10 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 


If you’re a job seeker, then you know all about job interviews. You know what to wear, when to show up, and the answers to the toughest questions that are bound to come your way.

One surprising thing that not every job seeker knows about interviews is the fact that an interview is a two-way street. Just like an informational interview, a job interview should end with both interviewer and interviewee feeling informed.

What does this mean?

When a job interview is effectively a two-way street, the job seeker interviews the interviewer and gains more information in order to make an adequate decision about whether or not the position is a good fit for them.


4 Major Interview Mistakes (and How to Recover) Tuesday, Jun 5 2012 

4 Interview Mistakes and How to Recover

After sending out countless resumes, you’ve finally landed a job interview with your dream company. You’ve picked the perfect outfit, tucked ample copies of your resume into your folder, and practiced your answers over and over.

And then—it happens. You realize the interview was at 11:30, not 1:30. You spot an error on your resume. Or you make some other totally avoidable mistake that you know, backwards and forwards, that you should never, ever make as an interviewee.

No matter how thoroughly you prepare, mistakes can still happen during the job application and interview process. But, they don’t always mean game over—yes, even imperfect people get jobs. If you’ve made one of these common blunders, a few key steps can help you make the best of a bad situation.


I Spy: How to Scope Out a Company Before the Interview Wednesday, May 23 2012 

It’s the day before your interview, and your mind starts racing. What is the company going to be like? What types of people will you meet? Will you fit in?

Stay calm, dear interviewee. To ease your pre-interview jitters—and to give yourself a leg up—throw on your Angela Lansbury hat and do some spying on the company. The more information you have ahead of time, the better you can plot your strategy, go in feeling confident, and rock your interview. Believe me, most interviewees don’t do much of this research—but you can, and it’ll give you an extra edge.


Step 1: Ask the Right Questions

Before your interview, get a list of the people you’re meeting with from the company. Hopefully, they’ll give you this information without asking, but if not, don’t be shy—it’s completely normal to request it.


Nail the “Tell Me About Yourself” Job Interview Question Monday, May 21 2012 


The “tell me about yourself” job interview question isn’t just a warm up question, but, as with the other questions, a chance to sell yourself as the perfect candidate for the job. Prepare your best answer with this three-part statement approach.

The Personal Branding Blog recommends you craft your answer to include a summary of your career history (one sentence), an example of one career accomplishment (one or two sentences), and a summary of what you want next in your career that’s relevant to the position at hand (one or two sentences).

Here’s the example given:



8 Job Interview Horror Stories That Will Blow Your Mind Thursday, May 10 2012 


Job interviews are scary at the best of times. You prepare yourself as best as possible, but you never know what’s to come or what could be thrown your way.

We hear a lot of horror stories about job interviews. Even when a candidate is recruited through a reputable source, there’s always that interviewer that makes the candidate wait an hour or screams during the interview or takes the interviewee to a strip club. And there is always the candidate who shows up an hour late or tries to negotiate contract terms before even receiving one.

Here are 8 of those job interview horror stories, from the candidate who said “that’s what she said” to the interviewer to the interviewer who gave the interview in daisy dukes.

I Interviewed and the Recruiter Won’t Get Back to Me Wednesday, May 9 2012 


Dear Evil HR Lady,
Why has it become a practice for companies, if they do not hire you, to not even have the courtesy to tell you didn’t get the job? I’ve gone to an interview, sometimes even TWO interviews, only to never hear from the company again. The job seeking process is hard enough and the silent rejection makes finding a job seem like a lottery.

Just so we’re clear, I’m going to focus on people who have interviewed. If you’ve just sent in a resume, not getting a response is not unreasonable. If you submit it electronically, you should get an automated response, but other than that, don’t hold your breath.


12 Facts About Body Language You Should Know Before Your Next Job Interview Wednesday, May 9 2012 


Most of us aren’t aware of our body language, especially when we’re in a stressful situation — but interviewers are trained to read it.

Karl Rozemeyer at TheLadders says in a report that involuntary body language can be compared to stage fright for an actor.

To see how actors effectively communicate with their bodies, Rozemeyer spoke to John Treacy Egan, a Broadway actor, and Jodie Bentley, an acting coach.

“I think it is important to have body awareness before you go into an interview,” Bentley said. “There are many actions and habits that we should consider doing or avoid doing to tell the right story during the interview setting.”

TheLadders gave us permission to share these 12 body tricks jobseekers should master before stepping into the interviewing room. All of the photos are modeled by Business Insider staffers.

The number one question to ask in your job interview Sunday, May 6 2012 


Interviews can be one of the hardest hurdles to overcome in the job search process. In fact, some interviews can be intimidating for jobseekers, particularly where you have a panel of two, three or more interviewers looking on at you from the other side of the table.

But one of the hardest parts of the interview is that end part where the interviewer throws the ball in your court and asks, “So, do you have any questions for me?”

Asking the right question at your interview can help to build confidence on both sides of the table

To remain silent at this point could literally cost you the job so you have to be ready and prepared with one question you can ask (although aim for much more than one – three’s a good number).

Questions give you a real chance to shine as a candidate and set yourself apart from the competition. They demonstrate your interest in the job and the organisation; they allow you to engage in further conversation with the interviewer and thus build rapport, and, depending on the quality of your questions, they give the interviewer further insight into the depth of your knowledge and your level of intelligence concerning the field.

How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” in a Job Interview Saturday, May 5 2012 


“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common openers to a job interview, yet job-seekers are often unsure what employers really want to hear in response. Should your answerinclude personal information? Should it focus on selling yourself, or just give the facts? What is the employer really asking?

Let’s translate it: “Tell me about yourself” in a job interview means “give me an overview of who you are, professionally speaking.” There’s a reason this is asked at the very beginning of an interview; it’s a way of saying, “Give me some broad background before we dive into specifics.”

What Do Interviewers Notice First About You? Saturday, May 5 2012 


Whoever originally said “You only get one chance to make a first impression” was either coming from a job interview or a blind date. The two scenarios do have certain commonalities. Both can be nerve-wracking social circumstances in which you meet someone who could be important to you for some time. In both situations, carrying breath mints can only help, not hurt.

One advantage an interview has over a date, however, is that most hiring managers’ intentions are transparent; they want to find a qualified candidate to fill a particular job. That means you can do a little prep work to make sure the first impression is a positive one. To help you, here’s a list of seven things an employer will notice about you first during an interview:

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