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August 25, 2012

Exit Interview

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Five Tips For Your Exit Interview



Exit interviews are sometimes held at inopportune times, especially from the viewpoint of the employee when he or she is either laid off or fired. Nevertheless, they are a must for progressive companies that want to look inward for reasons for an employee’s exit.

There are different viewpoints about these interviews as to the need for them in the first place. Should the exiting employee participate in it? If yes, how will it benefit him or her? Secondly, an exiting employee can hardly afford to ignore the fact that his or her revelations can be used against them, especially if they are in writing.

Participating In the Exit Interview Is Your Prerogative

When you are faced with the interview, you need to think carefully about what you are going to say or write, as it can jeopardize any possibility of your re-employability, if there is any. Even if you are assured that your comments will not be used against you but for company analysis, you should still be diplomatic.

Five Tips To Help You Confidently Face The Exit Interview

On the surface, exit interviews serve to help organizations to correct themselves by collecting information such as possible discrimination, lack of opportunities, etc. So, picking up the motivation behind the exit interview will help you to know how to approach one.

1.Attending Is A Courtesy: On your part, attending the exit interview is usually not mandatory. Even though you are not going to gain anything from it, you must make sure that the interview is not being used against you. If at any time you suspect this is the case, simply excuse yourself.

2.Maintain Your Composure: Maintaining your composure is critical. The questions may appear trivial, although this may not be the case when you are being laid off or fired. Treat this as your chance to make them think again (and perhaps be sorry) for having fired you.

3.Do Not Sign Papers Hastily: There will probably be more than a few documents that will need to be signed, such as acknowledgement of your resignation or separation, and receipt of your final paycheck. But if you are asked to sign anything questionable, ask for time to review them, and to read and understand the contents. Ask whether it is mandatory. Any organization can always wait for a few more days.

4.Return Any Company Property: This could be documents, keys etc, but list all of them on paper and get the interviewer to acknowledge receipt of these things.

5.Commenting On Superiors And Colleagues: Typically, these interviews are well structured and come down to the core issues. Remember, it is unnecessary for you to comment on someone (negatively) who you are not going to see for much longer.

Remember that the exit interview is probably not mandatory. If you don’t have time, or feel uncomfortable about the company’s motives, just politely decline the invitation to attend.

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October 28, 2011

Should You Lie to Land a Job?

Filed under: Career,Employment,Interview,Job Search — admin @ 12:56 pm

Should You Lie to Land a Job?

By  Lisa Quast


In my work as a career coach, I hear some version of this question literally every day – “Should I lie (or hide information) on my job application, resume or in my interviews?”  In fact, just yesterday, during my program on Defining and Refining Your Job Search for Mediabistro’s Job Search Boot Camp, the issue came up again among the attendees.

Here’s what I’m hearing…Often, folks who are approaching 50 (or older) wonder if they should lie about or hide their age because they’re getting zero traction with hiring managers and recruiters.  They have a sneaking feeling (but they’re not sure) that their lack of success in the job search process is about their age and not about their qualifications.

Are they right?
Yes, in many cases their suspicions are well-founded.  In  thousands of fields, industries and organizations, there is a strong bias against hiring men and women who are 50+.  Sometimes it is legitimately age discrimination, sometimes it’s about the culture the hiring managers are attempting to create where age is a key factor.  Other times, the organization wants up-to-the-minute skills (HTML coding, digital media sales, etc.) and they believe younger professionals have a greater grasp on these skills.  And, in certain cases, it’s about the number of years of experience they want, which correlates with a certain age.  You might have the right number of years, but the wrong age for what they’re looking for.

Another group that wonders about lying during the job search process are moms  who’ve left the workforce for a time.  Gone for a number of years to care for their children, they now wish to return but find that re-entry feels blocked.  There are great challenges to re-entry indeed, especially after a significant number of years.  And achieving re-entry at a level you believe is appropriate is more than challenging.  The corporate world is a linear world, which frowns on off-ramping and makes it extremely hard for the on-ramper to come back again at a level or compensation comparable to the one they left.

Finally, those who’ve been unemployed for a significant amount of time wonder how to articulate what they’ve been doing.

So, what’s to be done?  Should you lie about your age, or hide what you’ve been doing with your time?

My answer is an unequivocal, resounding NO! Never lie and never try to hide information.

