interview tips

interview tips

Questions to Ask (and Not Ask) Your Job Interviewer

Employers will almost always welcome questions when the interview comes to a close, but when the time comes, a lot of us draw a blank. Remember that employers not only expect you to inquire more about the position, they judge your character on the basis of those questions.

You’ll want to ask in-depth questions to show that you’re truly interested in working for the company, and you will also want to know more about what the job will require. Whatever you ask, your questions should sound intelligent and cordial.

You may think that some questions may be to brash to ask, like questions regarding pay, but employers expect these kinds of questions. If you phrase cheeky questions in a polite manner, employers will think you handle yourself well.

Here’s some examples of questions you should and shouldn’t ask during the interviewing process.

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How to Answer the Most Common Job Interview Questions

Nervous about your next job interview? You can prepare by studying these potential interview questions.

Not sure what they’ll ask? Read these five most common questions, and learn how to better answer them.

Tell me about yourself: This isn’t a life-story question. What they really want to know is about your education background, work experience and other relative qualifications. There’s really no need to go into detail because they’ll likely ask more specific questions later on in the interview. Just emphasize years of experience and your proudest achievements.

Where do you see  yourself in five years?: Also another general question, you always want to convey that you like to keep your options open, while still following a basic 5-year plan. There’s nothing wrong with telling your potential employer that you may go  back to school, move to a different state or start a family. However, you don’t what make it seem like these are set-in-stone plans. Future employers will doubt your flexibility.

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How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

Interviews, resumes and cover letters are just the beginning of getting a job and entering the professional world. Rest easy in the knowledge that it’s really not as challenging as it appears to be. Take a deep breath, brace yourself for that first step and run right into it!

An effective cover letter is an essential part of the job hunt. A cover letter is likely to be the first glance in your direction from a prospective employer. If you want that coveted double-take, then follow these tips:

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15 Worst Questions to Ask a Potential Employer

worst-interview-questionsDuring a job interview, recruiters expect interviewees to ask questions. While it’s important to find out the information you need, the questions you ask are also revealing. Interviewers will use the questions you ask to determine how much candidates want the position.

The best questions to ask when you are interviewing for a job are open-ended and show that you’re eager to contribute. The worst can imply that you are looking to avoid work, self-interested, unprepared or engaged in illegal activities. A bad question can be a red flag to a potential employer.

Here are 15 example questions to avoid:

1. How many days off will I get?

2. What does this company do?

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Best Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

questions-for-job-interviewDuring every job interview, after your potential employer has asked about your educational background, your interest in the company and your related experience, the conversation shifts. He or she will want to know if you have any questions to ask. This is not a moment you should dread, but you should be prepared. Don’t ask anything just fill the silence. The worst questions can make you look selfish or like you haven’t done your research.

The key to asking good questions during a job interview is to show that you have your future employer’s interests at heart. Here’s a list of five great questions to ask, from Forbes.

Questions to ask:

1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?

Not only does will this question show that you want to know how you can contribute to the company, it will also give you an idea of how good your prospects are for getting the job.

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Potential Employers Think Less of Drinking Candidates

wine-interviewWhen it comes to interviews, there’s a generally held belief that emulating your future boss is a good idea. For example, stay standing until they sit. If your interview is in a cafe or restaurant setting, order something comparable to what your interviewer orders. But there’s one big exception to this rule: alcohol. Even if your potential employer orders an alcoholic beverage first.

New research conducted by Scott Rick from University of Michigan and Maurice E. Schweitzer University of Pennsylvania shows that people perceive you as less intelligent when you drink, even if they are drinking also. Their finding are published in a paper titled “The Imbibing Idiot Bias: Merely Holding an Alcoholic Beverage Can be Hazardous to Your (Perceived) Intelligence.” They simulated interviews and then asked observers to comment on them. Even with the dialogue unchanged, observers found anyone holding an alcoholic beverage less intelligent. If the conversation was a job interview, they found drinkers to seem less hirable. They found that the bias applied to drinkers of both beer and wine, and was unchanged by the gender of the drinker.

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How to Nail a Job Interview

handshakeIn today’s job climate, it can take applying to over 50 or more jobs before you land one interview. With such a drastic shortage of jobs, it’s very important to make the most of each and every interview opportunity you might receive.

There are so many people out of work that an interview is really your only chance to stand out, make a great first impression, and highlight your skills. Below are some tips to do just that, and hopefully land your dream job.

Know your resume: Make sure your resume is tailored to match the job description you’re applying for and you know it inside and out. The interviewer will likely ask you questions based directly on what your resume says, so it would be in your best interest to be ready to discuss anything on it.

Be honest: Answer every question honestly. If you’re unsure of an answer or don’t have direct experience in an area the interviewer is asking about, say so. If you are unsure about a question, make a point to mention that you are willing to learn or be trained in that particular area. It will go over much better than lying and being found out later in the interview. Read the rest of this entry »



Five Ways to Land a Dream Job and Move Out of Your Parents’ House

You went to college for four years, earned your good grades, graduated on time, and now that you are out in the “Real World” you can’t find a job to save your life. It’s pretty frustrating, right? What could you be doing wrong? You know that your résumé is top notch, your cover letter shows your brilliant personality, and you’re dressed in your best clothes for the interview. Why haven’t they offered you a great job with a starting salary at least $10,000 more than you expected?!excited

OK, well, calm down a little. Maybe $10,000 is a little much to ask for. But in all seriousness, you feel like you have done everything in your power to land a job – any job – and nothing has worked out for you. What gives?

According to Careers and Colleges, most new job searchers make novice mistakes that end up costing them the job. Here are the top five things to do during your job search so that you can finally move out of your parents’ house and start living the nine-to-five dream. Read the rest of this entry »





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