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Career-Life Times, Issue #25-- How to Shine Brightest at Your Next Interview
February 25, 2006
Greetings! And wecome to this issue of CAREER-LIFE TIMES! I'm afraid it's a bit long this time. I hope you find it to be informative, useful, entertaining, and--most of all--worth reading! It's designed to help you GET HIRED, GET NOTICED, and GET AHEAD! If you don't like it for some reason, let me know how I can make it better (or unsubscribe using the link below). Now, on with the show...
Here's an important question, especially if you're looking for a new job in a very competitive field: How can a candidate best stand out among all the other candidates during an interview?
The key to success is to be prepared -- that's more important than anything else.
When it comes to job interviews, being prepared is even more important than your job qualifications. That’s because everyone who makes it to the interview has already established, through their job application or resume, that they possess the minimum qualifications required to do the job.
When you are well prepared, you will know how to emphasize the following traits during your interview; these are more crucial than your qualifications:
• Being enthusiastic. By being upbeat and having a positive attitude, you'll show the interviewers within the first few seconds that you are a "can-do" person who will be an asset to their organization.
• Being likeable. It sounds simplistic, but it's a fact that is often overlooked: people want to work with (and hire) people they like.
• Being determined. You have to make it clear that you want this job more than anything else; that you’ll do what is needed to be their ideal employee. Convince yourself of this before the interview; then convince the interviewer.
• Being informed. You need to know about the company, the people who work there, and what they'll expect you to do for them. This will enable you to answer interview questions in a way that promotes yourself as a specific “solution” to their problems. You will answer their unspoken “What’s in it for ME to hire you?” question—and that’s the key to success.
There are simple techniques you can use to emphasize these and other traits; techniques that will give you an overwhelming advantage in every aspect of the interview process.
For more detailed information on these an other interview-winning strategies, check out my Job Interview Success System
Imagine this happening at a future job interview: you show up at the appointed time, but instead of being introduced to an interviewer, you're seated in front of a PC. Questions are displayed on the screen and "spoken" by the computer (so the system can be used by applicants with vision or hearing difficulties), and you speak into a telephone-like handset when giving your answers.
The computer "listens" and scores your answers. The employer uses that score to decide whether or not you'll advance to an interview with a real person.
But your score has nothing to do with your skills, knowledge, abilities or experience. The computer doesn't care what you say. It analyzes how you say it.
It tells the employer how much you lied when answering the questions.
The purpose is to help the employer judge your honesty and trustworthiness.
If you knew how many applicants "exaggerate" qualifications on their resumes and "stretch the truth" during interviews -- and how difficult it can be for even an experienced interviewer to know when someone is lying -- you'd understand why a simple, reliable, automated lie detection system might be on the wish list of every employer and recruiting firm.
Of course, lie detectors are nothing new. But the term usually applies to a machine known as the polygraph. It measures and records physiological reactions -- such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity -- while the subject is asked a series of questions. Many police agencies use them, but they are inadmissible in court. And a certified expert is needed to operate the complex thing and evaluate the results.
Enter the HR1 Automated Integrity Profiling/Risk Assessment System. It knows if you're lying just by listening to you talk. Invented by Nemesysco, a company based in Israel, it uses poly-layer LVA (Layer Voice Analysis) technology which employs over 800 algorithms to analyse 129 emotional layers in the voice when the subject is speaking.
The LVA technology was originally designed to fight terrorism. It analyzes states such as excitement, confusion, stress, whether the person is remembering something that happened, or making something up.
Many U.S. and European insurance companies are currently testing LVA technology to detect fraudulent claims, especially for worker's comp.
According to Dr. Mark Mosk, a forensic psychologist and fraud analysis consultant, "The LVA technology confirmed that many claimants overstated the extent of their injuries, possibly in an attempt to increase the amount of benefits they would receive."
While no lie detector system is fool-proof (yet), LVA technology is getting a lot of attention.
So don't be too surprised if, sometime in the not-too-distant future, your career advancement rests in the "hands" of a machine that will know when you fib or fabricate!
Have you Googled yourself lately?
You should, if you've ever posted anything online.
Try it right now. Search for your name. For best results, put it in brackets, like this: [Ima Eckspurt]. Then see what kind of results pop up. Now imagine a hiring manager who has received your resume doing the same thing. Would what that manager reads about you online help or hurt your chances of getting the job?
An unsuspecting job seeker who applied with a university lamented, "I was scheduled for an interview, but a member of the hiring commitee Googled me and found my blog, where I referred to my boss as a belligerant jerk. My interview was canceled!"
A 21-year-old Minnesota student recently cleaned up her Facebook profile, by removing a picture of her table-dancing in at a fraternity/sorority social. "Posting that picture for my friends seemed like a fun idea at the time, but I wouldn't want an employer to see that!"
Here's an all-too common excuse: "I didn't really think about the consequences of everyone in the world being able to see it!"
Today's young adults are especially vulnerable because of the incredible popularity of online social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, and many others. In these web communities, students are posting information and photos with their friends in mind -- not stopping to consider that virtually anyone can access it... parents, school officials, employers, even police.
