Are You Coming In Second Place Too Often In Your Job Search?

Q. Last year I came in second too many times. I seem to get interviews and get asked back for additional interviews, but always end up the bridesmaid. I would like to change that in the new year, what do you suggest?

The good news is that a lot of things are working in your job search. Your resume is getting you in the door, you are uncovering openings, and companies want to talk with you. Getting up to bat is key to getting a job. Things are falling apart at the interviewing stage. It might even be that you are not in second place after the first interview, but being asked back just to be compared to other candidates. So I recommend spending a lot of time honing your interviewing skills in the new year.

Reflect on the interviews you’ve had and start by identifying some of the same questions asked in each interview, make a list of the standard questions asked in most interviews and develop a list of questions around your specific function that are often asked. After you have these lists write out answers to the questions. Yes, you must write them out. This is rarely done, but this exercise brings great clarity to how you answer questions. It forces you to stay focused, helps ensure you are actually answering the questions, and begins to make sure you are prepared for just about anything. Then practice answering these as if  you are in an interview. However, make sure you don’t come across as if you are reading a script.

To download the free chapter on Conducting an Effective Phone Interview from our book “This Is NOT The Position I Accepted” CLICK HERE and then click on the Free Search Resources link.

If you would like to know if your job search is fully utilized and you are doing the right things, download our free 8 Matrix Job Search Self- Assessment Scorecard. CLICK HERE and then click on the Free Search Resource link.

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Brad Remillard


About the Author

Brad Remillard is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Brad is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.

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