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Interviewing 101: Six Management Tips on Getting Back to Basics

interviewCareers. The job search. Interviewing. As much as we talk about the subject, let’s face it, it’s still the same ol’ basics of networking, working it, acing that interview and negotiating.

Whether you’re new to interviewing on the employer’s side of the desk or you’ve done it a while, every now and then we need a refresher course. Our friends at Monster posted some basics to follow to keep the interview process flowing.

1. Prepare your questions. For each interview, employers should have a written list of questions prepared ahead of time. Not only will this help determine the candidate’s skill level and experience, it will prevent overlap. Read more

New Survey Reveals Job Interview Stats: 48 Percent of Employers Google Candidates

judgeIf you’re going on an interview soon, listen up. According to a new CareerBuilder survey there are a few pointers to keep in mind. Yes, we know so much has been written and talked about that learning something new on the topic is considered golden!

Their survey conducted in July included 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers and highlighted a few numbers to reinforce some of the essentials.

One of the main points included having the mindset to go on an interview prepared to speak to top executives. You never know who you’ll pass in the hallway or who will be available to chat for an impromptu meeting.

Per the survey, the numbers tell all: 38 percent of employers indicated that candidates are actually required to interview with a C-level executive at their company. Hello, COO! Or CEO or CFO, you get the idea.

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Hiring Managers Ask Job Applicants to Dance to Land Job Interviews (For Real)

In an effort to keep things light on a Monday, here goes: Currys retail store in Wales seems like just that at first glance — a retail shop. It’s certainly not a disco but it probably felt that way to job seeker Alan Bacon.

According to CNNMoney, he pursued a job in customer assistance at the store along with eight other candidates. Apparently they were split into two groups and asked to dance with each other in order to land an interview. Disconcerting, yes?

He told CNNMoney, “We were told to dance for the chance at a real interview. I would have walked out, but I needed a job so I just smiled and did it.” Read more

Got Manners? Four Interview Faux Pas to Avoid

Got manners? Good, we knew you did. Consider this post a refresher for um, a friend.

Seriously, when read this piece on The Work Buzz, we feverishly shook our heads in agreement but since you can’t see us, you’ll have to take our word for it.

1. Be nice. Rudeness happens too often in recruiting land. A job seeker arrives for the interview and is actually rude to the receptionist. Or someone in the elevator. Or the mail guy. Well, little do they know word travels fast especially if one of your interviewers is near the receptionist, elevator or mail guy.

Per the piece by Robert Half International, a recent survey revealed that 61 percent of executives value their assistant’s opinions as important regarding hiring decisions. Read more

Five Ways to Explain Being Fired During an Interview

If you were terminated by a former employer and you’re on a job interview, listen up.

There are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t sugar coat and instead, just focus on the facts.

Our friends at AOL Jobs pointed some pointers so you can properly address the issue and move on. Ever upward!

1. Be honest. If you were terminated and it wasn’t due to a downsizing, you can simply mention it. Less is more — you don’t need to reveal specifics but you should be cognizant about the words you choose. The piece suggests, “Describe your situation truthfully, but in a way that is as favorable to you as possible.” Read more

How to be Assertive in the Job Hunt & Not Cross the Line (As in Stalker)

There’s a fine line.

You apply to a job and interview and then hear crickets. You follow up two weeks after the first interview. Still no word. You follow up again and then start getting anxious, you call the recruiter as well.

According to Hannah Morgan in her U.S. News & World Report blog post, even if you think your behavior is one thing, it’s all about how it’s being received by the person on the other end. Read more

Four Truths About Interview Handshake Biases

If you’ve gone on an interview and shaken the hand of a potential boss who’s a little clammy, your expectations became set instantly, right? (Remember, as the job seeker you’re evaluating the employer as much as they’re evaluating you.)

Conversely, if you’re the hiring manager and shake a candidate’s hand with chipped nailpolish or multiple tattoos, you may think differently about their candidacy. According to a piece on ERE, there are a few ways to wipe out handshake bias. Read more

Four Tips to a Killer Handshake

It’s often overlooked but oh-so-important. That’s right,we’re talking about the handshake!

If you’ve ever shaken the hand of someone who’s a bit clammy, your immediate thought may not resonate with a sense of confidence and assertiveness, right? After all, we tend to evaluate someone on their paws. Thanks to this post on Psychology Today, there are a few things to remember about a killer handshake.

1. Eye contact. This one’s not so much about the shake itself but the eyes. Avoid distractions and remain focused on the other person’s eyes as well. Read more

Glassdoor Ranks Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions

Right on the heels of Google’s top executive saying interview brain teasers are a “complete waste of time,” we couldn’t resist sharing this list compiled by Glassdoor ranking the top interview questions for the year.

And away we go…

1. “If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which one would it be and why?” Asked at Forrester.

2. “How many cows are in Canada?” Asked at Google.

3. “How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” Asked at JetBlue. Read more

How to Approach an Interview When the Interviewer’s Your Friend

The following interview situation isn’t out of the norm. After all, if you got your foot in the door because you know someone at the potential employer, you may actually know more than one person. And that person may happen to be your interviewer.

A post on The Daily Muse outlines tips for interviewing when you’re actually friends with the interviewer. No matter what, keep it professional and stay on point. Read more