How To Make Yourself Look Impressive During Meetings

August 20, 2014

iStock_000019190531Medium_150x150I once had a new boss with horrific meeting behavior. If he disagreed with what you said he would walk over to where you were sitting, lean down close to your face, and then start yelling. He would show up late to his own meetings, interrupt others in mid-sentence, and his anger often boiled over into temper tantrums – even to the extent of throwing things during meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Really Need To Hold That Meeting? 4 Steps To Stop The Insanity

August 13, 2014

business concept - stressed businesswoman on meeting in officeSeveral years ago, my boss called me into his office. “Lisa, I need you to do something for me,” he said as he handed me a sheet of paper. “See that list of meetings? I need you to attend each of them and then let me know if you think the meetings are necessary.”

I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. The company we worked for had acquired several other companies and we were in the process of integrating. My boss was the CEO of one of the divisions and was receiving invitations to more meetings than there were hours in the week. I couldn’t blame him for wanting to figure out which ones were important and which ones weren’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Avoid Saying This During Interviews

July 2, 2014

iStock_000013853691Medium_150x150You’re sitting in a job interview and the hiring manager says, “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Your heart beats faster and the palms of your hands begin to sweat. Uh oh. How should you answer the question? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss? Read the rest of this entry »

Managers: 7 Tips For Contentious Employee Terminations

June 11, 2014

iStock_000014105727Medium_150x150In last week’s blog I provided seven tips for laying off good employees when a company must downsize to lower costs. This week, I have shifted the topic to terminating employees due to contentious reasons, such as misconduct or poor performance.

If you haven’t already read last week’s article, I suggest you read it now and then come back to this blog. The foundational tips for laying off a good employee due to downsizing, discussed in my last blog, are just as important (sometimes even more so) when you are faced with a contentious termination. There are also additional aspects you’ll need to consider to protect the employer, other employees, and the employee being terminated. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 7 Tips For A Successful Panel Interview

May 21, 2014

Group Of Businesspeople Interviewing Woman In OfficeA young woman I was mentoring called me with panic in her voice. The recruiter had just told her that her job interview had been changed from individual interviews to a panel interview.

Due to time constraints, instead of meeting individually with the hiring manager and then with two other managers, she would now meet them all at once in a 45-minute panel interview.

“Jackie” (name changed) was worried, because she’d never been through a panel interview. The thought of sitting across from three people while they rapidly fired questions at her was terrifying. Read the rest of this entry »

What To Do When You’ve Interviewed, But Haven’t Heard Back From The Employer

April 23, 2014

woman having headache with hands on temple. Copy spaceYou finished your job interview and were excited about how it went. Then you waited for that important call back from the hiring manager or recruiter. And you waited. And waited. And waited some more. “Now what do I do?” you wonder.

In addition to writing a thank you note after your interview, it’s also important to create your follow up plan. Because you’ve already learned how to close an interview with class, you’ll have asked the hiring manager about his or her next steps in the hiring process and the time frame for the hiring decision. Use this information to make a note in your calendar on the day you expect to hear back from the employer. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: How To Gracefully Quit Your Job

April 16, 2014

iStock_000022114280Medium_150x150You just accepted a new job. Congratulations! Way to go! You’re so excited, you feel as if you could fly. Then it hits you… now you have to quit your current job. Ugh.

Don’t worry, just follow these steps to exit your current job in a manner that is professional and will leave your reputation intact: Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Don’t Forget To Prepare Questions For The Employer

March 12, 2014

Business team hiding their faces behind question mark signs at officeThe job interview I was conducting had been going well. The candidate, “Eric” (name changed), was intelligent, articulate, experienced, and met the majority of the job requirements. Near the end of the interview I paused. “Now that I’ve spent the last 45 minutes asking you questions, do you have any questions for me?” I asked.

The candidate stared at me with a look of sheer terror on his face. He looked down at his feet and then over at the clock on the conference room wall. I could see that he was frantically trying to come up with a question as he squirmed in his chair. Finally, he mumbled, “Um, no, not really.” An awkward silence followed. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Treat Telephone Interviews Like In-Person Interviews

March 5, 2014

iStock_000016732914Medium_150x150Some of the worst interviews I’ve experienced as a hiring manager were telephone interviews. I once had a job seeker “Daniel” (name changed) take my telephone interview while he was driving in his car.

I could hear everything, from the traffic noise to ambulance sirens to Daniel stopping at a service station and filling his car with gas. The candidate could have simply sat inside his parked car for the telephone interview. Instead, he wrongly assumed I wouldn’t notice that he took the call while he was driving. Read the rest of this entry »