Posts Tagged ‘interview answers’

Why Supply Chain Professionals Are Good / Not So Good

I’ve noticed 10 underlying assumptions (through my work with candidates looking at Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Nike i.e. consumer-focused companies) that interviewers make about supply chain job candidates. When you’ve spent a majority of your career in a supply chain role, the good assumptions are: • You can create win-win partnerships. • You know…

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Why Marketers Are Good / Not So Good

I’ve noticed 10 underlying assumptions (through my work with candidates looking at Google, AmEx, IBM i.e. data-driven companies) that interviewers make about marketing job candidates. When you’ve spent a majority of your career in a marketing role, the good assumptions are: • You are creative. • You are an abstract thinker and ‘brainstorm’ well. •…

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How to answer: Tell me about yourself

Tell me about yourself. At the core, what interviewers want to assess when asking this job interview question is your decision-making ability. Are you logical? Are you thoughtful? Are you analytical? How do you think? Do I agree with your motivations for selecting job opportunities? Do we think similarly? Sometimes, it’s about whether the interviewer…

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The Top 4 Ways Not to Stand Out

It takes effort to stand out

I’ve asked about 1,000-plus executives throughout the last decade this question: How do you usually prepare for a job interview? Here are the top four ways that they have prepared for job interviews, they’ve: Read or memorized their resume/job description Guessed and answered the questions they’ll be asked Consulted with a human resources friend /…

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The Key to Landing Strategy Jobs

The key is confidence however not just your own…read on. As a job candidate, you are constantly being evaluated when it comes to how much or how little value you’ll potentially bring to an employer. For example, interviewers often wonder whether a job candidate can really figure out how to grow a company’s market share…

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Want to step into a more strategic role?

This month, I’ve set out to help you imagine what it is like to be the interviewer. I’ve found that while coaching high-performing executives the act of brainstorming what an interviewer may have on his mind has proven to be a quite effective interview preparation strategy. It has been useful in particular when I’m coaching…

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The Art of Job Interview Mind Reading

If you recall my last note, I said this: Interviewers have more on their minds than getting to know you. The best way I know how to convince you that this insight should inform how you prepare for your next interview is by providing an example. Imagine that you are the change management lead for…

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Use My Disappointment As Your Edge (Too)

I recall what one of my managers early on in my career told me when I asked about being considered for a promotion as a result of my strong performance evaluation. He looked at me in the eyes and said that I had to behave like an account executive for a number of months before…

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Messy Job Search? Here’s an Anchor

Is your job hunt all over the place? I’ve been noticing this as it relates to the corporate Olympians that I’ve been coaching of late. The crux of the matter is that many are unclear about their work history and objectives. Ironically, the same professionals who lead due diligence efforts prior to implementing a plan…

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