Business Communication Essentials, 8th Ed.
Chapter 14. Applying and Interviewing for Employment
"Hiring managers often doubt that anyone really wants to take a step “down.
"To help you get into your interviewer’s head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, competent, and ultimately hirable.
"A young man I’ve mentored since he was in college called me.
"TED Talks are fun and interesting.
"'You’ve told me about your strengths—now, can you share what you consider to be your biggest weakness?
According to Alison Green, "Job seekers tend to overanalyze everything that happens during the hiring process – from how long it takes a company to respond to their application to how friendly the person calling to schedule an interview sounds.
"Here's how to handle various levels of interview catastrophes: .
"Interviews are already nerve-wracking—and when you’re an introvert like me, they’re downright, wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat, I’d-rather-get-my-teeth-pulled terrifying.
"You’re in an interview and things are going really well.
"You stand up, shake the interviewer’s hand, and head home happy that you nailed the interview.
"I recently read about how to respond to stupid interview questions and thought, but 'Why do you get asked stupid questions in the first place?
"Follow these steps to land your dream job: .
"Savvy hiring managers can glean a ton of information about you by asking just a few, well-chosen questions.
According to Lily Zhang, "There’s a lot you can do to prepare for an interview.
"If you've sent out dozens or even hundreds of resumes and haven't heard anything back, you might be wondering what the problem is.
"Hiring managers are just people, and people are naturally curious," says Lily Zhang (photo, left).
Ronnie Ann, Founder of WorkCoachCafe.
"First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm," advises Emily Co (photo, left).
"According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Poll, a whopping 20% of 2,192 hiring and human resource managers in the US indicated they have asked a candidate an illegal question.
"The online jobs and career community Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of interview reviews to find the questions hiring managers most frequently ask.
"Whether you get a taciturn interviewer who only asks two questions or the inexperienced manager who spends way too much time focusing on your college years, knowing how to handle the rogue person on the other side of the table is a nice skill to have," explains Lily Zhang (photo, left).
Susan Adams, staff writer at Forbes.
"When you don't know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating.