Your Greatest Strength is Also Your Weakness

Two of the most dreaded questions in interviewing are dreaded for good reason. “What is your greatest strength?” and “What is your greatest weakness?” are mirror image questions that drive jobseekers crazy. (For the record, they drive most recruiters crazy, too; they would love to hear the real answers, but never get more than tired clichés in return.) We are perpetually perplexed by these mirror image questions because they are not mirror images at all – they’re the same question. Continue reading “Your Greatest Strength is Also Your Weakness”…

Confident Career Strategies

Stewart says that the first step in preparing for an interview is to conduct a thorough inventory of your skills and accomplishments. A sort of personal SWOT analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses in a competitive market can help you prepare to answer tough questions in the interview. These are internal qualities, whereas Opportunities and Threats are environmental qualities. What outside factors might influence the market for your skills? Is your programming language of choice being phased out? Are you an early adopter of some technique or technology? Being aware of industry trends helps you position yourself within a larger context. Continue reading “Confident Career Strategies”…

11 Things Besides Salary You Can Negotiate

Even the word “negotiate” can spark panic and anxiety. We place a lot of pressure on ourselves when… Continue reading “11 Things Besides Salary You Can Negotiate”…

Red Flags in the Interview Process

I’ve written many times that interviewing is very much like dating. You go through the same phases: attraction,… Continue reading “Red Flags in the Interview Process”…

15 Minutes to Better Interviews

He starts out by saying “I’ve lost count of the number of times I really wanted to halt an interview and provide coaching to a job candidate.” He’s seen too many candidates blow their chances at great jobs, not because of their skills, but because they haven’t mastered the basics of interviewing well. Continue reading “15 Minutes to Better Interviews”…

I Could Do Anything, if Only I Knew what that Was

Career transition is a time of uncertainty. You’re not sure where to look for opportunity, when you’ll have your next interview, what questions you’ll be asked, and most importantly, how long it will be before you land a great job.  There’s one thing you should never be uncertain about – what it is you’re looking for.  Continue reading “I Could Do Anything, if Only I Knew what that Was”…