3 Interview Preparation Activities to Implement Before Your Next Interview

Landing your next job interview can be daunting, but with a plan in place, you can increase your chances of acing it. Here are four tips to help you prepare. Firstly, do your research and find out as much as you can about the company. Secondly, find the location of the interview, if it in person. If the interview is over the phone or through video, double check your equipment to assure that it is working before the interview actually takes place. Thirdly, create interview questions for the interview beforehand. Finally, arrive on time and be prepared for anything that comes your way! Being on time or early for an interview is a given folks. I’m sure you don’t want anyone wasting your time, you should not waste anyone else’s time either. BE ON TIME…PERIOD!

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you make a good impression and land the job. First, it’s important to do your research. Learn as much as you can about the company, their values, and the role you’re interviewing for. This will help you to ask questions that demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the organization. Second, prepare your equipment or find the location of your interview (if it is in person) beforehand. This will help you to stay calm and not get so stressed out before the interview. Third, practice your responses to common interview questions and create your own questions for the interviewers. Finally, be sure to arrive early and bring copies of your resume and any other relevant materials with you to the interview. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of impressing the interviewer and landing the job.

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4 Illegal Interview Questions & How to Handle Them…Professionally

You’re all dressed up, you’ve made it to the interview round and now there’s just one more hurdle: the questions. While some are perfectly legit, others could get you into trouble. Here are four illegal interview questions and how to respond if they come up. (Hint: It’s all about staying professional.)

Looking for a job is hard enough as it is, without running into potential roadblocks along the way – which is why knowing what illegal interview questions to watch out for is key. With that in mind, here are four of the most common ones to watch out for – along with tips on how to handle them like a pro.

So, what exactly are illegal interview questions? They are any questions that related to protected characteristics, such as race, religion, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Asking these types of questions is not only unethical – it’s also against the law.

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #1 – HOW OLD ARE YOU?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #2 – WHAT IS YOUR SALARY HISTORY?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #3 – DO YOU OWN A CAR?

ILLEGAL INTERVIEW QUESTION #4 – HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE?

Illegal interview questions are, unfortunately, more common than you might think. In fact, a study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that nearly 60% of employers have asked at least one illegal question during a job interview. The Fair Labor Standards Act Laws (FLSA) prohibit all types of discrimination based on gender, race and other specified protected classes. To obtain more details, click here.

Fortunately, there are ways to handle illegal interview questions professionally. If you’re ever put in this situation, here’s what you should do:

1. Thank the interviewer for their time and say that you’re not comfortable answering the question because they may be illegal based on FLSA practices.
2. Always start of with the question, “how is this question relevant to the job?“.
3. Respond with a general answer that doesn’t provide any specific information about your protected characteristic. For example, if you’re asked about your religion, you could say that you respect all religions and believe that everyone has the right to practice their own faith.
4. Redirect the conversation back to your qualifications for the job.
5. If the interviewer persists, politely end the interview and contact an attorney or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for consultation.

Although you can never be too prepared for an interview, having a general understanding of what is and isn’t appropriate to ask will help ease your mind. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being asked an illegal questions, don’t panic. Stay calm and collected and remember that it is more important to maintain professionalism than to jeopardize your career. Finally, if you need additional help or have any questions about how to handle a difficult interview situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here. I would be happy to offer my assistance!

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How to Get a Job While You Still Have One – 3 Strategies To Use Discreetly

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re unhappy with your current job and you’re ready to move on. But finding a new job can be a full-time job in itself, and you can’t exactly quit your old job before you have a new one lined up. So how can you find the time to job hunt while still holding down your current gig?

Here are a few tips:

1. Set aside some time each day to job hunt. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, this will help you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t let your boss catch you slacking off. If you’re spending too much time on your personal laptop during work hours, your boss is bound to notice. So try to do most of your job hunting during your lunch break or after work.

2. Save 1-3 Paid Time Off (PTO) or Vacation days to use for interviews. You never know how long an interview will last and it may impede on your work day significantly, so it is always best to be prepared with using your requested paid days off for interviews.

3. Keep your job search confidential and private. There’s no need to tell your manager(s), supervisor(s) co-workers that you’re looking for a new job. It could backfire quickly! Only notify your direct leader AFTER YOU HAVE SECURED A VIABLE OFFER THAT PAYS YOU MORE MONEY! Not only is it none of their business until the appropriate time. You must be strategic with how you maneuver this process. Unfortunately, you have some petty leaders (managers, supervisors or directors) who will terminate you just because they find out you are looking for other opportunities before you are ready to let the job go.

The job search process can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that you have options. While it may seem like your only choice is to quit your current job and start fresh, there are other ways to go about things. If you need additional help navigating the job search process or want someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through, connect with me here. I would be happy to offer my support and advice. Good luck in your job search!

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3 Job Interview Follow-up Tips that Work

You rocked your interview. Now what? Keep the momentum going with these follow-up tips. From sending a ‘thank you’ note to following up on next steps, we’ll show you how to stay top of mind and seal the deal.

The bottom line is that following up after an interview can make or break your chances of getting the job. By sending a thank you email within 24 hours, you show that you’re interested and motivated. And by sending a handwritten note within a week, you seal the deal. If you want to take your follow-up game to the next level, check out my interview coaching session. These tips will help you sound confident and prepared in any post-interview conversation. Thanks for sticking with me until the end – I hope this was helpful!

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Best Career Change Action Steps #3

Making a career change can be daunting. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Follow these simple action steps and you’ll be on your way to the career of your dreams in no time! We’re on Step #3.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step #5

That’s all for this week! Be sure to check out the other action steps in the Career Change Action Steps Series. And, as always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need help getting started on your career change journey.