But social networks aren't the only problem. Many individuals have a blog (a sort of online journal; short for web log). And unfortunately, they sometimes post entries to those blogs as if they were private diaries!
Any curious potential employer can Google you, surf your web site or read your blog to find out more about you. And it's perfectly legal for them to do this without your consent. Information posted online is public and freely available to all who care to find it.
According to a 2004 survey of employers, nearly three-quarters of them have used online search engines to research applicants, and many said they had rejected someone when they found negative information.
A 2005 survey of 102 executive recruiters indicated that 75% of them use search engines to find information about candidates. More than 25% have dropped candidates who had posted unflattering information online.
Those statistics have likely increased since those surveys were done.
Even when people become aware of and regret their online postings, it may be too late to do anything about them. It's very difficult, if not impossible, to completely erase all traces of what's been posted on the internet.
If your Google search doesn't turn up anything negative or embarassing about you, be sure to keep it that way and always remember there's no privacy on the internet.
If your search does turn up something you now regret, try to get it removed. If that doesn't work, keep your fingers crossed that it's never found. If that doesn't work, be prepared to answer a question about it -- if you somehow make it to a job interview.
You can get your photos developed in 10 minutes. You can have the oil in your car changed in 10 minutes. You can do a lot of things in 10 minutes, but writing a resume isn’t one of them. Not if you’re serious about finding a good job.
Anytime you’re promised something within a short time, you must ask yourself if it sounds too easy. Oftentimes services or tools that offer quick completions of your career documents are nothing more than a list of facts that you enter! You went to school, here, graduated then, worked here for five years, blah, blah, blah.
Sure, the products that promise a grand resume or cover letter are low-cost but there’s question on whether they work. Documents created using pigeonholed methods tend to look like they were created from a cookie-cutter template. And, there’s no sell, no sizzle -– and when you’re job hunting, you want some sizzle in that resume.
The Art of the Perfect Resume
Creating the right resume (or resumes) is an art. It’s a skill you can learn, but creativity is an important aspect of the perfect resume, and that’s where the art part starts.
Professional resume writers take the time to get to know you and your job search objective. They’ll ask for extensive details about your work activities, looking for that little ‘hook’ that sets you apart from the competitors – all 82 of them!
Professional resume writers are also current on employment trends, current biz buzz words (never use paradigm), acceptable resume formatting and putting together a PEP – a professional employment package -– that makes you look really, really good.
With a clear vision of your professional strengths and weaknesses, the resume pro goes to work crafting the perfect resume, making dozens of decisions on everything from what to include (and not to include) to how to best shine a spotlight on your strongest attributes as a job candidate. Unusual or diverse work experience, willingness to relocate, a consistent pattern of achievement and advancement –-that’s what writers trained in resume preparation deliver.
Here’s an example. Which of these sounds more compelling?
From the 10-Minute Resume:
Or, From the ‘Pen’ of the Resume Professional:
I don’t know about you, but most employers are going with the applicant who’s showed she’s a professional and very good at her job.
What Does A Personalized Resume Do For You?
Isn’t Your Professional Future Worth More Than 10 Minutes?
If you’re like most of us, you bet it is. A lot more. To find the right position, in the right company and at the right salary doesn’t happen in 10 minutes. It takes time and effort on your part. However, you can cut that time and effort down considerably when you send out a professional employment package with “POP.” In fact, a professional resume service can get you hired faster, at a better position and at a higher salary. Think of it as an investment to a heftier paycheck every single week. No 10-minute resume does that.
Teena Rose is a columnist, public speaker, and certified/published resume writer with Resume to Referral. She’s authored several books, including "20-Minute Cover Letter Fixer" "How to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book" and "Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales." Read more articles from Teena Rose by visiting www.resumebycprw.com/resume_articles.htm
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They for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?"
The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, "Hello?"
"Mrs. Ward, please."
"Mrs. Ward, this is Doctor Stevens at the Medical Testing Laboratory. When your doctor sent your husband's biopsy to the lab yesterday, a biopsy from another Mr. Ward arrived as well, we are now uncertain which one is your husband's. Frankly the results are either bad or terrible."
"What do you mean?" Mrs. Ward asks nervously.
"Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other one tested positive for AIDS. We can't tell which is your husband's."
"That's dreadful! Can't you do the test again?" questioned Mrs. Ward.
"Normally we can, but Medicare will only pay for these expensive tests one time."
"Well, what am I supposed to do now?"
"The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep with him."
Olympic Lesson. Did you watch any of the Olympic competitions? Here's just one of many lessons you might have learned if you were paying attention:
Even the best figure skaters in the world fall on their butts.
Anyone can slip up. But they don't stop to complain about the ice or their skates or anything else. They get up, they smile, and they finish their performance. They don't quit. And sometimes they even win a medal, despite their fall.
Think about that the next time you slip up on the job or at an interview. Get up off your butt, smile and keep skating!
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