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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Hiding Your Personality | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 901 There are many mistakes that people make when they interview for jobs.  Acting like a robot by showing no personality is 1 of the big ones.

Summary

Now we all know that companies mistakenly use "fit" as part of their hiring criteria. I say "mistakenly" because they really don't know what they're doing. I digress. Let me come back to you.

You want to take advantage of their behavior and, in doing so, not hide your personality. You see, one of the things that you don't want to do is just be another , "me-2 job hunter." By that, I mean just sell yourself on the basis of competence and not differentiate yourself in any way. You see, if you're like everyone else, and I must in all candor tell you that if you think you're the only competent one what you claim to be proficient at you're mistaken.

There are a lot of very competent people who do the exact same stuff that you do, some of who work for your firm. So, how do you distinguish yourself? How do you stand out and that is by revealing your personality.

Years ago I remember I was coaching someone who was number one or her class at a top grad school. She had exceptional grades, really the number one person in her master's program, her MBA program at this school. And she wasn't getting jobs. She had been on 10 or 15 interviews. It's been a while I don't remember the exact number. She did a lot of interviews and was getting nowhere. And we sat down together and I did a mock interview with her. And within three questions I said to her, " I've got the problem and she looked at me quizzically and said, " What am I doing which you figured it out in three answers?"

And the answer was, "Someone told you that firms only hire competent people. They hire people who are competent to do the job that they need to have done and hopefully they like them too because, well, they're going to have to live with them for years. That's their thinking.

So, they want to have someone in the group who will fit in well and they'll like to have around and you're only selling yourself on the basis of your skills. Loosen up. Relax. Let them like you as a person and you'll do better.

She called me a week later with three offers. She lightened up a lot and was happy with the fact that she'd gotten choices all because she became a human being and not an interview robot. That's really are when you only sell on the basis of your skills competence and professionalism.

So don't be a robot. Sell yourself. Be a human being. Have people know, like and trust you pretty quickly. And, from your knowledge, they'll learn to respect you very quickly as well. It'll help you stand out and this works so well, not just simply for job hunters. It also works extremely well for those of you who are self-employed.

There are a lot of vendors who can do the same thing that you do, right? In your market area, wherever it is, there are other people who do the same thing. Why do they choose you? Hopefully you haven't been on the race to the lowest price. If you have, that's a different conversation, but normally, there's something about this person that they zero in on. It's like they believe in you. That's the mistake that too many job hunters make. They don't let people connect with them as a human being.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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? 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.

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.

How Can You Avoid Appearing Difficult? | JobSearchRadio.com


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How can you not appear difficult when an agency recruiter asks you for your salary and you won’t tell them.

Summary

How can you avoid appearing difficult when you won't tell a recruiter your last salary?

I was asked by a recruiter for my last salary and said I don't disclose that information. She said, "I was trying to be difficult and that she can't move forward . If I am not going to be a 'team player.'" Eventually, this person caved in   And when the telling the recruiter the salary.  This is 3rd party recruiter, not a corporate recruiter.

How can you avoid appearing difficult?  How can you stand your ground without you appearing, to put it bluntly, being seen as a "pain in the pot."

The 1st thing to understand is that recruiters, whether corporate or third-party work for employers. The employer sets down terms of engagement.  They want to know salary.

Why Do They Want to Know?
Why do they want to know this?  Because many companies will only offer a percentage increase over what you are currently earning.  They are not in the, "We value this person to ask level" business and, as a result, pay them what they are really worth.  They work on formulas that allow them to only extend an offer by a certain percentage  above a current salary.

No matter what, you are going to appear difficult. Accept it.

If you are extremely placeable to that agency, they are going to cave in. I want you to understand that you hold cards in your hand that represent a fee. If your background is so terrific that the market is clamoring for your skills, they will cave in and figure out a way to present your client without the exact salary.

You can offer them a range. "

I'm currently earning between $120,000 and $140,000. I want to be clear that I'm not looking for the lowest salary. I have picked up a lot of knowledge and experience that will be valuable to the next organization. If you think I'm going to be going for minimal 3% increase, you are mistaken. I want you to understand that I know my value and I want to be paid it."

