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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 2,200 interviews I have personally conducted, hundreds of interviews with my candidates I assisted to after having briefed them 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 c
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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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Five Tips for an Awesome Job Interview

This is a post by Tim Huff, a technology executive at Macy’s/ Bloomingdale’s: “Are you just another face in the crowd? Are you just another candidates who is forgotten about an hour after the job interview is complete? Of course not, you’re an awesome candidate whom any company would love to hire! But, you may be leaving a flat impression in your interviews without knowing it. As an interviewer, I often s
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How To Negotiate A Severance Package

Earl Nighingale gave one of the best career advice ever “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. .” As of a certain level on your career, it is normal to negotiate a departure rather than finding a new job first and then resigning from the old one.  because you had different views on the future strategy, because you had been appoint
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Right Or Wrong: “Recruiters Advertise Fake Jobs”

Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet , completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (this is valid for recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”). For the last 13 years since I started in this profession, I heard over and over again candidates who complained that when they met their recruiter, the job “was gone
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How To Recognize A Good Headhunter

Whilst it is almost impossible to recognize e.g. a good dentist (confirms my friend Carsten, a good dentist), this is much easier when you ask yourself the question how to recognize a good headhunter. Here are the  and help you understand if the recruiter in front of you is likely to be able to help you or not: X as in Expertise: How well does the headhunter know his/ her client/ candidate, the industry or at least t
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5 Reasons Your Application Gets Ignored

 your application gets ignored. You have no time to be inefficient and neither do we. In a world of information that is omnipresent and difficult to digest, everything must go fast. If you are not able to convince within 6.25 seconds that you are the right candidate, your resume will be put on “nope” pile and my own experience after 13 years in recruitment is that approx  and will go there (ahem: so best
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Why And How To Play Nice With Recruiters (And What Bees Got To Do With It…)

This is a post by Marcia LaReau, an executive career coach, employment trainer, and business consultant. Marcia is founder of Forward Motion LLC, Motivational Speaker and “The Voice of the Unemployed”: “Most headhunters are quite protective about their work. Jorg Stegemann from Kennedy Executive is unusual because he reaches out to jobseekers through his informative blogs regarding his process. If y
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How To Ace A Phone Interview @Forbes

Congrats: you have already been identified as „interesting“ and are not one of the 85% of all candidates and résumés inhouse and external recruiters receive who dont respond to the job specs. Take my job as a headhunter for instance: in a typical search assignments with at least 100 or more candidates, I identify the 15 that interest me most and call them. Out of these 15, I then invite five to seven and finally pres
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