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Freaky Friday: Finding someone to blame

May 20, 2011

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Harriet May When we were hiring at our company, we saw a lot of résumés.  Hundreds.  We were sent résumé packs from local universities, which meant that those individuals did not directly apply, but were seeking employment.  So when one piqued our interest enough to perhaps invite the candidate in for an interview, we would […]

Are you there Job? It’s me, Amanda: Interviewing, Professional vs. Personal

May 18, 2011

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Amanda Gunter Below is the text conversation between my friend Jen and I which inspired this post.  Txt from Jen: I have a good blog topic for you. One of my friends just got feedback on an interview she had and they said she was too casual. Txt from Me: REALLY?? Txt from Jen: Yeah, […]

Give your interview the STAR treatment

May 5, 2011

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Harriet May Most interviewers nowadays use at least some behavioral questions when they give a candidate a job interview.  These are your “Can you describe a time when…” questions, the purpose of which is usually to get at what leadership, problem solving, team building, and so on, skills that you possess, or whether you possess […]

Freaky Friday: What you’re really missing when you miss an interview

April 29, 2011

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Harriet May A few weeks ago I had an appointment at a local university to give a couple of mock interviews to students.  This has been on my calendar since February, and I’ve been really looking forward to it.  I mean, someone is really going to let me see real live victims soon-to-be job applicants […]

Ten Rules of Good Interviewing

February 16, 2011

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Raymond May OK, so your resume and cover letter were good enough to get you the interview! Congratulations!  But can you get to the next step? Here are ten rules to help get you through the interview. Rule 1.  It is all about them, the hiring company, not about you. They will only hire you if they […]

Chocolate and gifts aren’t necessary, but a thank you would be nice

February 13, 2011

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Harriet May So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  If you’re a smart and fiscally responsible young professional, I’m sure you are forgoing the hype of another commercially constructed holiday, perhaps in favor of more sentimental gestures.  (Of course, if you are the cynical type, this might be more up your alley.) But if you are about to interview […]

You need an elevator pitch

February 9, 2011

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It is common, as an ice-breaker, to have the statement “Tell me about yourself” posed to you first in an interview. If you take that as an invitation to waffle on for twenty minutes about how you enjoy crocheting leg-warmers for your grandma’s canines in your spare time, you have failed.  (Unless you are interviewing […]