Job Interview: 9 Etiquette Tips For A Great 1st Impression Handshake

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This is basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the basic things that will make or break you. So, if you already know these things, great! Consider this a review! 1. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well-clipped and manicured. 2. You don’t want to offer a cold hand, so be sure…

Hacking The Technical Interview

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Are you technical? Many technical candidates participate in a technical interview. VJ Vijai claims he has been on 20 or so technical interviews, and has gotten a job from each one. He uses “Jedi mind tricks” and Nuero-Linguistic Programming (NLP). In this short video of a 2008 presentation in Seattle, VJ explains his techniques of Syncing, Anchoring and Footprinting:

VP of Monster Talks About Best Strategies for Job Hunting

The video below (click here if you’re not reading this at the site) features Gabriel Bouchard, VP of, who talks about the “hidden job market” and says that in addition to looking for a job online, you need to leverage relationships in your network. In 2:38 minutes, Bouchard summarizes very well the most critical things you need to know about effective job hunting. In addition to networking to find jobs that aren’t posted, he suggests you…

Job Search: Tips & Templates for Thank You Notes

I remember a story that Richard Bolles tells in his classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, about a baseball team hiring someone for their public relations position. The woman who was hired later asked why they picked her out of the 35 or so applicants. They told her that she was the only one who had written a thank you note after the interview. Sometimes I’m still taken aback when a client asks me if he or she should write a thank you note. Yes, always, always write a thank you note. Since it’s such an overlooked step…

Part 2: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive

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Yesterday, in “Part 1: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive,” we discussed the general mindset of executives and the perspective they’ll have when they’re interviewing you for a postion with their organization. Sometimes this level of interview is called a “stamp of approval” interview, which means that the executive is meeting with you to either approve of the candidate chose or exercise veto power. And that means that you still need to impress this person. Below are some of the typical questions you might get from an executive during your interview…

Part 1: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive

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A client has been interviewing for a fantastic opportunity that seems to match up well with the definition of her ideal job. She’s made it through the phone screening with the recruiter. She aced the interview with the hiring manager. Next up is round 3 with the VP of the division, a gentleman who came up through the ranks and has been with the company for a long time. She asked me: “What questions can I expect to be asked; what is the rationale behind each question asked; and can you give me hypothetical answers or best approaches to each?” Good question!…

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