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Job-Winning Interview Answers About Your Greatest Accomplishments

The toughest job interview questions are often those that require us to tell about our greatest accomplishments. First, you have to know what those are--which ones will be impressive to the hiring manager? Next, you need to be prepared to explain those achievements. They want to know details.

In the video below, I will give you a very easy way to prepare interview answers that will get you the offer.

If you want more help, see my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions. You'll see detailed examples for 101 tough job interview questions.

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

Crazy smiling woman in the eyeglassesThink you've been asked some strange job interview questions?

See if you can find them on Glassdoor's great list of oddball interview questions and answers. These are questions that have actually been asked in job interviews.

My possible favorite:  "Do you believe in Bigfoot?"

Close runner up:  "If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be and why?"

Then come back and get some great answers to more common (but tough) interview questions in my blog series:

How to Answer Interview Questions

Enjoy!

 

How to Get Your Foot in the Door in a Creative Industry

CreativeIndustryAre you interested in a career as an illustrator, artist, or journalist? If you've ever interned at a creative company or agency, you already know how stiff the competition can be for entry-level jobs. Internships are a good start to pad your CV and start making industry connections, but you'll also want to keep the following tips in mind to boost your chances of signing a creative contract.

Can you sum up what you have to offer in one or two sentences? If not, start writing a draft. You should be able to spin your talent and show recruiters what makes you unique from other candidates in a limited amount of time. Think carefully about what makes you stand out, and what you have to offer the industry.

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What Happens if You Take the Summer Off After Graduating?

If you graduated May this year, is it possible that you missed the boat by taking the summer off from interviewing?

loungingI know you're worn out, what with all the exams, internships and the thesis you had to complete. But it's so tempting to take a few months or a year off to unwind after graduating from college.

You can't just up and go, right? What would happen to your career prospects if you take a vacation?

There's been a lot of debate about this subject, so let me set the record straight.

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Monday Motivator for your Job Search and Interviews- Visualize Your Success

 

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Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.
- Eileen Caddy

 

Get motivated for your job search and interviews this week!

Visualize your success!

When you expect a good outcome from whatever it is--a conversation, a meeting, or your job search--you are more likely to experience it.

Why is that? Maybe it's just because when you expect a good thing to happen, you approach it with a different attitude--you seem friendlier, you are more confident, and you do things that push you further toward that success. Whatever the reason, it does happen--I have experienced it myself.

So, set your sights high in your job search!

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. You will be encouraged and discover something new that will move you toward job search success. See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.

 

‘I Boosted My Compensation by 76% in My New Job’

Boost SalesI received this amazing letter from Russ...with Career Confidential's help, he landed his dream job and boosted his salary and benefits by a total of 76%...plus bonuses!

Hi Peggy,

Just a very satisfied customer here to thank you (and Carl) very much for your great help and advice at Career Confidential that has helped me land a dream regional sales job in the food industry. My new base salary is 48% higher than my current position's base, and if you count all the perks and benefits that my new job has that the old one doesn't, that's a 76% increase over my old baseline, and that's not including any of the performance based compensation (bonus, sales override, and profit sharing). The reasonable first year potential for this role is nearly three times my current compensation!

I could not have landed this job nor negotiated this compensation package without the great information and advice that I have received from Career Confidential. The 30-60-90 Day Plan, "closing for the job," and other tips that I learned from your bi-weekly calls and other materials, as well as the confidence I gained are directly responsible for this great outcome.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

- Russ Tolman

Congratulations, Russ!

Russ used a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST-DO if you are interviewing for a sales job) and my tips on closing for the job (boosts your chances of getting the offer by 30%-40%).

The bi-weekly calls he refers to are in my Total Access Club (total coaching for your job search).

‘Damage Control’ Interview Thank You Note Can Save Your Job Offer

Life PreserverOn a good day, thank you notes are very important to your job interview process. On a bad day, they may be your only hope.

If you flubbed an important job interview question, forgot some critical piece of information, or just made a mistake, the job interview thank you note (see a sample of a good interview thank you note) provide critical damage control and maybe even save your job offer. All you have to do is address whatever the problem was in your note, and email it to the interviewer as soon as possible.

