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How to Ace Behavioral & Situational Interviews

interviewThere are a few different types of interview questions, and here at MJD, our mission is to help prepare you to ace either one!

Let’s dig right in, shall we? There’s the behavioral one which is always a favorite. It dives deeper. While many interviewers prefer to stay on the surface by asking direct questions about your past work experiences, some may venture into the land of behavioral questions.

These types of inquiries focus on your past to predict future outcomes. For instance, they may ask you to describe a time when you were embroiled in internal politics on the job. What was the outcome? Tell me about your biggest setback and how you overcame it. Read more

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In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

Baseball Faux Talk Show Asks Broadcaster Key to Conducting Good Interviews

Want to rock out your career to the next level? Or maybe you’re just starting on the interview scene. Well, according to this video there are a few essential tips to keep in mind to conducting stellar interviews.

On a summer Friday, we figured it’s time to keep things light in the spirit of these comedic videos, “Foul Territory,” launched by the YES Network and hosted by the Yankees’ first baseman, Mark Teixeira.

On the mock talk show, Tex quizzes Yankees announcer on YES and former New York Times reporter Jack Curry about being a good interviewer. Curry’s response: “Do as much research as possible. You never want to ask a yes/no question.”

Take a look at the clip:

How to Juggle a Job Offer With a New Opportunity to Interview

judgeWhen it rains, it pours and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to job interviewing.

If you’ve been looking for a job and all of the sudden you get one job interview, immediately it seems like you land three others. Well, it’s no surprise this can happen once you get a job offer, too.

According to a piece on AOL Jobs there are ways to handle this exciting situation with tact and professionalism. Read more

New Survey Shows Helicopter Parents Meddle in Kids’ Job Search

job oppsThis just in…according to a new survey by Adecco Staffing, four out of 10 Americans between 18 and 24-years-old reported that their parents are involved in their job searches.

We’re not really surprised by these statistics. In our former role in the hallowed halls of human resources and recruiting, it wasn’t uncommon for parents to call campus recruiters to negotiate job offers or better yet, they called to ask why their kid didn’t get an offer in the first place. Seriously. Read more

Stumped During an Interview? Here are 10 Questions to Ask

job-interviewHave you ever experienced that awkward “sound” of silence during an interview? You know, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions and by the time the fifth interviewer meets you, you’re pretty much out of ammo? Cue crickets.

And then, of course, he or she looks at you quizzically like how is it possible to not even have one question?  Read more

Interviews? Check. Thank-You Notes? Check. So Why Aren’t You Landing The Job?

noCongratulations! You’ve made it through the gatekeepers to land a coveted job interview. Not only that, you landed another one. And another one. And sent those thank-you notes.

And bam. Rejection letter arrives several weeks later. What’s the deal?

According to a piece in today’s New York Post, there may be signals that you’re not picking up during the interview itself. Read more

Want to Say These Forbidden Things During an Interview? Bite Your Tongue!

judgeHave you ever wanted to reveal everything (and we do mean everything) on a job interview?

For instance, when the interviewer asks why you’re looking for a new job you really want to proclaim, “My boss is a complete jerk!”

Alas, if only you could.

This piece on AOL Jobs inspired us to think about what truly needs to be left unsaid during an interview. Yes, it’s common knowledge job seekers are looking for a new opportunity to a variety of reasons including a bad boss. Like an unspoken truth, you don’t need to acknowledge it. Read more

Keys to Job Seeker Success in 2014? Location, Timing & Skills

interviewWant to be in the right place at the right time? Who doesn’t, right?

Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO, says another key driver to a job search is having the right skills and the bility to showcase them. ”This year, the key drivers of success with a job search are location, timing and skills.”

The challenge of course is finding an opportunity to match your skills and showcase the demand for your excellent skills.

Per the press release, he adds, “And more importantly, act quickly to connect with employers as open positions are often fleeting.”

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter demonstrates hiring optimism across the board. Their numbers represent the strongest Outlook Survey data since 2008. Keep in mind though each market has its own ups and downs. Some markets are going to be up while others won’t be as hot. He points out the “lumpy” hiring: “The hiring outlook is clearly more positive; however it’s uneven across the U.S.”

New Survey Reveals One in Five Workers Want New Job in 2014

judgeIf you’re looking for a new job, you’re not alone. Actually, you’ll be among a pack of job seekers seeking better opportunities this year, thanks to new data from a CareerBuilder survey.

That is, one in five workers revealed they want a new job this year. We must admit, we’re not sure what to make of these numbers — yes, that’s great people feel confident in the market to move on but why are so many people unhappy?  Maybe they’ve been waiting things out in their current job for too long and feel like the time is right to move on?

According to the statistics, only 59 percent of workers indicated they’re satisfied with their jobs. This is a significant drop from last year’s percentage of 66. Digging deeper, people claiming dissatisfaction pointed to salary concerns and not feeling valued as the top two reasons. Read more

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