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
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
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
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
The answer to this is not so easy even though literature is clear and recommends not to mention the salary when you are a candidate. However, and be the base of possible pay rises as well as the next job. How was it when you have been hired into your current job? Often candidates are asked their current salary and their expectations – and then a sum is announced. A real negotiation, however, does not take place
Job interviews are stress, for both the candidate and the hiring manager. After all, both sides want to show themselves from the best angle, make a good impression and ideally confirm a second meeting, right? There are many dos and don’ts (here are all from this blog). But what is the number one worst thing you can do to a candidate in the interview? Read on, the answer might be different than what you think of.
The job interview is the beginning of any career, may it be a stellar one or one that stops during the trial period. Not your skills, your expertise or competency alone will get you the working contract on the table but your ability to bring all these across in the first, second and third interview (and maybe more. I heard of up to 14…). There is much on the internet on what to do in the interview (including my numbe
Having been working in professional recruitment for more than a decade, I have been preparing all my candidates thoroughly for their job interviews. Over the years, this briefing became more and more sophisticated but I was still looking for the “holy grail”, the number 1 key learning that won’t get forgotten and enables candidates running for jobs but also for professionals managing their career to get it all right.
X-factor is that elusive quality that sets one person apart from the crowd. It’s something to do with charisma, a little bit about the way that person makes you aspire to be like them, and a lot about them making you feel like you’ve known them forever. Whatever the exact ingredients, if we could bottle it and sell it we’d all be millionaires. As you will have guessed, this article isn’t about the TV phenomenon of th
“If you’re a candidate. Sit down. Take a moment. Listen to me. PLEASE!!!!! Last week I attended three client interviews. I had three excellent candidates, but two of them talked themselves out of a job. The third guy got the job. So. What did he do that the other two didn’t? He entered the room and looked my client in the eye. He smiled and sat down when invited to do so. He was 5 minutes late, but he’d rung me