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How To Ace Your Next Job Interview!

Marcel Riemer, I am an Impact Entrepreneur and Chef

How To Ace Your Next Job Interview!

Marcel Riemer, I am an Impact Entrepreneur and Chef

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11 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tell me about yourself!

    • 3. Tell me about yourself! - continued

    • 4. Why have you applied for this Role?

    • 5. Why have you applied for this Role? - continued

    • 6. What are your Strengths?

    • 7. What are your Strengths? - continued

    • 8. What is your Weakness?

    • 9. What is your Weakness? - continued

    • 10. Where do you see yourself in five Years?

    • 11. Conclusion

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About This Class

Congratulations for picking my class!

Let me ask you a question: How did you last job interview go? Were you lucky enough to land the job or did you mess up your interview? Lack of preparation is the main cause for interview failures.

Job interviews are tricky things, that goes especially for all the questions which are being asked during an interview. If you don’t know how to answer these questions in a confident and positive way, then chances for you to being selected are extremely tiny.

What do you say if the recruiter asks you: “What are your weaknesses?” or “What is your leadership style?” What do you say if the interviewer wants to know: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

See, you want to be able to know exactly how to answer these questions in a right way to sell your personality, skills and expertise to the interviewer or recruiter.

In short: if you want to ace your next job interview and increase your chances of getting hired then you will love this course!

 So, let's get started!

  1. What is this course about?

In this course I am going to teach you how to answer and handle the five most commonly asked interview questions.

  1. For whom is this course for?

This course is for everyone who is preparing for a job interview.

What will you learn?

  1. The importance of storytelling.
  2. Suggestions how to answer the five most common interview questions
  3. Tips for sample answers
  4. How to increase your chances of succeeding in a job interview
  5. Why you need to study the job description


  1. How and where can you apply the new knowledge?

You can apply this knowledge in your next job interview to stand out and to drastically increase your chances to being selected.

  1. How will you benefit?

This course will prepare you for your next job interview you might have scheduled. After finishing this course, you will be skilled, knowledgeable, and more confident in presenting yourself to the recruiter emphasizing your strengths. This will give you a big advantage over other applicants because you are much better equipped.


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Marcel Riemer

I am an Impact Entrepreneur and Chef


12 Countries - 5 Continents - 2 Award Winning Restaurants

Hello, Marcel here!

​In September of 2015 I reached such a disastrous point in my life that I had to undertake a serious u-turn. This recalibration was necessary in order to get my life back on track where I wanted it to be.

Four years later, in 2019, I started my eLearning venture. In the meantime I became a passionate reader and personal development junky. It is absolutely crucial for me to study and grow on a permanent basis. I can not spend a day without reading in a book.

​I have specialized in psychology and communication, including leadership and persuasion. I am extremely excited to share all I have learned with other people and help them to advance with confidence.

