Questions To Ask In An Interview That Will Increase Your Chances Of Getting Hired Oct27

Questions To Ask In An Interview That Will Increase Your Chances Of Getting Hired

Research demonstrates that an interview is either won or lost based on two essential ingredients. When combined, these ingredients undoubtedly result in interview success. What are these essentials? 1) Confidence and 2) Enthusiasm. The challenge with both of these ‘additives?’ If they are not applied in appropriate measure they can become too concentrated and in some cases, may even become lethal. Truth be told, both walk a fine line: confidence can easily become arrogance and (over) enthusiasm may be interpreted as desperation. One of the best ways to bring these two ingredients to the table without going overboard is to ‘pepper’ them throughout the interview by asking smart, savvy, and well-timed questions. One of the most common pieces of positive post-interview feedback we receive is that interviewers were impressed with the quality of thoughtful questions posed by the interviewee. Conversely, when we receive feedback that the interviewee “did not have any questions for us,” it’s often a deal breaker.  Gone are the days of generic interview questions like ‘how do you define success in this role’?  To actively demonstrate both confidence and enthusiasm you want to ensure you ‘attach’ yourself to the job in question. Meaning, you want to demonstrate that you can envision yourself in the job and establish how you will thoughtfully approach the role (and its mandate).  Asking astute, tailored (vs. generic) questions allows your interviewer to travel with you as you exhibit how you would tackle the role once it is awarded to you. Here are a few tips how to craft questions that demonstrate competencies: Research your interviewer and ask them specific questions about their career-path and how they have landed at the company and why they chose to sign on. Ask your interviewer questions around what projects they currently...

Who To Hire? Oct16

Who To Hire?

“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-colour boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-colour boxes with the sharpeners on the back.” John Mayer, Singer-Songwriter I’m perpetually surprised by how few companies seem to know “who” they need. Some can identify a needed skill or two but often those are the exception rather than the rule. And the temptation in a time consuming job seach is to take a narrow/linear approach to finding ‘the right person’. Mistake. Potentially costly. Possibly fatal. The adage, “hire for character, you can always teach skill” is a useful framework particularly when hiring someone who is responsible for critical deliverables like media relations, research or marketing strategies. A great character hangs from the solid framework of a balanced ego – all the positive “self” qualities: self-aware, self-motivated, self-restrained, self-confident. The balance is maintained by a reasonable sense of judgment or perception – an ability to gauge yourself in relation to others in diverse situations – and a desire to self-correct. You don’t have to be right 100% of the time (because you won’t be!), but you should always be willing and able to correct yourself when you’re wrong. On the other hand, an imbalanced ego creates a framework with potential weaknesses – all the negative “self” qualities: self-centered, self-seeking, self-righteous, selfish, and sometimes self-conscious. Unfortunately, these are often compounded by a lack of perception and an unwillingness to self-correct. With a balanced ego to anchor them all, desirable characteristics like curiosity, creativity and eloquence, become further assets for your company. The curiosity of a balanced ego is inspired by ideas and plans generated by others not just themselves. They are capable of focusing their creativity on other people and their projects, not...

Love Monday #44: Happy When? Jan20

Love Monday #44: Happy When?

The Do-What-You-Love (DWYL) mentality promises you’ll never work a day in your life, but – and here’s the crux of it – it takes most of us a lifetime to pinpoint that “what.” We’re qualified, yes, but interested…? Maybe? Sometimes? Flat out “No”? We’ve dug up 5 #LoveMonday career links looking at the full DWYL package: from recruitment to employee perks to happy fulfillment, including the real recipe for professional success and Tony Wright’s resume in disguise. Happy reading… Answer this: I will be happy when _____? A fabulous post from HBR challenging the notion of why we can’t stop working and turning the notion of “professional success first” on its head. Turns out, happiness IS the precursor. Here’s why… … What do you really want in your new hire? Entrpeneuer.com says that while experience (i.e. numbers of years worked) may give your candidates a certain level of aptitude, it certainly doesn’t influence or add to their overall attitude. Here’s what you need to try in your next job post. … The era of the oddball interview question is not over yet. Brush up on the outer reaches of your creativity by reviewing Fast Company’s list of the weirdest interview questions hiring manager ask. For example, the brain-busting: “What is your least favourite thing about humanity?” (ZocDoc, Operations Associate interview). Read more… … If Oprah’s Favourite Things show was an employee perks package, Canadian success story, Shopify, would be the BRAND! NEW! CAR! Read Techvibes account of some of the sleigh-worthy (as in Santa) employee benefits offered by Canada’s 2013 Employer of the Year nominee. … A recruiter’s search for the best candidate goes far and wide. Here’s how to keep your name on the top of the heap, without ever submitting your resume to the pile: Tony Wright’s Reverse Resume says to potential employers, “I’m not looking for a job, but…hypothetically speaking…here’s what it would take for an opportunity to...

