Category: Interviewing

“I hate talking about myself!”

Some non-cringey tips for easing into the spotlight. Little kids announce their accomplishments so easily and charmingly (maybe because they’re so dang cute). They’re matter-of-fact and completely unselfconscious. Most grownups, on the other hand, shun the spotlight . “Oh, it wasn’t just ME, it was a team effort.” “Interviews...

Be (a little) Charming

6 Recruiter-Tested Tips for Standing Out A handful of the people I get to interview absolutely shine. What are their secrets? Amazingly, it boils down to using a little charm ~ taking authentic interest in both the job opportunity and the people with whom they’re interviewing. What they do...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 3

Following up after an interview, demystified. There’s confusion on this topic: ‘Does it matter?’ ‘What format: snail- or email?’ ‘Do I follow up more than once?’ ‘Should I send a thank you to each interviewer?’ ‘What if I’ve been presented through an agency?’ and the dreaded I-don’t-want-to-seem-desperate ‘How often...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 2

Executing a great interview Part 2 in a 3-part series Interviewing is a big topic! In part 1 , we covered interview prep. In this post, I’ll take you through recruiter-tested best practices for executing a great interview. Good interviews begin with great preparation, followed by confident execution. You...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 1

Preparing for a great interview. Part 1 in a 3-part series. Unless you have nerves of steel (or you regularly talk to strangers in high-pressure situations), interviewing is unsettling. I’ve worked with senior managers who are as nervous as a new grad at the thought of talking about themselves....

To Cover (Letter) or Not?

The real scoop on using cover letters today QUIZ: use a cover letter (pick one): a) always; b) never (they’re old-fashioned); c) to hammer home why you’re a perfect fit for the job; d) a and c; e) b I know, right? Back when resumes were snail-mailed, a cover...

Search 101

24 recruiter-tested Tips for Job-Seeking Success A fortunate few never actually look for jobs: they’re recommended by superiors or recruited by former co-workers. For the rest of us, here’s a toolbox of best-practices to make job-hunting easier and more productive. On your professional brand: DO have a recently-updated resume....

Behind the (agency) curtain

Some tips on engaging more effectively Love ‘em or hate ‘em, agency recruiters and search firms are a fixture on the job search (or hiring) landscape. But they’re not interchangeable and they do need some cultivation. Here’s a roadmap to save you some time and potential heartache. PART 1:...

Red Flags in Job Opportunities

a cautionary tale + some real world advice A story I’ve heard more than once: a posting for the perfect job appears. You apply. Astonishingly, you get a call and an interview request shortly thereafter. You go in. The office is gorgeous. The people seem to be exactly the...