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1. Introduction : Hey, what's up, guys and girls, this is my say and I have a question for you. How did you last job interview goal? Did it go well or do you feel you messed it up and they never called your back? Yeah, that can happen. If two do not prepare yourself. Where for these interviews, I noticed interviews can get very tricky, especially with the questions being asked. And this is something very important to pay attention to, to these questions. If you don't know how to answer these questions, like, Tell me a little bit about yourself. Or why have you applied for this royal? Why have you applied for this job? But until tell me about your strings. Tell me about your weaknesses. Are you a team player and things like that? You know, if you do not know how to answer these questions, then chances are that you are being called back or higher that there are very low. With this video class. I'm covering the five most important interview questions which are usually being asked in a job interview or so with this course, I want to make your fit. I want to make you more confident that with a positive and motivational energy, you can present yourself in front of the recruiter beard, a face-to-face interview or on video, that doesn't matter. So this causes here to help you to give you more confidence. I want you that you know how to answer these questions correctly and with great attitude and confidence. So that you will increase your chances to be hired for the job which you are applying for. So I hope you enjoyed this class. I hope you enjoyed this course. Thanks for choosing it. And yeah, have fun and I'm gonna see you inside the class. Take care. 2. Tell me about yourself!: Imagine you are in a job interview and the person who's conducting the interview is telling you the following. So please tell me about yourself. What do you say? What do your answer? In this video, I'm going to share this with you. So stick around. Hey, what's cooking guys? This is my center from slamming it out. And thank you for watching this video. Thanks for tuning in. And today we are digging into the really juicy stuff, the juicy meat as promised. Today. We are talking about the really important stuff when it comes to a job interview today. And in the following videos, I will give you all the details, all the answers, and all the tips and tricks. Based on my almost three decades long experience in doing job interviews. So applying for jobs myself all around the world, but also conducting interviews as an executive chef, I had literally hundreds of interviews in my, in my office and I had to interview them. So the basic structure of a job interview, be it in a person to person talk face to face in an office of some human resources director, or be it a video call, as it is now becoming more and more popular these days, the structure is basically the same. Yeah. So the interview of it introduce him or herself, talk a little bit probably about the company. And then it's all up to you basically because they want to know from you, who are you? What are your strengths, what are your weaknesses, the whole story, they want to get to know you better. That's why we conduct or they conduct a job interview. Yeah. And this is followed by questions by the interviewer. Does is really the heart, the body of an interview. You'll be asked a lot of questions. And then the last part of the interview is actually that you have the chance, hopefully to also ask some questions. If you have questions and good interviewers, they do that. They offer you the possibility to ask questions because this is also very important for a couple of reasons. Of course, you want to know in general a little bit more about the company or the people or anything which came up during the interview, but also it shows interests. So asking questions at the end, it's actually a great tool for you to demonstrate interest. Yeah, and this is obvious. People like to see that if you ask questions anyway, we dive too much into this topic. For a later video today, we start with a very famous questions and many people start to sweat when they hear this question. And it goes like this. It's not a question actually, it's a statement. So tell me about yourself. Yeah. And I'm doing these videos and I elaborate on these questions and statements because they're very important. You need to you need to be prepared. You need to be prepared for your next job and WSU, you cannot just go and they're hoping just to improvise and Intel them something you really need to nail it. It is all about setting yourself, you know, all about making yourself stand out from the competition. So the statement, tell me a little bit about yourself is a great opportunity for you to set the tone. Yeah. So basically to give you an a in a second, I will give you my own example what I usually would say in an interview. So this is just a bird's eye here with this. When you get, when you receive this statement, you want to give a bird's eye view of your past experience. Yeah, do not. For example, like many people who would do just read through your CV or state all the stations on your resume or CV. So that's boring and all because the interviewer, the human resources manager, they have your CV, they studied it already there, read through it. And because I read through the CV, they got interested in you in the first place, so you don't need to tell them the whole story again. And this is also boring. And so you want to. Give them a bird's eye view and you start with your latest experience so you don't start I was born low in my case. Yeah. My name is Sarah and I'm 43 years old and I was born in Berlin in Germany. And then I went to school and then I did an apprenticeship and a five-star hotel. And this, and this kind of things. I will explain it later in my example, but do not chronologically list all your workstations, so it's all in a SUV anyway. Very important point number one gives a bird's eye picture of your past experience. And number two, you start with your latest experience. And number three, also very important. You want to highlight your strength and specialties when you tell the story, when you give them the bird's eye view. Okay. So in my case, I'm a chef. So that also would make the statement, hey, Matt said, tell me a little bit about yourself and then it's all up to me to say, and I would normally sell, say that I'm a well-traveled chef of great experience in many international cuisines because I traveled around the world. I worked in 14, No, sorry, 1212 different countries on four continents. Most of this time I spent in Southeast Asia where I had the great opportunity to work for many different countries like Indonesia and the Philippines and Malaysia. And looking at Southeast Asia, it was a challenging time because many people over there, they are not fully trained or exceptionally trained or trained collinearity wise and a catenary field because over there mostly you just apply for a restaurant or you see, now I start to ramble myself, you know? So this is what you don't want to do. And actually I want to be honest TEA, it happened accidentally, you know, so I did not make this up. So you also can see that I kind of start to ramble, ramble on is getting too much detail. So the story is, I'm a well-trained and traveled chef. I was European trained currently. I'm working in Egypt. I started a new job just recently and before that I had a few years of experience already in the Middle East, which is good. Before that, I spent over 10 years and Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia was a great experience because I really could gain much more knowledge about different ingredients, cuisines also the different culture dealing with people from different cultures really made a big impact on me. And the challenge over there, for example, was that many of the people working in kitchens are not professionally trained. So very important in Southeast Asia is that you are a hands on chef. That you are in the kitchen, that you take care of your stuff, that you train them, trading, trading, trading, B hat being hands on and that kind of stuff so that they see you, that they feel you. And yeah, and, and all my traveling of course, shows that I have great flexibility and adaptability. I can adapt to many different difficult situation. So overall, that's my story. And this is a wire want and what I'm looking for now is that I can incorporate all what I have learned, all my experience on my traveling on foot knowledge about different cuisines of the word, I'm looking for a position where I can often cooperators and head the future company also to improve their sales and their standards and things like that. So this is kind of the bird's eye story. You want to give them, I think by just listening to me, you'll get the point already. 3. Tell me about yourself! - continued: I know it's very tempting to get into the details and you wanna mention this. You want to mention that because now we are speaking out of our own perspective phenomena. We, human beings tend to, tend to take ourselves, sometimes too important. But here really have to keep in mind too that all the details is in the severe already. So they want basically it's it's also tricky statement actually at all. Yes, they want to know who you are, but also, um, they're, they're really understand and they will learn how you take what kind of personality you actually are here now. And this is very important. So this statement which normally comes right in the beginning is very important for the interviewer because then they can read between the lines. So everything you say in your bird's eye view story, please craft it carefully. What I said, just now, these points, the structure of it. Yeah, Start with the latest position first, give a bird's eye view up until the day where you actually started your Korea and highlight your strength and your specialties, you know, and try to incorporate kind of a positive attitude thing. This is what they are looking for. You know, if you deliver a great first impression story, telling me who you are or tell me a little bit about yourself. If you can nail this, then, like I said before, you really set the tone, you know, and you want to set the tone. It's like the first impression you give you, you know, because if you have an excellent CV with a lot of experience and points and bla, bla, bla. And we all know we can make App Service. That's the easiest thing of the world, right? People make App Service, you know? So and when they read through your severe and it reads so well and so nice and they decide to interview you and then you are not even able to sell yourself to highlight you strengthened and other specialties and your, and you display a great and positive attitude. And you are doing hands-on guy, great trainer, blah, blah, blah. If you don't show that and they, you know, people are not stupid, they're even on camera. And now when you talk to them on, via Skype or hangout or whatever, they they can sense that, you know, if you have a few, come across shy and quiet and have nothing much to display and show which you're proud about to share with the world and to demonstrate also your value. This is also a great opportunity here, during this first opportunity to demonstrate your value to the company, you know, because I also mentioned in my story what I'm looking for in the next company and I've said my next job for magnetic next opportunity, I'm looking for a position where it can all what I have experienced and learned, normal knowledge and skills I gained during my past 30 years almost. I want to I want to be able to incorporate all this and at the same time help you, the company to improve and develop further. So that's the story, you know, That's the story. So show your, demonstrate your skills and knowledge and share a little bit. And to positive attitude is very important in that way, you make a first good impression and this is what they want to see by this statement. So my advice is you have to practice it. Yes, definitely. But it's up to you how how long you want to practice. I normally for myself, I would write out the smallest script like 45 points, not more than that. And I run a little story in my mind, you know, with I also imagine using pictures. You know, I'm running a little story so that I memorize it. Oh, because when you do the interview, you want to tell your story. You don't want to look at your notes, you know, here for this video I have some notes posted against the wall. So I'm looking at them because it helps me to also run, go through this video. But during your interview, you don't wanna do that. Everything needs to come across as nature as possible. You have to practice it. And like I say, this question, you should answer actually, it's a very important point to the very important tip here. I would say one to two minutes is plenty of time to answer this questions. Don't go on for five minutes or 10 minutes. You have to be able to answer this. I would say two minutes. Two minutes. It's okay. That's fair enough. They have to give you two minutes, thirty-seconds. Thirty-seconds is not much, depending of course, on your experience. In all my experience, I have 30 S and a business. I have something to tell and I won something. And I want I want to tell them my my great experience and this and this, blah, blah, blah. So two minutes, but you have to, You really have to pay attention to the time. That's why structure, structure your story. 45 major important points you want to highlight and in practice it in front of the mirror or wherever you wanna do it. Record yourself on video, and then look that you stay within a two minute timeframe. Okay. 4. Why have you applied for this Role?: Imagine you are in your next job interview and the recruiter ask you, why have you applied for this role? What do you say? What do we our answer in this video, I'm going to talk about it. So stick around and thanks again for tuning in because today we cover a very important question which is being asked during a job interview. And this question is guaranteed to be asked because the, a recruiter, your potential new boss wants to know why you have applied for this role. Because they want to dig a little bit deeper and to find out what really motivates you. And also, if you have done your homework, if you have done some research. So, so now, why have you apply it for this role is a very common questions and unique question and you need to be well prepared to answer this. Basically, what I already mentioned in the beginning. The employer wants to see yeah. Why what is the reason you applying for this position and our company. Why not? Company XYZ at why our company? So in my example, I'm an executive chef. I look at the job description and would tailor my answer to it. So this is the key insight here to understand and to know. Study the job description if they have any, most of the job offers that come with the job description. Some job descriptions are short or shorter and some are massive, massively long. So you want to study the job description and check for keywords, you know, check