By responding in that way, you are setting down terms of engagement that, by definition, make you appear very difficult to them because you are not compliant and you are not docile.  

You are not willing to play with in "the system."

So what! Who cares!

Firms that want to hire you for the least amount of money (which is what the agency will try to persuade you to take), well, you may not want to work for them.

However, that premier employer, that one you really want to work for demands that information, you have a choice to make – – to comply or not. Whether to risk losing an opportunity or not.

That's your choice to make, but to let the agency set down the conditions? You can do it differently IF you have the skills and experience that are in demand.

If you are Mr. or Ms. Ordinary , if you have a commodity skill

If you have a commodity skill, it is a lot harder for you. However, don't interpret that statement is telling you to always cave in.

Stand your ground. If you believe your skills are more valuable than what you've been paid and insist that they cave-in by demonstrating your value is higher than what they are going to try to con you in to.

just like a million other people out there, you have less of a chance, less leverage, than a salesperson has who is delivering a book of business worth several hundred million dollars and is a leader in selling this particular type of product or service.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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? 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.

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.

Interview Boo Boos | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/05/12/interview-boo-boos

EP 743  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells a story about a job applicant and how they made three critical mistakes.

Summary

Yesterday, I had 1 of those situations occur that sometimes show up in my business; I thought to be a good teaching piece for you. Let me outline the situation.

I phone interviewed someone for 1 of my clients about a week ago. The person lived about an hour and 1/2 or my clients location. I was reticent to submit him. But after interviewing him and telling him how far away it was, the person says, "That's no problem. I commuted longer than that." I submitted it is my client and they want to meet with him. I scheduled a phone interview for yesterday. This is what happened.

The day before, I spoke with him about how I wanted him to do the interview. I spoke with him about the questions I wanted him to ask and when I wanted him to ask them during the interview. I covered many of these questions in 1 of my videos. So we spoke yesterday, his interview is scheduled for 1:30 PM. I received a call at 11:45 (Remember, he has 90 minutes to get to this interview. This is New York and there is this thing called traffic that goes on). He called me 15 minutes before the title deadline for getting there.

He tells me, "I just want you to know that I am going. He asks me if he can tell me a few the questions that he wants to ask. His 1st question is, "Tell me about your company." I respond by asking, "Excuse me? Why didn't you research this before hand? I sent URLs to the website to you. I sent Google searches to you and information about them. Why didn't you do your research?"

"Well, I thought I would hear from them."

"Well you hear from them but it happens to be on the website. Remember those questions I told you about the day before? Those are the ones you really need to ask because those will really help you and show that you are serious to them."

"Okay."

1:30 PM comes and goes. At 2:05 PM, I received an email from HR and the hiring manager asking where is he? In other words, he didn't leave with an hour and 1/2 to get there. He left late and thought he could pick up time. Didn't give himself any extra time and, low and behold, it is now 35 minutes late. He arrives 40 minutes late. He announces that he has a 130 appointment to see so-and-so, not having done any research, and walked in the door.

The next mistake in made was not apologizing for his lateness. He has inconvenienced at least 2 people and common courtesy dictates that you apologize and explain that there was traffic, confirm that they can still see you... You're courteous about it just like you would with a friend if you got there so late. You wouldn't ignore that, would you? You apologize.

This guy walks in and suffice it to say by not apologizing, he has ticked off two people who right off the bat believe he is discourteous (and rightly so).

My advice for you is really very simple.

(1) Do your homework before your interview.
(2) Give yourself adequate time to get to interview and then some because there is this thing called traffic or there are these things called delays or even getting lost. I don't care if you have a GPS; sometimes the GPS is are confusing. I just don't get there in the most direct way.
(3) If you do wind up arriving late, apologize. Give them an explanation and candidly say, "It's not my matter to be late. This is very unusual. I'm really very sorry."

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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? 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.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 1 month 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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Stupid Interview Mistakes as Reported by Forbes | JobSearchTV.com


These are pretty dumb.

Summary

I stumbled into this article from Forbes that I thought was hysterical that talked about a number of mistakes job hunters make. I'm using these examples from them. Give full credit tp Forbes. They are very funny.

1. A job applicant hugged the president of the company. It's like you're having a good moment in the interview and you give him a hug.