Below are five reasons why lying or obfuscating information is to your detriment, and will only keep you from what you want (and cause you heartache) in the future:

If you lie or falsify information to get a job…

1) You’ll be living a lie
If you lie to get yourself a new employment situation (or a new relationship, or a new anything), you’ll have to maintain that lie for the rest of your time in that situation.  Keeping up pretenses and falsifications is a full-time job – it’s exhausting, demoralizing, draining, fear-inducing and in the end, a waste of precious energy which would be far better spent expressing and living who you really are. Living the “impostor” syndrome is a terrible strain.

2) You grow weaker when you lie
As a REIKI master, I studied energy healing for a number of years.  I worked with people’s energy, and I was utterly astounded at what an individual’s energy field reveals and discloses.  And I observed this – when you lie, there are clear physiological signs that give it away and your energy reveals it.  Liars speak less convincingly, their eye contact becomes more indirect, their confidence wanes, and their ability to come across as believable and self-assured is negatively impacted.  In short, we gain strength and vitality when we tell the truth and when we honor who we are and our own authentic experience, and we grow weaker when we deny ourselves.

3)  You’re telling yourself you’re not enough
When you lie to get something you want, you feed yourself a damaging message that you are not sufficient, not enough, not worthy, not deserving of having this desired thing unless you pretend to be someone else.  This message of “I’m not worthy of this” unless I lie, seeps into other parts of your life, including your relationships, your communications, your professional behavior and your family life.

4) You become a part of a “club” that doesn’t want you
Remember that great Groucho Marx line, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member!” I’m talking about the opposite of this idea.  Don’t you want to be a part of something that wants you – the real you?  Do you want to work hard for an organization that wouldn’t take you if they found out the real story about you?  Of course not. You want to put your time, efforts, talents, and skills towards an enterprise that values who you are.  And there are plenty of them out there.

5) Lying just doesn’t work
In the end, all your hiding and lying just won’t work and will cause endless hours of wasted time and energy.  If you leave off your graduation dates on your resume so no one will know your age, recruiters figure out you’re hiding something and pass on talking to you.  If you make up a story about what you’ve been doing with your time, and lie that you were being paid as a “consultant,” for instance, you’ll be unconvincing and awkward when you talk about your fictitious employment.  The truth comes out.

I know some will read this and resist it, saying, “Yeah, sure, Kathy, but I have to pay my bills!”  I know you do – we all do.  But lying is NEVER the way to getting what you want, in life, work, or relationships.  Lying will always (without question, without exception) come back around and bite you.  I’ve seen this too many times to doubt it.

So if you’re tempted to lie in your job search process, reconsider.  I learned in my therapy training that the best way to deal with challenging information is to “reframe it.”  Tell your story in the way that fits the facts, but opens the door to as much expansion, positivity and power as possible.

Be yourself.  Don’t lie – you don’t need to.  There are plenty of job opportunities that will present themselves when you step up with power and purpose and acknowledge the truth– the whole truth – about who you are.  Accepting and honoring yourself — and learning how to speak about your contributions in a compelling way — is a far more powerful and effective job search strategy than pretending to be someone else.

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August 23, 2011

Exit Interviews

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Exit Interviews

EKS talks with Dirk Nowitzki – Part 1
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Exit interviews.

June 12, 2011

Tackle Airline Interviews

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Tackle Airline Interviews


On being invited to attend an airline interview for a position as Cabin Crew is quite an achievement as airlines receive thousands of application forms every year. Of course the application form is only part of the selection process and the actual interview process can be quite a daunting and nerve-racking event.

Below you will find some hints and tips on how to best prepare yourself to perform to the best of your ability during the selection process.



The Interview Venue

·Check that you are aware of the exact location where the interview is being held.

·Plan your route or journey and allow yourself an extra half hour in case of any unforeseen delays.

·If you are driving make sure you check for parking facilities, and the location of these.

Dress Code & Grooming

Choose office style smart attire to wear for your interview.

· Ensure that you are well groomed, with clean tidy hair, make up (if applicable) and clean shoes.

· Make sure that you feel comfortable with your appearance.

· Do one final check of your overall appearance prior to arriving at the interview venue and during break times.


·If you are required to take documentation with you ensure that you have it all laid out in a smart folder and available for the interviewers to see.

·Always prepare your documents a few days before the interview to ensure that you have all the necessary certificates and paperwork that you require to take with you. If you then realise you are missing copies of certain documents it will give you enough time to find it.

