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Ingenious Interview Thursdays
Make no mistake. Everyone knows how to interview but only the cream of the crop know how to interview ingeniously. You need to be ingenious to get an offer instead of your competition.  Read weekly tips on how you can stand out from the crowd, conquer your fears about interviewing and approach them with newfound confidence.

Mirroring Without Mocking Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Similar to the fact that customers typically buy from sales people they like, interviewers also tend to hire people they like. Assuming you are qualified for the job, getting a "yes" vote depends on whether or not the interviewer finds you engaging, and feels comfortable with you. For this reason, it is critical to establish rapport quickly with him or her. Besides using words to find common ground, you also may find success using a technique called mirroring.

Answering The Dreaded Weakness Question Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

People say that there are no guarantees in life. Maybe so, but I guarantee you that you are  guaranteed to be asked a question in an interview about your weaknesses. Your mission should be to be well prepared to not only answer this question, but to answer it successfully.

The 4 C's of Interviewing Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Last night, on my weekly Career Wake Up Call, we discussed the topic of how much detail to provide when answering interview questions. Instead of thinking of an interview as a person asking questions and trying to stump you, think of it as a two-way conversation.

Overqualified Overture Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Last week on our Career Wake Up Call, a job seeker asked me what to do when someone calls you "overqualified" during an interview. In a weird way, this can actually be a blessing in disguise.

A Quarry of Questions Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Last week I gave you my two cents about the "Informational Interview". I mentioned that no matter what stage of career development you are at, asking for an opportunity to meet with an expert inside the walls of a company that you might want to work for someday is a tool in your toolbox worth dusting off. I also mentioned that you can have an informal informational interview when you meet someone at a networking event who works in an industry or profession that appeals to you. I thought that this week I would offer you some intelligent questions to ask your interviewer which you may want to drop into your toolbox.

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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!