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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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... 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 »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

Say What? Shocking Interview Stories

Say What? Shocking Interview Stories

We've all had that perfect job interview at least once in our lives, when everything clicks. It's that moment when both interviewer and interviewee realize that each has found exactly what the other is looking for, a moment of happy bliss. But then there are the other times, those moments when a job... Read More »

Keeping It Real When Looking for a New Job

Keeping It Real When Looking for a New Job

Does coaching your daughter's soccer team count as management experience? If you've added clip art to PowerPoint presentations, are you a graphics artist? If you have written online restaurant reviews, does that make you a legitimate restaurant critic? You might be surprised what pops up on... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 4

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 4

In this series of articles, I have been discussing managers' thoughts on the qualities that make for a "dream employee." So far we've looked at dedication, attitude and intelligence, communication skills and authenticity and the need to be well-rounded and add value. In this final post in the series, I'll talk... 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 »

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 3

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 3

In this series, I've been discussing managers' thoughts on qualities that comprise a "dream employee." In Parts 1 and 2, I talked about dedication, attitude, intelligence, good communication and the importance of being the real deal. In this post, I want to talk about the importance of being well-rounded and... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's  Dream Employee?  Part 2

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 2

In this series of articles, I have been discussing managers' opinions on qualities they value in a "Dream Employee." In Part 1, I shared three aspects: Servitude, Attitude, and Intelligence. In this post, I'll highlight two more essential qualities to master for career growth: Good Communication and Being the... Read More »

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 1

Are You a Hiring Manager's Dream Employee? Part 1

Are you the manager's dream employee? Naturally, meeting the qualifications of the job description is essential, ranging from skill sets to knowledge. But most managers will tell you there is more to getting the job than just checking those boxes. When leaders decide who to hire or promote, it's the... Read More »

Your greatest weakness better be a

Your greatest weakness better be a "strength in disguise"

The interview is your one opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Don't get tripped up on questions designed to separate the good applicants from the BEST applicants. For example, here's a question I had on an interview "What would you say is your greatest weakness?... Read More »

Hiring Managers Speak Out: 8 Things That Seal the Deal

Hiring Managers Speak Out: 8 Things That Seal the Deal

CareerBuilder.com writer One thing about the hiring process is true: It leaves much room for speculation. Whether you got the job -- or you didn't -- most job seekers want to know why. Why were you chosen over the next guy? Or, better yet, why weren't you? Was it your experience, your attitude, your interview... Read More »

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Don't Quit Your Day Job

We all have heard that expression. I know I have. Usually when I'm brave enough to sing outside the privacy of the shower. The advice is a little more serious when it comes to a job search. Many job seekers are aware it is better to look for a new job when you still have one. And yet, some do not fully... Read More »

Are You Pressing Your Recruiter's Hot Button?

Are You Pressing Your Recruiter's Hot Button?

Many of you have had unique experiences working with recruiters during a job hunt. Some good and some not so good. Like every profession, there are "good people" and then there are others. You need to do your own homework to ensure you are working with a reputable recruiter. At the same time, you need to do what... Read More »

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