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How to Successfully Ask for the Job

jobinterview - Copy - CopyYour amazing resume got you the interview.  You prepared for the interview, practiced your interview answers, and created your 30/60/90-day plan. Now you're in the interview, and it comes down to the end. What do you do? You need to ask for the job.

This is where you may stumble (many do). In this video, I'll give you critical tips about what to say, how to say it, and what great qualities it demonstrates to the hiring manager about you. This is vital for your success (the job offer).

Click on the video to watch.

Learn much more about how to do this easily and effectively here:

Interview Tips:  Boost Your Chances To Get the Job Offer by 40%

 

Common Phone Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Phone-InterviewPhone interviews are a big, big deal--companies use them to screen job candidates and weed them out before they get down to the more serious business of face-to-face interviews. Before you get on any phone interview, you need to know what phone interview questions you'll probably be asked--so you pass their screen test and get invited to interview in person.  Here are some common phone interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's a social question to break the ice. It isn't. All your answers should relate to the job.

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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.

 

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.

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.

 

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:

 

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.

 

 

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

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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