Thank you letters show your great attitude, highlight your communication skills, and give you a chance to provide more information about why you're a perfect fit for this job. In this case, a thank you note also highlights your ability to take in information (the interview) and provide corrective feedback. It shows that you can respond to issues in a positive way (a great quality in any employee) and turn a negative situation into a positive one.

** Get my free report on Job Interview Follow Up--it covers writing the thank you note as well as when you should call the company and what to say.

Stop Applying for Jobs–and Get Hired Instantly Free Training Webinar

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Come to my free webinar, Stop Applying for Jobs and Get Hired Instantly. I'll show you how job seekers are going from no interviews to LOTS of interviews--fast.

STOP Filling Out Job Applications
--Discover This Easy, PROVEN Method That Makes You
Stand Out, Get Interviews, and Get the Job

What You Will Discover In This Free Job Search Training:

  • Why You Must STOP Applying for Jobs NOW
  • How to Get Interviews Faster Than Ever
  • 3 Deadly Resume Mistakes You’re Probably Making
  • How to Make Your Resume Stand Out and Get Interviews
  • How to Find the Right Person to Contact at Any Company
  • How to Get Anywhere from 2 to 20 Interviews in Days
  • The 4 Questions You Must Answer to Get Hired
  • How to ‘Crush’ Every Interview and Get the Offer

 

This Need-To-Know Information is Absolutely Free…

AND you get 3 Bonus Gifts, too!

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How to Hunt for an Executive Job

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

 

To land an executive job, you have to find the job and then get an interview.

THE most effective way to get interviews is to go directly to the person with the power to hire you—and that person is always the hiring manager (this is the person who would be your boss, or your boss’s boss). This person never works in Human Resources, so do not waste one second applying for jobs online.

At a management level, depending on exactly where you are, your hiring manager is going to be someone at the C-Level, or with the title of Director, Vice-President, President, or something similar.  It could also be a Board of Directors or an investment group.

The hiring manager is the one who can say “yes, you’re hired.” HR can’t say “yes,” they can only say “no.” All they do is either stop you (which they often do, even if you don’t deserve it) or pass you along to the hiring manager. So, skip them. You don’t need HR to be your gatekeeper. Go directly to the hiring manager. How do you find this person?

 

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Monday Motivator for your Job Search and Interviews- Find Solutions

 

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Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
- Robert H. Schuller

 

What problems are you facing in your job search? Whatever it is, I want you to realize today that this problem shouldn't hold you back--it should teach you something that helps you be more and better than you are now.

If you can't find the right jobs, it doesn't mean they aren't there. It means you need to find them in the hidden job market, which accounts for at least 70% of all available jobs).

If you have submitted your resume 437 times and can't get an interview, it doesn't mean you don't deserve an interview. It probably means that you haven't presented yourself properly with your resume. I've seen it over and over again...job seekers who redo their resumes in the right way (adding numbers often does the trick) start getting interviews immediately. Or, not getting interviews may mean that your resume isn't getting delivered to the right person. To get an interview, your future boss (the hiring manager) needs to see your resume. Submitting your resume online sends it to HR, and they may not send it to the hiring manager for you. To make sure it gets to the hiring manager, you need to contact them yourself. (Learn how to contact hiring managers.)

If you get interviews but not offers, it doesn't mean you're not qualified. It means that you aren't interviewing well--and that's a skill you can easily learn. Check out my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions. Learn to create a 30-60-90-day plan. Both of these will guarantee you a better interview than what you are experiencing now.

If you let a problem be a stop sign, it will keep you in your job search for months, or even years. If you use it as a guideline to adjust your actions, you will find the path to success. Best of luck!

 

‘I Got The Interview Because I Contacted the Hiring Manager’

business peopleEd applied TWICE for the same position and didn't get any response--then he contacted the hiring manager directly, and got the interview!

...I have an interview on Tuesday that I'm hoping leads to an offer! I used Peggy's system to contact the VP of Technology Delivery in the company who did not know about the 2 previous times I've applied to this company for the same position.  But this time, it worked! She forwarded my resume to the Training Manager who referred my info to the HR Manager who called last Friday.

