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Tell Me About Something You’ve Succeeded At But Hope to Never Do Again | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1171 In this video, I discuss several ways to answer this trap question.

Summary

Here's 1 of those fun interview questions. It's a question is designed, not to the specific of the answer, but by the explanation that follows, because you reveal things about yourself that you probably shouldn't reveal.

Here's the question, "What if you done professionally that you succeeded at but isn't an experience you would ever want to repeat." I love that question!

Here are 3 possible ways to answer. The 1st way to answer it is by talking about by talking about a menial task you had to do BUT you have to make sure that you don't describe it as being unsatisfying and as though you are up above it all.. Think like a sports team.. There are people in baseball who have to sacrifice themselves to move a runner over. Well, you can talk about that time you swept the floor or stuffed envelopes,, and you understand the importance of the role. The places to stay clean. Envelopes have to go out. You did it well but it's not something that really causes your mind to stay active. You coped with it. You put best effort into it, but, at the end of the day, it's not something you enjoy doing. That's one way to answer.

Another way is by talking about something that was team related.. You worked on this project with other people and then you describe your role on the team. Maybe there were difficult personalities on it. Maybe there are people with whom you just couldn't see eye to eye that a lot of the team was bumping heads with. You tried to be a mediator at times and work on getting collaboration but there was some personalities there who just didn't want to collaborate. They just wanted to rule. Then, you talk about your efforts. "We got the thing going. We made it effective. Some people got ostracized on the project. It was a tough experience but you all pull together… Almost all of you pull together and bring it home.

The 3rd way to answer this… You did something that was really hard. Then talk about what made it hard. Maybe it's because it was poorly planned. Maybe it was badly executed. Whatever it was. Don't talk about the blame. Talk about the difficulty in delivering what it was that everyone had committed to do… Maybe it was the planning and you weren't involved with that. But, at the end of the day, you did your part,, others that theirs, other people didn't do anything. It eventually came through. .. You get the idea. Talk about something that was extremely hard, probably from a planning standpoint being the failure is probably the easiest case to work with. Then work from there in describing what made it so hard.

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.

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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.  

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

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Tough Interview Questions: What Do You Look For When You Hire Someone? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1129  I offer a way to answer this tough interview question targeted toward people at a manager level and above

Summary

The question for today is, "What do you look for when you hire someone?" It's an easy question and I think it there is a way to give it some texture. Here's how I would answer that question.

"It starts off of me having a clear idea of what I'm looking for because I know HR is going to take a previous job description and want to work from that. I'm going to want to edit it a little bit to really call attention to the qualities I'm looking for. The 1st is going to be that I would need to get clear about what I'm looking for and how I'm going to evaluate for it and how I want my team to evaluate for."

"You see, one thing I've learned over the course of time is that unless I have clarity, my hires are destroying as they could be. I need to get clear about what I'm looking for. Thus, when I'm evaluating someone, #1 is can they do the job? Can they do what I need them to do? #2 is, what are the internals to this person? Are they inspired or are they just doing your job? Does it matter to them? I want to know how that is going to show up for them and how I can support them and not frustrate them."

"Lastly, and this is a funny one, I want to get a sense of how they are going to interact with team. This is not so far as being a team player or fitting in. If anything, I like people who are 'squeaky wheels.' I like to have a certain amount of divergent ideas and backgrounds in order to really make sure that I'm covering all my bases. If I hire homogeneous team, and that such a simply from a diversity of skin color, race, sexual identity or any other orientation, I'm missing something. I also think of it in terms of the diversity of ideas and experiences that I look for in someone."

"So I'm not looking for cookie-cutter beyond simply the skills. What I'm looking for people who can think creatively and they test that a few different ways."

You see how I'm approaching this? I'm not just simply looking for square peg for square hole. I want to skills are obviously needed but all the personality stuff that involved with evaluating for them trying to get this hiring manager who is answering this question to talk about. Otherwise, they are just feeding me pablum and I don't want that. I want to get people who have unique qualifications.

That's the way I would approach the question.

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? 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.

Tough Interview Questions: How Can This Organization Fit into Your Career Objective? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1120 This is a really good question that really isn’t so tough, but people get frightened. 

Summary

The question for today is, "how can this organization fit into your career objectives?" I shake my head when I hear this question and ask myself what the difficulty here. Unless, of course, you haven't figured out a career objective yet. In which case, it's okay to say, "I'm not absolutely sure because am still sorting that out."

That's a way to answer if you're a relatively junior person. After all, it will be very easy to say, "I want to be in the C suite one day." Or, "I want to grow up to be present in the United States one day." I'm using caricatures here quite obviously.

That's what you can do if you're relatively junior person is give this kind of measured answer. "I'm still in the learning phase in figuring out what I want. University prepares you with one way of things and then you discover pretty quickly that corporate life is a little bit different. I'm still figuring it out."

