how do I address a glaring weakness in an internal interview?

January 30, 2014

A reader writes: I’m the sole internal candidate interviewing to be my work team’s manager. This team is newly formed, and the person originally tapped to manage resigned before actually holding the position (no drama: it was for family reasons). Subsequently, the job description was changed to include some technical expertise that neither the original […]

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I’m caught between two companies and a staffing agency

January 27, 2014

A reader writes: I am in a rather difficult job situation, as as a current grad student who is only just starting her career, I am not in a position to say no to opportunities. I am an associate at a staffing agency, and a year ago, they placed me for an assignment with a […]

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do I have to fake passion to get a job?

January 10, 2014

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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I had to prepare a meal and entertain 20 people for a job interview — and so did 19 other candidates

January 9, 2014

A reader writes: I recently had a job interview for an entry-level program coordinator position. I walked in and there was a panel of interviewers sitting behind a table but there was no chair for me. This was the third of five interviews as part of an all-day interview process, and every other session had […]

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what are the best questions to ask in a job interview, as either the interviewer or the candidate?

December 31, 2013

Over at the DailyWorth, where I’m the resident management coach, a reader asked this question: I’ve hired for junior-level positions before, but for the first time, I need to interview candidates for a manager role. What questions should I be asking candidates at this level? You can read my answer to this question here. If […]

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why are employers turned off when they hear how much time I spend on my job search?

December 24, 2013

This was originally published on October 18, 2011. (I’m reprinting some posts this week while I’m eating enormous amounts of rum balls and drinking sparkly beverages.) A reader writes: I have been unemployed for 6 months and it’s been very challenging! I find looking for a job (a job that is the right fit for me) […]

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interviewing while pregnant — but I’m not the mother

December 19, 2013

A reader writes: I’m currently employed, though attempting to change careers. I have a few great job interviews set up for positions I would love to have. My only hiccup in the interview process is that I’m four months pregnant, but the baby isn’t mine. I am a gestational carrier for a lovely family who […]

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I’ve had 10 interviews and no offers — am I the problem?

December 4, 2013

A reader writes: I was laid off in July and have been looking for a job since then. To date, I’ve had six interviews (two more pending) but no offers. If you count the interviews I had before I got laid off, the total number is 10. How many failed interviews is a sign that […]

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should you ask for the job at the end of an interview?

December 2, 2013

A reader writes: I read that if you ask for a job at the end of an interview, you should be prepared to accept the position on the spot. Is this true? What if the offer (salary, benefits, all of those things that you are not supposed to ask during the interview) is unfair/not up […]

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did I blow this job opportunity?

December 1, 2013

A reader writes: I just want to know if I handled this situation right. I am fresh out of college and finishing up a course online, which requires some intense work because it’s a lot of work compacted in a short amount of time. I applied to many different jobs, and I got a phone […]

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