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Culture Fit Interview Question: How Would You Answer to Get the Offer?

Culture Fit Interview Question

I had an HR consultant reach out to me and ask how we prepare candidates for culture fit interview questions.

Essentially, she wanted to know about the list of questions we use to prepare our clients for when companies want to determine if someone is a good culture fit for their organization.

This is the part of the interview process when the company has already determined that your qualifications are suitable. Now the hiring managers want to see if you are a fit with the culture of the firm.

We have a list of about a dozen questions we address with clients, but this is my personal favorite to ask.

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3 Strategies for Answering the ‘Greatest Weakness’ Interview Question

 

answering greatest weakness interview questionRandom people on LinkedIn reach out to me via email to ask how to handle the ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ interview question.

Without knowing someone, this is virtually impossible to answer in an email.

Depending on what your actual weaknesses and target roles are, this answer can vary widely between people when it is an authentic answer.

However, here are some angles to take when formulating your answer:Continue Reading…

7 Straightforward Reasons You Weren’t Hired

 

reasons you weren't hiredAm I overqualified?

Is it my age?

I get asked all of the time by job seekers why they weren’t hired for a job they applied for. I heard the story: You’ve been on a number of interviews and sent out more applications than you can count, but still no luck. If you hear back at all, it’s often a “thanks for your time, but we’re not interested” or “you’re not the right fit for this role.” I know that it can be frustrating and disheartening. While everyone’s situation is unique, I may be able to shed some light… Here are 7 reasons why you likely didn’t get the job, that you can examine, and – hopefully – turn your luck around so you don’t keep receiving the same response.Continue Reading…

The One Bold Salary Negotiating Tactic Only High-Achievers Can Use

 

salary negotiating tacticMany popular job search coaches give the executive salary negotiation advice to hold out and not say a say range when asked. Well, this is great in an ideal world and in reality it works occasionally. Except I can tell you first hand, as a recruiter, many executive candidates I interviewed did not move on to the next step when they did not give me a salary range.

This is how that conversation between my recruiter-self and the executive job seeker would go:

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10 Crucial Interview Points to Leave a Lasting Impression

Interview Preparation
How do you leave a lasting impression on your next interview? You land an interview for an incredible executive-level position you discovered online or through your network. What a relief to receive the interview call for this opportunity! The door is officially open and your foot is officially in the door. Now it’s time to walk across the threshold and make a great impression. How do you deliver a strong, solid interview? Incorporate these ten crucial points, when preparing for your next interview, to make a lasting impression to land that great job:Continue Reading…

Guest Blog Post: 7 Things HR is Thinking When They Are Interviewing You

Contact: Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Often when you have a job interview, you have to meet with HR first. As a former staffing manager for a Fortune 500 company, and a career and job coach, I have seven insights to share about what HR is thinking as they interview you. Knowing these will help make your interview with HR count.

1. How prepared are you? We hope you did not only check our website.
The last thing that Human Resources wants to hear is you asking us how many employees we have or what states we are in, since you can easily find that information online. Before you go to an interview, learn something about us – our products, our history and our challenges, and apply that knowledge to formulate thoughtful questions or ideas. Asking for information that can be easily found on our website will ensure you will sink to the bottom of our list and may not even make it to the next step.Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Be Ready for the Difficult Interview Questions


The cardinal rule of interviewing seems to be “never say anything negative on an interview.” But that does not mean the hiring manager will not ask you about the blemish, challenge or failure in your past that you would prefer not to talk about, if given the choice. Despite your best efforts, the interviewer will find a way to ask you about your unreasonable boss, the company that went bankrupt, your layoff, the sales plan you missed, the budget you exceeded, the gap in your resume or your nutty co-workers. Or maybe you were fired—<gasp>. How do you diplomatically and confidently discuss these issues with a prospective employer, when what you really want to do is hide in the nearest corner when they arise?Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Be Ready for the Difficult Interview Questions


The cardinal rule of interviewing seems to be “never say anything negative on an interview.” But that does not mean the hiring manager will not ask you about the blemish, challenge or failure in your past that you would prefer not to talk about, if given the choice. Despite your best efforts, the interviewer will find a way to ask you about your unreasonable boss, the company that went bankrupt, your layoff, the sales plan you missed, the budget you exceeded, the gap in your resume or your nutty co-workers. Or maybe you were fired—<gasp>. How do you diplomatically and confidently discuss these issues with a prospective employer, when what you really want to do is hide in the nearest corner when they arise?Continue Reading…