"Always act enthusiastic during the interview." "Never badmouth a previous employer." These are the standard tips that career coaches give, but many people violate all kinds of common-sense rules in answering interview questions -- and get hired anyway. A recent thread on Quora, the question-and-answer website... Read More »
For many employers, the job application is the first contact they have with you as a prospective employee. What can they ask you? What does it mean? What should you answer to some of those questions? Here are some areas of concern in your employment application. Read More »
By Catherine McManus, Women & Co.
You're totally prepared for the job interview. You've spent hours on the company website, you looked up the bios of everyone you'll be meeting with, and can carry on a conversation about their 10 most recent business announcements with ease.
But then you get thrown that... Read More »
Once you've received the call from an employer inviting you in for an interview, the real preparation begins. Prior to an interview, candidates should research the company so they can not only answer questions, but have questions ready to ask the hiring manager as well.
The interview is where the job... Read More »
By Arnie Fertig
"I'm out of work, and need a job-fast!" relates a desperate job hunter to his friend.
"So... what have you been doing so far?" she responds.
"I'm networking like crazy! I'm calling everyone I know and saying: HELP ME!" Read More »
Facebook just passed the one billion user mark. That makes it the only employer on the planet capable of directly impacting a seventh of the world's population, except for the Communist Party of China.
So despite a glitchy public offering and a spate of shareholder lawsuits, Facebook is on a hiring frenzy.After... Read More »
By Amy Knapp
Headed to a job interview and worried about bombing?
First, remember that someone has always done worse.
Second, and by far more important, remember this: HR pros often ask trick questions knowing you might screw them up. Read More »
Q: I am a medical technologist with 10 plus years experience working in a hospital laboratory. I was terminated two years ago and have not been able to land a job with any hospital in my area. I complete applications honestly admitting to being terminated. I feel this has been a HUGE red flag; I am feeling... Read More »
If you trek wildernesses, climb mountains, longboard, snowboard, wave ski, hang glide or simply live in a cold climate, you've likely seen people sporting outfits with the Patagonia label. Its founder started his first business at age 18 in order to fund his "dirtbag" adventuring lifestyle, and that spirit... Read More »
Going into a job interview, you can always expect to be the asked the standard questions like: "What is your biggest weakness?" Or, "What interests you about this position?" And, "Why do you think you'd be a fit for this role?"
But what new tricky questions are employers asking in 2012? Read More »
There are few situations more stressful than being stumped by a question during a job interview. But with stiff competition in the labor market, employers -- especially large ones -- are asking all kinds of seemingly odd, irrelevant questions.
Which kinds of questions are being asked? How about:
"What... Read More »
By Anthony Balderrama
By now, job seekers hopefully know the two cardinal rules of interview questions:
1. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you better have something to ask.
2. You should walk into the interview room prepared to answer the classic questions, such as, "What is your biggest... Read More »
We've all experienced it. That sinking feeling that occurs when the job interview that was going so well suddenly goes off track. Maybe it's the expression on the hiring manager's face, or the awkward pause that ensues, but there is little doubt when it happens. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »