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How To Answer Stupid Interview Questions – And What They Really Mean

In my career as a headhunter, I have conducted approx 2,500 job interviews myself and assisted to hundreds my clients led with my candidates. Since 2001, I have learned a lot from my clients on clever questioning that brings out the best of the candidates. But I have also heard many stupid interview questions. What is the reason stupid interview questions are asked after all? And how should you answer them? In my opi
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How To Stand Out And Find A Job Through Personal Branding

This is a post by Alessandra Salimbene, a Personal Branding, digital marketing & CRM specialist at The Personal Branding Coach: “Since the advent of the Internet, email and the web, we have seen changes in business practices, staff recruitment and communication within and between companies. The last two years have been marked by another revolution, that of social media. This has once again changed the criteria of
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Salary Negotiation: 33 Things To Negotiate Other Than Money

Congratulations! You have mastered the job interviews, left all your competitors behind and enter the final phase of your job search phase: the salary negotiation. What can you expect? A typical salary negotiation is unfortunately very often minimal to inexistent: you will be asked your expectations – and then, an offer is made. A real negotiation, however, does not always take place. Do not underestimate this
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Why Getting Hired Is Not Good Enough

This is a post by my good virtual friends Neil Patrick from 40pluscareerguru and Marcia LaReau from Forward Motion about the question why getting hired is not good enough today. Also check out their career blogs who are two of the three finest career blogs on this planet. “Big data and technology are accelerating the workplace to warp-speeds. Businesses are rising and falling faster than ever. The jobs outlook
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5 Ways To Become A Better Manager Than Santa Claus

Last year I wrote 5 Reasons Santa Is A Better Manager Than You. Good news: you have become much better this year! Yes, you even have a good potential to become a better Manager than Santa Claus in 2015! Read on for the anti-thesis of last year’s posting and learn how to become a better Manager than Santa Claus: Adapt to new technologies fast: When Santa is going from A to B, he uses a reindeer sledge, and this
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How Much Time Should You Spend On Your CV/ resume?

How much time did you invest in your CV? Let me guess: 20 hours? 30? More? In my job as a headhunter, I have heard up to “50 hours”. Bad news for you: recruiters (human resources or external recruitment consultants likewise) spend on average 5 seconds on your Curriculum Vitae before deciding to give you a “no”.  Why do we spend so much time on something with so little impact? : the CV and cove
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Halloween Special: 4 Points Your Boss Has In Common With A Serial Killer

Oldies are Goldies: It is Halloween and time for a special edition! Did you already notice that your boss is a little weird sometimes and often shows strange behavior which you do not understand? A possible explanation is that he is a serial killer (though there may be other reasons). Let’s have a closer look at 4 points a serial killer and your boss have in common: Ethnics: A serial killer: The vast majority of seri
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Candidates: The Only Two Questions You Really Need To Ask In The Job Interview

This posting breaks down 13 years’ of experience and 2,500 interviews I have personally conducted, hundreds of interviews I assisted to and hundreds of pre- and post-briefing calls. If I had to give you one ultimate career advice on the two, and only TWO questions you REALLY need to ask in the interview, this would be the ones I recommend: „What do you want me to do?“ Of course, you cannot ask it like this, make it a
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Work Hard, Live Better: Work Life Balance Exists

This is a post by Rob Hornman, Hotelier, Motivational Speaker and Founder of IGNITION as well as Partner at QUO. Formerly, Rob was CEO of World Hotels AG and VP at Sofitel Luxury Hotels: “About three years ago I was heading home on a Friday night after another busy but rewarding week. I had left a bit earlier than usual as we were having dinner plans with the family. Hitting the roads early resulted in me endin
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Right Or Wrong: “Headhunters Find Jobs For Candidates”

„Wrong“, er „Right“ er „Not So Easy“… The answer should in theory be „wrong“ as the definition „client“ is in a for-profit context „the one who pays the invoice“. And in executive search or headhunting, this is the hiring company as the service is for free for the candidates. But then, if I wrote it like this, this would be a one paragraph posting. And, more importantly, I would not keep my promise of giving tr
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