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Criminal history interview questions got you down?

Have you ever been asked, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?”

That’s a tough one to answer if  you’ve been convicted.

Hopefully you can just say no.

Keep in mind that a felony and a misdemeanor are two different crimes, with the latter one being less serious.

So if they ask you about a felony, and you have a misdemeanor, you can honestly say no.

They might also ask you if you have been convicted of a crime, thus covering all their bases.

Your best bet is…

If you have been convicted of a crime, get your record expunged (wiped clean) and then you can truthfully answer no to any type of crime related questions.

If getting your record expunged is not an option, you’ll want to come up with a brief story about what happened and why you don’t deserve what happened to you.

I’ve known good people, and I really mean good church going people who have been convicted of a felony who were either in the wrong place at the wrong time or ended up taking the fall for someone else.

I’ve known of corporate controllers who made some seriously bad accounting errors that got them in a heap of trouble and spread the blame to other people who had no idea what was going on, thus earning themselves a criminal record for their reckless ignorance.

Employers can be very understanding of a past criminal record, as long as it’s not violent. A business owner and friend told me that he interviewed a guy who said he had a felony for US Postal mail fraud.

But once the guy explained what happened and since it had been many years since the crime, the business owner did not care at all, and hired the guy on the spot and didn’t even run a background check on him.

I do know this…

If you have been convicted of a felony, I don’t believe any US banks are legally allowed to hire you because they are all FDIC insured, and that’s a law handed down from the Federal Government to all US Banks.

But other than US Banks being off limits, having a non-violent criminal record should not necessarily keep you from getting hired.

Keep in mind that larger companies are more likely to perform background checks on all employees, whereas small businesses are less likely, but that doesn’t mean small business will and big business won’t.

How to hide unemployment gaps

Are you worried about employment gaps?

Are you even more worried what you’ll say to prospective employers about the large gaps on your resume?

I made a short video for you that will give you a few good pointers on how to handle situations like this.

This stuff is right out of the Resume Masterpiece.   It’s a good read whether you are just starting out to write your resume or if you already have one and want to make it better.

I’m certain that after glancing through the guide for just 30 minutes, you’ll immediately discover 10 things you are doing wrong on your resume and I’ll show you how to fix them.

If you have some work history gaps on your resume I’m going to show you how to deal with them in this video.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

Interview Success Blueprint

Right-click” the link below and save the blueprint to your computer:

Interview Success Blueprint featuring the Accelerated Interview Method – Blueprint.PDF


Featuring the Accelerated Interview Method


I know you want to get going and blast into this Blueprint right now. But you will get WAY more out of it if you watch the Interview Success Blueprint VIDEO first. There’s a Ton of details in the video that I couldn’t fit in this document.

The video does a great job of explaining this Blueprint.

Welcome to my Interview Success Blueprint featuring the Accelerated Interview Method.

What I’ve done in this Blueprint PDF is boil down the Accelerated Interview Method framework so you can see, at a glance, everything that you should consider doing, improving, or implementing in your job search. This is my working “mind map” of the entire interview and resume writing process.

When I first created these techniques, I only used them for myself as I moved from job to job, and it made that process about 200X easier for me. But I never dreamed that I would be teaching this method to thousands of professionals and college graduates all over the world.

If you’ve watched the previous two videos, you know that no one could have struggled more than me while searching for a job. And since I had very little college and work experience, interviewing for jobs was extremely difficult. Even after I gained substantial work experience, interviewing for jobs was still extremely difficult for me.

But after hundreds of failed job interviews, I started getting better and better at educating employers about what I could do for them. So good in fact, that I could practically get hired for any job that I set my sights on. At the time, these were my private techniques that I used for my own personal gain.

Fast forward to today…and now I’ve documented everything that worked for me and my clients. Now I teach this method – it’s the Accelerated Interview Method, and I’ve been teaching it since 2007 and it has literally helped thousands of my students and clients from all over the world get hired for their dream jobs.

My methods have not gone unnoticed, and I guess it was cool enough that I was recently invited by a world famous business author to collaborate on her brand new college textbook. Dr. Mary Ellen Guffey interviewed me to gain valuable insight into what it is that job seekers need to do to impress interviewers and get hired for jobs in their chosen career field.

In any case, I love helping my students overcome the obstacles that once prevented me from advancing in my career and made it difficult for me to interview and get hired for jobs. The obstacles that prevented me from getting jobs that I was well-qualified for.

Well, no more…They are no longer obstacles for me nor any of my students and clients.

My students come from every background imaginable. The medical field, federal and local government, politics, manufacturing, any kind of sales, hospitality, finance, executive management, teaching, academia, IT, non-profit, engineering, health care, etc.