Research and Preparation

·Find out as much as possible about the airline you have applied for. You may be asked at the interview information to prove your background knowledge and interest. Typical information includes history of the airline, aircraft in the fleet and route network.


· It is perfectly normal to feel nervous before and during the interview process. Prior to attending the interview ensure that you spend some time relaxing and that you get a good night’s sleep before.

· To help your nerves take deep breaths and remember that the recruitment team will make allowances for the fact that people are nervous.

· Prior preparation will help to ease nerves.


Communication With People You Meet

· From the minute you arrive at the interview you will be assessed by the recruitment team. Your appearance, your welcoming behaviour and warm disposition will be crucial at this stage as first impressions are vital.

· Make use of the time you have available prior to starting to get to know the other candidates attending the interview. Try to memorise names and other information you may find out from the other candidates.

· Remember to always address people in a friendly and mannered way.

· Never try to be someone you are not. Be yourself. Recruitment personnel are highly trained and will spot anyone who tries to impress by being someone they are not.

Body Language

· Your body language will be vital during the whole recruitment event, and you must maintain open body language to make you appear welcoming and receptive to the recruitment team and fellow candidates.

Team Work & Exercises

· At almost all airline interviews you will be required to take part in team work exercises. Ensure that you are an open communicator with all team members, and that you participate in all discussions and exercises.

· It is advisable that you are aware of current affairs and news relating to the airline industry. Some exercises may involve subjects relating to these.

· Remember during exercises you have to be friendly and open with other candidates.

Examples of areas discussed during interviews

· During the interview process you may be asked questions and have to complete exercises on the following subjects:

o Team Work

o Communication

o Customer Service

o       Safety

o Current Affairs

o Airline Industry

Have examples prepared on the above subjects as the interviewing panel may ask you to give examples of previous experience and / or knowledge on the above.


· Think of good questions to ask about at the interview. You will normally be given the opportunity to ask the recruitment team any questions you may have.

· Questions must be relevant to the company and the job. Avoid asking questions on issues that have been covered during any presentations given to you by the recruitment team.

Writing Cover Letters

How to write a cover letter

A cover letter will be the first thing a recruiter will see and should be accompanied by your CV. Your cover letter could encourage or discourage a recruiter to read your CV. A good cover letter should contain basic points but not give too much away, you only want to make the recruiter interested in reading your CV and not provide them with an exact copy of the information. Your cover letter will introduce your CV and yourself. Here are some tips on how to write your cover letter:

Find out the exact name and address of the person your CV needs to go to.

If the position has a reference number, make sure you quote it along with the job title on your letter.

Explain where you heard about the position (i.e., The Evening News on Thursday 22nd March).

Give a brief description of your current role drawing attention to any skills you feel are applicable to the role you are applying for.

State that you would like to meet with them to discuss your application in more detail.

Make sure you have included all of your contact details on your letter.

Cover letter do’s and don’ts

Do make sure your letter is correctly addressed.

Do use the same paper for your cover letter and CV.

Do ensure there are no typing, spelling or grammatical errors.

Do sell yourself! Highlight your strengths and any previous achievements.

Do double-check your cover letter and CV before you send it – it needs to be perfect!

Don’t copy your letter out of a book or ask someone else to write it for you, use your own words and make it personalised.

Don’t copy your CV, a cover letter should only introduce your CV encourage the reader to know more about you.

Don’t include information that isn’t relevant, keep it to the point.

Don’t include conflicts or disagreements with previous employers

Don’t appear unenthusiastic – sell yourself.

Your cover letter should encourage the reader to want to know more about you and make them interested in inviting you for an interview. This is the first impression the recruiter will have of you and you want to make it a good one. Before you send it, check it, double check it and check it again – make sure it is perfect!

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June 1, 2011

Intern Exit Interviews

Filed under: Interview — admin @ 12:30 pm

It’s been a long summer and the time has come for this fine young crop of interns to be on their way back to school. Join them as they talk about the ups and downs of a summer with KFAN.
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May 22, 2011

How Robin Got the Target Job

Filed under: Interview — admin @ 4:39 am

This is the actual video conference interview footage. A special thanks to Furnifur for finding the footage:
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May 21, 2011

Video Conferencing Interview

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Les Hofland and Jeff Stoebner are interviewed on video conferencing.
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