Even though you might understand how much stronger you would be in your job interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you could run into a problem finding the information you need, as well as actually creating a plan. Not to worry...it's entirely possible to find everything you need and create a plan that will knock the socks off any hiring manager.
You just have to know where to look and what to look for in order to make a great 30 60 90 day plan.
Interviewers like to try and put you on the spot with difficult job interview questions, like "How did you handle it the last time your boss chastized you or strongly disagreed with a decision you made?"
In the video below, I will tell you how to answer difficult job interview questions like this one. Click the video to watch.
Handling questions about money or salary in job interviews is tricky. Everyone struggles with how to answer interview questions concerning money--but it's easier than you think to successfully answer salary questions.
In the video below, I will tell you how you can respond to any questions about salary in your job interview, and even why you can consider these questions to be a good thing. Click the video to watch.
Why would an interviewer ask you 'What excites you and scares you about this job?' It's another way to get at your weaknesses and strengths. It's a way to find out what scares you because maybe you're not ready for it, and what you think you're prepared to handle. Employers can get creative about how they ask these kinds of questions, and this is one.
In the video below, I will tell you what your strategy should be when answering this interview question.
All interviews require you to have good communication skills. How else can you convey to them that you are the right person to hire? But phone interviews are a special case, with a few more considerations than your average interview.
In the video below, I will give you some critical tips you need for good communication in your phone interview.
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Read my blog article for more on this, including some great tips for your phone interview questions and answers, techniques for getting more information from the interviewer, and great communication advice about how to clarify for understanding. See the article here: Phone Interview Tips #32.
Get comprehensive phone interview tips in my blog series, Phone Interview Tips Series: 37 Essential and Extraordinary Tips That Will Get You To the Face-to-Face.
Sometimes interviewers ask strange questions that don't seem to have anything to do with the job. Why? Because they're trying to get a better picture of your personality, and who you 'really' are. But you can always keep your answer focused on the matter at hand--your fit for the job.
In this video, I tell you how to answer the interview question, "If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?"
What's the biggest question for every job candidate? In a phone interview, it's "What can I say to get them to invite me to interview in person?"
I talk all the time about being strategic in your interviews, and this is a prime example of what I'm talking about. You don't just hope that you answer the questions right...you think about the whole interaction and do the things that will be most likely to make you successful.
In the video below, I will give you the best tip ever for guaranteeing a great phone interview and maximizing your chances to get to the face-to-face.
No matter what kind of academic work you do--whether it's in an actual college or university setting, in a research lab, in a clinical lab--employers will want to know why you want to move to the corporate world. It's a very different place, and your answer to this question must show your understanding of that and tell the positive reasons you made this decision.
In the video below, I let you in a little more on the thoughts of the interviewer, and give you a great way to answer this interview question.
Why would you want a job that's basically a demotion for you? If you ever apply for any job that's not a step up from where you were, employers are going to want to know why. That's a red flag, and you need to have a great answer for them.
In the video below, I will give you a great way to answer this question that you can adapt and customize for your own circumstance. Click the video to watch.
So what does it mean to have the fire in your belly to do the job? It means, 'Do you have the energy, the drive, and the commitment to dig in and get this done?' All employers want to know this about all candidates, but this can be a particular sticking point if you're an Over 40 job seeker.
Of course, YOU know you're going to do a great job in this role you're interviewing for, but how can you communicate that to them?
In the video below, I will give you specific ways you can convince the interviewer that you would be a great hire, with more than enough 'fire' to be successful. Click on the video to watch.
Get more suggestions for how to answer interview questions about the 'fire in your belly', aka your desire, drive, and commitment to getting the job done in my blog article on this subject, How To Answer Interview Questions Q15.
What does it mean, to 'qualify' you for the face-to-face interview? It simply means to decide that you are going to be worth the time to talk to some more, in person. That's the goal of the phone interview, for the company. It's to help them make the decision about who deserves a seat in an in-person interview.
There are two things you need to know:
First, not all interviewers are necessarily good at interviewing, which means that they won't always come to the conclusion they need to talk to you again, even if you'd be great at the job.
Second, you have much more control over this outcome than you think.
In the short video below, I will tell you how to comfortably, positively help that interviewer to qualify you for the face-to-face.
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If you want more tips for how to control the outcome of your phone interview, read my blog article with more details: Phone Interview Tips #17.
And don't forget to check out our entire Phone Interview Tips series. It's 37 of the best tips for your phone interviews.