Sometimes the question is phrased a little differently: 'Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you didn't like, or who didn't like you.'
However the question is asked, don't project an image of yourself as someone who dislikes or is disliked by others. Reframe it as a situation where it was a challenge to work effectively with someone.
This question requires you to say something negative about...
Mistakes in the Executive Interview
In many ways, mistakes made in the executive interview continue the theme established by mistakes in the resume. The common denominator is the sense among many executives that, to put it bluntly, they’re above all this. Their accomplishments should speak for themselves. Given their successful careers, they shouldn’t have to prove themselves in the same way that junior appli...
Answering this question too specifically can lose you a lot of money, or an opportunity. Naming a figure that's too low can result in a lower offer, or even loss of the opportunity if your answer creates doubt about your value. A figure that's too high can immediately disqualify you.
This is one of the few questions where formulaic, memorized verbiage may be the best approach.
First, as soon as you apply for...
Proper preparation for a job interview can make a candidate stand out from the crowd. Recent college graduates don’t have a lot of experience interviewing, but that can be overcome! Join host Cady Chesney and guest Lynne Eisaguirre, President of Workplaces That Work, as they dive into how can successfully prepare by knowing how to answer some challenging questions.
There is much advice on how to deal with a lowball offer from a prospective employer. We talk about how to avoid being on the receiving end of a lowball offer, and how to negotiate your way out of one. But what we don’t talk about all that often is how candidates sometimes lowball themselves. This is a tactic often borne out of desperation, and one that should be avoided at all costs.
When unemployment protracts an...
How do you answer the interview question, 'What's a major mistake you've made on the job?' This post is the fourth in a series of excerpts from my upcoming eBook, Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Job Interview.
How to answer the interview question, 'Tell me about a major mistake you made.'
The intention here is to see whether you are open to admitting, taking responsibility for and lea...
I was asked the same interview prep question three times last week. They all more or less went like this:
“I have a simple question. I was let go from my job this week. The reason was because:
A) I had a conflict with my boss that came to a head.
B) I was a whistleblower on a wrong practice my department was doing and instead of fixing it they let me go.
C) My department was moved to Cincinnati...
How do you answer the interview question, 'Why did you leave that job?'
This post is the third in a series of excerpts from my upcoming eBook, Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview, to be published January 4, 2017. You can pre-order it as an eBook now or get the softcover in January.
Does your departure indicate a problem that could derail your interview?
If you left and immediately sta...
As a career coach I am often asked by clients if I think they should take a job offer. Just because you get a job offer doesn’t mean that you have to accept it.
To help you make your decision, create a list of important criteria for taking or turning down a job. Your list might include salary, benefits, commute time, do you like the people you will be working with, is the new job challenging, is the company stable,...
Every executive job search has much in common with every other job search. The rules of the game don’t fundamentally change according to industry, geography, or job status.
Despite the commonalities, however, executives in particular are on a slightly different road than other job seekers. The difference manifests itself in two ways.
First, executives face some special challenges of their own, challenges that do...