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What to Expect in Today's Job Interview

Got a job interview lined up? Congratulations! But, if you haven’t been on an interview in several years, then you are likely to see a few twists with how interviews - and the entire interview process - are conducted. You’ll want to be prepared! More and more employers are using non-traditional interview techniques and approaches, many of which are designed to ensure they find not only the right candidate for the job, but also the right fit for the company, its culture and its staff. In this article, we compiled a list of the interview tactics many employers use, so you can be prepared to make the right impression and outshine the competition.  More »

What If You Encounter a Bad Interviewer?

You walk into a job interview fully prepared to make an impression - the employer research done, your attire impeccably professional, and polished answers ready for the typical questions (and you have questions of your own). But, one thing you might not think to prepare for is how the interviewer will act or communicate. In many ways, being proficient at interviewing job candidates requires as much skill and preparation as being interviewed does, and you may find that not every interviewer you meet during your job search is professional, well-behaved or demonstrates skill/experience at interviewing.  More »

What You Should Know About a Company Before You Interview

It goes without saying that you need to be well-prepared before going into an interview. Savvy job seekers understand this and make sure they have the right attire, bring a list of questions to ask and know what types of questions to expect. Most importantly, you need to have done your homework and pulled together information on the company, as knowing certain facts can help you tremendously in the interview. But what information should you research? In this article, we provide you with a list of the information you should know about a company before you step into that first interview.  More »

What Employers Most Look For in an Interview

In this article, we outline the qualities that employers generally look for in an interview through observing your demeanor, personality, and attitude as well as processing your answers to their questions. You want to think about making sure you convey as well as possess these qualities when preparing for your next interview.  More »

The Post-Interview Thank You Note: Write One to Secure The Job

You aced a job interview, so what do you do next? Wait for the offer to roll in? No, there’s one more step you need to take — and an expectation hiring managers have after the interview that you need to meet — and that’s sending a post-interview thank you note. In this article, we outline rules of thumb and our suggestions for writing and sending thank you notes that will help move you closer to getting another interview or receiving that job offer.  More »

Guidelines for Your Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts Video Interview

If a potential employer asks you to do an online video interview, you actually need to make more preparations than you would for an in-person interview. We'll explain how to avoid pitfalls and ensure your video interview is a (relatively) stress-free presentation of your qualifications that leaves the interviewer wanting to meet you in person!  More »

How to Answer 3 Common Interview Questions

Every interviewer has a different style and a different agenda, but certain interview questions are universal. Chances are you're going to encounter these three questions in more than one of your interviews.  More »

How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions

Hiring managers ask behavioral interview questions to find out how you handled past work situations. The best answers tell a story that communicates three things: the situation, your actions, and the results. Being prepared with effective stories will set you apart from the competition and boost your chances of landing the job. This article shows you how, with clear examples of behavioral interview questions and answers.  More »

Job Interview Basics: Prepare Well to Present Well

You put together a solid resume and cover letter, and you've just been called in for an interview. If you're like most job seekers, you may be thinking you'll just throw on a decent outfit that morning, show up on time, and wing it. That's fine, if your goal is to be like most job seekers.  More »

Step-by-Step Job Interview Preparation

You’ve landed a job interview. Now you need to make sure you’re ready for it. Follow our handy checklist to help you take the right steps before, during, and after a job interview to maximize your chance of landing the job.  More »

A 3-Step Interview Strategy for Career Changers

Most people change careers or industries (not just jobs) several times during their working years. Sometimes the change is planned, other times it just happens. In times of high unemployment, many workers switch careers out of desperation, because their own industries are not hiring. If you're thinking about making such a change, you must be able to adequately address an interviewer’s concerns about your lack of experience in the field or industry you want to work in. Take a look at the details behind a powerful, three-step response strategy.  More »

Must-Ask Interview Questions

An interview is supposed to be a dialog, not an inquisition. If you don't have any questions prepared to ask the prospective employer, you’re missing a huge opportunity. At your next interview, be sure to present at least five questions to illustrate your preparedness, your enthusiasm for the job, and your desire to ensure a good fit.  More »

Phone Interview: Tips and Tricks

Companies frequently use phone interviews as a way to pre-qualify your interest and expertise after seeing your resume. This kind of interview also gives you an opportunity to decide if the job is worth pursuing.  More »

Interviewing Tips: What Hiring Managers Really Want From You

Ever wonder what goes through the hiring manager's head when you're being interviewed? We asked interviewing expert Michael Neece to shed some light on that question, based on his 20 years of experience conducting and analyzing some 3,000 job interviews at a wide range of companies.  More »

The Interview: How to Answer the Salary Question

We all want to be honest and forthcoming in an interview. So when the question "What are you making now?" or "What kind of salary are you looking for?" comes up, it's tempting to just cite a number or a range and move forward.  More »

Negotiate with Confidence

OK, you’ve got the job offer. While it may not give you everything you were looking for, you know they want you, and you want them. Should you ask for more money? How about working one day a week from home? Follow our tips and tricks on what you can negotiate in the offer.  More »

Networking's Best-Kept Secret: Informational Interviews

You always hear how important it is to network, but the informational interview - one of the most effective forms of networking - is so underused it’s almost a secret. An informational interview can be an excellent way to gain insight into a specific field or organization that interests you, without the pressure of a job hanging in the balance.  More »
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