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Interview Tips for High School & College Grads

Listen high school and college students, graduation is around the corner. Before you know it will be June and you will be walking on that stage to get your diploma or college degree. Phew…you’re almost there…just stay focused. After that faithful graduation day in June 2022, is when the real work begins as you start your job search and job interviews. Preparation is key in any situation, and job interviews are no exception. By knowing what to expect and practicing some interview techniques, you can feel confident and ready for your interview. Keep reading for some tips on how to make a great first impression!

1. Do your research on the company and the position for which you’re interviewing.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this tip is. It can make or break your chances of making a good impression on the interviewer and exhibit your interest in the company overall. You have the internet at your fingertips with your phone or your computer, use it to get your research done to prepare for your interviews. Please take notes of your research to help you with talking points for the actual interview.

2. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the company and the role.
It is extremely important for you to understand, you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. Ask questions about their company morale, overall working conditions and environment and overall what some of the current employees have to say about the company. You want to make sure that this company’s environment is for you. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about adaptable is the company to change in their marketplace. Those are just a few things you should ask them.

3. Practice answering common interview questions ahead of time.
Since you may be fairly new to this process, please practice responding to common interview questions, like you would rehearse for your lines in the school play or practicing a speech for your next presentation. You should practice with someone that will be able to ask the common interview questions and will provide honest feedback after the practice interview is completed.

4. Dress professionally and make sure your hair and makeup are done nicely.
This next tip should be common sense but based on my professional experience, adults will surprise you…and not in a good way. I have unfortunately seen and heard people showing up for a job interview with jeans and wrinkled t-shirt with sneakers but expect to be taken seriously in the interview. If you are going to take the time to attend any job interview, even if it is for a fast food restaurant, please dress professionally. No matter how the staff is dressed, please present yourself as a professional.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to your job interview is prepare. Be sure that you know the company and position well, research what they’re looking for in a candidate, and practice answering any questions they may ask. A lot of people think they don’t need to study anymore once their application has been submitted – but this couldn’t be more wrong! Remember, an interview isn’t just about how good you are at answering questions; it also shows them how much preparation went into getting there. If you want some help preparing or if you’re interested in learning more about our Interview Consultation Service, connect with me by click here.

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The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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Career ReVamp – 3.2 The Career Track

In a series we’ve explored what you want to do with your career and if you’re willing to change then ways you can start going about changing of the a career of your choice. In part 1 & 2, I talked about how to figure out your next career if you’re looking for a change. Part 3.1 talks about going the entrepreneurial route. Now, I’m talking about your possible career track in part 3.2.

The series talks about how you will use all of the information that you’ve written down in part 1 and 2 took yet your career tools such as your resume, cover letters, letter of recommendation and other pieces in your professional portfolio. If you are not sure what I’m talking about, then you can check out the resource for getting a portfolio completed by going here.

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2 Things to do…Before, During and After the Job Interviews

If you are applying for new jobs and getting interviews, then know you are doing something right. Your career tools are working for you. Your resumes and cover letters are getting past the applicant tracking system, also known as ATS into human hands. If your #resumes or #coverletters are not getting you interviews, I have a resources to review them to make sure they are doing their job to market you well and land you interviews. Go check out my resource here.

Ok, so your landing job interviews and the whole process makes you nervous right? I totally understand. I still get nervous when I have business meetings and do interviews, but I also have preparation, strategy and specific goals already established before attending any of those interviews. I want you to be armed and ready to handle those job interviews, like the professional that you are.

In this video, I go over two things you need to do BEFORE THE INTERVIEW…DURING THE INTERVIEW & AFTER THE INTERVIEW to increase your chances of getting the career opportunity/job you want.

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW (Do these two (2) things)
1. Ask for all the interviewers full name and titles. You want to be prepared for a panel interview or one-person interview. Bring the appropriate amount of resumes based on the number of interviewers. Thinking about it more, bring some extra copies of your resumes, just in case.

2. Ask about the appropriate the dress code for the interview, if it is in-person. You want to be prepared for what the interviewer may be expect from you.

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DURING THE INTERVIEW (Do these two (2) things)
1. Ask the interviewer this question: What personality type are you looking for to fill this position?
It allows you to obtain information about what type of environment they are looking to create with the person in this position. Please take notes, so you can be prepared to respond positively. This question will also reveal the overall company culture and the mindset of the interviewer responding to it.

2. Ask this other multilayered questions: Did you recently create this position? If not, did you recently loose the employee filling this position due to retirement or termination? If so, what were some of the positive things the last person in the position did right? What were some of the areas that need development that you are hoping to correct with the next candidate?

AFTER THE INTERVIEW (Do these two (2) things)
1. Follow up with the interviewer/employer by writing them a thank you letter sent via email or snail mail. You may also want to send them a handwritten thank you card.

2. Ask about the timelines in them making their decision on the candidate choice. Follow-up with them again via email, if you do not receive a response from them within the timeline they specifically told you.

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Interview Question: What are your weaknesses?

Sometimes, interviewers literally pull questions off the internet to ask right before your interview begins, but do not make the mistake of not answering their questions strategically…it can cost you the job or career opportunity.

Some interviewers like to ask this question “What are your weaknesses?” to see how you respond non-verbally and along with what you have to say. This question can throw you for a loop if you are not aware of the objective. The objective of this question is for you, as the interviewee to communicate how you overcome weakness or challenges in your professional career by telling a story about yourself. In the video, I provide a couple of examples of how you would respond positively and professionally to this question.

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