Here’s why accepting a counter offer when you resign might NOT be the best idea

September 23, 2018

It was a moment in my career that I will never forget. I had accepted a new job at a different company and when I went into my boss’s office to quit, with resignation letter in hand, he offered me a higher salary if I would remain in my current job.

Even if you think this would never happen to you, it is best to prepare in advance so you’ll feel comfortable with your response, which should always be: “No, thank you.”Surprised that I’m telling you to decline your manager’s counter offer? Here’s why… Read the rest of this entry »

8 Tips To Negotiate Your Starting Salary

July 28, 2018

Here’s the sad truth I’ve learned as a career coach: Women rarely negotiate their starting salary. Most of the women I’ve coached tell me they’ve never even considered negotiating their salary for a new job. As the majority of male business executives will confirm, being a good negotiator is a critical success factor for climbing the career ladder. Read the rest of this entry »

How to close a job interview with class

May 23, 2018

Don’t leave a job interview wondering where you stand with the hiring manager. There are techniques you can use to professionally close an interview, so the hiring manager will know that you want the job, and, so you’ll be able to leave knowing the next steps in the hiring process.

After I videotaped “Rebecca” (name changed) during a practice interview, we sat down and watched how she had done. When it was over, I turned to her and asked, “Did you get the job?”

Rebecca raised one eyebrow. “What do you mean?”

“You thanked the hiring manager at the end of the interview, shook hands, and then left. But did you get the job?”I asked. “What I mean by that is, do you know how the hiring manager felt about your qualifications for the job?” Read the rest of this entry »

7 tips for a successful panel interview

May 9, 2018

A 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.

Many companies are changing their hiring practices to bring others into the process, and due to time constraints, this often means holding panel interviews instead of individual job interviews. At some point in your career, just like Jackie, you’ll most likely have to go through a panel interview.

To be successful in panel interviews, you’ll want to slightly modify your preparation as well as your communication style during the actual interview. Here are 7 tips to consider: Read the rest of this entry »

Treat telephone interviews like in-person interviews

April 25, 2018

Some 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 »

Resist Temptation To Dish Dirt During Job Interviews

May 3, 2017

Group Of Businesspeople Interviewing Woman In OfficeYou’re on a job interview, and the hiring manager says: “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Uh-oh. How should you respond? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss?

Some hiring managers will purposely ask interview candidates about the worst aspects of working for a boss or employer. Heads up: This is a trick question designed to see if you’ll bad mouth your boss. Read the rest of this entry »