interviewing

do dogs belong in job interviews?

A reader writes: I work for a company that allows pets to be brought to work. In fact, we have a “Dog of the Day” program and a coordinator. Did I mention the pooches get their own company name/ID badges too? But I digress. Recently, I was part of a panel made up of a […]

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CEO’s wife ruined my job prospects

A reader writes: I have been going through a very rigorous interviewing process for a permanent job in a firm where I have been undergoing a two-month post-college training program/paid internship which is very prestigious and only very few trainees are offered the permanent job. It would be my first proper job after finishing university. […]

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did I lead my interviewer on?

A reader: I have been working for a company (Company A) for six months now, on a temporary contract. The pay is good and the hours are flexible, and as I would like to start studying part time soon this arrangement suits me. I don’t see a lot of potential for growth in this company, […]

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how many questions can you ask in a job interview?

A reader writes: How many questions are OK to ask in a job interview while being respectful of time? I usually try to squeeze in as many as I can while monitoring how much time my interviewer seems to have available for questioning. I have asked as many as 5-6 questions before, but I usually […]

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interview lines that make hiring managers cringe

When you’re interviewing for a job, the last thing you want to do is inadvertently say something that makes your interviewer roll their eyes – and yet some of the most common lines used in interviews do exactly that. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about lines that will make hiring managers cringe. […]

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how to deal with a bad interviewer

A reader writes: I recently interviewed for a position that I think I’m under-qualified for. The position is to be a dean of department at a university which requires 7+ years experience in a similar post and a great deal of knowledge about financial markets. I graduated from the top ivy league school in the […]

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I get plenty of job interviews but no offers

A reader writes: I have been job hunting (while employed full-time, which is very tricky!) for a good year. I have been to seven interviews, and I have made it to the final round of candidates every single time. However, I have yet to receive any offers! When I ask for feedback, I am told […]

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how to deal with weird interview questions

I’m quoted in this Lifehacker article about how to deal with weird questions in job interviews. One point I wanted to stress to the interviewer is that there are two categories of these questions: (1) brainteasers like “how many golf balls can you fit into an airplane?” where the interviewer wants to hear you problem-solve out loud, […]

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