Going on interviews without preparation is like taking an exam without studying for it.
This week I was at a workshop observing some people who were role playing interviews. One person was the hiring manager; the other was the interviewee.
The question that the hiring manager asked the interviewee was this: “Can you give me an example of how you handled a conflict with a client, internal or external?”
The interviewee said: “At my previous job, many people didn’t think that I was going to be good, because I was hired to add another layer of controls, and people in other departments weren’t happy about it. After I had been there for some months, my manager had gotten an email from an employee in another department who said he was skeptical of the work I was going to do when I was hired, but I was doing a great job in my position.”
You see the problem right? Please tell me you do!
The interviewee did not answer the question.
The workshop participants critiqued this round, and then the interviewee got a second shot at answering the same question. He said: “I’m known as an even tempered person. I can deal with angry customers because I don’t get angry back.” Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been in unfamiliar settings that have given me a lot to write about. Without getting specific about the situation, let’s just say I was with some women, definitely upper-middle class, who have kids that are on their way to college. One woman said that visiting all the campuses with her teenager made her want to go back to college because they were the best four years in her life. Then all the women were talking about how college was the best years of their lives and that it would be their kids’ best years too.
Hayley Kimmel (photo courtesy of Hayley Kimmel)
Today’s jobtalk is with Hayley Kimmel, who is finding success in the workplace without a college degree. Kimmel graduated from a high school that’s known for expecting all of its students to go to 4-year colleges, so it was a difficult for her to forgo getting a degree. Check out her great story!
Title: Account Coordinator for Urban Decay
What did you do after you graduated high school?
I went to a community college, but I found out that college wasn’t for me after taking a few courses. I just had no interest in it.
When you realized that you didn’t want to go to college, what did you do?
At that point, the next decision I knew that I needed to make was to get a job. I thought, “I can’t just be sitting at home.” So I applied to a company called Ulta Cosmetics, and that was just supposed to be a temporary position. It wasn’t supposed to be something for the long haul. I was just planning on working there until I figured out the next step I wanted to take. Continue reading
Wednesday morning, I found myself at the public library surrounded by people who were probably in their early twenties (or older) when the first consumer-version VCR came out. By the way, I was 8 when we bought our first VCR back in 1983.
The reason I wound up at this seminar to help unemployed people isn’t what I want to tell you about. But in case you were wondering, I sat in on this seminar, which runs for 5 weeks, because the career coach who runs it is going to be on a panel Job Talk is putting on later on in the year. Naturally, I wanted to see him in action. And he was great. Better than I even expected. This is all beside the point. Continue reading
Today’s jobtalk is with Timothy Johnson III, who is working in a field that is unrelated to what he studied in college. In this interview, I don’t get into what Tim does for a living, rather I find out about the decisions he made when he was in college and how he was able to break into marketing without studying it in college – no related internships either. Continue reading