Interviews can turn into an awkward experience for any job seeker. They can be difficult to get through, impersonal, and make you feel stressed. At times, it can even feel like a bad date or a painful trip to the dentist. More
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are taking a few extra moments to reflect on what we’re most thankful for. Some of you are thankful for friends and family, or for the delicious meal you’re about to dig into. But when was the last time you said “thank you” during your job search? More
The job search is tedious, time consuming, exhausting, and a bunch of other things we don’t even want to bring up. The feeling of receiving an invitation to interview can leave you both overjoyed and overwhelmed. With growing fears of prolonged gaps of unemployment, especially for older job seekers, developing a job search strategy that really works means there’s no room to blow your chances of getting hired during your interview.
So you impressed HR with your resume and landed an interview with the hiring manager and a few select employees. You met with the group, and you’re so confident in your performance that you’d be surprised if the company doesn’t erect statues depicting your glory.
But a few weeks have gone by and you haven’t heard a thing. What happened? You failed proper interview follow-up etiquette. More
A study today out of London found that three fifths of people form their opinion of someone within just five seconds of meeting them and more than a third said appearance was everything when forming first impression. Almost half of Britons revealed that appearance is the most important factor to consider in an interview situation – over experience or qualifications. A third of respondents admitted to judging a colleague on their first day of work based on the clothes they were wearing. This means that when hiring people we tend to lean towards the more attractive. But you may want to be careful of this because another new study says that “gorgeous” people are often less outgoing, less friendly and self obsessed and maybe not an ideal employee. More
Following current events may seem like we’re time traveling back to elementary school. (Remember bringing news clips to class for discussion?) But seriously, following current and industry news can give you a huge career boost if you keep your focus. More
Last night’s Gallery Girls season finale was pretty disappointing and well, just really depressing. I mean we saw some happiness for Amy Poliakoff but for Maggie Schaffer, a 20-something woman who has been working as an intern at the Elie Klein gallery for three years (or three months according to him) and was finally (it seemed) about to get a paying job at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, we saw real sadness. After interviewing twice at a gallery (one interview included working for a day), they brought her in a third time to not only tell her she didn’t get the job but why she didn’t get the job. They basically told her she was not meant for a career in the art world. It was pretty tough to swallow, but it makes me wonder, should you tell a job candidate why they aren’t getting the position? More
It is in every job seeker’s best interest to develop a strong rapport with the person doing the hiring. When you make yourself memorable to the recruiting manager you can leave the interview with your head held high and oozing with confidence. But, what many job seekers fail to consider is the many other candidates who are doing the same thing, and who also hit it off with the interviewer. So the question is – how do you make yourself more memorable than the rest? More
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As you prepare for summer fading to fall, your interview wardrobe should anticipate the change as well. The air is getting cooler, and you probably have your favorite football team’s jersey ready to go on game day — but don’t forget that your professional attire needs to be updated for fall as well.
The days are long, the weather is hot, and your interview is looming. Whether this interview is in-person or through online video, you’ll have some serious sartorial choices to make. It’s stressful enough dressing for a normal job interview, but when you throw the high temperatures of summer into the mix things can get even more complicated.
After all, you want to look cool, confident, and self-possessed. These are hard attributes to convey when you’re sweating up a storm in uncomfortable clothing. Some summer job seekers, however, go a little too far in the other direction. With the June jobs report looking less than sunny, you can’t really afford not to put your best foot forward. And that foot should probably not be wearing beach sandals. More
“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”-Elizabeth Taylor
On this site we have talked about how being both married and not married can have an impact on your career. Some people view women who get married young as more stable and serious but others look at them as time bombs that will be quitting any day now to go have babies. But then again, being single and a young professional women brings along it’s own set of baggage. But questions about your relationship status aren’t usually even asked if you are wearing a ring on that left hand. But it turns out that little piece of jewelry brings its own huge set of associations that can have a tremendous impact on your career. We talked to some people about the ring stigma at work.
On this site we have talked about some of the most difficult and weirdest questions asked on job interviews. And now jobs and career community, Glassdoor, has made an official list of the companies with the most difficult questions. That old ball buster Google made it into the top 10 but consulting firm McKinsey took the number one post. But the study pointed out that a tough interview doesn’t necessarily translate it into a bad experience. The five companies judged to have the toughest questions also carried a 50 to 70 percent positive-experience rating. The bottom five companies on the list, Amazon and Facebook included, earned a positive experience note 44 to 60% of the time. But good news, new research from Canada finds that women perform better in job interviews than men do so we can handle questions like, “How many people would use a drug that prevents baldness?” More
There are plenty of ways that politics can influence hiring practices. Normally, we see civil rights as helping minorities to fight off discrimination. But the current immigration debate might have hurt one woman’s job search. How? Well even though she’s a US citizen, she has a Mexican birth certificate. And after months of interviews, she became pretty sure that her foreign birth was holding her back. More