interviewing

should I take off my engagement ring for job interviews?

A reader writes: My fiance and I have been engaged for a little over a year, and his mom gave us her old engagement ring as a gift. It’s beautiful, and few people even notice it unless it’s pointed out to them. However, I was wondering if it’s appropriate for job interviews. I ask because […]

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is it possible to prepare too much for an interview?

A reader writes: Several months ago, I attended an interview and was stopped halfway by the HR person to ask how I had prepared for the interview. I was surprised, as I was in the middle of answering a question, and I responded that I had practiced a lot with friends and colleagues. (Note: I […]

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how to interpret common things job interviewers say

Job seekers tend to overanalyze everything that happens during the hiring process – from how long it takes a company to respond to their application to how friendly the person calling to schedule an interview sounds. But what they analyze more than anything are the specific words they hear from interviewers. My mail is full […]

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how to explain why you want a part-time job

A reader writes: When applying for part-time positions, is it common to be asked why you are applying for a part-time job rather than looking for full-time work? Last year, I left my full-time admin job after suffering from stress and depression. I took a few months off to work on my health, and now […]

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can I ask to see the interview questions ahead of time?

A reader writes: Would it be considered rude or off-putting if I asked to either hear or glance through the questions, either in person or on the phone, at the beginning of the interview? Typical interview questions are disjointed. If I knew the questions up front, it would help me to think of answers beforehand […]

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when should I tell a prospective employer that I’m transgender and in the midst of transitioning?

A reader writes: I’m 19, searching for a part-time entry-level job, and transgender. Do I disclose that I’m transitioning to potential employers? I’ve been on hormones for almost four months, look quite masculine still, but do have very long, feminine hair and wear androgynous clothes, some light makeup, etc. What I’m confused about is when […]

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how can I decide if a long interview process is worth it?

A reader writes: I recently was turned down for a job after 11 interviews over a two-month period, which included taking a day off of work to fly to an office to do three interviews in another city. I was told that I did “extremely well” in the process, but the company decided another candidate […]

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