interviewing

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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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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