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  • feedwordpress 10:29:28 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    The Smartest Ways You Can Answer Dumb Interview Questions 

    If you’ve ever sat through a job interview, chances are you’ve wished for smart answers to the dumb questions that always seem to be asked.

    One of the things I work on when I consult with clients is knowing how to reframe a question to get to the answer you want to communicate.

    In an interview, that means remembering that the interviewer is likely looking for someone who can solve problems, who has good interpersonal skills and the ability to get things done using good judgment and effectiveness.

    With that in mind, here are some smart answers to those stupid interview questions.

    1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t fall into the trap of recounting your whole life story; keep your response (to this and every question) concise and clear. This is your elevator pitch, your chance to sell yourself. Focus on professional accomplishments instead of personal details.

    2. Why should we hire you over the other applicants? How can you compare yourself to people you don’t even know? Say, “I don’t know why you should hire others, but I do know why you should hire me,” then highlight your strengths and your talents. Let them know how you will bring value and contribute.

    3. What’s your greatest weakness? The smart way to answer this ever-present question is to turn it into a positive–but not the old chestnut about being a perfectionist. Instead, say, “I’m sure I have weaknesses, but I am a person who concentrates on strength and bringing quality and excellence to all I do. When a weakness presents itself, I work through it and leverage it by concentrating on my strengths.”

    4. What would you like me to know about you that’s not on your resume? There are lots of stupid ways to answer this curveball. A smart response: “I have the right mix of interpersonal and work-related skills to be successful. I am good at doing what this job requires, and I also bring a personality that will do well in this position. I’m friendly, I enjoy collaborating and working with others.” Finish it off with a story of how your skills and attitude made a difference.

    5. How honest are you? No one is ever going to confess that they lie or cheat or steal. Give a straightforward statement of your high ethical standards, and offer your references as backup.

    6. How would you describe yourself in three words? Most people will jump to the obvious answers: team player, results oriented, problem solver. This is stupid question because it tends to put people into boxes they don’t want to be in. Think of the qualities that set you apart–and after each word, give a concise explanation. Use it to show off your unique qualifications and your communication skills.

    7. If you could be a superhero, what super powers would you want to get? Don’t allow your face to show how stupid this question is. Give a brief answer, tied to your professional strengths if possible, and move on.

    8. Why do you want to work here? Even if the honest answer is “because I need a job,” use this stupid question to your advantage by aligning yourself with something the organization does. Keep it as close to the company’s stated mission as possible for bonus points.

    9. Why did you leave your current employer? Resist the urge to say “Because I hated my boss.” Keep it vague and positive: “I’ve outgrown my opportunities there and am looking for a new opportunity to be part of a great team.”

    10. Can you tell me about a time you’ve clashed with your last manager? Don’t take the bait! Remind yourself that this is a test and to pass it you have to be smart. Let the interviewer know that there are always times when people clash, but there is always a way to work through things. If you tell a story, make it mild and with a happy ending. Stay positive and focused on communication and moving forward through conflict.

    11. What would your last boss say about you? Again, stay brief and positive: “I would hope my boss would say I work hard and am a great learner. I know I’ve learned a lot from her mentorship.”

    12. Where do you see yourself in five years? Talk about your commitment to your career, your drive for constantly improving your value to the organization and your passion for doing an excellent job in whatever role you’re assigned. Don’t talk about your goals or dreams–they don’t want to hear it. They want to know you are going to be an asset for them.


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    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 10:55:49 on 2017/06/21 Permalink
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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness 

    What type of leader are you?

    Are you a leader who has had some success but now feel stuck?

    What’s your leadership gap?

    Understanding yourself is the beginning of influence. You must understand you before you can possibly understand others and how to influence them.

    If you’re a leader of leaders, you want to understand your team, how they interpret the world, their unique way of leading. A powerful team is made up of a diverse group of leadership styles.

    Lolly Daskal’s new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, introduces her system to help executives discover their own leadership style and how to leverage their strengths. If you’re a leader who has reached a point where you’re confused why your success is stalled, this is for you. If you’re wondering what’s stopping your upward climb, this is for you. If you want to take your career up a notch, this is for you.

    Lolly is not only a personal friend of mine, but she has racked up numerous awards and accolades ranging from Inc’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts to Huffington Post saying she is the most inspiring leader in the world. She’s coached some of the world’s most prominent leaders for years.

    Stand Out Leadership Qualities

    You’ve worked with many leaders all over the globe. What are some of the qualities that you notice that makes a leader stand out?

    For over three decades, I have worked as a leadership coach and business consultant around the world, spanning 14 countries and hundreds of companies. Many years ago when I first started, I found an interesting pattern that was showing up within everyone I was working with, even across cultures. Over time I distilled that pattern into seven archetypes, each archetype with its own quality that sets it apart.


    Posted on Skip Prichard Blog as he interviews Lolly Daskal about The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You And Your Greatness

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  • feedwordpress 10:21:49 on 2016/11/09 Permalink
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    Facebook Live Interview with Mentors & Masterminds, Tara Browne 

    Mentors & Masterminds, a dating service for administrative professionals looking for their perfect mentor match! Tune in and hear Tara’s story on how this project was formed and where it’s going. It’s an interesting journey and we would love to know, is this something you’ll be using to advance your career?

    Special thank you to Debbi Shaffer, Audacious Admin, for taking the time to conduct this interview during our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. Both of you are excellent examples of Revolutionary Assistants!

    The post Facebook Live Interview with Mentors & Masterminds, Tara Browne appeared first on Office Dynamics.

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