And I never would have imagined that people all over the world would be using my strategies and techniques to prepare for their interviews and get hired for their dream jobs… from Europe and the UK to Asia to Africa to South and Central America… and of course in Australia, New Zealand, and obviously in the U.S. and Canada.

But soon after I developed the Accelerated Interview Method, I realized that my students were using my techniques to get hired for any kind of job. Since my background was in business and Information Technology, that’s what the Accelerated Interview Framework was based on, but it was bigger than that, much bigger.

I only assumed that people in business, sales, engineering, and technology would benefit from my methods, but I soon realized that it didn’t matter what their background was, the type of job they were interviewing for, or where they lived.

The Accelerated Interview Method worked for all jobs, for all candidates, no matter how little or how much experience they had, and it worked equally as well for people who had no college experience vs. others with Masters Degrees.

Many of my students use it because they were fired from their last job and have not interviewed for a while. College graduates use it to jump start their career and begin working right after graduation. Moms use it who are ready to get back into the workforce after raising children for 20 years.

All types of professionals use it, while they are still working because they want to advance their career, or they see the writing is on the wall and realize the need to get out before their company downsizes.

It just didn’t matter and it was the perfect equalizer. It gave anyone who implemented it an unfair advantage and a fighting chance to land their dream job.

Who could have imagined?

The past seven years have been amazing! And I have been very blessed to be able to share my strategies with so many amazing people, and to have helped them achieve their career goals and dream jobs.

I love teaching and showing my students how to apply the Accelerated Interview Method in their job search.

And if you’ve been to my site, you’ve seen all the wonderful comments my past students have left for me.

And I especially love it when my students get hired for the first job they interview for, or even better, get multiple offers. I love sharing in their success and being able to play the part that I do.

In any case… let’s get moving and blueprint your strategy.

But first, a warning.

In the PDF above that you can download, you’ll see a mind map, which is a blueprint for the Accelerated Interview Method.

But I can’t stress this enough…you don’t need to do everything in that blueprint, only what is relevant to you and your job search.

There is going to be a lot of material in that blueprint. I’m not going to be able to cover all of it in this video, it’s just too big.

In fact, my first go around at creating the video took 90 minutes, and at that, I was skimming through the blueprint. So I had to edit the original video down to 45 minutes. Covering the entire blueprint would probably take 2.5 – 3 hours, at least.

But don’t worry because in this video, I made it my goal to cover the most popular topics and common strategies that most everyone would benefit from.

If you decide to become a student or client of mine, then we can dig as deep into that blueprint as we need to.

I sincerely hope this blueprint for the Accelerated Interview Method and all of the free training videos has opened your eyes to a whole new way of interviewing for jobs.

Because once you start putting these strategies and techniques to work for you, in your job search… well, your life is going to change for the better and you’ll never be at the mercy of a single employer, ever again.

It’s the end of “hope interviewing” – you’re no longer in the dark about what it takes to impress interviewers, and you’re playing the interviewing game on your own terms, at a much higher level than your competition, and you know how to win.

It’s like in those Matrix movies… you can either choose the Red Pill or the Blue Pill.

If you want to stick with your OLD WAY of interviewing…then take the Blue Pill and you’ll go back to your life and nothing will have changed. You can keep plugging along with “hope interviewing”… and you can keep believing that one day you’ll land your dream job.

But if you’re ready to take control of the direction of your career, heading down the path of success, if you’re ready for the Red Pill, then your path is clear – and it’s the Accelerated Interview Method. It’s time to take control.

Because once you start using the Accelerated Interview Method in your job search, you’re going to banish HOPE interviewing forever… and YOU are now in the driver’s seat.

You know how to find out what employers are looking for, and give it to them. You can create a successful job search strategy that has hungry employers chasing after you with job offers. And you know how to create momentum in your job search to keep a steady flow of employers all queued up for when you are ready to make your next career move.

I’ve already given you a TON of training materials in this blueprint and the training videos I created for you. I know some people will take my challenge to “take the Red Pill” and they’ll get started right away – just by using all the free training videos I have already given you.

That’s awesome – and they won’t be the first job seekers to have success using my free training materials alone.

But if you want to take the next step…if you REALLY want to step up and banish “hope interviewing” forever… consider joining my exclusive Accelerate Platinum Coaching Program where you’ll work with me directly and I’ll guide you every step of the way through the entire job interview process.

We’ll strategize on the phone, I’ll work with you on your answers, we’ll review and rewrite your resume until it’s perfect.  I’ll give you advice before every job interview you attend.  We cover everything.  You can read more here: Accelerate

Most job candidates screw-up this question…

On your next interview, they are going to ask you about your past accomplishments.

They will want to know how your efforts in your last job benefited the company you worked for.

This is a great opportunity for you to brag about yourself but at the same time you don’t want to overdo it.

I made a video that explains exactly how you can brag about yourself to a prospective employer and look awesome.