2. Another one said they didn't like to get up early and didn't like to read. Huh? Help me understand how that one was supposed to get you a job.

3. Someone said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal. Unbelievable!

4. A candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.

5. Someone called in sick to her current employer while on the interview, faking her illness. What people do sometimes!

6. Someone said that they would do whatever it takes to do the job, legal or not.

7. Someone called their wife during the interview to see what they will be having for dinner. You're in an interview, you pick up the phone and find out what's for dinner.

8. Someone said he wouldn't want the job if he had to work a lot.

9. Someone asked if they could postpone the start date so she can still get holiday gifts from vendors in her current job. Couldn't you have said this 1 more discreetly?

10. Someone would not answer a question, they were asked because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

11. Some of the night having a cell phone with them even though it could be heard ringing in their briefcase.

12. A person asked to be paid under the table.

13. The candidate reached over and put their hand on the interviewer's knees. The obvious offensive behavior is a man doing it to a woman that I know of too many instances where a woman does it to a man. The more egregious one is a man reaching out to a woman.

Folks, be smart. There is a lot to learn about interviewing. As a job hunter, most of you act as amateurs.

When push comes to shove, learn more about job hunting. Don't go to interviews and conduct yourself like a rank beginner. The way to do it is to learn more about interviewing. You can do that at a site like JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and practice. Practice your answers to questions, get feedback from someone else… I want to be clear, when I say practice, the words have to come out of your mouth. You can't just think the answer, like so many people do.

Without the words coming out of your mouth as you present them to a potential employer, you are not really learning anything. It's like going to a Toastmasters meeting and watching other speakers and thinking that's enough to become a great speaker. Or watching candidates give a speech at a convention and thinking that you can run for president. There is more than being a voyageur. You have to actually do it in order to in order to be effective.

I say that because the skills needed to find a job are different than those needed to do a job. If you are just watching and not practicing, you're going to make dumb mistakes like the ones I've mentioned from Forbes.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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? 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.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes as Reported by Forbes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 1020 These are pretty dumb mistakes!

Summary

I stumbled into this article from Forbes that I thought was hysterical that talked about a number of mistakes job hunters make. I'm using these examples from them. Give full credit tp Forbes. They are very funny.

1. A job applicant hugged the president of the company. It's like you're having a good moment in the interview and you give him a hug.

2. Another one said they didn't like to get up early and didn't like to read. Huh? Help me understand how that one was supposed to get you a job.

3. Someone said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal. Unbelievable!

4. A candidate emptied the employer's candy dish into her pocket.

5. Someone called in sick to her current employer while on the interview, faking her illness. What people do sometimes!

6. Someone said that they would do whatever it takes to do the job, legal or not.

7. Someone called their wife during the interview to see what they will be having for dinner. You're in an interview, you pick up the phone and find out what's for dinner.

8. Someone said he wouldn't want the job if he had to work a lot.

9. Someone asked if they could postpone the start date so she can still get holiday gifts from vendors in her current job. Couldn't you have said this 1 more discreetly?

10. Someone would not answer a question, they were asked because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

11. Some of the night having a cell phone with them even though it could be heard ringing in their briefcase.

12. A person asked to be paid under the table.

13. The candidate reached over and put their hand on the interviewer's knees. The obvious offensive behavior is a man doing it to a woman that I know of too many instances where a woman does it to a man. The more egregious one is a man reaching out to a woman.

Folks, be smart. There is a lot to learn about interviewing. As a job hunter, most of you act as amateurs.

When push comes to shove, learn more about job hunting. Don't go to interviews and conduct yourself like a rank beginner. The way to do it is to learn more about interviewing. You can do that at a site like JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and practice. Practice your answers to questions, get feedback from someone else… I want to be clear, when I say practice, the words have to come out of your mouth. You can't just think the answer, like so many people do.

Without the words coming out of your mouth as you present them to a potential employer, you are not really learning anything. It's like going to a Toastmasters meeting and watching other speakers and thinking that's enough to become a great speaker. Or watching candidates give a speech at a convention and thinking that you can run for president. There is more than being a voyageur. You have to actually do it in order to in order to be effective.

