Group interviews are a special brand of terrible. There is no great way to distinguish yourself without sounding like a complete asshole. Everyone is clearly in competition with each other and it’s all the worst parts of any reality competition. Forget empty collegial chatter, no one is here to make friends.
Nothing tops last week’s otter, but we found fun links this week anyway.
Since I’ve put in a considerable amount of effort into looking for a job the last few months, I’ve been on a few interviews. Most were your standard job interview where I was required to list my strengths, weaknesses and where I saw myself in five years. Read More Adventures in Job Searching: My Most “Interesting” Interview
Congratulations! You made it to the interview stage of your job search. This could be the ONE, so what do you need to do to make sure that you are prepared enough not to show up 20 minutes late with a run in your nylons? Here are my top 5 tips for the night before and morning of the big day. Read More Your Interview Checklist
I had a job interview today, and it was at a place with very limited space, so instead of sitting behind a desk, we just talked at a couch. It was more casual than I’m used to, but it wasn’t bad. It did get me thinking about bad interviews. And today, I want to know your stories. Read More Lunchtime Poll 9/6/11
We’ve had a number of thoughtful, helpful posts lately regarding the difficult job market, and how to navigate the maze that is finding gainful employment. This is not going to be one of those posts. You see, I’m one of those assholes known as a “hiring manager” (although that’s not my primary job), and folks, I have some stories for you. Read More Adventures in Hiring: Please, Not the Flip Flops
I have a good-looking resume. Each line item begins with an action verb and more than 80% of them include a statistic to quantify my accomplishments (see what I did there?). I look decent in a skirt suit, I own sensible shoes, and I even have a leather portfolio to help me pretend to be a grown-up. These are not the reasons people hire me. Read More How to Ace an Interview
The interview question job seekers most frequently hear (and consequently dread), “What is your greatest weakness?”, is becoming more and more difficult for me to answer. Not, of course, because I am without faults, but because I have been forced to confront my biggest faults and fears on a daily basis during the job search in publishing, particularly the sort of faults interviewers and future bosses want to hear about: Read More On How My Greatest Weakness Interview Response Has Changed, Thanks To The Recession