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I have an interview and I’m scared – I’m afraid of interviews

This question was recently sent in by a customer.  and I get asked this question all the time from people who have a job interview coming up:

“I have an interview and I’m scared.”


Hello Lili,

I understand and you’re not alone. Most people who have interviews are frightened of them, mainly because they don’t know how to answer an interviewers questions. Interviews are scary, but they don’t have to be as long as you are prepared. I would suggest polishing up on what you’ll say to a variety of common and tough interview questions, and
just knowing how you answer these questions will do wonders to calm your interview fears.

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I help hundreds of job seekers every month come to grips with their interview fears though my interview answer book, the Complete Interview Answer Guide. It will get you will prepared for your interview and teach you how to answer job interview questions. You can download it immediately and start preparing for your interview right now.

Hope this helps,


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How do I negotiate salary – How do I ask about salary?

Customer question on: How to negotiate salary for a new job

How do I negotiate salary? What the offer the company gave me is about $20,000 less than industry average. Is there room to negotiate additional salary, and if so, how much without taking myself out of the running?

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Don’s answer to: negotiating salary for a new job and salary requirements

I’ve been in this position before, where the offer was much less than I wanted and I needed to negotiate additional salary for a new job.

Basically, you have two choices, you can walk or negotiate. Always try to negotiate salary for a new job. If it’s the place you want to work, and they really like you, but can’t afford your higher salary, then try to make up for the salary difference with benefits.

If all else fails, then ask if they will increase your salary after 90 days of employment at your new job. This way, they get to try you out for a lower cost and if you really are the star performer they hoped for, then maybe they’ll be willing to pay you more.

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If they are really paying you $20,000 less than the industry average, then you need to weigh that out. Can you easily get $20k more somewhere else, or would it be just as difficult to get that much salary for a new job? The industry average varies all over the country and is based on supply and demand.

If you really want the new job, and they really want you, try to meet them half way and make up for it with benefits with a promise of increased salary for your new job down the road.

If you are just a number to them, you will have a harder time negotiating because at that point they are just price shopping, and what I mean by a number is more of an entry level position in a large corporation.

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In the Complete Interview Answer Guide, I cover salary negotiations is much greater detail than what I can do here in this article.


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How to explain employment gap – work history gap

Customer question on explaining an employment gap

I’m an administrative assistant with 30 years experience. I have a year gap in my work history where I worked only part time due to the fact that I adopted two very abused puppies that needed a lot of extra attention, were up all hours of the night, etc.

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While I always want to tell the truth to potential employers, I know that my spending a year to raise “problem pups” isn’t a real attention getter.

Any advise on how to explain this gap?

Unless you’re a “dog person” and “get it”, it doesn’t sound professional.

Don’s answer to explaining a gap in employment

When you have a gap in your employment there’s no real reason to hide it.  The best way to handle employment gaps is to be honest.  Just tell prospective employers the real reason.  It generally works best when you tell them that you were at least doing something productive during your time off from work instead of sitting in front of the TV or laying in bed all day.

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Many times people mis a year or more of work because they stayed home to care for a loved one.  Other people just have a hard time finding work, and this is where volunteer work or self study will help you out and fill those time gaps you have.

I see nothing wrong with your decision to leave work for a year to do something you firmly believed in. It doesn’t have to be professional. There is more to life than work. Do something you love. You did something that was good, moral, and that most people would not do. That’s outstanding! I applaud your dedication, determination, and loving care you gave to these pups. There is nothing more noble than helping… whether it be people or animals.

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Tell them the truth and be proud of what you did. Basically, tell them you took a year off work to adopt and help to very abused puppies. Give them the short version of the story unless they ask for details.

That’s just an outstanding display of human kindness!


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