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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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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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Should You Mention Your Salary Expectations In The Interview?

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
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Career advice from A To Z: “Y” For “How To Manage Generation Y”

When I was young and “learned working” twenty years ago (I will turn 44 on 22 January. Hey, save the date: I love champagne and executive search assignments, especially in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland!), I had to adapt to my superiors. Today, I am the old one and new twenty-somethings are coming along. However, I have the impression that now, we as managers have to adapt and no longer the followers. In th
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The Worst Thing You Can Do To A Candidate In The Interview

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.
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Three Questions That Might Cost Your Head In The Job Interview

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
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The Most Important Rule For The Job Interview

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.
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Career Advice From A To Z: “X” For “How To Use Your X-Factor In The Job Interview”

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
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Candidates – Stop Talking Yourself Out Of The Job!

“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
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Career Advice From A To Z: “E” For “Emotional Intelligence”

Your professional qualifications were flawless, but again you didn’t get the job. As a jobseeker, you keep asking yourself the question why this is happening over and over again, but you don’t know the answer. Also many workers reach their boundaries when it goes beyond pure professional demands in every day working life. So why do people fail in their job search or are stuck at work even though they have always been
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