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Amazon Interview Tips

You can find a ton of tips and information for how to interview well on Amazon (without a big cash outlay).

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Check out this bundled set of ebooks from Career Confidential that includes a ton of powerful, proven tips for interview success:

If my nephew or aunt or sister or father were looking for a job and preparing to interview, this is the bundle I would insist they read.  It will do great things for you in your next interview.

Get the Amazon Interview Tips bundle today.

Also check out my other ebooks for your resume, LinkedIn profile, interview follow up, salary negotiations and more on my  page here:  Peggy McKee Amazon ebooks.

 

One Simple Way To Improve Your Language

Grammar - Erin KennedyDid you know you can set up your day to have a quick opportunity to improve yourself? One of the nicest things about the internet is the opportunity to learn, and improving your language is going to make a difference in your career.

Here’s why language is important: the things you write online stay there. The impression you make with your speech and writing doesn’t fade too fast, either. If you are consistently using language the way that “everybody” uses language online, then you are automatically closing the street to opportunity.

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90 Day Plan Makes You Stand Out and Get the Offer

Win the JobA 30 60 90 Day Plan is a key interview tool that will make you stand out and get the job offer.  A 90 Day Plan shows the employer your drive, knowledge, and fit for the job.  It even helps you answer interview questions better than ever before.

To create a 90-Day Plan for your next interview, take a look at these articles:

 

Does Your Ego Show During The Interview?

EgoThere was a very interesting study done at the University of British Columbia where narcissistic behavior was studied in context of job interviews. According to UBC Psychology Prof. Del Paulhus,

“A job interview is one of the few social situations where narcissistic behaviours such as boasting actually create a positive impression. Normally, people are put off by such behaviour, especially over repeated exposure.”

The study was conducted by having participants answer questions to rate their narcissism, then be observed in a job interview scenario. Those who fell higher on the narcissism scale made more eye contact, asked questions, talked about themselves, and joked around a bit. This made them more attractive as candidates despite the reality of what they’d be like as coworkers.

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Perfect Interview Answers Free Training Webinar

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.

In this webinar, you will learn perfect interview answers you can adapt for any job in any field.

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
  • An interview technique that will make them beg to hire you

Don’t go to another interview without this information!

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30 60 90 Day Action Plan Got Me the Job Offer in 45 Minutes!

Job OfferA 30 60 90 Day Action Plan is an interview tool that allows you to interview more effectively, communicate better, and help them 'see' you in the job.

30 60 90 Day Plans get job offers.  Look at what happened with Sidney:

Peggy,

I had to write this email to say THANK YOU. I interviewed yesterday for a job I really wanted.  When it came time for me to ask questions I pulled out my 30, 60, 90 day plan and presented it to them. WOW WOW WOW they were won over!!! One of the individuals (the final say-so guy) replied "I have been interviewing candidates for hourly jobs all the way up to Managers for over 20 years and never has anyone ever presented a plan like this. This is impressive. My mind is made up I have no further questions."

The recruiter I was working with received a call (before I could drive home, a 45 min. drive) with a job offer. IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Sincerely,

Sidney S.

Find out more about the plan that Sidney used here:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan  (also see 30 60 90 Day Action Plan Customer Reviews)

Get your own plan and get the job offer in your next interview!

 

Sales Job Interview Answers That Make You Stand Out

Stand-OutA common flaw that I see with candidates is that they speak in generalities when they interview for sales jobs:

  • "I'm a great people person."
  • "I'm very persuasive."
  • "I've got a strong work ethic."

Those qualities are all great, but the problem is that even the candidates who aren't really telling the truth say those things.

The way to really separate yourself from the pack is to provide specific examples that back up what you say you can do:

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What does a 30 60 90 day plan look like?

30-60-90-Day-Plan-Look-LikeJob seekers in medical, finance, accounting, sales, and more are using 30-60-90-day plans in the interview to get job offers--sometimes they get offers on the spot, and sometimes they get job offers for jobs that are actually at higher levels and higher salaries than what they interviewed for.

So what does a job-winning 30 60 90 day plan look like?

A great plan is going to be at least 3 pages, with at least one page each devoted to each of the 30-day sections of the 90-day total.

The first 30 days should focus on learning your way around:

  • meeting co-workers, support teams, customers, clients
  • learning software and systems
  • getting settled into the job

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Sales Job Interviews – How To Set Yourself Apart From Your Competition and Get the Job

Stand-OutWhat does it take to set yourself apart and get the sales job? Is it a killer resume, a brag book, a 30/60/90-day sales plan, and how well you prepare for the interview?

Yes, it's all those things, and one more:  It's how you position yourself in relation to your competition.

In this video, I'll tell you how to differentiate yourself in the interview and find out exactly what the hiring manager (interviewer) wants to hear in order to hire you.

Click the video to watch.

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How a 306090 Interview Plan Got Me the Sales Job!

Sales-Job-Interview (2)I wanted to share this with you--this job seeker used a 306090 Day Interview Plan and got the sales job on the spot.  They didn't even interview the other candidate.

