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Category Archives for "Getting Offers – Interviewing"

September 9, 2019

How to Ask for the Job at the End of an Interview

Before I became a career coach I was, at times, a job seeker. I was always a bit puzzled by the idea that I should “ask for the job” at the end of an interview.

How would that sound? “Will you give me this job, please?” Laughable. Depending on the tone of voice, this could sound either like begging or an impatient whine! Then I imagined just bluntly saying, “I want this job.” Better, but abrupt.

And what were they supposed to answer? “Oh, well, now that you ask, sure!” Yeah, right!

Here’s what it’s really about, and how to do it.

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SOAR, CAR or STAR Stories–and The Lord of the Rings?

If you’ve read much about job interview preparation I’m sure you’ve come across acronyms like SOAR, CAR, PAR and STAR, frameworks to help you build compelling interview stories. In this post I’ll review these tools and pose a useful question: which of the letters in this alphabet soup is the most crucial?

And to make it more interesting I’ll use a favorite story to illustrate my points.

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How to Read a Job Posting the REAL Way

If a job postings are windows into the working world, maybe somebody needs to clean the glass, because it can be awfully hard to know what you’re really seeing! That’s why the first letter in REAL stands for “Read between the lines” when you read job postings. I’ll also explore how to Evaluate the fit, Apply with an advantage and Learn from the experience.

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