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From the Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! 5 Interview Statements. True or False?

Interview QuizAs a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs on success stories and tips for job seekers going through career transition on the topics of resumes, the interview, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects to help you through career transition.  Today, I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different.  So, this week we’ll take a quiz to review two of my blog posts written earlier this year on the interview and relevant today. Let's see what you remember.  If you haven't read my former interview posts, let's see how much you know. Let’s have some fun with this. Ready? Here we go…

Below are 5 true or false questions based on two of my popular blog posts titled “Job Interviewing Success! The 7 Critical Rules to Remember” and the “Top Job Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Women and Men to Dress for Success.”

5 Interview Question

 Review the interview statements below. Are they True or False?

 1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments. Even if it’s unrelated to the job, it’s still one of your accomplishments.

 2. Focus your answers on your skills

 3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer.

 4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses in the interview.

 5. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

 

Man Reviewing Interview Quiz1. It's best to answer all situational questions with one of your accomplishments even if it's unrelated to the job.  False. Do answer all situational questions with an accomplishment. However, you do want to direct your answers to the company needs.  And, present your answers on what you can do for the company, not what they can do for you.  Many interviewees do not remember to do this.  I also recommend using the S.A.R. statement to answer all accomplishments. S.A.R. stands for Situation, Action, Result.  Begin with the verb that best describes your role. For example, managed, developed or represented. Discuss briefly 3 or 4 actions without too much detail. And, end with the result.  What was the outcome of your accomplishment that made it a success? If possible, quantify the results with a specific dollar amount or percentage increased or reduced.  If the results are not available yet, projections are acceptable. Remember to speak the language of the industry where you are interviewing.  This will tell the interviewer you are a good fit and ready to make the change.

2. Focus on your skills. True. Be specific. Say the skills the interviewer is looking for in your answers at least three times throughout your interview.  For example, if you are in Human Resources Management, you may want to name drop the skills Talent Management, Human Resources Management, and Training and Development.  What the employer hears three times in the interview, they will remember.

3. Wear conservative or power colors. This shows your confidence to the interviewer. False. Do wear conservative colors onlyConservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.  Do not wear power colors to the interview. For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

Business at interview wearing sunglasses4. On a warm sunny day, it is acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. False. It is not acceptable to wear sunglasses during the interview. Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would wear sunglasses, however, interviewers see it often. I remember seeing someone in an interview with sunglasses and a bright orange tie.  This is a perfect example of what not to do.

5. Do wear light cologne or none at all. True. Ladies and gentlemen, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne of an allergy. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this week’s blog fun and helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Top Job Interview Do’s & Don’ts for Women & Men to Dress for Success

Dressing appropriately for the interview is important.  Why?  Think about it.  For the interviewer, it is the first image of you when they first see you.  It is their first impression of you. Quite often I am asked “how do I dress for the interview if the employees dress casual.” 

 

Below are the top do’s and don’ts for women and men to think about when preparing for the interview.  Think, dress for success!

 

Do’s & Don'ts for Women

1. Do wear light make up.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

3. Do wear conservative colors only. 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels

5. Do wear a business suit.

 

1. Do wear light make up. Do wear make up ladies.  Keep it light with mascara and conservative color of lipstick.

 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Ladies, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

3. Do wear conservative colors only. Conservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.

 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels. Remember, for your first impression on the job interview, be conservative by wearing one or two inch heels.

 

5. Do wear a business suit. Wear a mid knee length skirt, a plain white or color appropriate blouse and jacket to the interview.  If Human Resources or the interviewer suggests you dress business casual, it is recommended to wear a pants suit with the jacket. Remember, even if the employees wear jeans to work or you are interviewing for a telecommuting position, you are not an employee yet.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors.

2. Don’t wear too much makeup.

3. Don’t wear too much cologne.

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview.

 

1. Don’t wear power colors.  For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

 2. Don’t wear too much makeup.  Stay conservative with your makeup, ladies.  You do not know what impresses or offends the interviewer.  Be safe by staying neutral and being conservative with your make up.

