interviewing

I showed up for an interview on the wrong day

A reader writes: I have a job interview lined up that I’m really looking forward to. I like the organization, it’s an appropriate step up from my current job, and all that good stuff. So I did all my research and prep, took the day off work, put on my interview clothes, and headed off […]

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when the job you’re interviewing for keeps changing

A reader writes: I am currently interviewing for a job and I think I may get the offer. I just finished up my third and final interview and expect to be notified soon. However, I am struggling because the position has been described differently by different interviewers and does not seem to match the job […]

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exactly what to say in 10 tricky job interview conversations

Job hunting is fraught with tricky conversations that you might need to have throughout the process – from what to say if you botched your answer to an interview question to how to ask if a long hiring process will ever end. Especially given the power dynamics in job interviews, it can be hard to […]

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how quickly should I respond to interview invitations?

A reader writes: I’m a month away from graduating college and am job searching for my first full-time professional job. I’ve sent out a lot of applications the past few months, with several replying and subsequently setting up an interview, although no offer has come through yet. I check my email once or twice a […]

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the power dynamics in job interviews will mess you up

One of the most frequent themes in my inbox in the decade I’ve been writing Ask a Manager has been rude and power-tripping behavior from prospective employers during the interview process. And in letter after letter, people have written about feeling obligated to suck it up and deal with it because they think their interviewers […]

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why do offices say they’re “fast-paced” when they’re not?

A reader writes: I’ve been chatting with my old boss from our local government organization as they’re considering hiring me back as a consultant for a brief period. I’ve just read their job description for the role, and it made me laugh out loud as they’ve described their office as a “fast-paced environment.” From my […]

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