I say that because the skills needed to find a job are different than those needed to do a job. If you are just watching and not practicing, you're going to make dumb mistakes like the ones I've mentioned from Forbes.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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? 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.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Sounding Like a Mexican Song


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EP 853  There is a very dumb mistake that people make on interviews that I find reminds me of someone singing a Mexican song,

Summary

Here, I'm going to talk with you about 1 of those stupid interview mistakes; I use a goofy title for it but you will recognize a pretty quickly. I call it, "Sounding like a Mexican song." When they ask you a question about what you did for your firm or what you do for your firm, this is what you sound like--" I, I, I, I." All you do is talk about yourself. You don't put yourself into the context of how you work with your coworkers. You don't give people a bigger picture of where you fit in.

For example, let's say you are a staff level individual. You are answering the question like, "So, what you do for your firm?"

"I work as a team that is responsible for… The overall group does such and such. My piece of that is .. This. As such, I work with a small subset of individuals that has a budget of X number of dollars that is responsible for... blah blah blah blah." Do you get weren't coming from?

You don't say, "I do this. I do that." You don't just simply say, " I, I, I, I"

The idea is to always contextualize yourself. The people of the picture of where you fit

If you're in executive, you can say that you took over responsibility for a group that is responsible for. You can also say "I manage a slice of business that does such and such. As such, I have responsibility for a budget of $500 million. I have a staff of X number of people that is broken up by.." They you start defining your department. "I have some really talented people working for me who have really helped me look good. Obviously, I provide leadership for this group. But the fact of the matter is that I've hired some very good people and they are individuals who understand what I want and go out and deliver. My job is to really understand what is needed so I interact with people in the business unit so they feel attended to..." Again, do you get weren't coming from here

It is not just about "I I I I." It is about giving people a picture of where you fit in, which are role responsibilities are, size of the budget, size the department... It's all about giving people a sense of size and scope.

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 [email protected]
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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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Stupid Job Search Mistakes

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Showing Up For an Interview | Job Search Radio


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There is a cascading impact that occurs when you don’t show up for a job interview. I outline several things that may occur . . . and none look good for you.

Summary

I wanted to talk with you today about the impact of not showing up for an interview. I want to start off like talking about what it does for you.

I understand that sometimes people wake up and they are conflicted. "I have a work thing going on and I'm not really all that keen on this job; I said yes but I don't really feel like going because I could get into trouble at work" or some other explanation that rationalizes not showing up. Except there's one thing. There's no excuse for not showing up and not calling. You see, it's not like days of old were you have to sneak off to make of call. You can call in on your way to work, leave a voicemail and simply say, "I'm going to cancel my interview today and not reschedule. I appreciate you making time for me." Yada yada yada.

Not calling and not showing up is rude. It is obnoxious. It is something that will come back and bite you in the butt and I'll tell you exactly why. The world is smaller than you think. That hiring manager and/or that HR person, that interview team was adversely affected but you not showing up. They blocked time out that they could've been using for other things to meet with you. There was the desire of the schedule. This 90 minutes. This 2 hour block of time in their schedule that now they can use for other things sure are but it was mentally invested in you. You didn't show up.

I will let you in on a secret. These people are not can work at this firm forever. They just aren't. When they change jobs, they have memories of them on the spot your name they may go back and remember… "Can I take a look at that resume? Yeah, this guy stood me up. I think will take a pass." You don't want to have 1 of those silent killers floating around, waiting to drop a bomb on your candidacy somewhere. You just want to do with it in a forthright way.

Another thing that happens is you have affected someone else. You see, that time you blocked out of their calendar could be used interview someone else could've actually been interested in this role, but your selfishness got in the way. There is a hurt that you inflict on someone else.

Plus, I know a lot of you don't really care about recruiters as though they are unfeeling human beings, but recruiters are human beings, they have kids and mortgages and other things and you are affecting the reputation with the client. That's your fault, not theirs. They thought you were good enough to state the reputation on and refer you to their client and you are not showing up. Clients get angry and guess who they take it out on? The recruiter who did nothing wrong. All they were doing is what you agreed to do when you submit a resume. You are interested in this job, you agree to go on the interview and you could talk up a storm and rationalize it, but is not the recruiters fault that you said yes. You said yes to going on this interview and you have hurt them. There is no reason for it.