After that conversation, she told me that she was going to have the Training Manager contact me--she called yesterday...my [face-to-face] interview is with the TM first, followed by the VP I originally sent my resume to, then someone in the Services department and finally the HR Manager! So I'm thinking, why would they have me meet with the VP and this other person unless maybe I was their choice and then HR at the end for the offer?  Sounds good and interesting and so I have Peggy to thank if this works out...

Ed

Congratulations, Ed!  Your story demonstrates the power of going around HR and contacting the hiring manager (or higher) directly.

The system Ed used to contact the hiring manager and get the interview:  The Hidden Jobs Finder

Job Search Time-Waster: Applying Online [Video]

If you spend most of your job search time looking for jobs online and submitting your resume or application for them there, you are wasting your time and you can do better. Watch the video to see why (and how).

The majority of actual job openings are not advertised at any given moment (for a variety of reasons). Find those 'hidden' jobs with Hidden Job Market Strategy Tips.

See an additional video for how to contact hiring managers directly to get interviews.

Get a proven system to find jobs and get interviews: Hidden Jobs Finder.

How to Find Executive Jobs

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Executive jobs are a lot harder to find than others, partly because there are simply fewer of them (there are many more soldiers than generals, right?) and partly because at this level, most companies aren't posting job openings on Monster.

So if you're looking for a position as an executive (VP, President, Director, CEO, CTO, CFO, or any other C-level job), what do you do?  How do you find your next executive job?

 

1 - Network

If you are job searching at an executive level, you must have been in your career long enough by now that your network is extensive.  Let everyone know you're looking.  A lot of people are uncomfortable with letting everyone know that they’re unemployed. But as an executive, you will do yourself a huge disservice if you do not let your entire network know you’re looking—all the people you’ve worked with in the past (co-workers, bosses, clients or customers) and even your social connections (friends, family, church or civic groups). By now, you should have a large pool of contacts to work with, and you must take advantage of it.

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Monday Motivator for your Job Search and Interviews- Be Lucky

 

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The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.
- Anthony Robbins

 

Get motivated for your job search and interviews this week!

Have you ever felt lucky in your job search? Have you felt unlucky?

I believe we make our own luck.

When you hear about a great job, it's because you maintained your network so that someone let you know about it.

When you get the interview, it's because you did a great job with your resume or you contacted the hiring manager.

When you have a killer interview, it's because you took the time to prepare for that interview (30-60-90-day plans are the best interview prep).

So this week, prepare yourself with an amazing job search foundation (improve your resume, start contacting hiring managers, learn how to strategically prepare for an interview and create a 30-60-90-Day Plan) so that when opportunity knocks, you get lucky.

 

Stay-at-Home-Mom (18 Years) Gets Sales Job!

portrait of a strong business womanHave you been out of the work force for a while? This mom was home for 18 years, but she landed the job by "over-preparing" for her interviews and bringing a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

Peggy and Career Confidential,

Thank you for contributing to my success in closing the sale. In my first phone interview, I used many of your suggestions outlined in your "Interview Preparation Guide" and was OVER PREPARED for the call! Next, I used your template for a 30/60/90 Day Sales Plan and customized it in the in-person interview with the hiring manager.. she was so impressed that she told me that she was going to present it in her team sales meeting the next day!!!

For the third interview, I customized a PowerPoint presentation for the panel Mock CIO Sales call that I put together from the "Interview Preparation Guide" again. And finally, on the fourth interview over the phone with the Regional VP of Sales, he was so excited, he welcomed me to the team! Later that afternoon, the hiring manager sent me an email saying, "She just had to laugh, she didn't expect him to 'make the offer', but figured that she nailed it again!"

Peggy, I have been a stay at home Mom for 18 years after a successful 7 year sales career with IBM and have been searching for a job for 8 months!!

I am excited to begin my new career in sales next Monday! Thank you for your expertise and materials to provide the resources I needed to close the sale and get the job!

Regards,

DeAnne J.

DeAnne was able to go back to the same career she left 18 years before simply by learning how to interview very well (she used the Job Interview Prep Kit and the 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan).  Someone else might have given up after being out so long and coming back to the job market at her age (well over 40), but DeAnne brought her A game and got the job!  Way to go, DeAnne!

If DeAnne can do it, you can do it, too.  Get my free Job Interview Prep Kit and your own 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan today.