 

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne.  It’s best to eliminate cologne. If you do wear cologne, it is recommended to keep it light. Remember, your cologne choice may just be the one she or he is allergic too and may offend the interviewer. Did you ever think your cologne could remind her or him of a past relationship and be a distraction from you, if only for a moment.

 

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  Unless you’re applying for a job in the fashion industry and it fits your image of the job you are applying for, be conservative. Wear one or two inch heels.

 

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview. If the employers asks you to dress business casual, how do you dress? Ladies, business casual means you can wear a business pants suit. I recommend wearing a jacket with your pants. Even if you can wear jeans on the job, again, remember, you’re not an employee yet.

 

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Do’s & Don'ts for Men

1. Do wear conservative colors only. 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. 

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. 

 

1. Do wear conservative colors only. For example, wear a business suit in navy, black or tan.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Remember, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, it may remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship.

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. If you are told it is business casual, eliminate only the tie.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors. 

2. Don’t wear sunglasses in the interview

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne

 

1. Don’t wear power colors. For example, do not wear a red or bright orange tie to the interview. Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

2. Don’t wear your sunglasses in the interview.  Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would do this, however, interviewers see it often.

 

3. Don’t wear cologne or wear it lightly.  Again, it is recommended to eliminate cologne.  You do not want to offend the interviewer.  You really don’t know what their pet peeves are at this point, do you? 

 

Today’s blog is a follow up of last week’s blog titled, “Land the Interview? 2 Ways to Dress for Success.” If you haven’t read last week's blog, I highly recommend you do. It will give you two great success stories of how dressing for success made the difference which greatly contributed to landing the job.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help you. You're welcome to email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation. Please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

2011 – Top 3 Steps to Salary Negotiating, Before You Get the Offer

Here are the 3 steps to salary negotiating that will assist you in getting the salary you really want and deserve.

1. Know what you want. 

2. Show your enthusiasm. 

3. Ask for a higher salary than you really want. 

 

1. Know what you want.  Have all your ducks in a row. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?  Know what you want before you get the offer.  Make a list of what you want, salary, benefits, computer, etc.  Prioritize the items on your list and these become your negotiating tools.

 

2. Show your enthusiasm.  When you receive an offer, show the employer you are excited about joining their team.  However, ask for 24 to 48 hours to give yourself time to make this important decision.  The employer will understand.  If they want you to make a decision on the spot, you may want to consider if this is a red flag. 

  

3. Ask for more than you really want.  Never give a dollar number or a salary range that maximizes the amount of money you really want.  Leave room for you and the employer to negotiate to get what you want. 

 

The 3 Steps to Negotiating are the key ingredients to getting the salary you really want.  However, each professional who utilized the 3 steps listed above and got the offer, had different success stories.  Here is one of my favorite.  Why?  Because so many events took place to make it happen.  And, it could happen to you.  This will help to give you the confidence you'll need to negotiate and focus on the end result.  Getting the salary you deserve.

 

Success Story

Brie was a Sales Manager making a six-figure income for a high end department store chain.  She was managing a sales team for a customer of a well known designer clothing line when her position was eliminated during a reorganization.  She had 11 direct reports. 

 

When I first met with her at the end of August 2010, I asked her what was most important to her now.  She said she wanted to spend a month with her 7 year old son before going back to work and she didn’t want to lose her severance package. She was making $145K and her severance package paid her this through November 2010. 

Brie negotiated, got what she wanted and more when she accepted her new position on September 30th 2010.

 

This is what happened – Another division of the same company offered her a position that paid $115K to $120K as the position only had 3 direct reports.  However, this job would add value to her resume because it offered 3 times more volume with an accessory line with the clothing.  And, they wanted her to start right away.  We met and discussed next steps. 

 

Brie negotiated up to $125K, then $135K + a $10K sign on bonus.  When I asked her about her severance package.  She told me the manager was still waiting to hear from Human Resources. 

 

She started September 30th which gave her the one month time with her son.  The employer started her with her severance package at $145K and when it ended she received the sign on-bonus of $10K she negotiated and salary of $135K.  With the additional bonuses she’ll earn each quarter, she did well with her negotiating.

 

Do you need immediate help with salary negotiating, interviewing or social networking?  Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a resume writer to help you write your resume.  I can help.  To see more success stories, email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …