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How to Thank an Interviewer

You may think that it is best to follow-up with an interviewer to thank them for their time
and keep your name in the forefront of their mind.  While this may have that affect on
them, it may not be in the positive way you are looking for.  An interviewer takes time
out of their regular job to fill vacancies in a department.  It is an extremely busy and
stressful time for them and they do not want (nor have time to) take calls from everyone
that they have completed interviews with. Continue reading


June 28, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Responding to Taboo Questions

Not all interview questions are acceptable.  There are certain topics that should not be
brought up and information that a potential employer has no right asking for.  Some of
these questions are not legal and others while legal may leave you feeling uncomfortable.
You do not have to answer certain questions, but how you let the interviewer know this
can determine if your application will continue forward.

For more information on questions that should not be asked or that you do not have to
answer, contact your local government office that handles labor relations.  They can
provide these guidelines to you at no charge.  If questions are being asked about your
private life (and you are uncomfortable answering them), you do not have to.  You can
mildly tell the interviewer that you plan on devoting the time you spend at work to work
and your personal life stays in your personal life.  And try to leave it at that.  If the
interviewer keeps pressing, you will have to decide if the job is worth it to you. Continue reading

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t be Late for an Interview

This may seem obvious, but it happens way too often.  No matter the reason, there is no
excuse for it (besides an injury or family emergency and then kudos for you for showing
up).  Getting lost, bad traffic, or losing track of time doesn’t matter to an interviewer.
They are taking time away from their primary duties to sit down with you to try and give
you a job.  It is rude and disrespectful to not show up on time. Continue reading

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Be Specific when Answering Questions

Sometimes – or more like every time – you go for an interview, your nerves make it hard
to concentrate and answer questions to the best of your ability.  The important thing to
remember is to really listen to the questions being asked.  If the interviewer tells you they
want a specific example, don’t answer with a general how you would do something – it is
a surefire way to ruin your chances for the job.

These types of questions are known as situational questions.  If an interviewer were to
say to you, “Tell us about your favorite vacation.”  You wouldn’t respond by telling them
about all the places you would like to go or make a generalization: Continue reading

June 24, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Enthusiasm in a Job Interview

Are you excited at the prospect of getting a new job and are thrilled that you were called
in for an interview?  Well, then show it when you are being interviewed!  Bring an
energy and attitude to the interview that will make the company take notice.  The process
of interviewing is usual a long and boring one for those on the other side of the table.  Do
your part to make it easier for them to choose you as the best candidate. Continue reading

June 20, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions

Each interview has at least one, a question that you really don’t know the best way to
answer. It is the one that you agonize over for days and keep going over it and over it in
your head and you ask others how they would have answered. There is not way to avoid
these types of questions but you can answer them with confidence to give yourself peace
of mind until you get a call back. Continue reading

June 16, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Explaining Gaps in Employment

When you get to the interview, be prepared to discuss your resume.  In addition to
explaining why you left previous companies and chit chat about the position, if you have
any gaps in employment be prepared to explain them.  Many people are scared that an
interviewer is going to discover that they were without a job for a period of time.  It is not
necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to be able to tell the interviewer why in the best
possible light. Continue reading

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Be Thorough but to the Point

If you love to talk and when you are nervous can go on and on, or if you are the opposite
and clam up when you are in a stressful situation – you need to be conscious of this and
not do either in an interview.  When asked a question, an interview wants enough
information that will help them understand what you are talking about, but not extraneous
irrelevant information. Continue reading

June 8, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Bring Doubles of Everything to an Interview

In addition to a list of questions you want to ask and a pen and notepad you should also
bring duplicate copies of anything else that you may need to provide to the interviewer.
When booking the interview, ask if there is anything specific you should bring with you
(normally references is the only requirement).  But if you are applying for a driving job, a
driver’s abstract may be required or if you are applying as a writer you may be asked to
bring in a sample of your work.

Make sure to write down the requested items to bring and make duplicates.  If more than
one person is going to interview you, bring one for each of them and then one more.  This
show forethought and preparedness.  You also don’t want to make your interviewer look
bad by not being prepared if they forgot or lost your resume.  Let them know that you
brought an extra copy for them and hand it over. Continue reading

June 4, 2008 Posted by | Job interview | , , , | Leave a comment