interviewing

do I really have to wear high heels to a job interview?

A reader writes: I am a college student employed through work-study. Once a month, my employer holds a training session for all student assistants to update us on new procedures, etc. Our most recent meeting focused on employment after college, because many assistants graduate this year. This training included mock interviews accompanied by an evaluation. […]

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the person who holds the job I’m applying for doesn’t like me

A reader writes: I have an interview scheduled for this Friday, and it turns out that the person who currently holds the position (“Jane”) is a former coworker of mine from a different company. Unfortunately, there was a falling-out over the way we interacted during an orientation session and we ended on bad terms. To […]

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is it okay to wear designer clothes to a job interview?

A reader writes: I am currently employed at my first post-college job, and after two years with my company I am looking for other opportunities in my area. My job has paid fairly well since I started, and I enjoy bargain shopping as a hobby, so I have been able to score name-brand bags and […]

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how to recognize a bad workplace … before you take the job

If you’ve ever worked for a bad manager or in a company that made you miserable, you’ve probably wondered how to ensure you avoid that in your next job. It can feel impossible to tell from the outside whether a job will become a nightmare once you’re in it, but if you pay attention, there […]

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do you have to fake passion to get a job?

A reader writes: I’m getting so discouraged and wondering if I am missing some essential job hunting/interviewing skill. I have had three interviews in the last month (so I feel pretty good about the fact that my cover letter, resume, and networking are in good shape) but no job offer. The first interview I felt […]

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how is being recruited different from just applying for a job?

A reader writes: I was curious about what kind of differences can be expected in interviews where a candidate is one of dozens — if not hundreds — who have applied for a position, and interviews where a company has specifically sought out a particular few individuals for a position they have open. I recently […]

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how to deal with a hostile interviewer

A reader writes: I recently had a terrible experience with a phone interview. The interviewer began with a tone of voice that was irritated and sarcatic, which escalated over the course of 30 minutes into openly aggressive and loud, bordering on bullying and browbeating. I tried my best to keep calm and politely answer everything […]

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