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how to improve your interview skills

How To Improve Your Interview Skills A listener has been doing interviews, but with no job offers. He’s smart enough to recognize the problem is with him – not the job market. How can he become a desired candidate instead of one more frustrated job seeker? Episode #635 November 09, 2018 Hi, this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that … Read More

How to nail the dreaded phone interview

Studies have shown that 90% of communication is nonverbal.  So how do you shine in the increasingly popular phone interview?  You can’t take advantage of your good looks, great wardrobe, firm handshake, eye contact, and JLo perfume.  But there are unique elements of a phone interview that you can use to your advantage: Stand Up.  Standing changes your breathing and your tone of voice.  It makes you sound stronger and more confident.  (I stand and walk when doing phone coaching so I don’t risk sounding tired or too casual.) Have a Mirror Handy.  Yes, be looking yourself in a mirror.  … Read More

This just ain’t right!

Here’s a question from a frustrated job seeker about what she is being asked by a teacher placement service: “Dan, Why is this legal? The on-line application asks for age, Social Security number, and demands that you sign a release so they can investigate your background if they so desire, ALL before they meet you…..obviously they can discriminate on age easily and then say it was something else if questioned. And who in their right mind would hand over their SS# for a credit check or anything else before any interest or discussion? I would love to know how they … Read More

Answering the 1 interview question that gets you hired

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Richard McMunn of How2Become.  Richard established How2Become in 2005, while working as a Fire Officer for Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Since writing his first book, how to become a firefighter, Richard has gone on to author various titles spanning across multiple careers . The company has grown and developed into the UK’s leading careers information and development website. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] The one question, “What are your weaknesses,” can often make or break your candidacy during a long awaited job interview. Interviews are platforms for the … Read More

The Incompetent Interviewer

If you’ve been job hunting lately, chances are strong you’ve run into an incompetent interviewer. My experience is that many people responsible for interviewing see it as a necessary evil. It’s not what they want to do so it’s something to get over quickly so they can go back to what it is they do well. Don’t assume you will be meeting with a polished interviewer. You can help take charge of making the interview enjoyable and productive.  See the interview as a conversation; it’s not an inquisition or interrogation. Keep in mind the Latin root for the word “interview” … Read More

Is 48 Days just hype?

Dear Cynic – You are right to question spending any money or time in a self-help program. But don’t slam the door completely. I started selling 48 Days to the Work You Love in a 3-ring binder with two CDs in 1996. And yes, I generated over $2 Million with that version, packaging them in our upstairs bonus room.

Why Morning Interviews are best

Research shows that 83% of executives are more likely to hire AM job seekers.  And 70% of all hiring decisions are made before 11:00 AM.  So obviously, if you can help suggest the time of an interview, make it before 11:00 AM.        Avoid Mondays and Fridays.  On Monday, people tend to have too much to do and on Friday they are anticipating the weekend and ready to get out of the office.  So the very best times for interviews are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between 8-10:00 AM.  The little things can tip the scale in your favor.