A serial job interviewer opened up to The Wall Street Journal and after completing more than 100 job interviews between 2007 and 2013, she has a lot to say.
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“What’s your greatest weakness?”
Yawn. If that’s not the most overused interview question, we don’t know what is.
That’s why a post on ERE’s recruiting forum really hit home. They listed scintillating questions (and by that we mean new! Original! Enticing!) and we just have to share. Wouldn’t you rather be prepared to answer stimulating questions than sit in an interview with a deer in headlights look? Get that app answer ready and fire away! Read more
Have you ever caught yourself saying an expression that doesn’t exactly explain what you really mean to say?
Maybe it’s a nervous reaction to a question or simply a filler but regardless, during a job interview there are moments to seize silence as your friend instead of empty words.
If 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.
If you’re looking for a job (and hey, even if you’re not), here’s important information to keep on the brain.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 49 percent of people searching for jobs do not negotiate their offers at first. They simply accept the first offer communicated to them.
But wait, it gets better. They don’t negotiate and yet 45 percent of employers are actually willing to negotiate! Think about all of the money left on the table. Hmmmph. Read more
We know it all too well. You apply to a job online and think you’re a slam dunk candidate as in a no brainer to interview.
Lo and behold, a few days later you receive a form letter e-mail indicating the company will not be interviewing you. What gives? Here at MediaJobsDaily we like to chalk it up to the “it’s not me, it’s you” approach.
As in, anything could be going on internally. It could have been filled by an internal candidate, the hiring manager could have changed his or her hiring needs, the job could be put on hold soon unbeknownst to you, the boss’ boss’ nephew could have slid in the door. Anything could have happened so please don’t take it personally.
That said, when you’re pounding the pavement and hitting slammed door after slammed door, sometimes it’s hard not to move on. (And if you’re interviewing and getting close to a job offer several times and still haven’t gotten the coveted jobs, well in that case you don’t want to be remiss in looking at your interview style and realizing hey, it is you! But that’s a whole other blog post coming soon.)
Feeling stalled? Got the winter blues? A bit down and out? All of the above? You’re not alone.
Considering job hunting doesn’t happen quickly and it’s a marathon, not a sprint, there are a few ways to keep your eye on the prize.
1. Celebrate mini victories. In job searching, interviewing, negotiating and closing your own deal, we need all the patience we can get. It takes time as well as persistence and in the end the only real tangible thing to hold onto is the job offer. So, how can you hold onto sticktuitiveness for the end goal when that’s the only thing that may seem to matter and it’s nowhere in sight? Read more
Psst. Over here.
We have a secret. Three, actually.
When recruiters speak to candidates, they not only sort out technical abilities and soft skills, they’re looking for specific traits and patterns. According to a post on ERE, here are a few of traits and associated questions to be aware of so you can be fully prepared.
Sure, when you head into an interview you’re primped and ready for the hard-hitting questions like where you see yourself five years from now, however you may be asked three important questions that may be weighed heavily by the hiring manager.
According to a post on Inc., Jeff Haden says the interviewers who adhere to the following technique will get the most out of the interview. In turn, assuming you’re the job seeker in this situation, there are three questions to be prepared for. (And if you’re the hiring manager, it seems like the following three questions will pave the way to get a comprehensive picture of the candidate.)
For starters, Haden recommends the job interviewer start at the very top, asking the candidate’s work history from then until now. In the piece he writes, “Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.”
As the candidate explains each job, he suggests interviewers ask the following questions… Read more