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Best Words to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

wordsThe words you use to describe yourself in the job interview should be as strategically chosen as any job interview answer you give. Every word you use in the job interview should work for you to sell you for the job.

What are great words to describe yourself in a job interview?

  • Dynamic – this says that you can change and adapt in order to succeed
  • Successful – if you are successful in some areas, chances are you’ll be successful in others
  • Strategic – you can make good decisions with the big picture in mind
  • Motivated – great for sales positions
  • Creative – this is a must for creative-type jobs, of course, but also good for companies that need problem-solvers
  • Focused – you don’t get distracted by unnecessary or unhelpful things
  • Organized – organized means you are in control and things happen the way they are supposed to
  • Enthusiastic -  this means you will also be motivated to work hard and well
  • Valuable – this is a great lead-in for some way you have made or saved money for your previous employers

Think about what qualities you possess that would be especially valuable for this job, and point those out in your interview.

For more words to describe yourself in a job interview, see these posts:

How to Answer Interview Questions Q69 – What makes you unique?

How to Answer Interview Questions Q41 – Tell me about yourself.

How to Answer Interview Questions Q7 - Describe yourself to me in one word.


Monday Motivator – Don’t Get Discouraged By Job Search Rejection


When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell


Job searching is filled with rejection (sometimes beginning with losing your job in the first place). Statistically, you will have to go through a certain number of contacts to get an interview and a certain number of interviews to get an offer.

I want to encourage you today to just expect some rejection and don’t take it personally, because that will only keep you focused on the door that closed, not the other door opening up in front of you.

In a job search, there’s always another door. You just have to keep looking until you find it.

Not that I expect you to plod through a long, slow job search…

If I were in a job search, I’d want to find all the open doors in front of me at once. That’s why I developed the Hidden Jobs Finder. It is the best tool for finding more jobs, contacting dozens or even hundreds of hiring managers, and getting multiple interviews.

Either way, I want to encourage you to stay positive! Your job is out there waiting for you.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. In many of my webinars, I teach about how to move toward that job you want faster.  See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.


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‘I Got 8 Interviews Over 2 Days’

32Another success story where they were able not only to find a position within a month but got a higher level position than what they interviewed for, by using 30/60/90 Day Plan.  Don't think that you don't need this...this is an experienced job seeker!

Hi Peggy,

I wanted to thank you for your passion and expertise in assisting individuals in navigating the stormy employment waters; especially for the experienced job seekers out there.  It did take longer then I expected but I stayed true to the process and received an outstanding offer yesterday that I accepted.

I had 8 interviews over 2 days; one of which was with the President of the division.  I prepared from the beginning with researching the company, up-grading my resume, cover letter, interviewing questions, "Brag-Book" and yes my 30/60/90 day plan for success.  The process took less then 1 month to offer.  They were in the process of making an offer to another individual until they received my resume and cover letter.  The President actually took me out for lunch and expressed his appreciation on how well I was prepared and actually told me they would be making me an offer!  They started discussing money immediately which was outstanding when the offer came through it was almost 10% higher.  I actually was offered a higher position then I interviewed for and will be a Director of Domestic and International Business Development.

Thank You for all you do.





90 Day Interview Plan

Businesswoman Interviewing Male Candidate For JobA 90 Day Interview Plan is also known as a 90-Day Plan, a Business Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan. Whatever you call it, the point is that it’s a plan—a plan for how you will attack your new job in the first 90 days of employment. Having a plan, or a strategy, in place helps you show your true value to a potential employer.

Why does a 90 Day Interview Plan give you a better interview?

Discussing your plan with the interviewer goes much deeper than standard interview questions and answers. It helps them “see” you in the job and shows them who you really are and what you can do to benefit their company. It’s one of the best interview tools to enhance your communication (which is what interviews are all about).

What’s in a 90 Day Interview Plan?

