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Thank You Emails After Phone Interviews – 10 ‘How-To’ Posts

thank-youSending a thank you email after a phone interview is just as important as sending one after a face-to-face interview.  It helps you stand out and reinforce why they should be talking to you.

Dig in to 10 of our best posts on writing thank you emails after phone interviews (although many will also help with your thank you emails after face-to-face job interviews, too):

1.   3 Reasons Why It’s Better To Send Thank You Emails After Your Job Interviews - why emails are better than hand-written notes

2.   Job Interview Thank You Email Guidelines

3.  Thank You Notes and Thank You Emails for After the Interview - Download a Free Report on How to Follow Up After Interviews, including writing emails and making any necessary phone calls

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Accountants Need Marketing Skills to Get Hired

AccountantI got this great comment from a CFO / Controller that I want to share with everyone looking for new roles in Accounting or Finance fields:

Having been in the Accounting field for over 20 years and received many job offers in the past, I realized that the job market now has changed and I was getting conflicting advice from everyone. The only person to make sense is Peggy, as I realized how much marketing and sales is required these days and Peggy's system makes all the sense in the world. It is unique and it is a game changer. I am truly excited to get started her on her program and know that it will lead to great results. - Mario Reyes

I always recommend that everyone needs a mentor (or several) for many reasons, but the main one is that because we can learn from their experiences.  Mario's 20 years in accounting is something we can learn from.  So what I think that you should take from this (not just if you are in accounting or finance) is that to get a job these days, even if you have been successful at getting hired before, you need to use concepts and techniques from sales and marketing to be your most successful. But don't let that scare you.  Anyone can learn how to do this.

These techniques can help in a lot of areas--your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and preparing for job interviews.  But let me give you a direct example:  one thing that comes directly from sales is something called closing in the interview.  Check out this video where I explain what that is:  Don't Make This Critical Interview Mistake.

Best of luck.

 

How To Fix Interview Mistakes

InterviewMistakesIt happens to everybody: You make a mistake about something during your important interview. It my the way you dressed for the occasion and you went too formal or too casual. It might be addressing your interviewer by the wrong name. There are lots of ways a candidate can make a mistake, and it’s true that a mistake can possibly cost you the job. It’s also true that the way you respond to your own mistakes can be what makes the interview successful and gets you the job.

Mistakes Can Be Opportunities

Everyone makes mistakes, but those who are confident enough to admit their mistake and correct it appropriately are valuable in any workplace. If you walk into the interview without having done anything to hone your interview skills or research the company, then your mistakes will be more like learning opportunities and use the interview as a reminder to be prepared next time. But a mistake by an otherwise qualified candidate is an excellent opportunity to display how you will be on the job.
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Phone Interview Questions: How to Cheat to Win (and Why You’d Be Crazy Not To)

TelephoneAnswering phone interview questions is the first step that has to go right in order to get to the in-person interview and then the job offer.

Watch the video below to see how to take advantage of the phone interview's unique qualities (i.e. "cheat") to make sure you ace it. Click on the video to watch.

Then, click on these 10 phone interview tips (you can even download my free Phone Interview Prep podcast).

‘Treat Your Job Search Like a Career That Is 100% Commission’

BusinessmanHere is a great example of how to stand out from a pile of candidates to get the job:

Thank you for your support and offering all the tools you do to help others find a career.  I was on one of your webinars and invested in your 30/60/90 plan program...The 30/60/90 plan and the extensive information and advice you offer on interviewing, networking and negotiating were all instrumental in me being offered this position. 

Your advice to be 'bold' helped me turn around an interview with the hiring manager that would have otherwise had me passed over and would have kept me searching.  The 30/60/90 plan...was well received, as it was a tool the hiring manager said he has used with his teams in previous positions.  It helped me stand out and show excitement and preparedness to want to join their team. 

Your networking suggestions and information helped me learn more about the kinds of efforts to take in connecting with others to find positions.  In fact, this position was found through a message posted on LinkedIn by a recruiter.  This was even an IT recruiter who helped me in a sales role.  I connected with another person who knew a senior person at the hiring company and gave me a recommendation.  That too, helped me stand out in a pile of candidates.

Bottom line, treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for valued-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company.

Peggy, Thank you!  I wish you and your team the best of success and will surely recommend you and your programs to others.

J.H.

Here's what I want you to take from this for your job search and interviews:

1.  J.H. used networking (in this case, on LinkedIn) to get a foot in the door of this company.  The person he connected with wasn't someone he'd known already--it was someone he reached out to.  This person's recommendation helped him stand out and get the interview.

2.  The recommendation alone wasn't enough--he needed to bring MORE to the interview than other candidates, which is why he needed a 30-60-90-Day Plan. I would never, ever go to an interview without a 30-60-90-day plan because it does so many amazing things for you in the interview.  The training video I include with my 30-60-90-Day Plan also shows you how to uncover a hiring manager's objections while you're there to answer them and turn around an interview that isn't going so well.

3.  I love his bottom line:  "treat your career search like a career that is 100% commission and look for value-added ways to stand out and promote your value and how it will make a difference to that company."  Every time you 'sell' yourself for the job, it's about knowing what pain that employer is experiencing by not having that job done and showing them how YOU can relieve that pain.  And...what do you have or do that may be an additional bonus to that employer?  How can you meet and exceed their expectations?

I hope you'll join me in congratulating J.H. on a job well done.

What’s the One Question That Can Make or Break Your Interview?

