I often find myself telling people that an interview is your opportunity to evaluate the organization, just as much it is their opportunity to evaluate you. To do so, you need to come in prepared with questions to ask.Read More
More and more companies are turning to Google Hangouts or Skype for virtual interviews as a way to screen candidates before bringing them on-site. While you may be prepared for traditional in-person interviews, acing the virtual interview requires a little bit of extra forethought. Follow these five tips to make sure you make the most of your next virtual interview.Read More
Don't ruin an otherwise solid interview with one of these all-too-common rookie mistakes! If you’re like many other young professionals, you’ve probably had interviews for part-time gigs or perhaps even college admissions in the past, but don’t have much experience interviewing for professional or full-time positions. It’s easy to equate these types of interviews and think you’re ready to tackle the big guys. Don’t go in unprepared—make sure you do your best and avoid these common interviewing mistakes.Read More
So you’ve just finished an interview, and are waiting to hear back from the organization about their hiring decision. The ball is in their court, right? Well, sort of…
After an interview, you’ll still want to take initiative to ensure that you demonstrate your professionalism and enthusiasm, as well as move the hiring process along smoothly. To help you do so, I’ve outlined some follow up best practices throughout the hiring process.Read More
Unemployment happens, and it's a sticky subject in interviews. Follow these tips to help you answer one of the hardest questions.
There are a number of reasons you may have a gap in your work history—perhaps you relocated, got laid off, or took time to travel or raise a family. Whatever your situation, it’s often tricky to explain that employment gap to prospective employers. Here are three tips to help you prepare a perfect answer to a difficult question.Read More
An interview is your opportunity to showcase many of your skills and how they would transfer into the role or industry that you are applying to. In order to better understand the skills that you will bring to the table, you need to analyze situations when you learned or accomplished something.Read More
Interviewing in-person is tough enough, but add to it the mysterious methods of interviewing over the phone, and it suddenly seems 3x more challenging. By implementing some quick and easy techniques, you can go from dreading the phone interview to making it a simple stepping stone in the hiring process. Here are 5 tips to help you nail your next phone interview so that you can then impress the employer face-to-face.Read More
Often one of the first prompts an interviewer gives, “Tell Me About Yourself” is also commonly one of the hardest to answer. I’ve seen people share way too much information, rambling on for minutes. I’ve also seen people not share enough information, leaving the interviewer with lingering questions or concerns.
For a guide on how to answer this open-ended and often ambiguous prompt, break your answer into three parts.Read More
Most of us know that shortly after an interview, we are expected to send a thank you letter to those who have interviewed us. But this process often brings about confusion and questions. Here I’ve listed some of the most common questions I get about interview thank you letters, along with my take on how to handle these tricky situations.Read More
You can’t escape it: most interviewers will ask you the often dreaded question, “What’s your greatest weakness?” Many people think that the best way to answer this question is to actually give a strength, simply disguised as a weakness. I disagree. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten “I’m a perfectionist” or “I have trouble saying no” as answers to this question. As an interviewer, it’s disheartening to know you just got served a phony bunch of you-know-what. In the age of being more genuine, why not give an honest answer?
Well, there’s always the risk that you say something that will cost you the job. Sure, but that’s the case with any answer you provide in an interview. Here are a few things to consider so you can give an honest answer about your weakness.Read More