Friday, February 22, 2013

Top 4 Interview Mistakes

Mistake #1: You Sound Like Everyone Else
The key to a successful interview is to stand out in the employers mind. This doesn't mean wear funky clothes. To stand out, you need to stand for something. Pick one or two things you want the employer to remember about you. Refer to those one to two points several times during the interview.

For example, you may choose to brand yourself as someone who is deadline driven. When asked about working in a team environment, answer the interview question but feel free to weave in your main point. "Because I am so deadline driven myself, I’ve really learned how to work with others’ strengths and weaknesses in order to reach our goals on time.”

Mistake #2: Vague Responses
Vague responses will almost guarantee you a rejection letter. Not only are vague responses easily forgotten, they carry little credibility. By providing detail to each interview question, your answers become more real, tangible and most importantly... memorable.

Mistake #3: Little to No Preparation
Mistakes #1 and #2 are usually caused by lack of preparation. Give yourself plenty of time preparing answers to the interview questions related to the position you are applying for. Make sure you have a firm grasp of the products or services sold, the customers the company serves, and the competition. There really is no substitute for preparation.

Mistake #4: No Pause
When under pressure, some of us freeze up. Others talk more quickly. Regardless of how you act under pressure, take advantage of the pause. Here are 2 uses for the pause:

Pause before providing a response to each interview question asked. Use the time to formulate your answer. You can also use a stalling phrase like “That is a great question” to buy yourself some time.

Pause before delivering an important point. Anytime you pause, you will immediately gain the attention of your interviewer.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

10 Top Mistakes People Make in Job Interviews

By Dave Johnson | CBS Money Watch - Tue, Feb 12, 2013

You can never be too prepared for a job interview -- you never know what minor element of your personality or presentation can make or break your chances.  But while you maybe polished to a luster for the usual interview questions and your resume is gleaming, what about some of the other intangibles involved in getting hired?

After all, for better or for worse about a third of hiring managers assess candidates and make a hiring decision within the first 90 seconds or so.  Fair?  Of course no.  But it does mean that it's critical to control those elements that aren't just about your previous job performance.

Recently, education research firm Classes and Careers published an interesting infographic that rolls up a slew of less obvious things that influence the hiring process.

For starters, there are a slew of nonverbal queues that hiring managers consider mistakes that can cost you the job.  The most egregious one?  Failure to make eye contact is at the top of the list.  Other deal-breakers include failing to smile, bad posture and fidgeting.

In addition, your choice of clothing is important.  More than half of hiring managers say that your choice of clothes can be the deciding factor when choosing among similar candidates.  In particular, it can be a liability to dress too fashionably or trendy.

According to Classes and Careers, here are the 10 most common mistakes people make at job interviews:

10. Over-explaining why you lost your last job
  9. Conveying that you're not over having lost your last job
  8. Lacking humor, warmth or personality
  7. Not showing enthusiasm or interest in the job
  6. Inadequate research about the position or company
  5. Concentrating on what you want rather than what the company needs
  4. Trying to be all things to everyone
  3. Winging the interview
  2. Failing to set yourself apart from the other candidates
  1. Not asking for the job

Thursday, January 10, 2013

7 Hot Jobs for $70K+

Hot Jobs
By Alida Moore,

When it comes to planning for your financial future, securing a ob in a growing industry might be your best bet. But, which jobs have the most promise for a $70K (or higher) payday?

According to online salary database,, industries on the rise include technology, engineering, and finance. "Jobs in these industries are "hot" because they are in high-demand, rapidly growing fields, and are expected to experience positive growth, both in pay and job opportunities," says Katie Bardaro, Director of Analytics at PayScale.

Here are seven jobs that typically pay over $70,000, each with a predicted growth rate of over 14 percent, the average rate of all jobs as predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Petroleum GeologistMedian Pay: $100,000
The oil and gas industry frequently appears in lists of industries that are thriving.  A petroleum geologist plays a key role in finding oil, using various sciences to discover potential oil traps.  A bachelor's degree is required, though some positions require candidates to have a master's degree in geology or petroleum engineering.

Data Scientist, IT
Median Pay: $ 91,5000
Big Data is technology's newest player and it's here to stay, Bardaro says.  "In today's world., everyone wants to collect and analyze data to make their products and businesses more successful," she explains. A data scientist is required to spot trends in data, so this career might be good fit for you if you are inquisitive, patient, and analytic. A bachelor's degree is required.

Management Consultant
Median Pay: $87,400
With the economy still in recovery from the Great Recession, businesses need to be strategic about their choices. A management consultant can help a business decides the best path of action to take when it comes to making decisions about growth, employees, and products. Ideally, a management consultant helps render businesses more successful. This job typically requires a bachelor's degree.

Portfolio Manager
Median Pay: $84,500
With the uncertainty of the economy., it's good to have a team of professionals overseeing portfolios, explains Bardaro. "Typically, portfolio managers work for a company, rather than an individual, managing financials to ensure they grow year over year, to make sure the boat doesn't sink," she says. This job typically requires a bachelor's degree.

Clinical Engineer, Medical Devices
Median Pay: $72,600
The demand for healthcare services rises with our increasing population. As by boomers age, the need ultrasound machines, dialysis machines, and other medical devises will continue to multiply. A clinical engineer is responsible for responding to this need by making these devices smarter, more technologically advanced. This job requires a bachelor's degree.

Content Strategist
Median Pay: $72,100
If you are a creative thinker who understands how to make a brand appeal to a wide audience, you might be well-suited for a career as a content strategist. Bridget Quigg, content strategist at a Seattle, WA tech startup, enjoys a lot of variety in her career. "I love my job. It's creative almost 100 percent of the time. Infographic, whitepapers, articles, blog posts - I get to make all kinds of topics shine," says Quigg. Typically, a person in this career holds a bachelor's degree.

Android Software Developer
Median Pay: $70,500
Next time you are waiting on line at the coffee shop, look around and notice how many patrons are using their phones. "Smartphone usage is on the rise; mobile devices have become one of the main ways people consume media," says Bardaro. If you have ideas for great apps and an understanding of the Android operating system and software development, you might enjoy this career.

Source: All salary and education data provided by online salary database Salaries listed are median, annual pay for workers with five to eight years of experience and include all bonuses, commissions or profit sharing. The projected growth rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast of the percentage job growth between 2010 and 2020.