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How to Answer Vague Questions in a Job Interview

Interviewers often start with one vague, agony-inducing question or statement in job interviews, such as "Tell me a little about yourself." Practice answering vague questions specifically so that you'll [more…]

How to Write and Present Your Marketing Pitch

Before you start interviewing, write, memorize, and practice presenting a marketing pitch — a personal commercial about yourself. Your "show and sell" marketing pitch should run between one and two minutes [more…]

How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions

Several common job interview questions have been known to trip up even the most prepared job seekers. These job interview questions include: What is your greatest weakness? Why should I hire you? This [more…]

How to Answer Company-Related Questions at Job Interviews

During a job interview, you may need to answer some company-related questions. Employers expect you to grasp how the job fits into the overall company picture and what the position entails. Some of these [more…]

How to Answer Skills-Related Questions at Job Interviews

Experienced interviewers often want to know the essence of your skills — how you arrived at your accomplishments from previous jobs. Skills-related job interview questions may include: How would you rate [more…]

How to Answer Experience-Related Questions at Job Interviews

Employers want to hire experienced workers who will continue to learn and grow to the benefit of their company. Experience-related questions in job interviews may include: What are your qualifications? [more…]

How to Strategically Exit a Job Interview

When the interviewer signals the end of your job interview, make a strategic exit by repeating the qualifications and benefits you bring to the job. Immerse your departure in verbal persuaders and interactive [more…]

Reviewing with an After-Interview Checklist

After leaving a job interview, rate your performance with an after-interview checklist. Following a post-interview checklist can help you curb bad habits and become an expert at wooing hiring managers. [more…]

How to Respond to a Job Offer

Congratulations! You’ve interviewed for a position with a great company and they've extended a job offer. How should you respond to the company's offer? Hold off on an immediate response. [more…]

Deciding Whether or Not to Accept a Job Offer

Receiving a job offer is great — now you have to decide whether to accept it. Examine the pros and cons of a job offer so that you don't become cemented in a routine of disappointing work. Deciding whether [more…]

Why You Should Decline Job Counteroffers After Quitting

Employers may make a counteroffer when a useful employee quits for a better job. If you get a counteroffer of financial incentives or other benefits to entice you back to your job, it’s usually best to [more…]

Seeking Feedback When You're Not Offered the Job

If you discover after a job interview that you lost the position to another candidate — you may wonder where you went wrong. Disappointed job seekers often ask interviewers for the reasons they weren’t [more…]

Understanding Pre-Employment Job Agreements and Contracts

Getting your job offer in writing with a pre-employment job agreement or contract (or a job offer letter) is advantageous for you and the employer. Although your verbal job offer covers such specifics [more…]

Sample E-Mail Cover Notes that Introduce Resumes

Use e-mail cover notes to introduce resumes that you attach to e-mail messages. E-mail cover notes are shorter and more informal than the cover letters that often accompany resumes, but they should be [more…]

Tips for Writing a Letter of Recommendation

Managers and co-workers sometimes write reference letters (or recommendation letter or letter of recommendation) for job-hunting colleagues. In the letter of recommendation, the reference giver should [more…]

Looking at New Ways Job Interviews Are Conducted

Interview styles have changed over the past several years. Get to know the new trends and developments in how job interviews are conducted so that you can do your best during your job search. If you can't [more…]

What "the Best Fit" Means in Employment-Speak

"You weren't the best fit for the position." Disappointed job seekers who ask employers why they weren't hired often hear those words. Best fit? What exactly does [more…]

Tips on What to Do During an Interview

During a job interview, don't just sit and respond passively to questions. Do some strategic thinking during the interview to help you move on to the next step of the hiring process. For example, figuring [more…]

What Is a Video Job Interview?

Video job interviews are becoming more common as technology improves and travel budgets shrink. A video job interview (a form of videoconferencing) is a live, two-way electronic job interview that permits [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Video Job Interviews

Some benefits and drawbacks of video job interviewing are obvious, but other pros and cons of video interviewing will emerge as employers and job seekers gain more experience in using the technology. Video [more…]

What to Do Before and During a Video Job Interview

Preparation is key for doing a remote video job interview, just as it is for an in-person interview. These tips and guidelines on how to get ready for a video job interview will help to ensure that you [more…]

Making a Good Impression in a Video Job Interview

Making a good impression in a video job interview can be more challenging than in an in-person interview. Although the content of a video interview is much the same as an in-person interview, the [more…]

Screening Job Interview: Make the First Cut

A screening interview — or first-cut job interview — weeds out all applicants except the best qualified. Know what to expect during a job screening interview so you can hone your answers. [more…]

Selection Job Interview: Decision Time

In the selection interview, sometimes called the decision interview, you meet with a supervisor, department head, or another person who has the authority to hire you. Often this interviewer will be your [more…]

Promotion Job Interview: Career Advancement Tips

A promotion interview is inevitable if you seek a career advancement. Promotion interviews are conducted for an employee who is a candidate for a higher job position within the company. Moving up from [more…]

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