for main and key responsibilities. What does the employer really looking for in this new job candidate? And then you take all your insights and research and then you would tailor, make your approach of tailor-made, tailor create your answer. So for example, if they are would be looking for an executive chef which has international experience working in Europe and in Asia. And somebody who has a great training ability, somebody who is hands on, somebody who CAN, who is approachable, somebody who is a great coach, someone who speaks German and English. You know, if they give you these hints in the job description then, okay, Now by coincidence that these are all things which I have. I have all these points I just mentioned, but look for these since look for this information and then see what you can do based on your own experience. And looking at your own CV and resume, see what you can incorporate intake from your own background to properly a tailor make your answer. This is very important, you know, because they're looking for a person. But certain skills and abilities. If you don't have the certain skills and abilities of you cannot show them that you have them, that you own them, then there's no use it as pointless. They will probably finish to interview, but they will never call you back. That's a big problem, so you need to give them what they want, okay, and don't forget, it's all about selling yourself. And I will mention this and they were not getting tired. I will not be getting tired to repeat this over and over again. Going into a job interview and conducting the interviews all about selling yourself saw. Now you might ask Chef if the job description is looking for these kinds of attributes and skills and so on, blah, blah, blah. And my background doesn't really match. Okay. You have to we have to then use your judgment. Yeah. Let's say your background covers let's say 50 percent or 60 percent of that, what the employer's looking for. Then still I would go ahead and try to sell yourself. You know, you don't need to lie about, you know, selling us half of as Includes to exaggerate a little bit, you know, you will want to shine. You want to put yourself into a positive light, similar like selling a car. If you go to the car dealership to any car dealer and you always would present the car or his or her cause a well-presented manner that cars are clean, they are shiny. You know, this is what salesman do. And here, being in a job interview is nothing but selling yourself. So make make stuff up. I'm not saying to lie, but I hope you can get the idea. You know, you just polish. A little bit. You polish off your, your resume, your skills and expertise a little bit because you know, if you have to, of course, be honest with yourself, look at the job description, read through it. Do you really fear you can do that job? If you really feel deepened side that you and you are convinced you can do the job and you really want to get this job then, then go ahead, you know, tried to convince the recruiter that you are ready for it. Because when you show a certain sense of enthusiasm and passion and energy, David, a sense that they will notice it, you know, and great attitude is everything. Or to a certain degree, it means a lot in our lack of skill can always be covered by a great attitude in all because of somebody really wants something to learn or wants to improve. He do that because he wants, he's passionate about. Whereas a person who was just lazy and don't want to learn, don't want to improve, and don't want to grow who you can give them the best training available on this planet. If this person don't want, nothing would happen. The person will not just to grow because your hammer and hammer him or her, but a lot of training, it's not going to happen. So he attitude really is the key. So when you show off, gray added great attitude during the interval, interview and show you enthusiasm and great, passionate and positive, a positive mental state. Then this is also what the recruiter is looking for. They're looking for passionate people, for enthusiastic people, people with a positive vibe and a positive energy. You know, this is very important. So don't be, don't feel intimidated like you say use your own judgment. I mean, if you really want to make Korea, they will never be a day or time when you know everything. And that's the big thing also to understand growing and learning as an ongoing process and making careers actually happening you with that and the other way around, you know, you have to take the courage if you, if you want to reach a higher at the next higher position, has always something you don't know, you will never be ready 100% completely for the next job. It's called learning by doing. That's what really it is all about. And now you can say, Oh no, I'm too shy, I'm scared, I feel not ready. I need to maybe study more than go ahead, but maybe you miss the train. Okay. Unlike is unless whereas when you say Okay, I feel like 70 percent ready for the next job and I look at the job description. Yeah, It speaks to me, that's me. And actually, the remaining 20 or 30 percent which is missing. Actually, this is where why I want to learn. This is where I want to be. That is what, what I wanna do in the future, then that's the right and positive attitude which you should take. And that means you have to be courageous, of course, and you have to have a high self-esteem. You need to trust yourself, you know? So all of these psychological aspects here and aspects of attitude and mental strengths, they all play into this whole thing. And, and all of this combined will show off good positive attitude during the interview. 5. Why have you applied for this Role? - continued: This is my advice. This is flooded always do I always had myself and yes, sometimes it happened there were job descriptions which probably 90 percent matched my experience or that it was even then it was even easier for me to sell myself because I was really confident in all. And it's always good. And as always happen when you, when you, you answer this questions that you come up with a few examples also, you know, not that you say, yeah, your job description matches my matched my matching my experience and therefore I have applied for the job. Yeah, that makes sense, but gives some examples to one or two small little stories. How you can put it more evidently to give real true evidence that you are a great fit for this company, for this floor. Remember, they only hire one person for the job and have many applicants you want, you want the one who is standing out like a big tree, visible from very far away. So last tip I want to give you don't just say you're looking for a new job. So when they ask you why have you apply it for this royal, please do not say I, I I'm I quit my job because it's sacked and my boss was an asteroid. And now I'm looking for a new job and I need to earn some money because I have to pay my bills. Of course, obviously, you can say that, but don't expect that they will invite you back for a follow-up interview and saying this, please also keep in mind that you do not want to bad mouth previous employers, that none of your business. And that's unprofessional. 