Archive for the ‘interviewing’ category

Video Friday – Job Interviews

January 14th, 2011

It’s Monty Python

…need I say more?


Video Friday – Sometimes Dreams Do Come True

December 24th, 2010

Sometimes you may not be what people may think is the perfect candidate for the job.

Despite what often seems to be overwhelming odds, there are those who persevere.  They study, train and overcome insurmountable odds.

Group interviews are difficult at the best of times, but sometimes it pays to just be yourself.

What have you done this week to get your job search to move forward?


5 You May Have Missed – Interviews

November 17th, 2010

Each Wednesday, jw’s job blog brings you a few blog articles you may have missed.Whether it’s tough questions or things you need to keep in mind when interviewing, the articles in today’s entry will give you things to think about when your next interview is upon you.

The Importance of Being Busy via Ed Han

9 Things Recruiters Look for When They Interview You via Impact Hiring Solutions

Twitter Users are More Likely to Get Job Interviews via Keppie Careers

8 Interview Questions for Older Worker via Interns Over 40 (Scroll down to middle of the page to read the article.)

Not So Common Sense Interview Strategies via Wall Street Journal

What are some of your favorite interview tips?


Don’t Say That, Say This

October 4th, 2010

You get to your interview, shake hands, take a seat and the person across from you smiles and says “So tell me a little about yourself…”

Despite the fact that you think this is a friendly question, and the interviewer is looking to break the ice by learning a bit about your prize winning roses or poodle, it isn’t.

This is the serpent tempting you with the apple.  Just say no.

Bob Gates and Al Rankin, two retired executives run — in my opinion — one of the best Job Seeker groups in the Triangle.  They do a great job, and one of their favorite topics is a document called “How to answer the 64 Toughest Interview Questions“.

On the list of questions, “Tell me about yourself” in number one.

While the question seems innocent enough, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that your interviewer wants to know your life’s history.  It’s great that you might have golf in common, or belong to the same service organization.  However, the true goal of this question is to find out how you fit the job.

The best way to handle this question is to be prepared.  Do your homework — about the organization, the people you are meeting with as part of the interview process, the people who you might meet with in the interview process.  Be informed — know who the president is, when the organization was founded, look up their latest press releases.  Know the job description and requirements before you enter the room — and practice how your knowledge, skills and background meet the company’s need.

Do some investigation and figure out what problems this position needs to solve, how it fits in the overall structure of the company, and how that relates to what you’ve done before, or what skills you have are transferrible to meet the need.

Now take a deep breath — shoulders back, sit up straight, and tell me about yourself.

What was the toughest interview question you ever came across?


Note on “How to Answer the 64 Toughest Interview Questions”:

I’ve tried to research the origin of this document — there are several copies of it floating around on the Internet.  But to the best of my ability, I have yet to find who the originators or authors of this document are, and who might own the copyright.  Suffice to say, it appears to be a document in the public domain.

That said, I have decided that it might be of value to go through the questions one by one and talk about possible answers and pitfall that await us in that all important interview.  Over the coming weeks and months, you will find questions from this document discussed here on the job blog.  I invite you to chime in with your experiences and lessons learned from the interview process.


Free Stuff This Week

July 6th, 2010

On Tuesday, Mike Komives will once again begin leading his Job Search Strategies for the Mature Professional Workshop.

This informative and helpful workshop is six weeks in length – but you get to drop out if you get hired :D – on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm beginning July 6, 2010 through August 12, 2010.

Classes will be held at Durham Tech Community College Corporate Education Center, off Lawson Street in Durham – take Briggs Avenue Exit South/East from Durham Expressway (147).

No pre-registration required, just show up the first week. If you miss Tuesday, you can still get on board on Thursday.

Topics covered – your plan, who you are, resumes, interviewing, networking, cover letters, thank you notes, business cards, elevator speeches and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Questions? Contact or 919-794-8158.

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well, on Friday, if you are willing to make a fool of yourself dress up like a cow, Chick-Fil-A will give you a free meal.

Other free stuff this week?

And finally, as if Mike Komives wasn’t already doing enough for you, he’ll be hosting a Linked In workshop at the Orange County Jobs Skills Center, 503 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 8:30am – 11:30am.  Folks will be on hand to help you polish up your profile on Linked In.