Though the nation's labor market is slowly improving, millions of Americans remain out of work. That means the competition for jobs remain stiff, and job seekers can ill afford to be ill-prepared should opportunity come calling.
Despite the dramatic changes in the job market in recent years, the way jobs... Read More »
I've been writing about job interviews, from both sides of the desk, for twenty-five years and without a doubt, the toughest interview question going the rounds in 2012 is, "Your job exists to help your employer achieve and maintain profitability. How do your efforts support these goals?" Read More »
Perhaps the most anxiety-producing part of any job application process is the interview. In part, that's because job seekers have little way of knowing just what kinds of questions interviewers will be asking.
Further, today's savvy employers have moved beyond the archetypal "Tell me where you see yourself... Read More »
A telephone interview is usually short, just enough time to rule you in or out, so the focus is on questions that help evaluate you quickly. Your goal is to turn it into a face-to-face meeting, so your answers need to be concise. As a rule of thumb, keep your answers to less than two minutes, if an interviewer... Read More »
By Skip Freeman
Imagine for a moment that an exceptional job candidate is about thirty minutes into an important job interview. The candidate, whom we'll call Joe, and the hiring manager seemed to have hit it off almost from the start. Joe has nailed every job-related question the hiring manager has thus far... Read More »
By Gerrit Hall
If you're a job seeker, then you know all about job interviews. You know what to wear, when to show up, and the answers to the toughest questions that are bound to come your way.
One surprising thing that not every job seeker knows about interviews is the fact that an interview is a two-way... Read More »
Turns out that job seekers are not the only ones getting creative in the interview process. A new CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers revealed that they, too, are starting to veer from the traditional interview questions in order to get candidates to offer up even more unique glimpses into their... Read More »
By Skip Freeman
As discussed in a previous blog (Winning the Face-to-Face Interview by "leading the Witness"), in an interview you actually have much more power than you might think. Still, during the course of the typical job interview, either on the telephone or face-to-face, you can expect to be asked a... Read More »
These are some typical questions you may be asked in an interview. You should prepare answers, and where possible, short examples of accomplishments to illustrate your answers, and thus your value to a company.
You always want to talk about your benefits and features, as if you were a product. After all, you... Read More »
Summer interns may be packing their bags right now, but fall internship season is nigh. College students across the country will be competing in the next few weeks for the paid and unpaid experiences that might shape their careers. And how do companies pick from their growing pool of applicants? Often by... Read More »
By Robert Half International
Every hiring manager has a different set of go-to interview questions. In a recent survey by our company, we asked more than 650 managers in the United States and Canada to name the single question they ask that provides the most insight about a job applicant. Responses ranged... Read More »
As someone who doesn't know a Klingon from a Jedi, I've watched in bewilderment as friends have debated which franchise is superior: 'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek.' Normally, I feign interest for a few minutes and then tune out when someone begins to imitate Yoda. The next time I'm in this situation, I might... Read More »
One of my favorite oxymorons: "greatest weakness." When in an interview, your job is to present all your strengths, why you're a great fit for the job, and how you could make an immediate impact to the company's success. But often during the discussion, you're asked about your faults, your... Read More »
Glassdoor.com recently published their list of the top 25, off-the-wall interview questions of 2010. The staff at Glassdoor culled these questions from tens of thousands oddball interview queries which job seekers sent to their publication. These questions are sure to make you laugh (assuming they don't make... Read More »
Recently I wrote an article for job seekers about the types of questions to ask during an interview and I realized that I had hardly touched on the issue of "what not to ask". Read More »
An AOL reader recently asked what type of questions they should ask during the interview. This is a multi-faceted question with several answers. There are several different times throughout the interview to ask questions and several types of questions to ask. Asking the right questions also can signal how... Read More »
Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing
When interviewing, many candidates don't realize that the questions they ask are just as important as how they present themselves and the answers they give. Failing to ask questions shows a lack of genuine interest in the job. Asking foolish questions indicates the candidate... Read More »
AOL Jobs reached out to hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters to hear their favorite interview questions. Here's what they love to ask and why. Read More »
Brain teaser or puzzle interview questions are sometimes used when interviewing candidates for engineering and other analytical types of positions. Here is an example of a brain teaser interview question.
"A line of 100 airline passengers is waiting to board a plane. They each hold a ticket to one of the 100... Read More »
Have you ever wondered why an interviewer asks certain interview questions? Some of the questions seem so vague and random that it can be hard to figure out the logic behind the interview process. What's right? What's wrong? What does the hiring manager really want to hear? Below is a quick guide to the... Read More »