With Downsizing or Moving, Is It Career Change Time? Interview Tips – ‘The Best Candidates I Meet Do This’ – Former Google Recruiter’s CNBC, plus Indeed, Career Oracle Tips and Ideas

In manufactured housing, and other industries, a variety of circumstances can lead to a desire or need for a job or career change. A move, downsizing at a company, or festering frustration at a current company can be factors that contribute to a search for a new job. In a new story by CNBC picked up by MSN, reporter Gili Malinsky quoted recruiter Nolan Church who worked for a decade for major brands such as Google and DoorDash. Church said he’s seen an array of errors in the job interview process. Among them? “You can clearly tell they’ve been rehearsing the same answers over and over again,” Church said. “And maybe they’re focusing too much on quantity versus quality.”

“They say a lot of words but nothing meaningful.”

By contrast Church, who is currently serving as the CEO of Continuum, a talent marketplace for executives, there’s one tactic that always succeeds. “The best candidates that I meet, I’m always learning something from them,” he stated. “And those are the people that I want to work with.”

Church cited an interview that was like a “masterclass” on how to grow a business to business focused interview with a chief revenue officer.

CNBC Suggests: Ask, ‘Can I Tell You a Quick Story?’

Church encourages job seekers not to force an opportunity to ‘educate’ the person doing the interview about how a position may be approached by a candidate.

One such option is during a question about experience.

Church said a candidate can say something like: “can I tell you a quick story about what I learned in my last role?”

Then use the following framework:

  1. Set the context for the story.
  2. Describe the preconceived notion or assumption you had before learning your lesson.
  3. Explain what you learned or how you acquired your unique insight.
  4. Detail how that learning and unique insight applies to your work today.

“No. 2 and No. 3 are where the best candidates shine,” Church said, “because they show a growth mindset and a dose of humility.”

Other interview tips provided by Indeed are shown in the video by Indeed which is posted below.



Situation, Task, Action, Result = STAR interview format response method.




Giant job site Indeed also suggests ideas like the following.

  • A) Prepare a list of references

Your interviewers might require you to submit a list of references before or after your interview. Having a reference list prepared ahead of time can help you quickly complete this step to move forward in the hiring process.

  • B) Be prepared with examples of your work

During the interview, you’ll likely be asked about specific work you’ve completed in relation to the position. After reviewing the job description, think of work you’ve done in past jobs, clubs or volunteer positions that show you have experience and success doing the work they require.

  • C) Prepare smart questions for your interviewers

D) Interviews are a two-way street. Employers expect you to ask questions: They want to know that you’re thinking seriously about what it would be like to work there. Here are some questions you may want to consider asking your interviewers:

  • Can you explain some of the day-to-day responsibilities this job entails?

  • How would you describe the characteristics of someone who would succeed in this role?

  • If I were in this position, how would my performance be measured? How often?

  • What departments does this teamwork with regularly?

  • How do these departments typically collaborate?

  • What does that process look like?

  • What are the challenges you’re currently facing in your role?

E) Plan your interview attire the night before

F) Bring resume copies, a notebook and a pen

G) Plan to arrive 10–15 minutes early

H) Make a great first impression

  • Don’t forget the little things—shine your shoes, make sure your nails are clean and tidy, and check your clothes for holes, stains, pet hair and loose threads. And remember to smile. Treat everyone you meet with respect.

I) Be concise, focused, honest, and tie your answers to your experiences.

If you are looking for a job in manufactured housing, in the editorial view of MHLivingNews, it is wise to check out the reputation of who you are getting ready to apply for work with. If they have a problematic rating, for example, with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), it may be a good idea to avoid such a career path. Those who don’t treat their customers well often don’t treat their employees well, despite what their website pitch may claim. ##

Spoiler Alert – Clayton Homes’ “Chief People Officer” Chase McGee left that firm after a short stay and after praising the firm. (Can you spell, LOL). Get the story below. 

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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in the discussion of manufactured housing-related issues in our 12.3.2019 meetings. But Texas Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. MHProNews has worked with people and politicos across the left-right divide.

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.

Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.


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