A Throwback Thursday tribute to Smart Savvy’s Smokin’ Recruiter Nov28

A Throwback Thursday tribute to Smart Savvy’s Smokin’ Recruiter

In late 2008 (right when Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch were ‘dirty dancing’) we engaged the Smokin’ Recruiter to help create a recruitment education series. We didn’t quite get what we expected. Today we’ve shared Episode 1 of a 3 part series – Smokin’ Out The Pretenders. In this episode, the tried and ‘fried’ self-proclaimed ‘talent ace’ shares pearls of recruitment wisdom with us (the ‘constantly annoying general public’). If you want to know how to smoke out a pretend-to-be marketer, an employer who ‘sucks’ or a passive-aggressive job seeker, this series may offer some value.  If not, tell someone who cares (we heard it all in 2008).  PARENTAL ADVISORY: [Explicit...

Be Brilliant with People Oct25

Be Brilliant with People

There’s no saying that goes, “Make every email count,” but maybe there should be. LinkedIn says we spend up to 28% of the day reading and responding to emails on our smartphones – so they’ve decided to give mobile email users everywhere a superpower: information. This week, LinkedIn announced the release of its latest mobile-busting strategy – a new app called LinkedIn Intro that integrates LinkedIn profile information directly into your iPhone’s Mail app (or Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud—no Exchange support at the moment). The app embeds LinkedIn information, like profile pictures and headings, seamlessly into the body of an email, just below the subject line. Take a look: A simple one-click drop-down menu then allows you to view even more information, like employment history, mutual contacts and education. You can even add people to your LinkedIn network straight from your email – all without leaving ever opening another screen. Techhive offers a really good summary of how Intro works here. As someone who gets cold-emailed (is that a thing?) often, I can see how a little extra information at one’s fingertips would be useful in helping people “be brilliant with people.” Basically, Intro lets you tie in all kinds of relevant business and personal information on the fly, as if you were attentively following along – all along. In those terms, the handiness of the app could potentially set LinkedIn up to be a permanent appendage in the daily email exchanges of many – and no longer just a static website waiting for visits.  That is, except for the fact that’s it been met with some (ok, A LOT) of skepticism. The question going around (and around) is this: Would you proxy your email to get LinkedIn headers? Security researchers have taken issue...

Hunger Games: How to Ace your Next Job Interview Oct23

Hunger Games: How to Ace your Next Job Interview

It’s fun helping candidates prepare for job interviews. As a recruiter, by the time I’ve put your name forward, I’ve already signalled a good match. You, your skills, your work history – it’s all been laid out for consideration. But there comes a point (the interview) when it’s all up to you. I believe in you…do you? Are you hungry for it? In a way, interviews are like problem solving. It seems as simple as answering, in the span of an hour or so, how you’re someone who: The interviewer wants to work with – Friendly, relatable, a team player Is capable of doing the job – Possessing the right skills, familiar with the industry, experienced Who stands apart (compared to other prospective candidates) – An innovator with proven results BUT over the years, I’ve also learned it’s not quite that simple. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t – and how a great fit on paper can be an epic fail in person. The egos that barely fit in the chair. The understated superstars that won’t own up to even a fraction of their powers. The introverts. The extroverts. The over-rehearsed and the decidedly absent. I’ve distilled my best interview advice down to the following three essential rules of interview success. Tackle these three steps and the job is as good as yours: Get Hungry For it Ask yourself: do you care? This Lifehacker post suggests that “just giving a damn” can exponentially boost your chances of success. Nearly all of the top marketers we’ve profiled for our #StandApart series mention “energy” as one of their key indicators that a job interview is going well. So, I’d like to suggest that having a bit of skin in the game (i.e. caring) is half your prep work. Yes, research your...