Job Interview Question: Why Should We Hire You?

When an employer asks you this question, they are giving you an opening to launch a sales pitch about why you are a great candidate for this job and why they should hire you.  And they are expecting to receive a sales pitch, so don’t disappoint them.  Show them what a great fit you are for the job.  This question also […]

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Job Interview Prep Tips: Success Moments

I’ve had  some comments lately from job seekers who got ambushed by their own work history. Or to be more precise, their inability during an interview to remember strong examples of things they actually did that would show their aptitude for the new job. Most job seekers at least have some inkling that they may […]

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Recruiter Comment on How To Handle an Interview

I love it when people contribute to this blog based on their real world experience. That’s what Work Coach Cafe is all about. So I’d like to share some words of wisdom from a recruiter who is in the middle of his or her own job search and left a comment on 18 Practical Tips […]

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Thank You Notes: Pardon Me But Your Attitude Is Showing

I know that job search is one of the most frustrating, at times ego-shattering, things a person can go through. You know you’re good. You know you will work hard. Why can’t they see that? So by the time you actually get to an interview, many job seekers are already stretched thin when it comes […]

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Is Sucking Up Bad In a Job Interview?

I know this isn’t the most burning question, but I recently had a comment about sucking up in an interview from a delightful 16-year-old  reader named Livi. And it got me thinking. Livi applied for an entry-level job and was wondering how her interview went. She wrote: I was interviewed for a very easy, entry […]

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Why Great Interview Answers Won’t Always Get You the Job

It’s a mad scramble out there on the internet, with hordes of job seekers all desperately trying to find THE perfect answer for any interview question. If only they could find a website that gives them the key to nailing each and every answer the job will be theirs! Nice as that would be, unfortunately […]

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What Should Her Friend Say About Why She Left?

I get a lot of comments and from time to time like to share them with you – along with my responses.  Here’s one I got recently from Donna: Hi Ronnie Ann! My best friend has resigned from her current role in the banking sector, without a job offer. She just joined for less than […]

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Why Interviewers See Attitude and Personality as Job “Skills”

I’ve recently gotten some comments that express frustration about interviewers who seem to place more emphasis on personality than skills when assessing whether a candidate is right for the job. And more than a few of my Work Coach Cafe posts also suggest these are important areas to think about, both in interviews and the […]

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How Can a Recent Grad Explain Lack of Related Job Experience?

I was listening to a WNYC Brian Lehrer segment with hiring manager and blogger Russell B on how to handle resume gaps, and a question from a fairly recent college graduate caught my ear. Basically, he had yet to get a job in the field of his major – or anything even close – and […]

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Do You Get Nervous About Being Nervous During an Interview?

A reader named Lisa recently wrote me about how nervous she gets in interviews…and how she feels it’s keeping her from getting an actual job offer: I find interviewing exhausting. I have decent cover letters, but when I get in the door, I always try for natural and confident…and end up falling short of the mark. When I do mock interviews, to practice, people tell me I’m fine, so I think it’s nerves. Clearly Lisa is not alone. Interviews can be exhausting. Not only do we get nervous, but

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