interviewing

how can I avoid taking a job in an open-plan office?

A reader writes: I moved away from my favorite city in the time of the Great Recession to a job several hours away. I have mixed feelings about this job, but I’ve learned a lot and the compensation has been great. Unfortunately they are moving to a VERY aggressive form of hoteling or “hot desking,” […]

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I don’t think I’d be good at the job I’m interviewing for

A reader writes: How can I stop myself from focusing on the aspects of a job I know I won’t be good at? The organization has contacted me for an interview, which means they think I’m qualified. But I’m scared they’re going to smell my fear — fear that they’re interviewing someone for a public-facing […]

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what are the best questions to ask in a job interview?

I’ve long been surprised by how many people don’t ask good questions when their interviewer gives them the opportunity. A surprising number of candidates don’t have many questions at all, or simply use the time to try to further pitch themselves for the job. To me, this is crazy – after all, this is a […]

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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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