"How are you going about figuring it out," becomes a follow-up question where they attempt to engage with you. They can take the question a lot of different ways to help you sort that out. It's almost like a mentoring conversation where the mentor was trying to draw out from you information that is useful.

If you're more experienced person, there is a different way to answer and you have to have a career objective . Otherwise, all you're doing is bending the corporate whims and doing whatever they tell you to do. Is that the way you want to live your professional life? Is that the way that the rest of your life, too, or do you have aspirations? Do you have goals? If you don't, this is the time in life to really figure it out because you are wasting time.

If you a lawyer corporations to tell you how to get ahead and how to advance, you are barking up the wrong tree. They are not looking out for you; they are looking out for themselves. Yes, the question may have a couple of layers to it. For example, if this is a dead-end job and you have aspirations, you should be happy that they turn you down because it is a dead-end job. Of course you should. It may feel uncomfortable and awkward at the time to be turned down but you have to be happy that they had the good sense to reject you for the study and job rather than come aboard and kill your career.

Think of answering the question from a holistic perspective. The only right answer is the truth. I want you here that one again. The right answer is the truth. Lay it out in a way that requires a textured response from them. If you turn around and say things to them along the lines of, "I demand that I get this…" And have that kind of tone to your answer, they will shoot you down because they are hiring you for position today and are considering how it might lead to your future.

However, if you think about from your vantage point, the truth is really the best answer that you can give. That's because you don't want to join a firm that is going to beat you senseless. All

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? 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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterConnect 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.

Tough Interview Questions: Tell Me About a Time You Were Treated Unfairly | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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This is a great trap question that employers use and I tell you how to avoid falling into the trap and what they are really looking for.

Summary

This question is going to sound like 1 of those questions a makes you scratch your head and wonder why they are asking it. "Tell me about a time you were treated unfairly. Or unjustly." I want to stick with "unfairly," because it is a simpler way of expressing it that most people can relate to.

What is an employer really looking for here? The fact of the matter is if they're using this question well, they are going to goad you into presenting yourself as being persecuted as being treated badly, and encouraging you to really give them a juicy description of what happened and how bad it was, and how horrible. They will say things like, "That's awful.." Or, "Really," or, "Wow!" And in doing so, they are going to instigate you into saying more.

That's the sucker move.

What they are really looking for is how you took ownership of the situation. Again, this is a question about ownership. This isn't about vomiting some deep-seated resentment of your life. Follow that? It isn't about vomiting deep-seated resentment, it is about how you took ownership of the situation.

Ownership can take a variety of different forms. For example, I remember one instance in my case where I set for the panel was evaluated and I thought I was treated very badly. They changed the rules of the game on but didn't tell me so I way with one expectation; they went with a completely different one that they didn't tell me about, at the end, I felt very frustrated and angry and hurt because I felt betrayed.

If I left the story at that point, I should be rejected because what they are looking for is someone who takes ownership. However, if I continue the story by saying, "Afterwards, there were a number of people who had the same experience. We got together and created a panel they made recommendations for a new process that panels could use to evaluate candidates.. From that, we developed a model that is still used to this day." You follow what I'm doing here?

It isn't the story, but what you did with the story that's important to the employer. Or what you learned from the experience at the most important part 2 what you relate.

To summarize, if you stick the feeling of persecution or being treated unfairly, you lose. If you convert the story into one that talks about how you use this experience to change process or change an organization or change the world, or do something, or what you learned from this experience that you apply even to this day, then you win.

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.

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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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This is a great trap question that employers use and I tell you how to avoid falling into the trap and what they are really looking for.

Summary

This question is going to sound like 1 of those questions a makes you scratch your head and wonder why they are asking it. "Tell me about a time you were treated unfairly. Or unjustly." I want to stick with "unfairly," because it is a simpler way of expressing it that most people can relate to.

What is an employer really looking for here? The fact of the matter is if they're using this question well, they are going to goad you into presenting yourself as being persecuted as being treated badly, and encouraging you to really give them a juicy description of what happened and how bad it was, and how horrible. They will say things like, "That's awful.." Or, "Really," or, "Wow!" And in doing so, they are going to instigate you into saying more.

That's the sucker move.

What they are really looking for is how you took ownership of the situation. Again, this is a question about ownership. This isn't about vomiting some deep-seated resentment of your life. Follow that? It isn't about vomiting deep-seated resentment, it is about how you took ownership of the situation.

Ownership can take a variety of different forms. For example, I remember one instance in my case where I set for the panel was evaluated and I thought I was treated very badly. They changed the rules of the game on but didn't tell me so I way with one expectation; they went with a completely different one that they didn't tell me about, at the end, I felt very frustrated and angry and hurt because I felt betrayed.

