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Guest Post: Do You Speak Color’s Secret Language?

Do You Speak Color’s Secret Language? Guest Post: By Joy Overstreet, Portland’s personal color analyst Do You Speak Color’s Secret Language? Try this quick thought experiment: think of the color red. What adjectives, associations or symbols come to mind when you think of red? Did you think of passion, courage, valentines, anger, blood, energy, a politician’s tie? No doubt you came up with other associations as well. Why does color matter to someone seeking career advancement? Color matters because human beings respond strongly to color, though usually it’s at a subconscious level. The good news is [...]

Greatest Weakness? Smart Honest Answers!

“What is your greatest weakness?” question comes up in just about every interview. Tempted to give a cliché answer? Don’t. You run the risk of losing out on your dream job before the interview is over. The Question is Such a Cliché. Why Do Interviewers Ask It?  Greatest Weakness? Smart Honest Answers! There actually are many good reasons interviewers ask that question. The question is not asked to trip you up, but to make sure you are the right person for the job. Hiring the wrong person is a costly mistake all employers want to avoid. By asking [...]

2017-10-02T20:47:10+00:00 October 21st, 2016|How to Interview|1 Comment

What Are Your Salary Expectations?

Interviewing? What are your salary expectations. Interviewing?  Get the Salary You Deserve.  The interview’s just about over.  You’ve done well, you think.  Your heartbeat’s slowly returning to normal.  Your interviewer’s glanced at their watch, and is packing up their notes.  You follow their cue. They pause, cock their head, look you straight in the eye while at the same time feigning a casual approach.  You know what’s coming next.  It’s that dreaded, seemingly innocent but in reality often a final make-or-break question.… “What are your salary expectations for this job?” […]

New Graduates’ Funny Job Interview Bloopers

New Graduates‘ Funny Job Interview Bloopers Each spring and summer, thousands of college graduates spill into the workforce.  Unfortunately, many recent college grads find themselves uneducated and ill-prepared for the interview process, making avoidable mistakes and committing interview hara-kiri without understanding how or why. A hiring manager at a local tech company asked me to write an article for recent college graduates who need help with interviewing basics.   It was prompted by this doozy…. A recent grad in his early 20’s came into an interview wearing so much cologne it overtook the conference room!  Not the best [...]

Group Interview!?! Succeed!

Group interviews are more of a norm these days. In the past they were reserved mostly for candidates seeking positions at the “C Suite” level (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc.) and executive directors in non-profit organizations. Because group interviews are no longer confined to these lofty roles, it’s essential for job seekers to understand, prepare for and navigate them successfully. Group interviews are more challenging than one-on-ones. It’s a bit like the difference between practicing basketball free throws versus a new player to the team joining a game in progress with an established team. In one-on-ones, it’s a little easier to [...]

2017-08-22T21:01:16+00:00 November 16th, 2014|Career Advice, How to Interview|0 Comments

Qualified. Interviewed. Rejected. Why?

They told me I was the most qualified for the job but they didn’t hire me. Why? The One Secret to Interview Success Chances are you missed the one secret ingredient to interview success. Rapport: The Secret to Interview Success What happened? Or didn’t? Have you noticed some people have a knack for connecting? They always seem to be heard in meetings, liked by their peers, subordinates and bosses. And, they always seem to land the job of their dreams. You want to hate them, but they’re just so darned likeable. Is their secret sauce really such a [...]

2017-09-26T20:53:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Career Advice, How to Interview, Job Search Tips|2 Comments

Are You Ready for Your Job Interview?

Newsflash Are you ready for your job interview? The demand for top talent will remain high throughout the remainder of the year. “The consensus is recruiters, hiring managers and small businesses are gearing up for a robust second half of 2014” reports Matt Krumrie in a recent ZipRecruiter post. This is great news for job seekers, especially if your goal is to find your dream job this year. Assuming your qualifications land you an interview, how do you clinch the deal? The candidates who get the most job-offers are the ones who are the best prepared. When you [...]

7 Toughest Interview Questions 

Tough questions. Winning answers. Practice, perform, repeat, until the offer is yours. And How to Answer them... 1. What salary are you looking for? Always cite a realistic salary. Look the interviewer in the eye, state the number and stop talking.  Never lie about your current salary. Some companies include salary verification as a part of their standard background checks.  If the number you cite is different from the one they discover, your credibility is shot and so are your chances for the position.   If you believe you are underpaid and therefore looking for a sizable pay increase, [...]

Why do so many developers FAIL the interview code exercises?

One hiring manager's lament. Code exercises. They're nearly inescapable today. Hiring managers insist on 'seeing' what you can do before scheduling an interview. And there's good reason, too. In my experience, approximately 80% of all engineering candidates fail their initial code exercise, therefore who wants to schedule an hour out of their day for a candidate who can't pass a simple code exercise? To be perfectly candid, the high fail rate is due to laziness and sloppiness on the part of the candidate. It is for these reasons I have outlined a path to a successful code exercise submittal. If [...]

2014-04-22T05:21:08+00:00 April 8th, 2014|How to Interview|0 Comments

Interviewed. Ignored?!? Why? Shocking Truth…

Interviewed. Ignored?!? Why? Shocking Truth! You did your interview-prep homework. You dressed for success. You believe you nailed the interview. You sent your thank you notes. In short, you did everything right. Now you’re waiting, perhaps not so patiently. You keep your phone at hand at all times and check your email inbox constantly. But you receive no word, no feedback at all. You just can’t stop wondering why. You’re not alone. In today’s marketplace the silence seems to be more the rule rather than the exception. But why? There are three main reasons. (Continue reading here to [...]

2017-11-14T20:10:04+00:00 February 24th, 2014|Career Advice, How to Interview, Job Search Tips|0 Comments

Truth, Lies and Salary Negotiations

Is it okay if I lie about my current salary in a job interview? Truth, Lies and Salary Negotiations It can be very tempting to "exaggerate" or "embellish" one's compensation in hopes of bumping up the salary you receive in a job offer. Research has shown ( that as many as one in six job seekers will do just that! But you shouldn't according to John Hasnas, Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He says,"Even though you don't work for the person conducting the interview, you're still obligated to be ethical." Think about [...]

Opportunity Knocks. Now What?

Is this your dream job or your next nightmare? Congratulations! Opportunity’s knocking on your door with an intriguing potential new job. As you prepare to put your best foot forward in the interview, consider…. When opportunity knocks, what do you need to know to rest assured this is your dream job and not a nightmare? IT Interview Questions Checklist While curiosity and keen interest are welcome, your new employer might be taken aback if they feel interrogated while they’re interviewing you. Find out what you can during your interview prep research. Remember the goal in the interview is [...]

2017-11-14T20:06:59+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Career Advice, How to Interview, Job Search Tips|1 Comment