Resolving Interview Dilemmas

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Illegal and Inappropriate Interview Questions

Every human resources specialist in America knows that interview questions about sex, religion, and race are against the rules. But other interviewers who don't deal with employment issues on a regular [more…]

Out-of-Town Job Interviews: Who Pays for Travel Costs?

Going on far-away job interviews are worth the effort, but who pays for travel costs? If a company contacts you and requires an out-of-town interview, the company should pay for all your travel costs. [more…]

Addressing Missing Job Qualifications During an Interview

During interviews, there will be times when you're missing job qualifications listed in the job description. Meeting all job qualifications through your work and education history doesn't always pan out [more…]

Answering Tough Interview Questions When Changing Careers

If you're changing careers, you'll face some tough questions during a job interview. Employers may be concerned about your commitment to a new field, lack of experience, and more. You can make headway [more…]

How to Survive a Rude or Disagreeable Interviewer

During the course of job interviewing, you may run into several rude or disagreeable interviewers. What should you do when an interviewer’s manner is offensive? That depends upon who’s doing the talking [more…]

Answering Age-Related Questions in a Job Interview

You may already have run into an age obstacle that limits your job hunt. In job interviews, there are effective ways to address age-related questions. Is age discrimination illegal? Yes. Does it still [more…]

When Your Current Job Conflicts with an Interview Date

If you're working while seeking job interviews, you may find yourself in a situation where your job conflicts with an interview date at another company. Your current job is hectic, which is one reason [more…]

Turn a Phone Interview Into an In-Person Interview

Telephone interviews are typically screening interviews, but you can try to bring it to the next level: an in-person interview. Companies use phone interviews to determine if you’re worth the investment [more…]

Answering Job Interview Questions about Serving Prison Time

If you've served time in prison, expect to be questioned closely during a job interview. The key to dealing with prison or jail time when responding to interview questions is to make the experience as [more…]

Responding to Job Interview Questions about Sexual Orientation

Legally, in the U.S. sexual orientation should be a non-issue during the hiring process. A generational component may be an influential factor in the spread of fairness in workplace sexual orientation [more…]

Answering Interview Questions about Frequent Job Changes

If you've had frequent job changes in your career, you may need some advice on how to answer the "job hopping" question in your interviews. Employers favor candidates with a track record of staying a “reasonable” [more…]

Answering Interview Questions about Job History Gaps

When you have gaps in your job history, employers may rush to judgment During a job interview, you can explain gaps in your job history by detailing growth experiences [more…]

Dealing with Job Interview Questions about Being Demoted

Being demoted seems to carry more negative weight than being fired. This is because demotion suggests personal failure; firing doesn’t, unless you’re fired for cause. You may find that you’re running into [more…]

Answering Job Interview Questions about Substance Recovery

Networking is how many people in substance (alcohol or drug) recovery get job interviews. Typically, the referring party has revealed your substance history and background to the interviewer. [more…]

Answering Job Interview Questions about Family Matters

Young women of child-bearing age may battle questions about family matters in job interviews. Another interviewer concern for those with children may be parental absenteeism. [more…]

Responding to Job Interview Questions about Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act severely limits what interviewers can ask people with disabilities prior to offering a job. If you have a visible disability, you may benefit by giving an explanation [more…]

How to Redirect Inappropriate Questions in an Interview

Inappropriate questions in job interviews are questions the interviewer can legally ask, but probably shouldn’t. Depending on whether the information is used to discriminate, inappropriate questions set [more…]

Job Interview Tips If You're Shy or Nervous

A job interview can be especially difficult if you're shy or exceptionally nervous. Fortunately, you can employ some techniques to master shyness and curb nervousness — and to buy some time if your mind [more…]

Job Interview Tips If You're 50 or Over

Those who are 50 and over know that it's not easy to get job interviews and scoop up choice jobs. As a prime-time job seeker, you can greatly improve your odds of being chosen by learning new and improved [more…]

Overcoming the Overqualified Label in a Job Interview

When an interviewer says you're overqualified for a position during a job interview, you may attribute it to age bias. The stigma of being overqualified is surmountable, however, regardless of the reason [more…]

Talking Around Education Obstacles in a Job Interview

If you must address your lack of required education in a job interview, discuss your experience and skills as education. Mention experience-based knowledge and skills [more…]

Answering Interview Questions about Having a Long-Term Job

If you’ve been in the same job (or same position) for long time, a job interviewer may think that you're unmotivated. Use the job interview to set the record straight. Remember that what could be considered [more…]

Selling Yourself in Job Interviews When You've Been Fired

If you've been fired from one or more previous positions, expect the job interviewer to ask questions. When explaining why you were fired, keep it brief, keep it honest, and keep it moving. Say what you [more…]

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