You have an interview. Hooray! Here is a checklist of items to bring with you. Printed copies of your resume, on resume (linen stock) paper. Bring enough for as many interviewers as you may encounter plus extras in case you spill coffee on some of them. Printed copies of your references, on resume paper. Bring … Continue reading
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Top 5 Tips to Prepare for Interviews… in the 21st Century
Congratulations! After much hard work on creating a great resume, networking, applying for jobs, and following up, you’ve been called for an interview. Job interviewing is one of the more stressful activities you can go through, so how can you be prepared to beat the competition? Here are 5 tips: 1. Use the job description … Continue reading
What can you learn from an interview?
What can you learn from an interview? When going on a job interview, there is a lot you can learn about an organization through observation. I always think it’s important to pay close attention to certain factors to assess whether you are really interested in the job or would be a good fit. Here are … Continue reading
I know someone at the organization I want to work for. Now what?
It seems like an ideal situation. A job opens up at an organization you really want to work for, and it’s a good match for your skills. And– you actually know someone who works in the organization. Chances are, you probably don’t know the person that well. Maybe you worked with him or her a … Continue reading
Should I ask about advancement?
One of the many questions job seekers ask when they are in a job interview is about opportunities for promotion or advancement. Normally, asking about opportunities for advancement is a good thing because it shows ambition and a desire to stay with the organization–unless there is just no opportunity for that in a teeny tiny … Continue reading
Push Me, Pull You: Handling Multiple Offers and Interviews
Timing is everything in the job search. This statement is true when it comes to applying before a job deadline, applying early and often, getting your references to reply quickly, and most of all when dealing with job interviews and offers. If you are lucky enough to have had multiple job interviews, you will likely … Continue reading
Second Round Interviews
Second round interviews are sometimes more in-depth than the first round. In many cases, the first round or screening interview is with HR, and has some general questions (tell me about yourself, what are your strengths and weaknesses etc.). The second round is usually with the hiring manager and/or the team you’ll be working with. … Continue reading
It’s not over until it’s over
There are many phases in the job search process, all of which are a time-consuming emotional roller coaster ride for many. The problem is that many people get excited that they’ve been called for an interview, a second interview, even a reference check, and presume that means they’ve got the job, only to find that … Continue reading
The Job Board-Linkedin Mashup
I heavily emphasize Linkedin in all my advice to job seekers, but there are limits on what it can do. At this point, it’s not that awesome as a job board. You can, in fact, use Linkedin as a job board by looking under “Jobs” and also looking for Jobs conversations/postings in the groups you … Continue reading
Stress-based interviews: the Brain Teaser
The Brainteaser Interview question As I mentioned in my last post, there are three types of stress-based interviews. The third type of stressful interview question is the brainteaser. This is an unanswerable Zen-Koan type question that has no easy answer and is designed to test whether you are going to drop dead when faced with … Continue reading