If I left the story at that point, I should be rejected because what they are looking for is someone who takes ownership. However, if I continue the story by saying, "Afterwards, there were a number of people who had the same experience. We got together and created a panel they made recommendations for a new process that panels could use to evaluate candidates.. From that, we developed a model that is still used to this day." You follow what I'm doing here?

It isn't the story, but what you did with the story that's important to the employer. Or what you learned from the experience at the most important part 2 what you relate.

To summarize, if you stick the feeling of persecution or being treated unfairly, you lose. If you convert the story into one that talks about how you use this experience to change process or change an organization or change the world, or do something, or what you learned from this experience that you apply even to this day, then you win.

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.

Tell Me About a Mistake You Made & What You Learned From It (for Recent Grads)

EP 1029 Here, the answer is tailored for the recent graduate.

Summary

This is one of those classic interview questions that people are asked.

"Tell me about the mistake you made and what you learn, from it."
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Now the problem with this for recent grads is the just aren't a lot of choices, at least ones that you think of sound good to an interviewer.
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So I wanted to give you a suggestion for answering this question . . . .and it's an easy one. It may not be truthful but work with me here!

"When I was in school or in high school and I really wanted to get into a particular school, I also wanted to have a lot of friends. So I made choices that weren't ideal for me to get those grades and boy did it hurt when I didn't get into (pick the name of the school) that would have really been happy with.

I really want to get you to give them the idea here that you learn from your mistakes and that you are not a whiner. It's not just enough to talk about the mistake that you made; it's important to talk about what you learned from it because that's the thing that they are fishing for are. Are you someone who's just a whiner and complainer or are you someone who learns from the experiences and takes the lessons in.

So I really wanted to get into the University of Chicago, Penn, Harvard, Stanford whatever and I really wanted to do that but in I was that stage in life is really in that stage of life where I want to have friends.

What I learned from that is to put my best effort in whatever I was doing.

I had this fantasy that I could can get in there without putting in the work and boy was I wrong. I really learned that if I want to get something I can go half effort into it. I have got to go at 100% effort. I have really got to give it my all in order to givemyself the best chance. Itis certainly possible that I might not havegotten to the schools but I will never know because I never really tried hard enough to in.

I didn't understand that I could lose. What I've learned is always, without a doubt, put my best effort into whatever I'm trying to do.

I have another video that talks about how to answer this question when you have more professional experience.

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.

Do You Consider Yourself a Strategic Thinker? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 953 This is a trap question for people who are managers, directors, VP or C suite professionals.

Summary

Today, I want to answer 1 of those tough interview questions that, to me, is a trap question that you need to be prepared for if you are asked it on an interview. The question is, "Do you consider yourself a strategic thinker?"

I'm sure most of you are scratching their heads and going, "Sure, I'm a strategic thinker." You are racing into the trap if you immediately answer that way.

What you want to be doing is answering from a textured perspective and give them a more complex answer. Again, this is a question is being asked a manager level and above , and depending upon where you are in the pecking order, you have a perspective of what is appropriate and your level.

Conceptually, the right answer would be, "Yes I am a strategic thinker but to be effective as a strategic thinker you have to think tactically. Like in the military, it is not enough to have an effective strategy; you have to be able to implement it. Unless you able to implement it, all you have are some great ideas

And some great intentions but nothing changes.

To be an effective strategic thinker, to work with a strategy that helps an organization, you have to look at the implementation of it, what the rough edges might be, where it runs up against resistance forces."

Do you weren't coming from here? Always try to give them a textured answer that basically translates into, "Yes, I'm a strategic thinker but to be that way, you have to think tactically. It's like in the military. Military leaders, if you've ever spoken to them, our brilliant people. Incredibly smart. They can think in conceptual terms and technical terms for the battlefield."

It's really the same thing for you. You have to be able to talk about both the big picture and tactics.

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.

 

What Were/Are Your Boss’ Strengths and Weaknesses? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

 

EP 858 WOW! A chance to criticize your boss. Should you take it?

Summary

This is 1 of those great questions that is designed to see if they can flush out that you are an imbecile! I would suggest a very textured answer. The question is, "What are (or were) your boss' strengths and weaknesses?"

Some people make the mistake of going off on this enormous tirade about their boss. They say nothing positive about them; they just go off half cocked, criticizing and abusing them for some perceived mistake. Welcome folks. Your boss is a human being and doesn't do everything right.

Here's the way I would suggest answering this question. It isn't hard but follow this for 2nd. "My boss' strengths Were that he or she interfaced very well with senior management and shield us a lot of the political stuff that went on. Some of the palace intrigue they can sometimes occur in decisioning. Then, they would come back to us with what the solutions were or what the mandates were so that, in this way, we were able to perform her job particularly well." Got that? I think that is a nice little answer.