Lastly, there is a nuisance factor. Sometimes these folks who you are scheduled to interview with our traveling from one office to another, leaping out of the lunch appointment they had schedule with their wife/husband/partner/friend/colleague, whomever, so that they could going meet with you. They are stepping out of a meeting to meet with YOU. And you don't show up.

Don't be an idiot. If you are not really interested in the job, just simply say to the recruiter who is scheduling you (this is agency recruiter, 1st), "I'm not really interested in this job. If you want to bully me into saying yes, I'll say yes and just not show up. ." That will cause them to back down. If it is a corporate recruiter, ask more questions.1st. Don't just simply agree and not show up. There really care figure take the job. All they really care about is filling the time slot with someone who they believe their internal user (their hiring manager) is going to be interested in. They don't really care if it is YOU.

Just be professional about this and stop wasting people's time.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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.  

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Closing | TheBigGameHunterTV


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Another 1 of those dumb mistakes that proves costly to you because you miss an opportunity.

Summary

Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, a site with curated information that you watch, listen to or read that is going to help you find work more quickly.

Today, I am doing 1 of my "stupid interview mistakes" shows and is designed to talk with you about 1 of the dumb things that job hunters do time and again on interviews. This mistake is not closing. You know, you are at the end of the interview.

I talked about interviewing until I am blue in the face. If you haven't seen my material on it, go to YouTube. TheBigGameHunterTV it is my channel. Look for the playlist with interview tips and there is another one with answers to tough interview. There is 1/3 1 about brainteasers where, if you are in the financial services industry or applying to things with hedge funds, Those questions might be helpful to you.

Here, we get to the end of the interview and they asked, "So, do you have any questions for us?"I've covered a lot of the questions before and then you get to the point where you have exhausted the questions and you don't close.

What do I mean by closing?

"What's going to happen next?"It's really that simple question. "What's going to happen next?"

"Do you have any reservations about my candidacy that I can address here?"

"What will next steps look like and what sort of timeline do you have for next steps?"

Why is that important? It conveys interest.It also communicates pure level relationship instead of superior-subordinate. It is leveling the playing field. You are not giving away all of your power to the employer and deem it the right time to call. You are trying to get a sense of what will happen.

"Well, we have 37 more people to talk with.." They are telling you something with that answer that is very different than if they say, "I have 1 or 2 more people to speak with I would like to get you back next week."

What you're doing is learning from them how they see you..

"Do you see any deficiencies in my background, they give you 'cause for pause?'" They will answer that question and, from there you can go, "Oh! I'm sorry didn't address that in 1 of my earlier answers. Can I speak to that, please?"

Again, you're not giving up control the process. You are closing it In a way that allows you to appear strong and in control, just like they want to appear strong and in control.

Again, "What are the next steps?"

"Would you give me a timeline for what those next steps will be?"

"Is there anything here that is giving you reason to hesitate as to whether I can do this position So that, in this way, I'm able to address it."

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you like me to coaching with interview preparation, critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, salary negotiation, Visit www.thebiggamehunter.us. There is a tabs on the top that speak to the services that I offer.Click the appropriate one; make payment.We'll schedule a time to speak.

I would love to help you Improve your interviewing because job hunting doesn't have to be hard, difficult, painful or take a long time. Job that they has a different skill set Then doing the job.

Hope you have a great day! Take care!

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 on Amazon 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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Following Directions (VIDEO)


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This is a mistake that hangs too many people.

Summary

I wanted to discuss 1 of those stupid interview mistakes that you many people do. It's the notion of not following directions. The obvious places you have a job application and they tell you to do certain things with the application and you don't follow through. For example, I think 1 of the funniest things that I've ever heard of that someone did (a client told me about this 1) is the place of their application where it said, "Give us one word that describes your strengths." One word! Got that one? They wrote, "I'm very good at following directions."

Was that one word? Was that really one word? Of course, not. This person didn't pay attention.

