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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.

 

‘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.

Sincerely,

David

 

 

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.

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!

Register Here

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.

’30-60-90-Day Action Plan Made Me Stand Out and Get the Offer’

iStock_000017862376SmallI received this great letter from Stephanie about how the 30-60-90-Day Action Plan helped her shine in her phone interview and face-to-face interviews and beat out 3 internal candidates for the job!

Hi Peggy,

I wanted to take a few moments to compliment you on the 30-60-90 Day Action Plan... Last month, I used them to prepare for a series high profile [face-to-face] interviews.

[I first had a phone screen.]  After receiving feedback on my phone screen, the interview panel said that I did not distinguish myself from the other candidates in the pool. Once I heard this... I was on a mission!

I...decided to sign up for Career Confidential and download the [30-60-90-Day Action Plan] tools (Word doc and [PowerPoint] template).  I thought I knew how to do an action plan - was I wrong! ;) Your course and tools made me even more confident during my [2nd] phone discussion with the hiring manager. I was very capable in discussing my specific plan if I were given the job assignment tomorrow. And he bought!

As a result, I was invited to participate in 8 F2F interviews with 3 VPs, 3 Directors, and 2 Sr. Managers. With your help... I delivered! I could tell that each panel member was very interested in my thought process and was very impressed that I had given great thought to my action plan for the first 30-60-90 days. Apparently, the other candidates did not have an Action Plan. Following my interviews with the Leadership team, I had a 3 1/2 hour lunch with the hiring manager. His first question was, "Tell me, how did you prepare for this interview?"

He was blown away by my in-depth review of the job and what would be needed to on-board the new hire quickly. And get this... I am an external candidate and the competition was three internal candidates!

I am very happy to report that yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call with their intent to move forward with me and they will have a job offer in my hands tomorrow! I can't believe this all took place in less than 4 weeks! Thank you!!!

Now, since I have to negotiate the salary, I will be checking out your course on this topic tomorrow. ;) [Salary Negotiating]

Thanks again for your awesome videos and practical tools needed to shine during interviews. Well done!

Sincere regards,

Stephanie T.

Please notice this about Stephanie...in her first phone interview, she was good, but she did not stand out.  The only thing she did differently was to add a 30-60-90-Day Plan to her interview preparation and conversation.  The plan made an enormous difference for Stephanie and ended up getting her the offer, even over 3 internal candidates.

If you are doing well in interviews, but not getting the offer, I encourage you to create a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan for your next interview so that you can get the offer, too.

 

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!

 

Over 40 Age Discrimination – 5 Tips To Battle Age Bias In Your Job Search Live Webinar

Have you ever felt like your age was holding you back in your job search?

If you are over 40 (not to mention 50 or 60), age discrimination could be keeping you from getting hired.  It's almost impossible to prove, but it still happens.  And it's not just frustrating--it's threatening to your career and the quality of your life.

No matter how old you are, you deserve to get the job you want and are qualified for.  To make sure that happens, I am putting together a free webinar with Bobby Edelman, founder of Interns Over 40.  (If you haven't seen his website, you need to.)  Bobby is a true expert on the issues older job seekers face, as well as the solutions that work.

5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search

In this webinar, we are going to teach you simple, easy tips that anyone can use to overcome the 5 biggest biases against ‘Over 40’ job seekers.  

These strategies and tips go way beyond ‘dye your hair’ and ‘leave the dates off your resume’.   You will learn smart, powerful, and PROVEN strategies to:

  • Overcome the 5 biggest biases that get in your way
  • Write your strongest resume ever (and eliminate age-related problems)
  • Get more interviews than ever before (with great companies)
  • Impress them so much in the interview they’ll BEG to hire you 

You can’t afford to job search without this information!

After you register, you will receive a free podcast:  Guide to Getting a Job After 50.  You get more gifts at the webinar!  Not to mention strategies and tools that will change your life.

> Read More and Register 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.

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!

 

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.

7 Ways a 30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job

Handshake between businessman and businesswomanWhat is a 30-60-90-Day Plan?

A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of what you will do as an employee within the first 3 months of your new job.  It’s broken up into sections:  the first 30 days usually includes training and getting to know the company (customers/clients/products/services/procedures); the next 30 days are focused on getting out on your own and into the swing of things; and the last 30 days are often more about branching out, launching your own projects, or bringing in new business.

Creating an outline like this will set you apart from every other candidate for the job.  Job seekers who bring a 30-60-90-day plan see amazing results.

Why does it make a difference? Creating a 30/60/90-Day Plan shows several intangible but important qualities that they'll never be able to learn from your resume or interview answers:

 

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Social Networking + Interview Prep Gets the Job Offer

handsome university graduateI received this letter from a brand-new graduate who got the accounting job he wanted because he conducted his job search using excellent strategies for his networking, company research, interview prep, thank you notes, and even salary negotiations.  See what worked for Scott, so you can use it, too.

Dear Peggy:

This is a success story I want your readers to see, because of the importance that social networking and preparing for an interview play in the role of a job search.

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