Here are the weaknesses. "Our boss did a great job of shielding us from…"And feed the same thing back to them. When they look at you puzzled and smiling, you can say, "There are 2 sides to this coin. What he or she could have done a little bit better is make us aware of some of the things that were going on so that we could learn and, in this way, be prepared to step into his or her shoes so that when was our time to step up, maybe he would change jobs, maybe she will the getting a promotion 1 of us wound up with wind up stepping into this role, we will be prepared for a little bit better had here she just opened up a little bit about what was going on and thus the reasons behind what the decisions were. what he or she attempted to communicate with their peers or managers, what their preferences were and how decisions were made from up high. That would have been helpful to us.Just shielding us was a good 1st thing. What they could've done a little bit better was teachers what went into the decisions so that we would be prepared."

I think that's a nice way to answer it. It's the same answer flipped the back and expanded upon to give texture. And to me, texture to an answer is the big part of answering tough interview questions like this.

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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The “Two Coins in a Box” Brainteaser | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 844 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an answer to this clever little brainteaser.

Summary

I have another 1 of those fun interview questions that is designed to trip you up.

A box contains 2 coins. One is a double-headed quarter and the other is an ordinary quarter, heads on one side and tails on the other. You drove 1 of the coins from the box and it is heads. What is the probability that the other side shows heads, also?

The 1st time I thought of an answer, my instinct was to think that there was a 50% probability. I paused and paid more attention to the question. I then realized that that couldn't be possible. Here is why.

When the coin is drawn there are 4 possibilities. There is heads and heads; that is one possibility. And that choice appears twice because there are 2 possibilities with a double headed coin. There is heads and tails and tails and heads.. They are telling you right away that you are seeing heads so that 4th option isn't there (tails and heads).

There are 3 possible alternatives. Both of them involving double heads 1 is a heads and a tail. So the correct answer is that there is a two thirds probability that the other side is also going to be a heads. That's because the 4th 1 was eliminated because you drew heads right away. Right away

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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Are You Interviewing? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 842  This is a variation on the question of, “Where have you been on interviews?”  Here. I explain what the intention is behind the question.

Summary

This is 1 of those questions is a variation on another one that I have addressed previously. This is the question of, "Are you interviewing?" It's a variation on the, "Where have you been interviewing," question. I want to speak to this 1 because really depends on who you're talking to as to what the intention of the question is.

Let me start off with third-party recruiters. With a contingency recruiting firm, you'll be asked this question for several reasons.
1. If you have been interviewing, they may turn around and say, "Where have you been on interviews so far?" They may be trying to find out have you been to the client, job leads of other organizations that are trying to hire so that you release that information to them and then they start reaching out to those firms to see if they can wind up being positions to work on and earn money from.
2. Another thing there trying to do is to see how far along you are in the process. So if you tell them that you have met with 14 firms, had 3 finals and you are close to 2 offers, they're probably going to hit the delete key on your resume when they are finished talking with you. That's because they will see any point in doing anything.

So one, shall we say, slimy approach to asking the question and the rest are pretty innocuous.

When an employer asks, they are obviously not good be contacting firms for job leads. What they are trying to do is (1) find out if you are aggressive job hunter. Companies have a bias against aggressive job. Their belief is that people who are actively looking for work are less attractive than those who, shall we say, are recruited. If they have contacted you and are asking this question, you might simply say, "I am not aggressively looking for work. But when you approach me, this is an interesting opportunity. Frankly, since the time you initially contacted me, 2 other firms have approached me as well" that you can talk about where you are with those firms.

Part of the reason that employer asks the question is to see how much time they might have before you have to make a choice, whether they can keep interviewing or, shall we say get off the pot and extended offer or move more quickly. You see, they like you (that's part of what the communication is), but they want to see if they can date others for a while before getting married.. You follow what I'm getting at here?

Recognize that their intent is to get a sense of how much time they have with you before they risk losing you. If you say that you have nothing else going on, they can sit back and relax a little bit, knowing that they can interview for a while. Let us know what's going on with you.,

"If anything changes, give us a call. We want to know. "

Most of the time when that happens, they have already seen a bunch of other people and never come back and make the offer.

However, if you say, "Since the time he reached out to me, a couple of other firms have reached out to me as well. I have had some really good interviews and there are some interesting opportunities out there," that will get them motivated to take more action.

Now, if you apply for job and submit a resume, this won't always work obviously, because you have indicated that you are an active job hunter. Thus, all, they are trying to do is see where you are in your process. If they are on a 1st interview and you are on a fifth interview somewhere, there are 1 of 2 ways that they might respond:
(1) accelerate the process
(2) hit the delete key because they know they cannot move fast enough.

I have found over the years that many firms where I mentioned to them that I had found this individual that really fits your role very well, but they are only 3rd or 4th interview and there are some folks who are interested, they never really move. So, caveat emptor. Recognize the impact of what you say and what the firm's motivation is.

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 function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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