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Staffing Advisors Blog

How to Answer Interview Questions (Believably)

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 19, 2013

One of the least understood aspects of interviewing is this; most interviewers will not trust your opinion of yourself, they will only trust the conclusions they form about you on their own. So your job is to help them form the right conclusions by how you answer their questions.

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Do you speak the language of the CEO? 

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 4, 2013

My client called me right after he interviewed two people. "I just don’t see Mike being very effective with our CEO. He just doesn't have the chops for it." Then his tone brightened, "But Susan would be perfect. She’d fit right in with our executive team. They’d hit it off right away." So Susan was scheduled to meet the CEO, and Mike’s interview process was over.

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How to Speak for your Work

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on November 6, 2012

Lot of us grew up believing that if you just do good work, the work will speak for itself. That’s one of those beliefs that is true only if your supervisors are paying attention. When there is a lot going on, management probably won’t notice good work unless you speak for it. The further up you go in any organization, the work stops speaking for itself. You have to speak for the work.  So, what’s an effective approach to speaking for the work?, asks executive coach and author Scott Eblin.  He offers five road-tested steps that most senior execs appreciate:

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Smart Questions to Ask in an Interview

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 16, 2012

I dread the part of the interview when I ask candidates, “Do you have any questions for me?” I am often disappointed by their questions. It often feels like a waste of time. (Whatever happened to curiosity anyway?)

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I Am Perfect for this Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 15, 2012

You saw the job advertisement and thought to yourself, "I am perfect for this job. This is tailor-made for me."  Excitedly, you dashed off your cover letter and applied right away. Your resume is ideal for this job. You know you have a mortal lock on it.

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Should You Go on Practice Interviews?

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 18, 2012

I recently got an email comment on my post about "How Great Candidates Blow it in an Interview." (In my post I was talking about the need to intensively prepare for interviews.) An astute reader said "In some cases, especially when the person has cast a wide net (not preferred of course), the position is not exactly right for that person.  As a result, the candidate might not present him/herself in a confident manner or the vibe is just not there."

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Little Things Matter Just as Much as Big Things in an Interview

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 26, 2012


The hiring manager was emphatic, "If they don't send a Thank You note after the interview, they're not going to be invited back for a second interview." My conversation that day with another hiring manager in the same organization went quite differently. He didn't give a fig about Thank You notes. His hot button was intensive research, "If they haven't prepared for the interview by looking beyond our website, they are not who I am looking for." The second manager expected each candidate to have spent about three hours on research, and he expected that they would walk in with at least 15 thought provoking questions that demonstrated an understanding of both the industry and the organization.

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How Great Candidates Blow it in the Interview

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 25, 2012

Great candidates often choke under the pressure of interviews. Among well-qualified candidates, at least a third (and maybe half) of all interviews are ruined by self-inflicted wounds--preventable mistakes that a job seeker could have avoided with better preparation. An interview is a "make or break" moment in your career, and far too many people handle it badly.

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How was your interview?

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 4, 2012

After you go on a job interview, all your friends ask you the same question: “How was your interview?” And you’ll tell them. But in reality, you have no idea how you did.

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How are you perceived when you interview?

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 16, 2012

Interviews place far too much emphasis on first impressions. And the deck is stacked against you. Hiring managers really are looking for ways to rule you out. That’s not right, and it’s not smart, but it’s reality. So if you are the one being interviewed, you need to manage perceptions carefully, and look “on the ball” at a few critical times.

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