I am looking to take my career to the next level. After serving for over eight years as an Army leader in the military intelligence...
I have had an extraordinarily hard time sealing the deal for most jobs I have applied for. Despite having an admirable stack of skills, valuable experiences that make me a good fit, and strong performance reviews year after year, I have been getting turned away after interviews sooner or later - inside and outside my current company. Sometimes I have advanced to the supposed final rounds of interviewing only to get rejected eventually. I know I am not a very articulate person and probably come off a little flat despite all my attempts to rehearse responses and improve my delivery. Companies seem to judge me more on my lack of charisma than on my knowledge and work ethic. I know that practice makes perfect and I have been doing that but I'm just not getting any better and feel like I am stuck at this point. Can anyone offer any constructive advice?
Play offense, not defense. Flip the conversation to the company and what it needs. Ask questions about issues the company is facing. Of course you need to have the info in your back pocket when you walk in so do your research. Then be ready with examples of how you've faced those issues in the past. Best of luck.
I have a passion for helping others and have volunteered at Juvenile Hall and taught English as a second language to an elementary student.
You might consider joining a local Toastmaster's group. I too had trouble sealing the deal but after joining Toastmasters and getting a few speeches under my belt, I gained my confidence and learned how to speak more effectively.
I have been with Johnson & Johnson for 40 years. My experiences are in Management, Supply Chain, Procurement, Category Management, Recruiting, Operations, project management.... I also volunteer...
Thanks for your services!
In many cases, it is not only what you know but who you know. For your current company, if you can find a rising star senior management person to be your mentor, one call from him/her after your final round interview could seal the deal. Seen that works many times. Done that myself for my associates. For external jobs, network is the key. Not sure what is your job interest/function, join the local chapter could improve your chances.
U.S. Army 1968-1970 B.S. Human Resources & Marketing, MBA, Ph.D. in Education Career long management and leadership training for both profit and non-profit...
Practice and preparation -- I agree with key points from other responders. Here are some additional ideas for you. I'd strongly recommend taking a look at the C-A-R Mini Story presentation. It's great preparation for interviews.
Human Resource professional with decades of experience in healthcare, gaming, computer repair, and multi-site truck-transportation related retail/wholesale service/industries. Expertise includes creative recruiting, selection,...
Try a different tack. That is, rather than tout your education and experience, focus on your TALENTS. Here is a free website that will help you know what they are and give a descriptive voice to YOUR talent-assets. If you want a deeper spin (also free) to the meaning of the results, email to me the letters and numbers assigned to each attribute - it should look something like I-42, N-8, T-45, J-50] to my e-mail address email@example.com.
The web site for the assessment address is: http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality
Human Resources Executive with domestic and global business experience at several current and former Fortune 500 companies -
* JDS Uniphase (JDSU)
* Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
I agree with both of the previous responses. You can never get enough practice at representing your qualifications for a role and selling yourself amongst a crowd of applicants. Companies do consider personality fit as part of their hiring process so you need to come across as someone that with have a good fit with the rest of the team and with the culture of the company. This is totally different than your technical skills. Maybe you could try networking with existing employees to ask them what the culture and environment is with their company or their department.
I am retired now, but worked for 42 years. I started out in Human Resources, with an MS in Industrial Relations. I then moved into Sales,...
Matthew, I would be happy to do a mock interview with you, and provide feedback. If you are interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with some times you might be available.
Over thirty-five years of experience as a systems and software architect, systems engineer, project manager, developer, key contributor, and trusted problem solver to a variety...
Matthew, rehearsal without feedback will not lead to improvement. So 1) Strongly suggest you join Toastmasters, 2) Find a mentor. I worked in Dayton for 20+ years, so if you tell me your field, maybe I can find someone there.
Please log in to answer this question.