The easiest way to create a plan is to subdivide it into 3 sections:

  • First 30 Days – This usually consists of getting familiar with the company and all the details of your new job. You’ll meet your co-workers, counterparts, customers, and support departments. You’ll organize yourself and get situated before you can be effective in your job.
  • Second 30 Days (60 Days) – This is when you get more involved in the details…become more active, make evaluations of your actions so far, and get feedback.
  • Last 30 Days (90 Days) – By now, you should be on your own…implementing changes, beginning projects, generating ideas, going after new customers, etc.

How to Create a 90 Day Interview Plan

Every plan should be customized for the job you’re interviewing for, and each section should be at least a page long. If you can do this on your own, that’s great. If you know you need help creating a job-winning 90 Day Interview Plan, get my proven 30-60-90-Day Plan with template, samples, and coaching. It will be the best move you can make before your next interview.

Investing Time During Your Career Transition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing haphazard, random, inconsistent or un-focused with your time will not create success during your career transition. And we all know that you want to be successful while in career transition.

I get asked this question often, “Teddy, how much time should I spend searching for a job?” My answer is, “Don’t spend any time looking for a job. Spend 40+ hours a week doing the important stuff that will help you uncover your next great job.”

It’s important to know what you want to do first. Once you know this, break down your career transition work into five deliberate activities:


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search– Have the Courage to Continue



Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill


One of the hardest things to deal with in your job search is rejection. Statistically, it takes a certain number of contacts before you get an interview, and a certain number of interviews before you get an offer. The number isn't as important as the idea that you are going to have to go through some 'no's before you get to the 'yes'. I hope this quote encourages you to keep going, and keep trying.

I also want to encourage you to make those statistics work for you, and here's what I mean: Most job seekers follow a pattern. They apply for a job, get excited about it, and go after it. When that falls through, they go on to the next one. What that does is simply prolong the time you'll be in the job search. What I encourage you to do is get through those 'no's as fast as you can, so you can get to the 'yes' that much faster.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. In many of my webinars, I teach about how to move toward that job you want faster. Get through those 'no's, don't let them drag you down, and get to your 'yes.'See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.


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Did you know that employers are listening for certain words, phrases, and concepts in your interview answers? If you don’t say what they want to hear, you won’t get the job.

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These answers are the “magic words” that will unlock job offers for you. You will learn:

  • Perfect answers for the 4 most common interview questions
  • How to make them want to offer you the job
  • How to relieve the hiring manager’s 4 secret fears about you
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Crazy Interview Questions – If You Were a Car…

Job Interview Question:  If you were a car, which one would you be?

Yes, job interviewers have actually asked this question.  If they ask you, what will you say?

I recently posted this on Facebook and got some great answers that I wanted to share with you:

I was asked that as part of cheer tryouts in middle school. Of course I said a Shelby Mustang. No explanation needed! Lol

An SUV: one that could carry everyone, be very dependable, and be the one to have in event of a crash

Answer a question with a question - Where would I be used and what is my purpose? Clarify the purpose behind the question...
I would say a Toyota Sienna, reliable, and practicle. Ok, I wouldn't get the job either because I am too boring.


Check out my Facebook page to see more great answers....



Monday Motivator for Your Job Search–Make Opportunities for Yourself



Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
- Kyle Chandler


Often, we need an opportunity NOW--not sometime in the fuzzy future. So I want to encourage you not to wait for opportunity to knock, but go beat down that door and find the one you need.

If you are in a job search, the opportunity you need is finding the job that will be a good fit, and getting the interview for it.

Waiting for that opportunity to knock is waiting for the job listing to appear, so you can apply for it. Making that opportunity present itself by beating down the door is contacting hiring managers directly. Don't wait for the job to show up. Go find it. It's there. Over 70% of all jobs are unadvertised or unlisted at any given time. I encourage you to go beat down those doors to find them. Contact hiring managers (this would be your boss, or your boss's boss) and say, "Here I am, here's what I can do, can you use someone like me?"