6. What are your Strengths?: You are in your next job interview and the recruiter is asking you the following question. Tell me about your strengths. What are your strengths? How do we answer this question? I'm going to talk about this in this video. So stick around. Tell me about your strengths. This is a question. You will, you will hear a lot and you better get prepared. Because it is also a tricky question. Every question you've been asked, it's, it's kinda psychological. And the recruiter or the Human Resources Officer, human resources manager, your future boss, your potential employer want and we'll read between the lines. So what you should not do definitely is to brag and say stuff like, I'm the best person for this job because I'm so great and everybody else is stupid. So now of course I'm exaggerating here. What you need to know in order to really nail this question and sell yourself properly, is to understand that this question, tell me about your strengths, is the best invitation for you to really sell yourself. This is really the first great opportunity to sell yourself properly, but of course you have to know how to do it. First of all, I'm, I'm not getting tired too obvious. Repeat that. Doing a job interviews all about selling yourself. If you don't like to sell it, then don't do it. Don't, don't tell yourself, don't even sell yourself and then stay away from any job interview. A few, a few, a few, a few too shy to sell yourself. You have to learn it. You have to kind of get comfortable with this idea. And it's not only an idea, it's a very practical thing because a lot of things depend on this thing. If you don't get a job, you don't earn money, what you're gonna do. So get used to it. Get comfortable with the fact of selling yourself. Yeah, we talked about the job description. Every professional employer is coming up with a job description which you can read. When you receive the description for the job, the online posting or wherever you see the job advertisement, right? So study the job description. That's what I have discussed in the previous videos and look for these keywords. You know, like, for example, in my I'm a chef, executive chef. So there were always, the job description will always have the following keyboards, hands on international experience. And, and these kind of things in all practical, of course, leadership abilities and many other things. So this is what they're looking for. So you want to study the job description and see what they are looking for. And you take out these traits, skills or attributes, and then you build a story around that. Of course, it would be great if your true strength match these requirements because then automatically and naturally you feel much more comfortable also during the interview, like I always say, selling yourself and selling any other product. And in this case you are the product always involves exaggerating. Yeah. I'm not talking I'm not talking about exaggerating massively like a snake oil salesmen, for example, but you have to exaggerate, like I said in the previous videos. If you are selling a car, let's say you own a car and you need money, you want to sell it, okay. How do you sell it? You know. Do you wash it to your polish it? Do you make everything nice, the interior do your white everything, or you just dump it on the street and then you wait for the next best stupid guy. I'm wanting to buy your car. It's not going to happen that way, right? Do you want to you want to make sure the costs and the best possible condition. So that's the same with a job interview. So a little bit of exaggeration as always, head fluid needs to be you have to dose it, you know, like seasoning a little bit, you know, you'd imagine you cook food and you don't put seasoning inside the food. This is boring. That has no taste and then next time we will not eat it again. So here, Taylor. Taylor, Make your question a tailor your questions according to the job descriptions and always uses story. Not just say I have great leadership abilities and my strength is that I am hands on. For example, in my case in the kitchen, I could say, I have great leadership abilities and I am a hands-on chef and HIV great international experience. That might be true, and it sounds nice, but it also on the other side, it doesn't say anything because I'm just throwing out nice words. So again, And the other thing, but they always will repeat in my videos. What you constantly hear is that you always want to use stories, stories, stories, stories, storytelling is so important. Why? Because when you share or tell a story, then it doesn't matter with whom you share the story, BUT or friend or girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, whatever, fiance, grandmother, recruiter. When you share a story, number 1, people somehow will relate. Yeah, And number two, even more important is they will memorize it way better than if you just throw facts at them. And this is the same with in a job interview because, you know how many, how many interview candidates, the recruiters interviewing each day or each week in our data or hear, hear that so many times the same keywords and buzzwords. Yeah, I'm a strong leader and I am an approachable guy. And I've traveled a lot, bla bla, bla, but it doesn't actually say anything. So you want to come up with the story? In my case, I would say my greatest strengths. So if imagine you are the interviewer and now you're asking me, Hey, I'll say, can you tell me a little bit about your strengths? What is, what is, what are you strong at, you know? And then I would say, my greatest strengths is definitely my international experience because I traveled a lot and I've worked in Europe. I started off in Europe. I went to the United States and then further on I traveled to Asia and has spent more than ten years and Southeast Asia and many different countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam for example, and also have work experience in the Middle East. Yeah, So by saying, by naming these countries, the recruit already gets an idea, oh wow, this guy is really well traveled. That tells me that he has really international experience because he worked with different people from different countries with different mentalities, with different mindsets. So that shows me that he relates probably very valid to many different types of services, which is very important, which is also one aspect of leadership. So. 7. What are your Strengths? - continued: I would continue then of course that I, like I said, I've worked in many different countries. And I would also say one of my greatest strengths definitely is that I relate well to many different cultures. And how can I prove that? Because when you look through my CV on my resume or the recruiter, He he before the interview, he would have studied my CV and you would clearly see that I spend, let's say, 80 percent of my time, my Korea, at least one or two years and one position. So if I stay like one or two years, let's say in Malaysia, The Jungle of Borneo. But we're really worked a tough territory now. If I manage to, let's say survive two years and agenda of Borneo, then it also tests to recruit men. This, this guy is really relating well to many different cultures because how can he managed to stay to hears over there if he is not relating well to many different cultures. Because if you do not relate well to many different cultures, you will not survive. That means you get either fired from your job because you don't get along with these people because of different reasons. Or you just resign because of different reason. And just to throw this short story in, I've seen a few expatriate chefs, Western guys, who got kicked out from their job because they did not get along with these local people, which is very important. Relating way to many different cultures is one of my greatest strengths because I need to get along with these people that I need. And