Interviewing

Kevin on August 1st, 2008

About 15 years ago I received a resume from a young man who was interested in a Product Manager position at our firm. HR had screened the resume and said he looked pretty good – great school, some solid experience, sounded great on the phone. Terrific! As a result, I was excited about learning a […]

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Kevin on May 28th, 2008

A phone interview is a low-cost way for employers to quickly eliminate unqualified candidates or candidates who don’t seem like a good fit. As such, one inappropriate comment or behavior can easily get you screened out. Here are 12 things you really ought to avoid when being phone screened…

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Kevin on March 15th, 2008

Photo by phong bui thanh In poker a “tell” is a habit, physical reaction or behavior which gives other players information about your hand. Experienced players are familiar with the most common tells and use this knowledge to improve their odds. Do companies have “tells?” Are there signs you can look for that will help […]

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Kevin on March 9th, 2008

If you’ve been asked to return to a prospective employer for a 2nd interview, you’re definitely in a great spot. You’ve cleared all the hurdles in your 1st go-round with the company, and now they’re simply wanting to confirm you’re the right person before making an offer. You may meet some additional personnel during this […]

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Kevin on March 7th, 2008

Photo by lesather Over the last two years I’ve interviewed 15+ candidates for a couple of senior level positions with our firm, and have been astonished with the responses I received when I asked each a very simple question.

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Kevin on March 4th, 2008

Photo by jhhwild As an interviewee, there is a simple yet very powerful question you can ask the hiring manager during any interview. You’re likely to be the only candidate to ask this question. It’s appropriate for first time job seekers and seasoned professionals alike. And it could very well tip the scales in your […]

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Kevin on February 19th, 2008

After decades of conducting interviews I’m no longer capable of asking interviewees questions like, “What’s your biggest weakness?” and “What are your three greatest strengths?” Asking questions like these is like asking a Presidential candidate if he or she will “add jobs”  – the questions are so hackneyed that even the most inexperienced candidates anticipate […]

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