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Only3Degrees with Denai Vaughn

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

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The Greenberg News show…

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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Colleen Kettenhofen was interviewed by Brian Greenberg on how to get a great job and keep it, what employers look for on interviews, how to land a job interview, interviewing tips, career tips, job tips.

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What Interviewers Want from You

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Ever wonder what goes on in the minds of employers and what interviewers want when they interview you? As a conference speaker and corporate trainer for over 15 years, I’ve asked managers, “What do interviewers want?”  And I’ve been asking this question more frequently as many people are out of work and need tips on how to get a great job.

Simply put, interviewers want to know what you are going to do for them. In other words, how will you make their job easier? And, how will you make them look good? In their minds they’re thinking, “How am I going to benefit by hiring this person?”

Interviewers Want to Know What You Are Going to Do for Them

Interviewers want ideas and future employees who take action on those ideas. They want to see enthusiasm and passion.  Employers have said, “I want to see that they’re passionate and enthusiastic about the position they’re interviewing for. If they’re not energized in the interview, they certainly won’t be once they’re on the job.”

Bosses have enough problems of their own. So they look to hire (and promote) people who are proactive. You have to create something. Don’t use the economy as an excuse for what you can’t do. What can you do? This is how you can make a difference. And how you can stand out whether you’re looking for a job, or interviewing for a promotion. This is common-sense but not always practically applied.

Based on over 15 years of speaking to managers and others in high-level leadership positions, there are certain traits interviewers are looking for in job seekers. In continuing from the last post, here’s another quality employers expect to see from you…

Employers like it when you’ve come up the hard way. They reason that if you’ve had menial jobs, by comparison you’ll love this one. Also, it indicates a sense of humility, not a sense of entitlement, and shows you’re willing to pay your dues. Of course, it also indicates you have work experience.

Most certainly, interviewers look for gaps in work history on your resume. They want to see that you’ve been in the same position at least a year, depending on the job. Most tell me they won’t even look at an applicant who’s had five jobs in two years. What if you’re thinking, “But each job change meant more money?” Well, here’s the managers’ thinking: “If they left each job after a short period for more money, they’ll do the same to me.”  What are your thoughts?

Jim Hinckley Interviews Colleen

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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