Why you should treat job interviews like sales meetings

Guest post by John Fawkes  Here’s how job interviews usually go: you (the applicant) spend most of the time answering questions about yourself- what you’ve done, what you’re good at, what your biggest weakness is.  The interviewer drives the conversation, and you follow her lead.  In answering their questions, you either talk about what you’ve […]

[Video] Why haven’t I got interview feedback yet?

I got a few questions recently from job seekers who haven’t got feedback from a prospective employer yet. Perhaps you’ve been told that you’d get feedback by mid next week or whatever the date might have been, but the deadline is gone, and you’re still waiting. However, don’t always assume no news is bad news […]

Top tips for mastering phone and video interviews

Initial interviews by phone or Skype are more common than they used to be. It’s a cost-effective way to screen candidates in the initial stages of a recruitment process. As hiring becomes more global, both for employers and candidates, video interviewing is a way to expedite the interview process. At Expedia, we use phone and […]

What REALLY differentiates you in a job interview

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If you are interviewing (especially for senior level positions), do you know how to make yourself stand out from other candidates? As an experienced professional, every one of your competitors has climbed the corporate ladder in very similar ways. Those are/were your responsibilities … things you did that got you to where you are today. […]

How to answer competency-based questions

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If there is one thing most of my clients have in common is that they struggle with answering competency or behavioral interview questions during job interviews. Even if an employer has not told you that you will be involved in a behavioral style of an interview, you are still likely to face “behavioral/competency interview” style questions. […]

Should you apply for jobs you aren’t fully qualified for?

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Someone’s asked me this question on my Facebook page last week. While I won’t give you a straight yes or no answer – I’d like share some observations from my recruitment work and also my interview coaching practice. Firstly, don’t let a list of requirements on a job description to intimidate you, especially if it […]

Leadership interview questions and answers


A few days ago I wrote an article about how to describe your leadership abilities and experience during a job interview. If you’ve missed it, you’ll find a link at the bottom of this article. Given the importance of effective leaders in any organization, the companies try to ask many questions to evaluate a candidate’s […]