Most candidates’ screw-up this question, but I don’t want to see that happen to you.

You can watch the video here:

What are your biggest accomplishments

What are your biggest accomplishments?

It’s okay to brag here, but just a little. Don’t spend too much time with this answer as the interviewer is just looking for a short answer and is interested in what you have done recently. Make sure your answer is related to your career and not your personal life. Don’t give frivolous answers, like: “I fixed the copy machine when it was jammed,” or “I got all my work done in one day; the same day it was due.”

It is essential for you to explain how and why you made these accomplishments.

Best answer:

1. “Though I’m very proud of where I am and what I’ve done, I feel that my biggest achievements remain ahead of me.”

For more great answers like this, get the Complete Interview Answer Guide

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

Job interviews got you bummed out? This won’t help…

interviewing for jobs and not getting the job

Today’s topic is just to help you feel better if you’ve ever had an interview and didn’t get the job.

We all work hard in preparing for a job interview. We research the company, we practice answering interview questions, we tweak our resume, etc. The list of things we do is endless. And after all those countless hours of preparation we find out after a couple of weeks that we didn’t get the job.

Sometimes it’s very difficult to understand the reason why. We knew we were right for the job and they seemed to like us. Everything fit, but for some unknown reason they chose someone else.

This story happens more often than not to countless job seekers. If it happened to you, don’t feel bad, just treat it as a learning experience and move on.

Sending a letter to the hiring manager and asking what it was about you they didn’t like seems like a good idea, doesn’t it? It’s a very genuine request and if they shared with you the answer, that might help you in future job interviews, right?

But the reality is a cold shoulder and you’re likely to feel even worse after sending a letter only to never hear back from them again.

It’s very unlikely that an employer will share with you the reason(s) they did not choose to hire you. They probably won’t even respond to you at all.

You see, companies can be held liable for what they say to you, so that’s why they keep their response to the standard “we found another candidate to be a closer match for this position.”

They’ll never really tell you why, in fact, they probably liked you – they just liked this other candidate a little better.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

If this has happened to you, rest assured you are not the only one. Keep your spirits high and keep interviewing until you find the place that is best for you.

Are employers trying to trick you with this question?

The other day one of my clients told me she was asked the following question on a recent job interview.

“Do you have any additional qualities/strengths you would like to add as it relates to this position?”

She wanted to know what the hidden meaning was behind that question and… why would an employer ask such a question.

She really felt like they were trying to trick her into revealing something she might not have otherwise told them.

From her perspective, she has already given them a resume that clearly lists her skills – so what else could there be?

Here’s what I told her:

“I don’t suspect trickery. I think they are simply giving you the opportunity to add other strengths and qualities that you might not have included on your resume, but after reading the job description, you realized that you have a few extra skills/strengths you feel would add value to your candidacy.”

Don’t assume interviewers and employers are always out to trick you. They might ask you a trick question here and there, though ultimately they are just looking for the right person for the job.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

Applying for jobs when you are not ready


Surprisingly, I’ve been getting several emails from customers asking me if it’s okay to start applying for jobs, even though they won’t be able to interview for them for a few months.

Recently, I received an email from Rhonda who received a severance package after 23 years with her company. The next day she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Right now, she is going through chemo and expects a full recovery.

She wanted to know if it would be okay for her to start applying for jobs even though she will be physically unable to interview for them for at least a few months.

Here is what I told her:

“Applying for jobs without being in a position to act on them is a bit of a catch 22. But on the other hand, you’re more likely to get your feet wet by looking and applying for jobs — and even if you have to turn down a few interviews, you’ll have gained some traction in the job market.

You might even get a few phone interviews that you can actually take — and if they ask you to come in, in person, then you can decide how you want to proceed with that.

But since you expect to be hitting the job market in a few months anyway, I don’t see any reason why you should not start sending out resumes.”

It takes time to build up momentum while searching for jobs – that’s true for everyone, even me.

So if you can, I would suggest sending out resumes and making phone calls to get some traction in the job market, and who knows, by the time you are ready to start interviewing, you’ll be all warmed up and might snag a job right off the bat.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

A Perfect Answer to the Weakness Question

weakness job interview question

Here’s a great way one of my customers answered the weakness question…

He recently sent me his answer and I loved it… and wanted to share it with you.

Here is what he said…

“My greatest weakness is interviewing and talking about myself. However, when the company I used to work for closed, they offered us an opportunity to take a workshop in dealing with the challenges related to finding new employment. I signed up for this with the hopes in understanding and overcoming this weakness. I found this was very insightful in letting me understand and also how to overcome this weakness. I am much more confident now and I believe this is no longer a weakness.”

It’s a great answer because he identifies a weakness he used to have, and briefly describes how he overcame it. Plus, he’s proving to them he overcame it by confidently delivering a solid interview presentation.