Peggy, these are the kind of emails you love! Just last weekend, I bought your 30-60-90 Day Sales Plan for an upcoming interview this past week. I appreciate your encouragement, assistance, tips and template. The sales position was down to two final candidates. I was the first to interview.

For the interview, I was to make a presentation, present a 90 day sales plan, and have a sales call scripted out. I was pretty set on the presentation and sales script, but I was a little nervous about the 90 Day sales plan. I found your site online, and was convinced it was going to help me.

Well, Peggy, it more than worked! They were so blown away by the interview, the 90 day sales plan and the vision I demonstrated, they made me an offer right there on the spot. They didn't even interview the second finalist.

The CEO said, "This is the exact vision and energy I want for my company."

I don't think I would have made the impression that I did, if it wasn't for your guidance.

Thank you again for our brief, but very effective encounter!

Wes R.

If you want to make an impression like this and get the job in your next sales job interview, get my 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan now.

 

Should you hire an interview coach?

Interview CoachYou can find lots of advice in books and online for how to answer job interview questions, and some of it says to practice your interview answers with a friend, or video yourself so you can play it back to see any weak spots.  It's good advice.  You need both practice and feedback to improve your game.  The flaws here are (1) a friend might just tell you what you want to hear, and (2) if you're critiquing a video of yourself, the problem becomes "you don't know what you don't know".

Here's a thought:  If you really want to improve your skills in something, you take personalized, individualized lessons from an expert...in other words, get a coach.

Think about it.  Even pro athletes, with amazing natural abilities and countless hours of practice, have coaches and trainers to give them that one last boost over the top to excellence.

Role-playing interviews with an objective, experienced industry expert can give you so much of a boost in your interview skills that you not only do well in the interview, you crush it....just blow the hiring manager out of the water with your confidence, competence and style.  An interview coach can not only help you shape your answers to interview questions, she can help you spin difficult situations into positives (or at least neutrals), and can help you pinpoint and develop those intangible qualities that are ultimately job-winners.

I do provide interview help for candidates from CEOs to entry-level, and maybe I'd be a good fit for you--and maybe not.  Either way, you should get some outside help in this competitive job market.

Find someone who is an expert in your field that you are comfortable working with.  Hiring an interview coach is a small investment in yourself that will pay off big for you when you land the job of your dreams.

Most Important Sales Job Interview Tip Ever

QuantifyWhat's the most important sales job interview (and resume) tip?

Quantify Your Experience!

A sales rep's job is to make the sale.  So if you're looking for a new sales job, your mission is to demonstrate that you can ring that cash register, and do it well.

Quantify your resume.

In order to get the interview, your resume should be a marketing document for you....your "brochure" that draws them into calling you for an interview.  If you are in sales, the numbers you pull down (in terms of customers, dollar amounts of sales, sales rankings, and more) matter a lot.  A sales resume is all about the numbers.  That's what hiring managers are looking for:

  • What kind of numbers can you pull down?
  • What's your sales ranking?  Did it increase?
  • What does your customer/units sold/profit growth look like?
  • What was your budget?
  • What kind of revenue have you generated?  (Either in actual dollar amounts, or percentage increases.)

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ESL Job Search Tools

ESLIf English is your second language, finding a job can be difficult.  It's important to sound confident when you are speaking with potential employers but not only can this be tough on the best of days, the language barrier can add an extra obstacle.  Here is an excellent tool to help you practice job interview answers so that you can speak to employers confidently and get the job offer:

Job Interview Questions and Answers Video Series

This series consists of 50 different videos where I ask a job interview question that you can answer on your own, and then you can play my answer.  Compare both, and easily see how to improve your answers immediately. These are the answers that will get you hired.

I've been hearing many comments from folks who aren't as comfortable with English telling me that they love this tool.  I encourage you to give it a try and see for yourself.

 

‘I got my targeted job with my dream company!’

DonnyOsmondJobseekerPeggy,

Just had to share - yesterday I accepted an offer for my targeted job with my dream company! Specifically mentioned was that no other person had taken the initiative to submit a 30/60/90 plan. I was told that it was one of several points that elevated me above my competition and showed my dedication to going above and beyond what was required and instead do what was necessary.

I can't thank you enough!

John

30-60-90-Day Plans absolutely help you stand head and shoulders above your competition.

If you have an interview for your dream job coming up, you need to bring a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to make sure you get it.

Read more about 30-60-90-Day Plans here.

Job Interview Questions and Answers – How to Avoid the ‘Deer in the Headlights’ Syndrome

canstockphoto13347250One of the worst things that can happen to you in a job interview is to get a tough interview question that makes you freeze, like a deer in the headlights.  You are surprised, you don't know which way to go, and so you just sit there waiting for disaster.

Most of the interview questions that make you freeze are questions like, "What's your greatest achievement?" or "What's your greatest failure?" or "What have you done that makes you a great fit for this job?" Even if you can answer those, you can easily get stuck when they follow up your answer with "How did you do that?" or "What happened?"

Here's a great exercise that will really prepare you to answer the toughest interview questions:

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