You see, what happens to a lot of job hunters is that they go on autopilot. They don't really listen. They built so many interviews that what happens is that they think they know what the question is, but they don't do it. They don't answer the question. They anticipate with this person is really looking for without really knowing what they are looking for. That shows up on applications in that way. It also shows up as you "basking your own magnificence" as you answer questions.

I mentioned this will many times before, the person who went off on this lengthy answer that had nothing to do with my question, but it got to a point where I said, "By the way, do you member what my original question was?" The answer, which I thought was wonderfully honest, was, "No."

You just have to follow directions. He answer the stupid question that is presented to you, whether is on the application or on an interview. That's what they are looking for at that point. In the therapy business, is referred to as, "following the contact function." They are reaching out to you about something, they want to know that answer, you can guide them with your answer to the next part but the idea is just give them what they want. Do it in your particular way.

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 from me?  Email me at Je[email protected] 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 [email protected]  

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made


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EP 917 With kudos to The Reader’s Digest, these are some of the funniest pieces of stupidity job hunters have committed.

Summary

I've been doing a series of about stupid interview mistakes and I stumbled into this article that the Reader's Digest published and it has some hysterical ones. So I thought I would share them and credit Reader's Digest for this. I think it's a very funny piece. 

So, the first one is . . .  One person took the edge off by having a beer before walking into the reception. So as someone says, " I swear this is true. Someone through his pure can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area. Probably not a smart idea, you know. Another person reported that a guy talk through his interview how an affair cost in his previous job. Probably a little too much information. 

This is a classic. This firm asked prospective job applicants to fill out a questionnaire. There's a line that says choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute. Well, one person wrote, "I'm very good at following instructions."  Remember . One word.  "I'm very good at following instructions."  

OK another one. Someone blew their nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of the interviewer. 

Not a smart thing to do.

Another person misunderstood the work and, in this case, what they did was they were applying for a customer service job and when asked what he might not like about the job he said, "dealing with people!"  Obviously, in customer service, that's all you're doing. 

So, another person was being interviewed and he reported that he came with a friend and the friend wound up sticking there head in the door and asking, "How much longer?"

In another instance reported on was about the job hunter who asked, "Tell me about the business." 

He'd never heard of the Internet. You can look it up.

Another person listed their prison time as a job and there was an exotic dancer who called themselves a customer service representative. You know it's not exactly a smart move.

One person reported that someone ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions.  Yes, they knew it was this person It was obvious.

A person came to an interview. Well they didn't come to the interview. This guy sent his sister to interview in his place. Another guy didn't just do a handshake at the end of an interview. They hugged the interviewer.  

One person had their prepaid Chinese food including the fortune cookie with his name and phone number on it. Not smart. 

Another one put up posters of himself in the company parking lot.  This is amazing stuff. 

One person came to an interview in a catsuit. An applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram.

Then there was the person who rented a billboard with which the hiring manager can see from his office listing his qualifications. One person indicated that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was his drinking time. 

One person explained their arrest by stating, "We stole a pig but it was a really small pig.".

So one person had had a spelling error.  Didn't you think of spellchecking your resume?

So they wrote that advertising, "is a tough business." which maybe why one perspective ad man wrote a cover letter boasting, " I'm getting and getting to my goal slowly but surly."  Instead  of "surely.". 

And then there's the weird person who came in with a cockatoo on the shoulder. 

Another one forgot to wearing dark socks with his suit to the interview. So he colored his ankles with a black felt marker.  Only a man would do that.

 Then there was a person who saw a clipping her fingernails while they were speaking. 

The interviewer was interviewing someone who took a cell phone call and asked them to leave their office while they talked. So the candidate's on the phone. They asked the interviewer who's in their office to leave. 

The candidate who told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.

 The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation but felt the interview was worth risking jail time. 

Then there was the people person not the numbers person in the interview for the accounting position. 

And this is the last one for today… The candidate complained that she was hot. She then said, " excuse me," and she removed her socks and then placed them on the interviewer's desk and then continued it like everything was OK. 

When you think that corporate or third party recruiters our obnoxious or insane, I must in all honesty tell you I had this experience when I did recruiting. People who just did ridiculous things and tried the truth and what they were completely normal. So I understand the other side of this. And I would just simply say look the fingernails broken 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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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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