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by Robin Ryan Author of "60 Seconds & You're Hired!" 

The great news this year is that so many people are getting phone calls from employers or recruiters. The bad news is that many individuals are calling me for help when they can’t seem to turn those inquiries into face-to-face interviews.
 
Of course I do get clients making appointments before in-person interviews because they really want the job and need to do their best.
 
These people are afraid because too many people are getting a “NO” from the employer they talk with about a job. You need to review your resume and your background to be ready for any objections or concerns an employer may have. I’ve done some troubleshooting for you. Here are some of the typical issues that come up and how you can solve them.
 
#1 Job hopping
 
Does your resume show that you have been a job hopper and moved around from job to job frequently? That will be a concern. Prepare an answer for that situation as it’ll be one of the very first things the employer is going to ask about. Be careful about how much negative information you offer. Explaining about an awful boss won’t vindicate you but will reflect badly on you in the eyes of the employer. Being offered promotions and being contacted by employers are good reasons to move on.
 
#2 Gaps in Employment
 
The employer simple wants to know if you quit, were fired or laid off and what you did during that time when you weren't working. Don’t worry unless it was several years. Then you may have taken a parenting gap or you were off looking for work. Do talk about the skills you worked on during this time. Maybe you volunteered and you can mention the computer skills or budgeting skills you acquired. Did you go back to school or take some refresher courses? Mention those. Everyone should discuss how they used this time to read books, trade journals, and industry blogs to remain current in the field.
 
#3 Answering Questions Wrong
 
Employers will not hire just anyone these days. You must convince them you are the right person so answering questions effectively is key. In my book, 60 Seconds and You’re Hired I answer over 120 interview questions. Briefly, let’s review some of the ones you must be prepared for. Have a good answer for why you are leaving your job or why you were let go. Be honest but succinct. Expect to be asked about your greatest weakness and your top strength. Your weakness needs to be something that will not impede your doing the job. A good answer is often something you did poorly but have worked on improving and now do well. Situational or behavioral questions are often the hardest for most people to be ready for. These questions need you to follow this process:

  • clearly explain where you were working
  • state who was involved in the situation
  • define what was the problem
  • clarify what you did to resolve the problem
  • note what were the results of your efforts

Write out your work examples as these are the correct way to answer behavioral questions. Roleplaying with a career counselor for professional feedback or working with a friend to practice answering questions before you talk to an employer will help you to improve.

                                                 

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Robin Ryan has appeared on 2000 TV & radio shows including Oprah, Dr Phil, Cnn, ABC News and NPR. Robin has a career counseling practice offering resume writinginterview coaching, and LinkedIn profile writing services.  Robin Ryan is the bestselling author of 60 Seconds & You're Hired!Winning ResumesRetirement Reinvention; Winning Cover LettersSoaring On Your StrengthsWhat to Do with the Rest of Your Lifeand Over 40 & You're Hired. For more career help visit: www.RobinRyan.com

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