It’s a beautiful answer and I hope it helps you.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

7 reasons why you didn’t get the job

7 reasons why you didn't get the job

You knew you were right for the job and they seemed to love you. Everything went well… so well in fact that they made you feel like an offer was looming.

And two weeks later, you either never heard back from them or they informed you someone else was selected.

Just because you were right for the job doesn’t always mean that you’ll get it. In fact, there are many reason why.

Here are 7 of the most common reasons you didn’t get hired:

1.) You were qualified, but someone else was more qualified: You’ll never really know if this was the true reason or not, no matter what they tell you.

2.) You weren’t as qualified as you thought you were: Initially, you might have thought you were a good fit, but after the interview process, the employer elevated their requirements for the job that pushed you out of the running. This is not your fault.

3.) You turned off the hiring manager in the interview: You might have rubbed the interviewer the wrong way. For example, this could have been a casual comment you made about your dislike of hunters, or guns while not realizing your interviewer was an avid hunter. Not your fault

4.) You weren’t a culture fit: All companies have their own culture. From strict cultures like IBM to as laid back as it gets at Apple. For whatever reason, you did not fit it, even though you were qualified.

5.) You weren’t able to articulate why you were the best person for the job: This can happen if you are nervous, or you don’t understand what qualities they are looking for in a candidate for this position.

6.) The job was already set aside for someone else: This tends to be true for larger employers. If the hiring manager already has someone in mind for a job opening, the HR department sill makes them post the job and interview at least ten applicants. This is their corporate policy and they have to abide by it.

Then after they interview ten candidates, they can hire the person they wanted to in the first place. Unfortunately, it creates a lot of false hope for ten job seekers.

7.) You didn’t seem enthusiastic about the job: Let’s face it, some jobs are no fun and the only reason we even interview for them is because we need the money. And that type of attitude shows through. Some jobs you just can’t get excited about. And employers don’t want to hire someone who is not interested in the job.

So if you had an interview and didn’t get the job and are still scratching your head as to why — chances are you’ll find your answer above.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Treat each job interview as a learning experience and find something positive to take away from each one as this will help you become better at interviewing — eventually leading towards an offer letter for the job you want.

If you feel stuck in a rut and just can’t get out, you might need to re-engineer yourself in a brilliant new way.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

7 dumb interview questions to avoid

interview questions to avoid

One of the techniques I always cover with students in my top tier coaching class, Accelerate, is questions that are good to ask employers…

…Questions that will leave them with a positive impression of you.

But you want to avoid questions that might negatively affect your candidacy — leaving you wondering why you never heard back from them.

We’ve all been on an interview we thought went well, but never heard back, right? Even me. It happens to the best of us. Usually it’s because of a little mistake we made that we didn’t even know about.

I can’t stress this point enough – During the first and second round of interviews — avoid asking your interviewer the ME questions.

Such as,

1. Do you allow your employees to work from home?
2. Do you pay for mileage?
3. Will you pay for my home Internet?
4. Will you pay for my training?
5. Will I be able to get my paycheck directly deposited?
6. How much vacation will I get the first year?
7. I won’t have to work weekends, will I?

There’s a million of them, but I think you get the idea.

You may not realize it, but when you ask these questions you are putting yourself in the class with the deadbeat employee. The deadbeat employee wants the company to bend over backwards for them. They want the company to pay for everything. They are whiners and complainers.

They want this… they want that…They are always wanting something and are rarely grateful for the job they have.

They come in late, they leave early – they want the company to pay for their lunch, their car, their mileage, their home Internet…the list is endless. I’m sure you’ve seen this type of worker.

When you ask these kinds of questions in a job interview, they immediately classify you with the deadbeat employees they already have – and I’m pretty sure they don’t want anymore employees like that.

Chances are — you are interviewing for the deadbeat’s job.

Unless the answer to any of the above questions is vitally important to your acceptance of this job, then I would strongly advise you not to ask these types of questions.

A couple weeks ago in Accelerate, I worked with Mike T. to create a rather unique strategy for his Telecom management interview.

We reverse engineered the “deadbeat employee” classification. Mike went into his interview already knowing how interviewers perceive candidates and the hidden notes on which they are judged.

He knew not to ask all those ME type questions, but we took it one step further and reversed the idea behind each of those questions, making it Mike’s own personal philosophy. Then he weaved those ideas into the conversation of the interview.

Now, Mike looks like a guy who believes that employees should work weekends when needed, is willing to pay out of his own pocket for piddly expenses, as well as his own lunch and believes that working in the office is more productive than working from home.

He basically told them everything they wanted to hear without them ever having to guess or ask him. Long story short – he got the job.

This is just one of the tactics I teach in success coaching and show the student how to successfully apply it.

129 Sample Questions and Answers You Can Use to Get Hired for Any Job

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