The STAR interview model is one of the most commonly used behavioral interview methods. STAR stands for Situation or Task, Action, and Results. Even if your interviewer does not specifically use this framework, she will ask questions that can be answered with the framework. Regardless of the question, using this framework will ensure that your answers are thorough, detailed, results-oriented, and well structured.
Are you nervous for an upcoming interview? The interview is one of the major reasons that determine whether or not you land the job. If you can interview strongly with confidence and poise, your chances of success are much higher. I am here to give you a few key pointers that will greatly improve your interview performance. Try to practice these with a friend if possible.
Phone interviews are generally shorter (~30 minutes) interviews that recruiters or hiring managers use to get to know you better. They are usually part of an initial interview screen to establish whether or not you deserve to move on to the in-person interview. Companies receive many resumes for each position, as a result, they need a way to screen through all those resumes and only bring in the most promising candidates. I have compiled a few tips to help you with your phone interview/phone screen.
As someone from a liberal arts college, I understand the perceived difficulties of obtaining employment after college. Your parents, other family members, and family friends may have warned you against pursuing a liberal arts degree due to limited employment opportunities. It seems like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees are all the rage with the best employment opportunities. Business and other pre-professional degrees are still perceived as employable, whereas a liberal arts major might as well work at the local coffee shop (no offense). However, I am here to tell you that your career and ultimate success is more determined by your individual self, creativity, ambition, work ethic, and motivation rather than the type of degree you get.
Hiring managers want the best of everything. In their job postings, they’ll post a long list of requirements and skills that they are looking for. However, chances are, it is very hard to find someone who has all those exact skills, requirements, and experiences. A lot of those skills end up being learned on the job or not needed at all. The more of those skills you have on your resume, the greater your chances are of landing the interview, regardless of whether or not you can perform the job well. So, if you don’t have those skills on paper, how would you convince a hiring manager to give you an interview and potentially the job?
In today’s world, emails are the most common method of written communication. Although teleconferences and face-to-face meetings are important and needed in some circumstances, a quick email gets the message across in most cases. Here are my key tips for writing clear, effective emails.
One big mistake that many young people make is that they don’t start saving early. As a result, they end up paying for it later on in life. When most people are young, they’re not really concerned about what’s going to happen 40 years from now. They’re not concerned about paying for retirement or paying for their kids’ educations. That is a huge mistake! Additional time in the market is necessary for your nest egg to compound.
When thinking about ways to improve yourself at work, most people will obtain additional certifications, take courses, and take seminars while others may spend more time practicing on additional projects or assignments. Some people may go to toastmasters to improve their public speaking ability. I am here to present you several non-traditional ways to improve work performance that may transform your professional life more so than any course or certification.
In 1967, two UCLA professors concluded that communication is 93% nonverbal in the Journal of Consulting Psychology. They studied the relative importance of words, tone, and body language, concluding that the message contributes 7%, tone contributes 38%, and body language contributes the remaining 55% of communication. Now that you know the importance of nonverbal communication, you can practice improving your ability to communicate not just verbally, but nonverbally as well for your interviews and in everyday situations. Below, I have detailed a few aspects of tone and body language that you can pay attention to.
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