interviewing

how should I handle this unprofessional interviewer?

July 17, 2014

A reader writes: I just turned down a job due to an incredibly unprofessional hiring process, and the company has requested more info and a phone call to discuss my decision. I’m not sure how to handle this. First, some background with names changed. I applied in March when I saw the position posted. I […]

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how important is it to answer every question perfectly during a job interview?

July 16, 2014

A reader writes: I have been interviewing for a position in a nonprofit that I would consider my dream job. The interview process was extensive and consisted of two phone interviews, followed by being flown in to meet with 4 members of the staff in the department I would be joining and the HR manager. […]

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ending an interview early when your interviewer is a jerk

June 27, 2014

This was originally published on July 13, 2011. A reader writes: I’ve read your “run, don’t walk” advice when you find yourself in a job interview with someone you would never work with in a million years. But I still look back in anguish at an incident that happened a few years ago. I had […]

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7 mistakes you might be making before your job interview even happens

June 23, 2014

Getting a job interview can feel like a great accomplishment in this job market – and it is. But don’t sit back and relax once your interview is scheduled, because what you do before your interview can either pay off enormously or end up hurting you. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk […]

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interviewer had concerns about me from the start

June 20, 2014

This was originally published on April 27, 2011. A reader writes: I’m currently a lawyer with several years of general legal experience and I’m trying to transition to a more specific area where I don’t have too much experience. I recently had an interview with a reputable recruitment agency, which went very well, and which […]

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why do interviewers ask about your favorite books or movies?

June 18, 2014

A reader writes: I have a question about an interview that I’m pretty sure I bombed recently. Things were going fairly well until my interviewer asked me for my favorite book and favorite movie. I completely blanked and took way too long to answer, and I’m not even sure what I said for them (I […]

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I was asked to pick up someone’s lunch when I arrived for a job interview

June 9, 2014

A reader writes: I had an interview today at a busy doctors’ office. I started out filling out questions and references, all normal job interview things. Then a woman from the office called me up, told me the doctor would still be a few minutes yet, and asked if I would run to Panera and […]

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how to rock your interview but lose the job offer

June 9, 2014

You had a great interview, the interviewer loved you, and now the employer is signaling that the job is almost yours. But don’t sit back and relax just yet – the actions that you take (or don’t take) during this period can determine whether or not you ever see a job offer. And even when […]

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I showed up for my interview on the wrong day

May 28, 2014

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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a parent asks: what’s wrong with my daughter’s rude, frustrating interviewers?

May 20, 2014

A reader writes: My daughter has a music degree (actually two) and, music jobs being impossible to find, is willing to do just about anything. So why am I frustrated? She had an internship all last year, and applied for a job there this spring. The CEO called her into his office, told her how […]

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