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In Your Job Interview, Answer the Questions — Then Shut Up

A very important key to job interview success is knowing when to stop talking. First, we usually learn more when we listen rather than when we talk. As the old saying goes, two ears — but only one mouth — for a reason. Secondly, much damage can be done inadvertently when you share TMI (Too […]

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Job Interview Question: How Do People Describe You?

This question seems simple, but it most definitely is not. Don’t underestimate it! They may ask, “How does your boss (or supervisor) describe you?” or “How would your co-workers (or colleagues) describe you?” This question may also be framed as “How would you describe your work style?” If you are a manager or supervisor of other employees, […]

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For Career Success, Pick Your Employer Carefully

As anyone who has had a job knows, where you work — the environment, the people, the “rules,” the compensation, etc. — has a very big impact on you and even your personal life. In a job search, however, we often focus only on the job itself — the job title, duties and responsibilities, hours, […]

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Job Interview Success – Know the Employer Before the Interview

In the military (and in marketing), a fundamental strategy for success in any battle is often called, “Know the Enemy.” It’s logical because you can’t usually succeed in battle without knowing as much as possible about “the other side” of the conflict – who they are, what they want, how they behave. In a job search, ”Know the […]

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Sending Successful Job Interview Thank You Notes

A recent study conducted by CareerBuilder indicated that NOT sending a thank you note will hurt your candidacy with over twenty percent (more than one in five) hiring managers. So, skipping sending a thank you note is potentially a high-risk practice. Clearly, thank you notes, done well, can’t hurt your job search, and they may help you to succeed.  […]

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How to Make Sure Your References HELP Your Job Search

For many job seekers, the references needed for a job search are something relatively trivial, a final administrative hurdle to get through – the last small detail before the job offer is made. Unfortunately, few employers see references as trivial, with good reason, and apparently more than 50% of the time, references put an end […]

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What Were They Thinking? 30 Crazy Job Interview Behaviors

As challenging as it is for most job seekers to “score” a job interview, the actions of many job seekers in job interviews raise questions about their understanding of what job interviews are or, perhaps, their true interests in the opportunities those job interviews provide. A recent CareerBuilder study of over 2,200 hiring managers and […]

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Tricky Job Interview Question: When Can You Start?

This can be a wonderful question to be asked at the end of an interview. It feels like a simple question, but it really isn’t. Being asked this question does NOT mean that the employer is making you a job offer. For many employers, this question is asked of most – if not all – […]

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5 Steps to Recovery After a Bad Job Interview

Recently, a job seeker commented that she had really messed up a very important interview, and she wanted to know if she could recover. After a job interview, many of us have had these thoughts – “I really wish I hadn’t said that!” Or, “I could have handled that question MUCH better!” It is not always […]

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Ending the Job Interview Successfully

The end of a job interview can be awkward. You want to leave the interviewer with a very good impression of you, and you also want to know how you did – how you rank among the other “contenders” for the job. Should You Ask for the Job at the End of the Interview? Many […]

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