therefore I'm I consider myself also very adaptable person. Yeah. Or adoptable or adaptable. I'm not quite sure what's staying the proper English word, but that means I'm, I'm, I, I can adopt to many different situations. That means I'm flexible, you know? So this is just a short example here. What I would tell the recruiter in my interview of the day would ask me, what are my greatest strengths? So I would probably name two or three. That's, that's enough. You don't want to ramble on and on and on and on and give them to maximum about say, three strength and back them up with a story about. If I would also include the fact that I consider myself a hands on chef, I also would back it up with the story like, you know, when I worked in Indonesia, for example, and my kitchen stuff, we had plenty of stuff that was not the issue. We had enough manpower. What the problem was that many of the folks who are not trained properly. Yeah. So that was not the fault of the stuff because some or most of them never visited a catenary school, for example. Yeah. So this is actually just an example. Some of the stuff visited culinary school spot. So some of the stuff has never seen a culinary school from inside. But you have to do as a chef, then you have to jump in, work with the people, trained people, you know, pull of your sleeve and then get to work, you know, and and I would share the story how when we were busy in the kitchen and a lot of events, we had a lot of events going on that I jumping in and helping the team because the knowledge was limited and there was no other way to get things done other than I had to jump in and also do follow-up trainings and also always backing things up with the story is very important to make it more memorable. 2d recruit, I know. And they will remember these stories, you know. So more emotional you make the story is, I mean, if no need to be dramatic like a Hollywood movie and all, but if you can inject a little bit of emotion, and now it's always good because some more emotional it gets then. Of course, you want to share stories with positive emotion mostly. So it's more memorable and this is what you need to keep in mind. You want to, you want to make yourself more memorable in the mind of the interviewer. Why? Because this interviewers interviewing so many different people for one job. They have. I know of a job interviews where in my case, over a 150 chefs applied for one position and I was the one who got the job. So how do you do that? That's what we're talking about in this video. So storytelling to make yourself memorable, to stand out because they will remember your story and they will relate also most likely to one of your stories because they are human beings as where the recruiters, they have worked in different positions and they have experienced many, many crazy things and different things and difficult things, happy and sad things, human beings. So storytelling, storytelling always connect Soo much better to the other people. And in return they will, they will relate to you much better than the next video we're gonna talk about what are your weaknesses? Also a very famous question, always, always being asked and it's another famous question because nobody wants to talk about the weaknesses. You know, everybody wants to talk about their strengths. Yeah, I'm good at this. I'm the champion of the hero and the best guy or girl in the world. But tell me about your weaknesses. Now I don't have any weaknesses. Now there's no way that, you know, you cannot say that, but we got to talk about in the next video. 8. What is your Weakness?: Imagine you are in your next job interview and T recruiter is asking you the following question. What are your weaknesses? So how do we answer this question in the following video, I'm going to share with you what I have to say about this topic. So stick around. This question is not so famous because nobody wants to, and including me. I don't I didn't like to answer this question because nobody wants to admit that. Nobody wants to admit their weaknesses. We all know we have strengths. We all know what, We're good then, but we also know actually what we are not so good in, but you don't know what we don't want to talk about it, okay. When you receive this question, what are your weaknesses in a job interview? Then it's not so important what you answer, but it's rather more potent how you answer the question, okay? Because this is a tricky question as it's almost a psychological question. Here. The recruiter wants to see, It's all about you self-awareness. They want to see how self-aware you are. So the worst thing you can do, obviously, and of course is to tear or two to answer this question like, oh, I'm sorry, I don't have any weaknesses. You know, I'm I'm very strong and this and that and blah, blah, blah. But honestly, I'm I'm I have no weaknesses. No, it's impossible. So if your answer like this, you can be pretty sure that I think even the recruiter has a hard time not to laugh about your, your answer now because it is, they know it's impossible, but also it's unprofessional. And also I think they were they were finished the interview with you because they're polite people about they were not invited for a follow-up session. So do not do this and tell them or try to convince them that you are Mr. Perfect or Mrs. perfect way doesn't work, you know. And they also want to see when you answer this question. So they want to know how is this candidate answering this question? You know, it's also that you want to show and emphasize that it's all about improving yourself. So what are the story? The whole story is about sharing a weakness. And also at the same time, tell them that you are aware of this weakness and you are working to sort that out. Yeah, to improve, to get better. That's the core message they want to receive from you. Because this is very important. Nobody is perfect life as a learning crosses, life is all about growth and improvement. That it's all up to us if we want to learn and improve. Yeah, Most of people are lazy at some stage, they all get comfortable at a certain level and we all are like this including me. Human beings are by nature, lazy dogs, including me. So therefore, it is so important that you are able to manage yourself emotionally and are able to kick your own ass because nobody will do this for you. It's probably, and I can tell you from our, from our own experiences is I feel much better if I'm able to kick my own ass because I rather kick my own AS then somebody else is kicking my ass because nobody likes being kicked in the ass, right? Including you, including me. So you want to bring that message across that you have one or two points which you are not so strong in and you are aware of this and it's not a shame. And you want to improve this, of course. So. And one of the stories, I would share my end of users that being a chef, you know, if they were to ask me, Hey, chef, so tell me, what do you consider one of your weaknesses? I would say, yeah, definitely. In previous years I was impatient and my impatience was was something I I had to work on. And for example, when my boss, my general manager, approached me and asked me, chef, can you please prepare a Easter brunch menu for example? And I would say, yes boss, No problem. And I would rush off and start to prepare the menu and he would give me a deadline, Let's say chefs, please have too many radian five days from now. Okay, So I would rush off, start to prepare menu and because I want to shine, you know, I want to show my face, I want to profile myself and want