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Bad Job Interview? How To Know What Went Wrong

Bad Job Interview? How To Know What Went Wrong

Q: Is asking an interviewer, "Is there anything you would change about the organization," inappropriate? A previous employer was not a pleasant fella to work for, and the organization was chaotic. After putting up with that for 10 years I wanted to assess whether or not I was setting myself up for the same... Read More »

'Why Do You Want To Come Back?' How To Handle Another Tough Interview Question

'Why Do You Want To Come Back?' How To Handle Another Tough Interview Question

It sometimes happens that you make a move, regret it and look back fondly at a company you were with, sometimes years ago. When you re-apply to a past employer, you can expect to be asked about your motivation for wanting to return. Read More »

Job Interview: You Will be Judged By Your Questions

Job Interview: You Will be Judged By Your Questions

There are plenty of obvious ways to screw up a job interview: show up late; take a call mid-interview; unload about your old boss; steal the interviewer's pen (booze on the breath or dog poop on the shoes also can lead to a less-than-desirable outcome). But there is a more subtle job interview killer out... Read More »

How To Ace The World's Toughest Interview Question

How To Ace The World's Toughest Interview Question

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 »

Round 2: How to Prepare for a Second Interview

Round 2: How to Prepare for a Second Interview

You're feeling great after your first interview for a job with a prospective employer and you're told to expect a call back from human resources about setting up a second interview. When you do get that call, your initial feelings are excitement and triumph! Then, just as quickly, those feelings are replaced... Read More »

5 Things Hiring Managers Won't Tell You

5 Things Hiring Managers Won't Tell You

Special guest post from Robert Half International Boy, wouldn't the ability to read minds come in handy during the job interview? At the risk of stating the obvious, who wouldn't love to know what hiring managers really think about your qualifications or what they consider the perfect answer to a certain... Read More »

Beware Of The 'Tell Me About Your Boss' Question!

Beware Of The 'Tell Me About Your Boss' Question!

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 »

Do You Believe In UFOs? The Hiring Manager Wants To Know

Do You Believe In UFOs? The Hiring Manager Wants To Know

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 »

THE Question You MUST Get Right in the Interview!

THE Question You MUST Get Right in the Interview!

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 »

40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

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 »

3 Crucial Career Fair Tips For College Students

3 Crucial Career Fair Tips For College Students

So why is the Career Fair so important? After all, most of the time students feel as if they stand in line (sometimes 30 minutes, especially with the larger companies) just to talk to a company representative who then basically tells them to go apply on the website. What a waste of time right? Wrong! Look,... Read More »

Five Common Interview Questions -- and How to Answer Them Effectively

Five Common Interview Questions -- and How to Answer Them Effectively

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 »

'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek'? Questions You Just Might Hear in the Interview

'Star Wars' or 'Star Trek'? Questions You Just Might Hear in the Interview

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 »

How to Interview Effectively with Any Hiring Manager

How to Interview Effectively with Any Hiring Manager

When you are asked the most common -- and perhaps the toughest -- interview question, "Tell me about yourself," your answer can make or break you as a candidate. Usually job seekers will respond with their "30-second commercial," and then elaborate on their background. Many people do poorly in their job... Read More »

Young Job Seekers Feel Insecure in Interviews -- Older Workers Still Have Some Advantages

Young Job Seekers Feel Insecure in Interviews -- Older Workers Still Have Some Advantages

Young job seekers fear the interview more than any other aspect of the job-seeking process, which just might support the theory that they use electronic devices to communicate so much that their one-on-one skills suffer. A new poll of young adults conducted by Everest reveals that the job interview itself... Read More »

Taking Ownership of Your Interview, Part 1

Taking Ownership of Your Interview, Part 1

Interviewing does not have to be an intimidating experience. Certainly there may some excitement about the prospect of landing a great new job. But in the end, if you are the right fit for the job, the pieces will fall into place. There are many good interviewers representing companies out there. And, there... Read More »

Teacher Interview Questions

Teacher Interview Questions

Teachers certainly have to juggle a lot of balls to keep their classrooms humming. They have to meet the demands of the school or state curriculum while satisfying the concerns of parents and making sure that each child experiences an environment where they can feel safe yet take the necessary risks in order... Read More »

Six Questions You Should Never Ask at the Interview

Six Questions You Should Never Ask at the Interview

Candidates who ask these questions don't remain candidates for long John Kador, author of "301 Best Questions to Ask on Your Interview" What were they thinking? Whenever I talk to human-resources professionals or recruiters, I always ask them to tell me the worst question they were ever asked in a job... Read More »

Why Do They Ask That in an Interview?

Why Do They Ask That in an Interview?

CareerBuilder Going into a job interview is difficult enough, but trying to figure out the meaning behind some questions just adds to the anxiety of job-hunting. Sometimes seemingly simply questions will have a hidden agenda, but more often than not, the interviewer is trying to gauge your true interest in... Read More »

Interview Questions: A Greatest Hits List

Interview Questions: A Greatest Hits List

There are countless questions you could be asked in a job interview, ranging from the general (tell me about yourself) to the panic raisers (what kitchen appliance are you?). The thing they have in common is that for the most part they focus on a subject on which you're an expert: you. So if you do your... Read More »

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