3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything

Employee fit is crucial. Here’s a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working.

To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here’s a simple but incredibly effective interview technique.

Here’s how it works. Just start from the beginning of the candidate’s work history and work your way through each subsequent job. Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.

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Don’t Just Wing It – Get Prepared for Interviews

If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews.

If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE).

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Top 5 Reasons Why you Never Hear Back After Applying for a Job and How to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?
Many HR managers and recruiters complain that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through and Avoid the Resume Black Hole?

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Everything you need to know about The Hidden Job Market

Sorry, but the Hidden Job Market……is not hidden at all!

Hidden Jobs are hidden only from those who have their heads stuck in the internet job listings!
Hidden Jobs are right next door to you, at your neighbor’s house.
Hidden Jobs are at the church you go to.
Hidden Jobs are sitting across the table from you when you are chatting with your friends.
Hidden Jobs are at Starbucks, or on your cell phone AND in your email contacts.
Hidden Jobs are on Yahoo Groups.
Hidden Jobs are contacts in your LinkedIn Groups AND Connections….HELLO?

FACT: 80 to 85 percent of all jobs are never advertised!

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ExecuNet’s Top 10 Trends in the Executive Employment Market

1. Despite continuing slow growth for the overall economy, 25 percent of companies are expected to add new executive positions in 2012. The management-level jobs picture is brightening.

2. Executive recruiters are more positive than they have been in five years and are expecting an average 21 percent gain in executive search assignments in 2012 compared to last year.

3. Top 10 industry growth sectors for executive hiring show continued strength in healthcare, technology and life sciences, but major gains are also expected for the manufacturing, business services and consumer products sectors in 2012.

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The Four Types of Career Coaching

Often people find themselves between jobs and in career transition as a surprise without having a fair chance to evaluate sources of assistance as they struggle to get back into the labor force. Following are a few scenarios and tips:

Self-Directed Job Search (No Career Coaching)
Most people belong to this group. Their previous employers have not entitled them to career coaching, and they decide not to seek such assistance. Two of the primary reasons are that (1) they believe they were able to secure employment before without a coach and they believe they can do it again (2) they’re in such emotional torment that they feel themselves to be in a fog and can’t make logical decisions. They still mourn their loss. Their job search success is hindered and grossly limited but not impossible. They also may have financial hardship and cannot justify the cost of paying a career coach, which can be a “Catch 22”. The logic here is if they engage a career coach the chances of landing a new job faster increases and thus the return on investment becomes invaluable.

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Want to Get Lucky?

Fortune cookies never really help you – Plus, they are loaded with sugar…..You need to make your own fortune and L.U.C.K = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge!

Want to Get Lucky?

These 4 Principles Can Create Good Fortune in Your Life and Career:

1. Maximize Chance Opportunities – Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this is various ways, which include building and maintaining a strong network, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and being open to new experiences.

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Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

unnamedDoes your resume stand out? Will employers quickly see you are the one to do the job? Your resume has less than 15 seconds to capture an employer’s attention according to a national survey of 600 hiring managers. You must also incorporate effective keywords or the electronic search tools will never put you on the hiring manager’s screen.

1. EMPHASIZE RESULTS! This was #1 with all surveyed employers. Accomplishments get attention, not just job descriptions. State the action you performed and then note the achieved results. Include details about what you increased or decreased. Use numbers to reflect, how much, how many, and percentage of gain or reduction. Stress money earned or time savings. For example: Managed the project implementing a new tracking system that resulted in a 17% decrease in cost overruns, saving $200,000.

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7 Daily Tips for Being Highly Productive

Get focused and back on track with these helpful tips.

Want to be more productive and get your focus back? There are no secret tricks here… do one thing at a time. Stop multitasking—it’s just another form of distraction. Easier said than done, I know.

Here are seven tips for staying productive:

1. Work backwards from goals to milestones to tasks. Writing down “secure 3 first interviews in 60 days” at the top of your to-do list is a sure way to make sure you never get it done. Break down the work into smaller and smaller chunks until you have specific tasks that can be accomplished in a few hours or days: Sketch a detailed outline with critical success factors and actions to achieving this goal. That’s how you set goals and actually succeed in crossing them off your list.

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