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Job Search Tip of the Week – 10/06/2016

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

Think like an Interviewer – Q3



Last week we tackled the first of our 19-post series (inspired by this infographic) on the intentions behind the most common interview questions and tips on how to form the most impressive of responses (Catch up here if you missed my analysis and advice on questions meant to gauge your confidence level.).

Remember those times when your teachers said, “‘I don’t know’ isn’t a valid answer,” and you rolled your eyes at them? Time to start apologizing, because they were really doing your professional career a favor when they forced you to “at least try” – Employers won’t hire candidates who refuse to strive for solutions (Even to silly scenarios such as “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”) because they’re afraid of getting it wrong.

They want employees who can think quickly on their feet and use the resources available to them to turn a problem into an opportunity for improvement, because those are the ones who will positively contribute the most to the company’s environment and productivity.


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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 09/29/2016

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    How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

    Think like an Interviewer – Q9


    As I mentioned last week, I’ll be discussing over the coming weeks the top reasons behind typical interview questions and how to provide answers that address them effectively. This week, let’s take a look at questions intended to determine your confidence level, such as “Why should I hire you?”

    (If you’re a loyal CareerJuice reader, you may remember closely examining this question with me earlier this year. However, keep reading, as this post will serve as both a refresher and an advanced addendum.)


    As I asserted in my earlier post, “Why should I hire you” and variants such as “What could you do for the company,” “What would you contribute to the company,” “What do you have to offer the company,” “How would you add value to the company,” and “Why should you be chosen over other candidates who have equal if not stronger qualifications or more experience” are opportunities to sell yourself as the valuable asset the company needs.

    That being said, think about the most persuasive people you know. What makes them more successful than others at promoting their products and services, or opinions and ideas?

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 09/22/2016

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    How to Ace Your First-Round (or really, Just about Any) Interview

    Think like an Interviewer


    At some point in your professional career, you’ve undoubtedly been left wondering, “Why did they ask me that?!” Well, wonder no longer.



    In her last blog post to the CTC intern blog Destination: CTC, Rebecca described a unique aspect of our internship program in which we provide them opportunities to observe and conduct phone screens and in-person interviews with potential internship candidates. We designed this portion of our internship program to help our interns experience why interviewers ask certain questions and how some responses are better than others.


    Knowing how you perform as an interviewer and what expectations you have for interviewees, as Rebecca mentioned, gives you a leg up on your job search. You too can start becoming well-equipped for your next interview by checking out the infographic below, which deconstructs 19 of the most common interview questions to reveal the meaning behind them:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 09/15/2016

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    How to Network Effectively

    Use Mnemonic Devices to Improve Your Memory


    What people think when you say you’re “bad with names.”


    “I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are ‘bad with names.’ No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.’” – Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 09/08/2016

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    How to Walk the Money Talk

    How to Smoothly Negotiate Your Salary or Raise & Improve Your Compensation Package


    This post is intended for those of you who are planning to discuss a raise with your current employer and those that are not working with a third-party recruiter (If you’re working with a reputable staffing agency, the recruiter negotiates your salary for you with the client / your future employer. Before this takes place it’s important that you’re honest and upfront with your recruiter about your expectations for compensation!).


    Check out the following infographic for spot-on salary negotiation advice from Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I shouldn’t be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know.

    P.S. Gentlemen, although the infographic was created exclusively for Levo League to support their mission to aid in the career development of professional women, these tips are just as effective for you!

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 08/31/2016

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    How to Maximize Your Job Search ROI

    Improve Your Job Search Strategy to Get More Interviews & Job Offers

    This is what you’re aiming for in your job search!

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 08/23/2016

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    How to Make Wiser Decisions

    Deciding With More Confidence & Speed

    Get your head out of the clouds and into the decision!


    You face a myriad of decisions during your job search: What content should you include in and how should you format your resume? How much time should you dedicate each day to your job search efforts? How much time should you allocate to each job search method? Should you work with a recruiter? How many resumes should you send out each day? Who should you call today and when? How do you choose between multiple job offers?

    Sometimes the hiring process moves quickly, which means you may have to make some of the aforementioned decisions speedily and with confidence. Here are four tips on how to reach wiser conclusions faster, adapted and modified from “Pick One Already!” by Lauren F. Friedman:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 08/16/2016

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    How to End Your Interview Before it Even Begins

    Infamous Voicemails and other Telephone Crimes

    What you’re really saying: “Don’t hire me!”


    Your resume gets your foot in the door (at least, if it’s written well). Now, how do you keep it there?

    Unfortunately, in today’s digital world, job applicants often overlook how important phone presentation is in securing an in-person interview.

    Excellent verbal communication skills are essential for success in any position, especially as a sales or client-facing professional. Potential employers take advantage of any opportunity, including voicemails and phone interviews, to assess them. Job applicants who look perfect on paper can end up pulling themselves out of the candidate pool by leaving infamous voicemails and committing some serious telephone crimes.

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    What Would You Do With the Gift of Time?

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    How One Company Redefined Work-Life Balance:

    500 (Fully Paid) Hours to Pursue Your Passions


    You don’t want to look back on your life and realize you didn’t live.


    Technology has blurred the line between our work and personal lives, making work more accessible and inadvertently pressuring us to work more hours outside the office.

    I firmly believe that employees are the heart of any business, and that the personal and professional development of your workforce is a worthy investment that yields an astronomical return that positively affects your bottom line. In fact, back in May I published a post, “The Relationship Between Health and Productivity,” detailing research that supports the conclusion that promoting corporate health and wellness can increase individual and overall company productivity.

    Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for companies that make exceptional efforts to ensure their employees maintain a balanced life. And just the other day, I came across an oldie-but-goodie video about Minneapolis marketing and advertising agency Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo (formerly Barrie D’Rozario Murphy).

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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    Job Search Tip of the Week – 08/09/2016

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    How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

    17 #TwitterSearch Hacks You Never Knew About that’ll Maximize Your #JobSearch


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