to prove to him that I am wealthy and also I rush off, I start the menu, I'm done everything. And then after like I don't know, two days, I would sent him the menu. Even the deadline was five days given. So what I want to be the best, I wanted to be the fastest, I want to be the most effective chef. So I would send them the menu and then he would return the menu to me and say chef. There are a lot of things which we need to discuss. And then, you know, it turns out that, that I was a little bit sloppy in preparing this menu under phi would have taken more time and would have prepared the menu more carefully than I would have avoided these mistakes. You know, this is the brief story here, so and the why. Why was I sloppy? Because I wasn't patient. I thought I can fix this menu very quickly. It's going to be fine. I'm just send it off and then the GM will be happy because he sees all the chef is very fast, it's very uses the sole reliable, fantastic and also, but I should myself and my own food. So this is one example from my end, which is a true story. By the way, I'm a kind of an a, I was, let's say, more impatient and previous yesterday I am now know, of course I can manage myself much better. But impatient see, was something I if I had to learn, you know, to and it's all about managing yourself, you know, and but it affected my performance. But if you listen carefully what I have just said, you know, in the beginning when I received this question from my recruiter, Hey chef, tell me about your weaknesses. What are your weaknesses? I in the beginning and you can rewind the tape. Notice video. I didn't use the word weakness. I I said something I had to work on in the past. You know, it's also how, what kind of words you use I, because I learned that I, and this is also what you have to have to learn. But it comes with practice. The way you talk, you know, the way what kind of words you use, you want to use positive words. And they asked me, Hey chef, What's your weakness? And I would say, yeah, you know, one of my weaknesses was this and this. But I did not answer this question here like this. I said you have one of my things I had to work on, you know. So this is how I I, I opened. That was my opener. So here already I tried to avoid the word weak or weakness in all because I know weaknesses as a negative word, you know, has a negative connotation. So I want my answers and my message to the, to be positive. Okay, it's all about the framing. I cannot go into much detail here now, but it's how you frame it. So I always consciously think about before I answer a question, What kind of positive buzzwords or keywords I can incorporate into my answer. 9. What is your Weakness? - continued: This is actually also something I should mention. I will not do a separate video on this, but framing, how you frame what kind of words you use is very important because this is all a subconscious stuff here I'm talking about now. Because the listener receives the message and they receive these worlds, this positive words, you know, you know that from you normal daily conduct with human beings to you, you know, people who constantly talk to us negatively and using bad words, they using all day long negative thoughts. So negative vibe is coming out of damage that affects other people, that affects their surrounding. And you know, instinctively and subconsciously you don't, you don't want to have to do anything with those people. You have all you try to avoid them. We want to stay away from them, you know, other. And unlike people who have a positive vibe in a positive vibration, they radiate positivity and we all know people we are drawn to these people, you know, have very attractive. We want to be, we want to be with these people, want to hang around with them. So, you know what I'm talking about, this is same in an interview. You want to sell yourself. You want to use positive words. And even if you get tough questions and try to frame them or try to frame your answer in a, in a positive way. So long story short, and you receive this question, please be honest. It's not about admitting a weakness. You know, we are not in the court room here. But be honest and tell them that Yeah, you there was one or two things I had I had to work on. And you better find something which is true. I mean, if you really cannot think of anything, then just make it up. It doesn't matter, but you have to be honest somehow. Yeah, because nobody buys that story that you have no weaknesses. This is, this isn't possible. And then just do what I just proposed in this video and share again a story demonstrates what happened and remember, people can relate to your story and they can relate to you and you share a story, how you overcame this weakness. And one both got one more thing in a second. So if you share how you overcome you, how overcame that weakness. These people will relate to it. A recruiter will relate to you because this guy also had weaknesses or still has weaknesses and he needs to overcome if he is aware of him or herself, It's all about your self-awareness, knowing that we are not perfect, that we are a construction site in progress. And this is what the recruiter wants to know, that you understand that you are aware of this and that is not ashamed to talk about it. They just want to see what kind of attitude you have and that, yeah, you know, I'm under construction on a construction site and our progress and that's not an issue with this. I accept myself as I am, but I'm not also at the same time lazy and take things for granted. No, I want to improve and grow and that's all I can do. So the positive attitude counts. So now I wanted to say something, but I forgot about it. Now it doesn't matter. If I remember it, I probably will share it in the next video. 10. Where do you see yourself in five Years? : Imagine you are in your next job interview and you receive the following question. Where do you see yourself in five years from now? How to answer this question? I'm going to let you know in the following videos. So stick around. Yeah. So how, how do you answer this question? So you have to understand, have recruited they asked this question because, because first of all, they wanted to see how you think, you know, if you have kind of mid to long-term thinking, if you are, are you a goal-oriented person? Are you somebody who has plans, Who thinks ahead, who strategizes, you know? And of course they also want to see if your career goal, it's kind of fit with the company's goals. Because preferably they want to hire somebody who stays as long as possible with the company and contributes this much energy and time to the company in order to grow the company. So this is what this question is about. If you understand why this question is being asked and you automatically actually know already what you have to do and what kind of homework you have to do? Yeah. And so you yeah. Kind of what I do is I look through the job description again. There might be some hints and some keywords again, similar like when it comes through your strength, right? You want to look for certain keywords. Sometimes they lay out a vision in the job description or for example, in my case, executive chef. They would ride. Yeah, we are looking for an executive chef to run this kitchen, the kitchen. And we're also planning to open another hotel and two years from now. So the opportunity of taking over this hotel is, is there. So when they write something like this, I know already, wow, So they are looking for somebody who probably can become, let's say a corporate chef or a group