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Posted March 10, 2015 by

5 Social Skills to Move From College Life to Business Life

Executive Impressions logoLeaving the comfort of college life and entering into the fast-moving, competitive corporate world can be alluring and at the same time, really unnerving. I remember when I started my first “real job”, like every other recent graduate I had a lot of technical knowledge but when it came to attending business meetings, networking events, or simply interacting with other professionals in the office, there were a lot of situations that were unfamiliar to me and to be honest, a little intimidating.

Now with 10 years of international corporate experience and a wealth of knowledge in business etiquette, I want to share with you my top 5 business etiquette tips that can really distinguish you from the competition. (more…)

Posted December 31, 2014 by

Didn’t Land a New Job in 2014? Correct These Mistakes for the New Year

If you did not get an entry level job or other position of employment this year, then chances are your job search was missing something.  What could you have done wrong that turned employers off from you as a job candidate?  What could you have done differently that would have left them with a more favorable impression of you?  That is what you need to figure out going into the new year.  Here are some mistakes that may have kept you from getting hired in 2014. (more…)

Posted December 17, 2014 by

How to Prepare for a Successful Video Interview

Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer

Tools like Skype and Google Hangouts have made online video nearly as easy to use as Facebook. That’s leading more employers to replace some in-person meetings with video interviews. The advantages are obvious: Managers get the opportunity to have a conversation that feels a lot more personal than a telephone interview, without the time and expense that often come with an in-person visit.

Like any other interview, video conversations require preparation. Indeed, they need as much planning as a personal interview. Here are the things you need to consider. (more…)

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Best Interview Tips for Success

Woman shaking hands while having an interview in office

Woman shaking hands while having an interview in office. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Job seekers often find it challenging to get the jobs they need because they are not prepared for interviews. An important aspect of getting a job is handling the interview effectively. The first step towards a successful interview is to be adequately prepared.

Be Fully Prepared

Preparing for an interview involves finding out information about the company. This type of information makes it possible for the job seeker to be aware of what the position requires. It also proves to the interviewer that you have made the effort to understand the needs of the company. (more…)

Posted November 20, 2014 by

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Interviewer from Zoning Out

Lisa Quast

Lisa Quast

Often, job candidates are so worried about saying the right thing during an interview that they forget how to keep another person (in this instance your interviewer!) engaged in a conversation. Obviously there’s more weighing on this conversation than a chat with your parents or best friend, and this means you need to display the best version of yourself. However, focusing too much on “covering everything” or “saying the right thing” can lead to boring your interviewer with drawn out answers – a surefire way to cause him or her to zone out. Practice and master the below tactics before your next interview to make sure this doesn’t happen to you! (more…)

Posted November 12, 2014 by

No Mistaking It: Job Search Sins that Will Ruin Your Interview

So, your entry level job interview is going great, and you feel confident about getting the job.  Then, what happens?  You make that costly mistake that leaves a negative impression with the interviewer.  While you might be a little bit nervous going into an interview, you do not want those nerves to get the best of you.  Do your best to avoid the following job search sins that will ruin your interview. (more…)

Posted October 28, 2014 by

Mastering The Art of Concentration

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

Concentration is an art. It is an art that leads to a more fulfilling life, more meaningful relationships and heightened self-confidence.

Conversely, lack of concentration will generate a less lucrative, less opportunistic and more stressful life. On an overarching basis, it’s best to think of lack of focus as a temporary, surmountable handicap. To overcome any handicap, all that is necessary to do is use more determination and grit and will. Gaining heightened focus is no different; it is a conscious choice that takes work, though rewards those who successfully obtain it. (more…)

Posted October 16, 2014 by

Nervous About Networking? Effective Tips to Come Out of Your Shell

For many of us, going up to a stranger and starting a conversation can be intimidating. We don’t want to say or do anything to embarrass ourselves when meeting someone new. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. So, what can you do if you are nervous about networking? Here are some tips to help you come out of your shell. (more…)

Posted September 29, 2014 by

Increasing Your Concentration to Improve Interviewing Performance

Ken Sundheim

Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

The ability to focus at will allows an individual to sell themselves more effectively during interviews, to set aside destructive thoughts when engaging with hiring managers and ultimately to pursue career goals with more vigor and accuracy.

Attention allows us to retrieve pertinent information from our memory, evaluate an event or hiring manager’s mood, then react accordingly.  Needless to say, focus is paramount to any job seeker’s success.

However, with the multitude of social media distractions, monetary worries and harsh self-criticism that is more and more prevalent these days, many applicants find themselves stressed out about unrelated incidents prior to commencing an interview. (more…)

Posted September 24, 2014 by

Add More Stars To Your Job Interview With A Firm Eye-Contact!

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office

Smiling businesswoman at job interview in office. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We have always heard our elders telling us about those people who do not look in your eye when they lie. As much as it is not always the case but maintaining an eye-contact during a job interview is very important. Surely it is one of the most stressful times for any individual, but looking in the eyes of the recruiter has never yield bad results. Employers know exactly what goes in the minds of candidates when they look around in the room, stare down at the shoes or floor or adjust their watches and rings. They would instantly know that you are either feeling uneasy or being dishonest with them. (more…)