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Career News for March 2007
Are You Interviewing?

AUTHOR:      Gayle Oliver
PUBLISHED:  July 7, 2007

I hope this note finds each of you doing well in 2007. There has been a significant lapse in our newsletter and I would like to apologize for the length of time between communications. We have been busy at Execume, particularly on the recruiting front. More than once, I have been told by long-term resume clients that they were not aware that Execume does recruiting. With that in mind, I want to encourage you to visit our website to see the types of positions and searches we have conducted over the past seven years when the recruiting department was launched.

Earn Thank you Dollars: If you send us a job seeker that results in a successful placement with one of our client companies, we will gladly send you a $500 referral fee. All you have to do is make sure that your friends, associates, and colleagues, let us know that you referred them and once we receive a fee from our client we will send you a $500 thank you.

Please note: Referral fees only apply to candidates that you refer that have been successfully placed in a position and fees have been accepted by our firm for the placement of that candidate.

Interview Practice: I recently received feedback from a client that made me realize even the most qualified among us may want to brush up on our interview skills. The client asked the candidate a question about how she would respond if someone confronted her about a particular topic which would relate to a core area of responsibility should be hired. She replied that she didn?t like conflict and she would leave the company. Yikes! I dare say the interview was over at that moment, even if she remained in the interview chair a while longer. Execume now offers practice interview sessions by HR professionals who are trained in the art of behavioral interviewing. We will even video the session for you if you would like to see ?how you really come across? in an interview. As they say, practice makes perfect.

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Recently, I coached an individual who shared with me that she was being over-worked and was considering making a change. Having been employed with the same company for more than seven years, she was finally contemplating leaving, due to the never-ending stress of her position. After facing grueling 14-hour days, multiple re-organizations, and constantly shifting responsibilities, this professional had reached a serious burn-out point that was driving her to leave her job. Not only had this loyal employee tolerated a boss who never understood any realistic human limitations, but her boss actually confronted her on multiple occasions when she needed to leave the office during the day with the question: ?Are you interviewing?? She asked me what she should say since now she actually was going to begin interviewing to find a new employer. My advice to her was to reply with a smile and another question, like: ?Should I be?? or ?What makes you ask that question?? By answering a question with a question, you shift the focus of the conversation back to them and beg their reply without providing an answer.

Some more adversarial people will not be satisfied with that response and will point out that you haven?t answered the question. At this juncture, you?ll have to decide whether you feel obligated to truthfully respond to question. The problem with answering ?yes,? even when it?s the truth, is that you may find yourself in the unemployment line by nightfall. The problem with answering ?no,? when ?yes? is the truth, is that, hopefully, you don?t like to lie and frankly may not be too good at it. The fundamental problem is the question itself. No boss should ask that question because it really isn?t his or her right to know the answer. I believe that this question is usually asked when your boss senses your dissatisfaction.

Ideally, managers would get better at addressing employee dissatisfaction in a proactive way?prior to employee burn-out. Unfortunately, more often they are under too much pressure themselves or planning their own exit strategies. Since it is an unfair question to ask, try converting the question into an opportunity to have a meeting with your manager. Set aside time to discuss what you like about your job and some of the things that you would like to see changed or improved to achieve a greater sense of satisfaction in your position. Whether you stay employed for a few more days or a few more years, finding a way to improve your circumstances, your results, and your attitude will serve both you and your boss very well.

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