Interviewing

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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?... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • How to Network Without Being Phony, Lame or Desperate

    How to Network Without Being Phony, Lame or Desperate

    Duncan Mathison and Martha I. Finney Let's face it: Even when you're on top of the world, chances are good that the idea of networking sounds like a big, fat drag. You can probably think of 100 other things you'd rather do -- like cleaning the blades of your ceiling fan. But if you're one of the 14.9 million... Continue Reading

  • 10 Clues to Decoding the Interview

    10 Clues to Decoding the Interview

    Wonder whether you nailed that interview? While you won't truly know until you get "the call," there are many signs throughout the process that can help you determine whether or not you'll make the first cut. Following are questions and clues to help you decode the interview. 1. What is the interviewer... Continue Reading

  • Answers to the Seven Toughest Interview Questions

    Answers to the Seven Toughest Interview Questions

    There you sit, waiting to be ushered into your interview. Your suit is pressed, your shoes are shined and your resume is top notch. But, as the minutes tick past, you feel a mounting sense of doom as you anticipate the questions that will cause a deafening silence during the interview. Want to avoid an... Continue Reading