Tag: interviewing

  • 5 Keys To Making A Great First Impression

    5 Keys To Making A Great First Impression

    You only have 100 milliseconds to make a great impression

    Senior execs say that five qualities of appearance make people instantly look like leaders. Continue Reading

  • 5 Job Search Tips For 2012

    5 Job Search Tips For 2012

    By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Ships of all sizes are built with one thing in mind: floating. Even if their hulls are breached, ships have a unique construction feature that allows them to continue floating. They are made of many compartments that can be sealed off in the event of an accident, to isolate what... Continue Reading

  • Job Seekers: Don't Let HR Drop The Ball

    Job Seekers: Don't Let HR Drop The Ball

    By Donna Fuscaldo Human resource departments across the country are dropping the ball, creating a "talent crisis" in finance, information technology, procurement and other business areas, according to a new report by The Hackett Group, the business advisory company. Through its research The Hackett Group... Continue Reading

  • Unemployed? Don't Bother With A Career Coach

    Unemployed? Don't Bother With A Career Coach

    I'm sorry to say that I've developed a skeptical attitude toward career coaches and interview counselors and, in general, toward the profusion of job search advice I find everywhere on the Internet. A whole industry seems to have sprung up to serve the needs of unemployed people. While I'm sure this is good... Continue Reading

  • 10 Unusual Interview Mistakes, And 6 That Are All-Too-Common

    10 Unusual Interview Mistakes, And 6 That Are All-Too-Common

    By Kaitlin Madden Most of us can recall an embarrassing moment in our lives that was caused by nerves. Whether it was drawing a blank at a crucial time, spilling a drink on a first date or stuttering through a presentation at work, at one point or another, anxiety has gotten the best of all of us. Continue Reading

  • 'Why Have You Been Out Of Work For So Long?'

    'Why Have You Been Out Of Work For So Long?'

    How to handle another tough interview question This question always has you scrambling for an answer, it touches a raw spot and can be humiliating, but you can turn it around by facing and using the facts of the matter. Continue Reading

  • Dealing With The 'F' Word During A Job Interview

    Dealing With The 'F' Word During A Job Interview

    By Rochelle Kaplan Being fired from a job can happen to anyone and can occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you had a personality conflict with your immediate supervisor and your supervisor prevailed. Or, the job description was completely different from the one given to you during the interview and it... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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?" Continue Reading

  • Look and Feel Good Series:  Five Solutions For Pre-Interview Jitters

    Look and Feel Good Series: Five Solutions For Pre-Interview Jitters

    Preparing to enter the job market can be an exciting experience, but can also bring on nervousness and stress. Calm your pre-interview jitters and get "the edge" with the following helpful tips: Continue Reading

  • Let's Get You Hired! 3 Very Effective Tips For The Mature Job Seeker

    Let's Get You Hired! 3 Very Effective Tips For The Mature Job Seeker

    If you are in your fifties or sixties, I don't have to tell you that you have an uphill battle when it comes to finding a job. Believe it or not, I am helping more and more job seekeres in this age group, and they consistently tell me that they don't feel valued. They say that companies seem to want younger... Continue Reading

  • Interviewing 101: Tell Your Story

    Interviewing 101: Tell Your Story

    Most first interviews are now behavior interviews, or sometimes called "structural interviews." This is commonplace now. You want to know why? Because those making the hiring decisions generally believe that past behavior and performance are great indicators of future behavior and performance; a lot of the... Continue Reading

  • 16 Job Search Errors You're Probably Making

    16 Job Search Errors You're Probably Making

    By Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder Over the years, hiring managers have born witness to every hiring, interviewing, résumé, cover letter and negotiation mistake there is. You know what these blunders are. We've told you several times. Yet you (and hundreds of other job seekers) continue... Continue Reading

  • Should You Ever Bring Up Salary in an Interview?

    Should You Ever Bring Up Salary in an Interview?

    Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder They liked your résumé, you wowed them with your cover letter and now it's time for the interview. You've answered all of the tough questions but there's one area that remains to be discussed: salary. Should you bring it up? In short: no. There are... Continue Reading

  • Are You Sure You Want This Job?

    Are You Sure You Want This Job?