Question MarksAsking questions in the interview demonstrates your intelligence, drive, enthusiasm, and preparation for the job. It turns the interview into a conversation between professionals, putting you in a better psychological position in the interview. It also helps you decide if you really want to work there, in that environment, with that boss. All in all, having questions of your own to ask in the interview is a great thing.

However, the ultimate success of your interview can depend on you asking just the right question in the beginning of your conversation.  So, what's the one question that can make or break your interview?  It's this:

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How to Ace Phone Interviews in 2015

Career-Cloud-Phone-InterviewGet ready to ace your phone interviews in 2015!

Listen to this 30-minute Career Podcast I did with Chris Russell, founder of Career Cloud:

How to Pass the Phone Interview (with Peggy McKee of Career Confidential)

These are fantastic phone interview tips for:

  • The most important question to ask yourself before your phone interview
  • The most important phone interview questions to be ready to answer (and how to answer them)
  • How to build your confidence and prepare for your phone interview
  • What questions you need to ask during the phone interview that will help you get the offer
  • How to know the phone interview went well so you can move to the face-to-face

Listen to How to pass the Phone Interview now.

Thanks, Chris!  I had a great time. You are an awesome interviewer with a great website!

Why Companies Use Personality Tests in the Hiring Process

Movie player iconMany companies use personality tests (such as DISC, Caliper, or Gallup) as an additional evaluation for potential new hires (even though there's some controversy over whether or not personality assessments are fair. It's not something that a candidate can prepare for (like you can prepare for an interview) but it's still a significant factor, which means it can cause a lot of anxiety.

Watch the video below to see why companies like to use personality tests in their hiring processes and what they're trying to learn with them.

Click the video to watch.

How to Make Sure You Interview as Well as Possible

Interview-WellInterviews can be a nerve-wracking process. It is great to apply for jobs and make it to the interview stage. it shows that you have something about you that sets you apart from the crowd. This should instill confidence. But it is easy to let the occasion get the better of you when it comes to a job interview.

Many people are perfect for job roles, but they don’t interview well and so end up not getting the job. Your CV is your calling card, but the interview stage is what makes up an employer’s mind. his is way interviews are so important. Unfortunately there is no way around it, if you want to get a job the chances are you’re going to need to interview.                                                                        Image Source

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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).

Bundled-Interview-Books

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.

 

Show Your Passion in an Interview with These Easy Methods

Passion in the InterviewGoing for a job interview is one of the most stressful things you can do, but you can ease your mind by preparing for it thoroughly. One of the things that the recruitment team will be looking for is your passion for the work. It's not enough to only want a job to get by; you need to be able to express your enthusiasm and your desire for that position at that particular company. But when you're busy answering and asking questions in a way that you hope says you're the best person for the job, you can forget to be passionate. Even if you genuinely care about the work you do, your answers and mannerisms during your interview can come across lacking. Next time you attend an interview, make sure the panel knows you're committed by following this advice.

Samuel Mann

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What Does ‘Dress For Success’ Look Like Today?

Dress for Success - Erin KennedyA cursory look at the history of clothing shows a lot of change, and it is a fascinating way to spend some time. Who knew that both men and women wore makeup and high heels in some European courts? Clothing has always been an indicator of power, and that fact will probably never change. But when you are trying to figure out how to dress for the success of your career, there isn’t much help in the styles of the past. What matters today is the impression you make on those around you now.

There Is No Single Business Uniform

It’s a mistake to think that you can read up on business attire and get it right for a specific business environment, because every workplace is slightly different. There are some general guidelines, though, and I think the best one I’ve seen is Business Insider’s look at How To Dress Like A Leader In Any Work Environment. It identifies 5 levels of business attire, from “baseline casual” to “boardroom attire” and gives a complex subject some simplicity.

But the reality is that different regions in the world can vary on their idea of what to wear, and when. CEOs in the Silicon Valley are going to look different than a similar executive level in New York City, while the boardroom in Hong Kong has way more suits in it than the same company’s boardroom in Hawaii.

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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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Amazon.com – Phone Interview Tips

Got a phone interview coming up in medical, finance, accounting, sales, marketing, manufacturing, customer service, legal, or anything else?

You must ace your phone interview to get invited to interview in person and have a real chance at the job.

To ace your phone interview, get this ebook from Amazon:

How to Ace your Phone Interview

 

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What This Book Will Do For You:
• Give You Exceptional Answers to Common Phone Interview Questions
• Warn You about Phone Interview Mistakes That Get You Screened Out
• Help You Be Confident, Relax and Make a Fantastic First Impression
• Give You Powerful ‘How To’ Tips for a Perfect Phone Interview
• Get You Invited To Interview Face-To-Face

What Kinds Of Tips Are In This Book?
- Typical Phone Interview Questions (and Stand-Out Answers)
- Tips to ‘Cheat’ in a Phone Interview To Give Yourself an Unfair Advantage
- How To Research the Company and the Interviewer Before the Call
- What NEVER To Say In a Phone Interview
- The ONE Question You Should Ask In EVERY Phone Interview
- How to Help them Qualify You for the Face-to-Face Interview
- How to Follow Up AFTER the Interview
- How to Plan, Prepare, and Execute a Perfect Phone Interview

This book is for YOU if you want to slam-dunk every phone interview and get invited to the face-to-face.

You will discover my best phone interview tips from 14 years of interviewing thousands of candidates (as a hiring manager and recruiter). Find out what hiring managers are really thinking about you.

This is your key to phone interview success! Get your Phone Interview Tips now.