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The Telephone Interview – 3 Questions to Ask Ahead of Time

September 26, 2012 by  
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Employers will often use telephone interviews to prescreen potential candidates. This almost always happens when their recruiters are headquartered out of your area. It’s also a huge time saver for the employer – even if you’re just across town. Telephone interviews allow the employer to preselect candidates before investing in face-to-face interviews. In my past, as an executive recruiter, I often telephoned potential candidates prior to meeting them. This screened out a number of candidates and allowed me to spend more time with those who fit the criteria of the job during face-to-face interviews.

The telephone interview may also be used when the responsibilities of the job will require you to communicate with clients, colleagues or executives by phone. It may also be done because your …

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The Telephone Interview – 3 More Tips for The Million Dollar Call

September 19, 2012 by  
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What does it take to get the job? And what does the job mean to you, in dollars and cents? The bottom line is unknowable. Is it the annual salary you get just going from college to career? Is it the sum total of every job you ever have? The truth is, this is your million dollar opportunity – and a phone interview is often where it starts. Many companies will opt for a phone interview before meeting candidates face-to-face, so you must be prepared for this part of the process from the day you start your search. Ideally, a few sessions with a great Interview Coach will prepare you better than anything else. But here are 3 quick tips to help you …

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The Telephone Interview – 3 Tips to Success

September 12, 2012 by  
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In today’s virtual world, many companies will opt for a phone interview before meeting their short list of candidates in person. Here are 3 tips to help you succeed at that step of the interview process.

#1. Make sure your voicemail message is professional. Here’s an example to use as a guideline: “Hi, you have reached Ellyn Enisman. Your call is important to me, so please leave your name and number and I will return your call as soon as possible.”

#2. Be Prepared! If an employer calls unexpectedly and asks if you have time to interview at that very moment, ask to reschedule. You want to have everything you need in front of you and be prepared. It is okay to say that you are not …

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Dress the Part

September 5, 2012 by  
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So you’ve landed the interview for your dream job, with the celebrations aside – it’s time to prepare for the big day! Now you’re most likely an inch shy from being a nervous wreck and jitters are only natural. Still, with all those anxious feelings you cannot forget the lessons you have learned through Job Interview Skills 101.

In all the rush and excitement of preparing your defined responses to the key questions and making sure all you’re paperwork is in order; there is ONE huge aspect that many of us tend to let slip by! To some this may seem to be a very minute detail and until you read Ellyn’s book, I’m sure you may have been guilty of a few rules! (I know I …

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Want to Win at Interviewing? Make Sure You Have the Right Recipe!

August 29, 2012 by  
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Getting a job today is the result of serious, skillful planning and investigation, top-notch preparation, and bucket loads of confidence. If this overwhelms you, it should. Quite simply, your future is not something to take for granted. As an Interview Coach, I’ve dealt with professionals and students at every point in their career paths, and I understand that it’s never stress free when you’re looking for your next best opportunity.

At its core, there are simple pieces to this complicated puzzle of building a career. They are the ingredients you will need to be ready for any job interview, at any point in your professional development. Helping you to have those ingredients ready and at your fingertips is why I wrote my book, Job Interview …

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Want the job? Ask for the Inside Scoop!

August 22, 2012 by  
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The more you know about each company, the job description, the company’s services and projects, its history, latest news, accomplishments, its mission, vision, and values, the better you will be able to sell yourself as someone who is qualified for the job and can make a true contribution to the company. Does that sound like a tall order?  You bet it is, but in today’s competitive market, there’s no better investment you can make than knowing as much as you can and being prepared for a great interview, should the opportunity arise.

Here are a few online tips to help you gather as much information as you can about the position and the company:

One great source of easily accessible information is LinkedIn. Search the company …

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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Three

August 15, 2012 by  
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This Guest Post was written by Heather Markel, Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.

This is part three of my bull-busting strategies to take you forward in your search.  Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is my mission, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, you need every tool available to help you stand out in the crowd and get noticed. Today’s Bull Buster is one of the most important to shatter to pieces.


THE BIGGEST BS – You only need one resume.

The Truth – If you are applying for different positions, you need one resume per position / title.

The Reality – You need to make it quick and easy for a potential hiring manager …

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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Two

August 8, 2012 by  
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Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is not easy.  As The BullBuster, it is my mission to help, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, believe me, the BS is holding you back. Here are two vital, bull-busting strategies you need to implement ASAP to take you forward in your search.  Let’s face it: If you want to get a response to the resumes you are sending out and land the job, then it’s time to empower yourself with the truth.


#1. THE BS – A job search involves only sending resumes out or submitting them online and waiting for a response.

The Truth – Everyone can send a resume, so you need to give yourself an edge over your competition.

The …

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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part One

August 2, 2012 by  
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As The BullBuster, it is my mission to help people bust through their BS to better their lives. When it comes to job searching and interviewing, I think there’s a lot of BS we believe or use to describe our search. This leads to a low volume of booked interviews and low hiring rates. If you want to get a response to the resumes you are sending out and land the job, then it’s time to empower yourself with the truth.

Help The Interviewer Hire You

May 31, 2012 by  
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12 Tips For College Grads Class of 2012

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Success Stories

Matt-Matt, Marist College
Prior to meeting Ellyn I needed plenty of work on my resume as well as some brushing up on my interview skills. I felt that I was wandering in the dark with each interview I had been through in the past. I never knew what to expect or how to be prepared to respond to difficult questions. To me the interview process was the most nerve wrecking experience. As a military veteran I thought that I faced some of the toughest situations that life had to offer, never knowing that sitting face to face with a potential employer could be worse! Read more
James-James, Marist College
I went through Ellyn’s program and used her book to prepare a plan for attacking my job hunt head on. The tips listed here are excellent, but only scratch the surface of tools she gives you to prepare for the interview process. Using her system I learned more about myself, how I fit the jobs I was looking for, and even more importantly how the positions fit into what I wanted. After reading her book I landed an MBA internship which turned into a permanent position where I have been able to thrive. Not only do I now have a job, I have one I love. Read more
Hans-Hans, Gettysburg College
Ellyn provided insightful and comprehensive career counseling, and I would recommend her to any and all young professionals looking for assistance with their professional endeavors. Read more
Rebecca-Rebecca, Adelphi University
After college, I found the interview process very intimidating and difficult. Then I found Ellyn who fully prepared me for interviewing and provided me with a job search strategy. Her tools were unlike others I found in researching the internet. Read more
Francesca-Francesca, Georgetown University
I want to thank you for everything you have done for me this past year. Before I met you I was overwhelmed with graduating and wanting to find the “perfect” job. Read more
-Director of Career Services, St. Thomas Aquinas College
On behalf of the Career Services Office and the St. Thomas Aquinas College Community, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your valuable time with us and contributing to the continued success of our students. Read more
Joanna-Joanna, University of Pennsylvania
Ellyn not only coached me through the interview process, but also got me thinking about a career path, not just getting a job. I owe to her my first, second, and third jobs out of college. Read more
Allison-Allison, George Washington University
I don’t know if I would have gotten my job if it weren’t for Ellyn Enisman! The self assessment and discovery process she created helped me understand the value of my education, project work, internships, work experiences, and life experiences.Read more
AlishaAlisha, Northeastern University
Before my interview process began I contacted Ellyn to help revise my resume and take a professional look at the job offers that were available to me. She coached me about different careers that I might be interested in and the types of things that companies are looking for in candidates. Read more

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