Results tagged “interview”


Career Center Blog | Differences between cultural fit, functional fit interviews

In a recent blog post about navigating a phone screen, recruiter Kristen Fife explained that "an HR screen is looking for communication and cultural fit, while a screen with the hiring team is usually ascertaining your functional fit." Hopefully, that

Job Calendar | Interview skills workshop

In this free WorkSource workshop, you will practice responding to typical interview questions and begin the necessary preparation to ace a job interview.

Career Center Blog | How to dress for interview success

Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview? What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is crucial to presenting yourself as the

Career Center Blog | Things I wish I'd known before my first job

New college grad? Congratulations! Now it's time to find a job and begin your career. Feeling nervous? Don't worry -- starting a new job often strikes fear into the heart of even the strongest person. As one of my clients

Career Center Blog | Lesser-known job advice from former presidents

"The only thing we have to fear ..." "Ask not ..." The quotes are so popular and meaningful, we need only the first few words to conjure images of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy reading them in their

Career Center Blog | Pre-interview research: 5 great tools to try

Knowledge is power. And given the competitive climate in today's job market, it pays to dig up as much information as possible on companies before you interview with them. For starters, arming yourself with solid corporate data will set you

Job Calendar | Workshop: How to become a better interviewee

Once you get to the hiring manager, it is all about your preparation and presentation. Presented by an IT hiring manager, this free WorkSource workshop will provide you with guidance and insight to help you achieve success in future interviews.

Career Center Blog | Negotiation nuances: talking money before the interview

Cold sweats. Anxiety attacks. Incoherence. What do these three things have in common? They're all behaviors you might witness the moment you corner a job candidate and ask: "How much money are you looking for in your next assignment?" In

Career Center Blog | Hard-sell job-search behavior: not wise in Seattle

As the PEMCO commercials endlessly remind us, here in Seattle we're not like everybody else; we're a little different. This statement applies not only to the way we go about networking, as discussed in my posting a few weeks back,

Career Center Blog | Remedies for interview rambling

If you've ever taken a public speaking or presentation skills class, you've probably heard the time-tested advice: "Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you've told them." This advice applies to interviewing,

Career Center Blog | Interviewing success: a riddle to ponder

Eons ago, in the decade known as the '90s, I was lucky enough to learn the career-counseling trade at the hands of an incredibly wise mentor. This individual came from a blue-chip sales and marketing background, and he drew heavily

Job Calendar | Ultimate Boot Camp for Job Interview

Software program managers, developers, testers and service engineers can meet and listen to Microsoft employees and hiring managers to understand what talent Microsoft is looking for. Free. Register at Eventbrite.

Career Center Blog | Use verbal jujitsu to overcome interview objections

Superman had Kryptonite. Achilles had his heel. And Bill Gates somehow managed to get ahead and be marginally successful (ha ha) in business without having a college degree. My point? Everybody has weaknesses and vulnerabilities. And if you're seeking work

Career Center Blog | A little enthusiasm goes a long way

In your last job interview, did you really want the job? Sure, you needed the income, along with the benefits and the cocoon of security that comes with being fully employed. But did you really want that job? And did

Career Center Blog | Interviewing tips for people with disabilities

During a job interview, the most important impression to get across to the hiring manager is your ability to do the tasks required. For many thousands of job seekers in the Puget Sound region, however, there is another hurdle to

Career Center Blog | Podcasting your way to a new job

As any good networking expert will tell you, job seekers who are discussed among their peers will have a leg up in terms of finding employment. In the last decade, the advent of blogging has been the easiest and cheapest

Career Center Blog | Three ways to seduce the interviewer to hire you

I recently interviewed Chris St. Hilaire, a message strategist and author of "27 Powers of Persuasion: Simple Strategies to Seduce Audiences and Win Allies," on how a candidate can seduce an interviewer into making a job offer. Here are the

Career Center Blog | Want to pass the interview? Prepare your 'power questions'

Your success in an interview depends directly on your understanding of the employer's true needs and desires and your ability to communicate how you're the exact match for what the company is seeking in its new hire. Many good candidates

Career Center Blog | How to ace a phone screen

A client of mine recently landed a great in-person interview with a top Seattle construction company by acing the phone screen. Passing the phone screen is essential to getting an in-person interview, as more companies today are conducting them to

Career Center Blog | Ask the right questions to take charge of the interview

A workshop student of mine, I'll call him "John," recently had two interviews come up with Honeywell International and Crane Aerospace. They were both panel interviews. After finishing the interviews, he and I sat down to debrief. I asked him

Career Center Blog | How to help, not hover, over your kids' job search

Right on cue with the nice weather, the kids are coming back from college, like the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. Many graduation ceremonies will begin this weekend and will run throughout Seattle in the coming weeks as thousands of

Career Center Blog | Don't forget second--and last--impressions, too

It's no surprise that making a first impressions is critical when you first meet a hiring manager. That's why the candidates who tend to land jobs are the ones with combed hair, nice suits or dresses and positive attitudes---at the

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