    As much as candidates SAY they want the job, there are some who don't give off the impression that they really want it. And as I've noted many times before, it is critical you convey your excitement and strong qualifications for the opportunity you are pursuing. Job seekers I've worked with recently have... Continue Reading

  • '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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Interview Confidence to the Edge of Cockiness

    Interview Confidence to the Edge of Cockiness

    Time and time again, I remind job seekers that your attitude in the interview can make or break your chances of getting the job. Keep in mind though that, "attitude" covers a lot of ground. Job seekers are reminded to keep a positive demeanor on interviews and never to speak ill of past employers. But there... Continue Reading

  • Your Nonverbal Communication Can Wreck Your Interview

    Your Nonverbal Communication Can Wreck Your Interview

    by Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Giving a limp handshake, letting your eyes wander and fidgeting are just a few of the subtle blunders that can botch your success in a job interview. Although you may have been unaware you were doing these things, interviewers who pick up on negative nonverbal communication... Continue Reading

  • You're Only Human ... and so Are Interviewers

    You're Only Human ... and so Are Interviewers

    You likely have heard that interviewing is like dating. Or interviewing is a complex dance with lots of steps. The translation: Interviewing is a unique conversation where there seem to be many rules and traps that could lead to failure. You can interview almost perfectly and still not get the job. Like... Continue Reading

  • The Ultimate Guide to Interviewing

    The Ultimate Guide to Interviewing

    Most jobs interviews are meant to be a conversation, not a test. But no matter the style of the interviewer, there are keys to making the right impression. The primary goal of an interview is to determine if you are the most qualified candidate for the job. But a secondary goal is to determine whether you are... Continue Reading

  • Panel Interviews: What's Not to Like?

    Panel Interviews: What's Not to Like?

    It seems whenever I set up a panel interview for a job seeker, he /she groans, "Not a panel interview! I'd rather meet each interviewer one-on-one." Most job seekers seem to have a fear of being interviewed by several people at once. In reality, panel interviews have many advantages that should convince those... Continue Reading

  • What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

    What Is Your Greatest Weakness?

    The Question 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... Continue Reading

  • Do You Really Want the Job? Interviewers Can Tell

    Do You Really Want the Job? Interviewers Can Tell

    When discussing key attributes of candidates with hiring managers, one of the top considerations they mention is attitude about the company and the opportunity. Some will even say, "I can teach certain skills, but I can't teach motivation and attitude." The bottom line is, hiring managers want to hire... Continue Reading

  • Ask an Expert: How to Explain a Downsizing During an Interview

    Ask an Expert: How to Explain a Downsizing During an Interview

    An AOL reader asks, "I have been let go and I am collecting a severance package. How do I handle this in a interview? My former employer will not report anything negative if a prospective employer calls for a reference." You're not alone! Many people face the same conversation in their interviews each day... Continue Reading

  • The Best Time to Negotiate Salary is Before You Land the Job

    The Best Time to Negotiate Salary is Before You Land the Job

    Most people realize the interviewing stage is the last time you'll probably have influence on the amount of your salary. Once hired, your salary is dictated by policy coupled with company and individual performance. Although this is a common fact, many job seekers lose sight of this during the critical... Continue Reading

  • Listen Up! Silence Speaks Volumes in an Interview

    Listen Up! Silence Speaks Volumes in an Interview

    I came across a gem of advice in an article about interviewing that I whole-heartedly agree with: shut up and listen. Yes, it may seem a little counter-intuitive. After all, you're the one being interviewed, not them. But, there are times when you really need to slow down and make sure that you're practicing... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Don't Be a Victim of Interview Bias

    Don't Be a Victim of Interview Bias

    Although you might have the perfect qualifications for a job, you must be able to effectively convey this in an interview to land the job. As practiced in interviewing as you might be, the interviewer may not be. One of the key stumbling blocks during poor interviews is Interviewing Bias. Typically, this is... Continue Reading

  • 11 Warning Signs Your Interview Is in Trouble

    11 Warning Signs Your Interview Is in Trouble

    During driver's education courses, you learn what each road sign signifies. The two arrows converging means you need to merge. A squiggly arrow means the road winds. "Left Lane Ends" means, well, the left lane ends. Sometimes you don't even need the signs to know what to expect. If you see a flurry of red... Continue Reading