Alan Carniol

Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.

Tell Me about YourselfThere is no applicant who comes in an interview that has not yet faced the question “Tell me about yourself.” For some, this question is the most challenging to answer because they don’t understand what the interviewer really wants to know.

Most applicants hate this particular question because it puts them in the spotlight. The reason why applicants should love this question and not hate it is because aside from spotlight, it also gives you control.

When this question gets thrown at you, you are now given the opportunity to describe your strengths and greatest accomplishment in a few sentences.

There is really no one surefire way to answer this question; any given answer may work for one company but not for another. Still, while there is no secret formula for this question, there is one thing to remember when answering, and that is to focus.

Job Boards for Your Job SearchA job seeker needs to make use of all tools at his disposal to land a new job. Sticking with only one method in your job search will only prolong your time without a job. One tool that a job seeker can use to broaden the search is job boards.

Job boards are great places for new job seekers to find employment. They offer jobs specific to your chosen career. Check out these tips on using job boards in your job search.

Being Active in the InterviewIn an interview, the goal of an interviewer is to know the applicant better and vice versa. The interview is the perfect opportunity for you to know more about the job and, most importantly, the best chance for you to prove that you are the perfect candidate.

If you want to prove that you are the best person for the job, you must be active during the interview. As an applicant, aside from what’s written on your resume, what you say during the interview is the only basis the interviewer has in determining your worthiness for the job.

If you are more passive than active during the interview, you can say good-bye to your chances of getting hired. So, here are some strategies to help you learn how you can be more active during the interview.

Weird Interview QuestionsIf you go to many interviews throughout your career, you are bound to face interview questions that just feel weird. Interviewers try to be creative with the questions they use because there are times when applicants tend to be too repetitive. They do this to test an applicant’s ability to think under pressure.

 Job Interview OlympicsThis week, I learned something valuable watching the Olympics. Just last night, I saw highlights of the individual medley (IM) swimming event - where one swimmer does four different strokes in succession, and the individual gymnastics competition, particularly the balance beam.


Here's what I've observed:

Quitting without NoticeAs an employee, there are instances when you just want to quit your job. There are times when you just want to give in to the temptation of quitting, but there are also reasons why you need to think twice before doing so.

Turn Summer Job to Full Time JobDuring the summer, many students look for jobs to earn cash while school is out. To most people, summer jobs are regarded as just that: something temporary. Summer jobs or internships are really meant to be short-term, but why not take advantage of the opportunity? Summer jobs or internships are a great stepping stone to a career and eventually your dream job.

If you feel you want turn your internship or summer job into a full-time position, here are some tips on how to do it:

Interview JittersIt is perfectly normal to feel nervous before a job interview. A job interview is a source of stress for most people. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming because of the fear of being rejected by an employer.

Here are some ways to calm down when you feel nervous before a job interview.

Friday, 03 August 2012 06:00

Doing Job Search During the Holidays

Holiday Job SearchIt is commonly believed is that during the holidays no one hires and everybody is too busy with reunions, parties, and nonstop events. Yes, it is true that everybody is busy with their schedules, but during the holidays companies also slow down their pace. It is a time when employers can finally have time to settle other company matters—including hiring.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:12

How to End an Interview on a Strong Note

Ending an InterviewMost people remember bad events more than good ones. Psychologists say that the brain processes positive and negative events differently. They say that negative events involve more thinking and are processed more thoroughly than positive events.

This is further illustrated by how you will remember losing $100 more than earning $100. With this in mind, we should also remember how we need to end an interview strongly lest all of your efforts be wasted.