If this feels difficult to do, get my Hidden Jobs Finder and use it. It will beat down those doors for you and find the opportunities you want and deserve.


‘The Hidden Jobs Finder Got Me The Interview I Couldn’t Get On My Own’

2 Years of Trying On My Own Got Me Zip—
But One Shot With the Hidden Jobs Finder Got The Interview (And the Job)

Businessman celebrating

I wanted you to see this story…Mr. Allen had 98% of all the qualifications but could not get the interview. Using the techniques and proven messages in my Hidden Jobs Finder, he contacted a hiring manager and got a phone interview within a week. A couple of weeks after that, he got a very nice job offer.

Hello Peggy,

A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about a company that I had applied to twice in the last 2 years since they kept posting their ad and I had 98% of all the qualifications for the Technical Trainer position, yet still was not getting a call or an interview.

My wife said I should try your system [Hidden Jobs Finder] with this company and see if that would make a difference. I went on LinkedIn, looked up the company and could not find a recruiter or manager, but I did find a VP of Delivery & Solutions, so I figured: what have I got to lose? I sent her a message and the intro letter.  About a week later, I received an email from the Training Manager who was given my resume by the VP and she was contacting HR to set up a phone interview. Today I was called by the new VP who formally offered me the position!!!!

Soooooo, [the Hidden Jobs Finder] worked!  It got me to whom I needed to get to, in order to get my resume noticed and access through the back door. I got the salary I requested instead of having to take a 30-40K pay cut from the jobs I've interviewed for [for the last year]…[plus, I] will get a 5% bonus within 6 months of being hired which puts me over my previous salary within the first year; medical, dental, vision, life insurance benefits; 401K with 100% vesting [on] day one; 18 Paid Time Off days 1st year; 8 paid holidays and the opportunity to move up!  …Plus, I get to travel for the company nationally and internationally with all expenses covered.

I could not be happier!!

Thank you so very much for coming up with the concept! I am a believer!

E. Allen


Is there a company that you haven’t been able to get your foot in the door with?

Get the Hidden Jobs Finder so you can get the interview you deserve.

Best of luck.

Crazy Interview Questions – If You Were a Box of Cereal…

Peggy McKee's photo.

If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be?

I've been posting some crazy interview questions on Facebook just to see what kind of reactions I would get, and how others would answer some truly weird interview questions.

I posted one that I found on Glassdoor's list of oddball interview questions of 2014:

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

I love these answers, so I wanted to share a few with you...

Uncle Sam. Full of powerful protein to get the job done; is not all sugary fluff that will crash and burn. Lasting, nutritious, long term satisfaction. I am the real deal!

Wheaties, the breakfast of champions!

Kashi Fiber cereal because just like it's results I am firm and strong and definitely get your attention as I pass through.

Fruit loops. Self explanatory. Lol

I would be the awesome toy that used to come in cereal boxes

Check out more answers on my Facebook page, and tell me what your answer would be!

Maybe I should include this question in my next 101 Job Interview Questions and Answers ebook?

Is the Job a Good Fit For You? Interview Your Interviewer

Interviewing the InterviewerWhat's just as important as performing well in the interview so you get the job offer?  Evaluating the company and your interviewer to determine if you should accept said offer.

If you're not sure how to tell if the job is a good fit, U.S. News and World Report has a great article you should see:  How to Interview Your Interviewer It has 5 good tips on how to go beyond the job description to find out the truth about the job, get a feel for company culture, what questions to ask in the interview, and more.

Then come back here for more help on how to research the company, and more questions to ask in the interview for a great conversation.

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search– Choose a Job You Love



Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius


One of the best things you get out of gaining job search and interview skills is the ability to utilize them not just now, but any time you need them in the future.

Life is too short to stay in a job that's a bad fit, that you don't enjoy going to every day.

If you are relishing this Labor Day holiday a little too much because you hate your job, then it's time to get the tools and the skills to move on to something better.

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