase in your preparation. There are lots of different questions that you are going to be asked. If you don't know what some of them are, look at my video playlist called, "Answers to Tough Interview Questions," because I have a ton of them there. And, if you want to have some fun with hedge fund brainteasers. There's that playlist as well that you can rehearse with.

But practice doing what you sound like as you answer these questions. Talk to someone. Let them ask the questions of you and demonstrate that you're working through this phase to the point where you appear like a master, to the point where you appear polished.

Another venue that you can improve that, and you're not going to do with interview questions but you would be doing it with hs short extemporaneous one to two minute speeches it is the organization called Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is an international organization where people are refining their public speaking skills. And there's a section of the meetings called Table Topics where you are called up to the lectern, and have an opportunity to speak for one two minutes on some topic that you have no idea what the topic is in advance but what you wind up doing is refining spontaneous speaking which is one of the characteristics of the job interview.

So Toastmasters is another way of doing it although not specifically for a job interview will it help you tremendously.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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What You Must Do Before Your Next Job Interview | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 875 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you exactly what to do before your next job interview. 

Summary

Let's talk today about the most important thing you can do before an interview. The answer that is to rehearse.

Let's get practical. When you were in school and you had a test, did you walking cold most of the time, or did you study? Sports teams. You think football teams or basketball teams or baseball teams or soccer teams (I'm in the US, so I refer to the soccer) just run out onto the field and do it, they feel like doing or they think is right? No. They practice place. They practice where to position themselves on the field. Nothing is left to chance . Every once in a while, there is creativity within the framework, but, ultimately, everything is practiced in everything is rehearsed.

And you think you can walk into an interview and wing it, right?

You need to practice as much as the athletes dp. After all, this is your test. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to someone who could potentially be your next employer that you are worth bringing on board. Why are you walking in and winging it?

Within the framework of winging it, let's talk about some of the other things that you need to do.

You need to find out about the firm. Go to the website and learn about them. Do a Google search. Look at their financials. If the role, you want to join an organization that is in trouble or do you want to join an organization that's growing. Do I get a sense of what the profits are?

TheJobMarketBlog.com is no longer in service. Try Googling the firm and the word layoff.

In addition, practice what you are going to say to obvious questions. There any number of websites we can find a list of basic questions that you will be asked of the interview. You need to practice your answers to them. If you're not sure for doing well with your answers, ask a friend to listen. Spend time with them is the interviewer and use the candidate and just show that your practiced. So when you're asked all these obvious questions, you're not just answering questions off-the-cuff.

If the role, the easiest way to blow interview is to be unprepared.

That also involves talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Talking about how you helped your organization make money or save money.

It's really very simple. You need to practice. You need to rehearse before your next interview.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Job Interview Preparation | JobSearchTV.com

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with easy to use suggestions for how to prepare for your next interview and the questions you are asked.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about interview preparation. This video is derived from my book, "The Single Best Question You Should Ask On Any Interview." Is available on Amazon for Kindle. However, you can read it and all of my other books if you join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.

Before you go to an interview. Most people know to do some basic research about the firm if you've never heard of them before. Even if you have heard of them before, what about some of the basic challenges the firm has right now.

You need to talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Think in terms of the format. The format starts off with a task, you were given to work on. You might say, " I was asked to work on this what it's, or this system, or this engineering project."

Explain to them what you stepped into. Identify the problem you were given and what resources you had available. That could be dollars, people, time, technology… Whatever it is, to find the resources you had to work with.

Then, talk about the outcomes , whether you help them make money, save money, how much was involved. It's certainly a lot more impressive when you're able to say, "my work helped to generate 3 1/2 million dollars in additional sales," or "I drove costs by $2.4 million." Or $213,000.

Once you can describe it in a real way, firms can contextualize what you've done in the context of what they are looking for. Ultimately, what you are going to be hired to do is make your boss look good.

Catch that one again.

You are hired because your boss thinks you are going to help make them look good.

How will they look good?

Real simple. You help the firm make money or you help the firm save money. That's kind of like a parent when they look at a child and think, "that's my girl!" Or "that's my boy!"

They are able to claim credit for your work. They hired you, and that helps them look good.

Spend some time preparing for your interview, otherwise you walk in and you "wing it," and frankly, there are very few people who can pull that off successfully very often.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.