chef on the late at a later stage. So it also, I can start to tailor make already my own five-year plan and build it around. There. They are keywords, you know, but that happens rather, not so often that they lay out these kinds of things in the job description. Now because the job description is more really about a specific things, what you need for this particular job. So what I normally do if somebody asked me, Hey chef, so tell me about your future. How do you see well, how do you see yourself five years from now, what I normally answer is, which is true, of course also this is not a made-up story. I see myself in five years from now. And a Corporate Chef position. A Corporate Chef position means that. So I'm explaining this to you. I'm not explaining this to the recruiter, obviously. So a corporate chef as a group chef, that means he is running not only one, but several hotel it. So for example, let's take the Los Angeles area, California. It can be any other big city in the world. For example, there are a lot of Marriott Hotel, it's in the Los Angeles area. So and I would work through one merrier to tear and then after like one or two, yes. I've been offered probably to take over another hotel and maybe a third, fourth 1. So you become a cluster chef, you know? So you are in charge of a cluster of hotels. So this is what a group chefs and this is something also what I can imagine for myself. Actually, this is what I want know I've been working as an executive chef now for, for over 10 years, running singer hotels. And I'm hungry for more. And I think I have enough experience now to make the next step. And now leading and being a charge of like 20 or 30 terabytes, this is something what I want, because this is a new challenge. I want to grow. I want to get more experience. So this is, this is what I tell him. I recruit I know of if they asked me this question, I want to become a corporate chef. I see myself very clearly being a cluster chef, a co-operative. Why? Because, you know, I have this experience tenure being an executive chef in different countries around the world. I worked for business hotel, 200 rooms. I worked for result attached with up to 500 rooms. I worked with kitchen teams of up to 180 people, you know, so I think I have a good, um, were very well prepared now to run larger operations. And I also, I'm looking for this cluster shaft position because I think it's a great fit to incorporate all my experience I have gained over the past 10 and even 10 years and even beyond that, you know? And for me it's just natural. It's gonna be it's going to be the next step. And this is what I would tell the recruiter. Very simple goal actually, it's reasonable, it makes sense, you know. And no need to talk too much about it also, so you don't need to ramble on and on and on. And yeah, and you will, you want to say that you see yourself experiencing experiencing this with this company you are applying for an hour because it's what they always laugh to here. And it is a big Comfort Company. And now if it is, for example, a huge, big hotel company, then I would say that, you know, I would say, yeah, I'm I'm I'm seeing myself working in growing with this company and eventually becoming a cluster chef now within the Marriott company or the Hilton Company or the highest company now Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, beco tech company. So and this is what they love to hear because they want also on this, these are the keywords here you want to use and you want to frame your message accordingly. It's all about long-term commitment and stability and r. So if you can incorporate these keywords also in your answers, because this is what the employer wants to see. They want to see that this guy is committed. Yeah. They want a stable relationship and some something long-term of possibility. The employer does not have the the nerves and the energy to go through the candidates like every every six months, you know, the hiring processes very, you know, it takes time, it costs a lot of money also, and many people are involved. So of course, the employer wants to find a suitable guy who is willing to learn, willing to grow, willing to contribute to the growth of the company. And if this guy is really an asset to the company, if this person is an asset, and I want to keep this person, of course, and it also will support this person in the future. So this is a win-win situation and mu, mu, mu two, a fishery relationship here. It's also good for you because you can grow also with the company if this is your goal. So this is the message you want to bring across here. Yeah, long-term commitment and stability. So you want to make sure you make you want to make clear to the employer that when they hire you, they hire stability and not somebody who was running away after two months because it gets a higher paycheck, a higher salary, and the other hotel around to colonize. And my case as a chef working for hotels. So they want to hire us the ability. They want to hire commitment, you know, and somebody who has a goal for him or herself, somebody who thinks in goals in yeah, long-term. And a guy or girl who, who knows what they wanna do in the future. That's, that's the message, that's the point you want to bring across when you answer this question again, use storytelling very important. And don't forget, it's all about selling yourself, okay? 11. Conclusion: I've been in the business now for over 28 years. I've walked into many interviews, many, many time, most of the time I was successful. I also had to learn how to learn it, the skirts. I had to learn the interview skirts from scratch. Yeah. And but I remember my very, very first job interview. I was 16 years old, long time ago in 1993. So now we can do the math. How old I am, right? In 1993, I was 16 years old. And I walked into my first job interview. I was a teenager, but I remember my mother prepared me quite well. She told me about to dress. She dressed me up basically and and yeah, I guess that job and I feel like I managed to get the job. So yeah, it started in 1993 and I had to learn it from scratch basically, you know, I walked into, like I say, I did a lot of interviews, many of them successful, otherwise I could not have get all these positions. You know, I worked, but also in return, I interviewed a lot of candidates. As an executive chefs, you have tons of candidates to interview and to screen through. So I think I strongly believe that I can really contribute here and help you to ace your next job interview. Because, you know, we are living in very difficult and extreme times at the moment. And millions of people lost their jobs already, especially in our industry and the hospitality industry. And to find a suitable job is getting harder and harder. And you have to make sure that if you want to land the next job, you have to make sure you sell yourself hot core. Yeah. You need to make sure you understand how to sell yourself properly. And number two, you want to make sure you are standing out, standing out from the crowd. That's what you wanna do. And these videos are all about selling yourself, trying to share with you. I'm not trying and doing it. I'm sharing with you how to sell yourself properly, be it and in front of a camera, in a video call or be it a face to face. And how to stand out. If you do not stand out, you gotta get lost. Nobody will remember you. You will not get this job. You will not earn any money. What you're gonna do then, what you're going to do next. Now these videos are here to help you to secure and land your next job.