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  • 5 Dangerous Myths About Job References
    by Thea Kelley - November 15, 2018
    As spring is followed by summer, hopefully your job interviews will be followed by reference checks! Don’t be knocked out of the running by any of the following deadly myths. Myth #1: Employers will only contact the persons you include in your references list. Not true. Many will contact others; it’s neither illegal nor particularly difficult. They can even discover and contact past employers you haven&rsq...
  • How to Write an Inteview Thank-You Note that Gets You Hired
    by Thea Kelley - October 30, 2018
    Done well, a post-interview follow-up note does more than just say “thank you.” It helps you get the job. How can an interview follow-up email make that much difference? By reminding them why you’re the right person for the job. Can they have forgotten this so soon, the day after the interview? Sure, especially if they interviewed several people that day. And maybe they weren’t that clear on your...
  • What You Should Expect in a Job Offer
    by Paul Freiberger - October 11, 2018
    What to do before accepting the job You’ve run the gauntlet of the job search and come out in one piece. In fact, everything has gone so well that an offer is on the way. All that’s needed is the quick finalization of a few details, and you’ll have the offer in hand. What should you expect to see? The first and most important answer to that question is contained in the question itself. What should you e...
  • How to Turn Info Interviews into Relationships
    by Thea Kelley - October 4, 2018
    Informational interviews are a great job search networking tactic. You can gain useful industry and company insights. More crucially, you can build relationships that may lead to being referred to hiring managers. How can you keep in touch and continue the relationship (without being perceived as a pest)? Let’s say you had an informational interview with Samantha, who does work similar to yours at a company you&rsq...
  • Navigating the Informational Interview
    by Paul Freiberger - September 26, 2018
    Not every interview in your job search is a job interview. Consider the informational interview. An informational interview is a chance to meet briefly with someone in your field and talk about that person’s company, her career, and the industry as a whole. It’s as simple as that. It’s also a crucial facet of a best practice job search. Unlike a job interview, the informational interview lacks a predete...
  • 6 Things to Research About a Company Before An Interview
    by Lisa Rangel - September 25, 2018
    Researching the company you're interviewing with is a must, and almost all job candidates do it to some degree. However, many candidates don't research thoroughly enough or research the right things. So, below are the most important things to research about a company before an interview, which will ensure that you're as informed as you can be and that you stand out from other applicants. 1. Research the company&...
  • What to Expect When You're Interviewing
    by Stacey Lane - September 21, 2018
    Maybe you get a “normal” interview, full of questions like “What are your strengths?” or “How do you like to unwind?” Maybe you have to come up with a solution to a hypothetical or real problem. But a standard interview isn’t a given anymore. With so many applicants and with money and time on the line, recruiters and hiring managers have more pressure to “hire right” the...
  • How to Answer Interview Questions About Conflicts
    by Thea Kelley - September 19, 2018
    Some of the most common interview questions are about conflict management. For example: “How do you deal with conflict?” “Tell me about a time when you had an issue with a co-worker.' “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.” “How do you deal with conflicts when working on a team?” There are two reasons why conflict questions like these are so common....
  • Sharpening Job Interview Skills
    by Carole Kanchier - September 11, 2018
    Do you ace job interviews? Or do you need more practice presenting yourself? It's crucial to make a great impression at your job interview. The interview usually determines whether you will receive a job offer. Interviews are a two way street. Both you and the employer are evaluating each other. You want to convince the employer you're the best candidate for the position, and get information to evaluate the com...
  • Interview Hacks for New Grads and Everyone Else
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - September 7, 2018
    No matter your age, interviews can be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips for shining a positive light on your candidacy. First, forget your agenda which is getting a job. Instead, think about the interviewer’s agenda which is to find the right person to solve his problem or challenge. Before the interview match the hiring manager’s needs to your background and experience. Focusing on the employer’s needs...