interviewing

how to say “I can start immediately” when I’m still employed

A reader writes: I’m currently on leave from a job that was causing me such extraordinary stress I was having panic attacks at work. I’ve been applying and interviewing for other jobs pretty extensively while I’m out, including one I’m sincerely hoping will turn into a better career path in general for me. Now my […]

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don’t make these wrong assumptions about your job interview

Job seekers often go into interviews with a set of assumptions in their heads – for example, that the company is a great place to work, that the interviewer is likely to ask particular questions, and all kinds of other beliefs that may or may not be correct. Some assumptions, though, can be downright dangerous […]

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how to prepare for a second interview

If you received a call after your job interview inviting you to come back in for a second interview, congratulations! In most cases, an invitation for a second interview means that the employer is seriously considering you for the position. That’s good news. However, if you’re like most job seekers, you might be uncertain about […]

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when you don’t click with your interviewer

A reader writes: I’ve been on interviews where after interviewing with one person, another one comes right after and continues the process. I realize that this is to see that I can “fit in,” but how do I deal with the one interviewer with whom I’m not going to click? I can feel when I’m […]

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I bombed a weird interview after no sleep

A reader writes: Approximately a month ago, I applied for a position and was scheduled for an interview with an organization’s HR manager. I had apparently done well on the pre-employement aptitude tests and interviewed well with her. She was great and two hours passed quickly. Following this interview, I was asked to come in […]

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is it okay to mention “mommy brain” in a job interview?

A reader writes: I’m curious whether you think it’s ever okay to mention that you have “mommy brain” as a sort of disclaimer to an interviewer. I ask this because I am a new mom (five months postpartum), and I noticed that since I’ve gotten pregnant and especially since I’ve had my baby, I feel […]

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how to convince an interviewer I’m okay with admin work, even with a master’s degree

A reader writes: I’m wondering about how to reassure interviewers that I am able and willing to perform administrative tasks despite the fact that I have a master’s degree and have some higher-level work experience. Some background: I’m in my mid-twenties and have done a lot of internships, part-time jobs, and AmeriCorps, and am looking […]

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