interviewing

how to research the company you’re interviewing with

A reader asks: When I first started job searching, I tried to research the companies a lot. That was a waste of time. No hiring manager I ever talked to quizzed me about my company knowledge. They wanted to talk about the specifics of the job. Yet I always hear you should research the company […]

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can I ask what to expect at a job interview?

A reader writes: I have a job interview next week and because I’m a new grad it’s one of many I’ve had this year. All interviewers have been wildly different in their approach, questions, and scope of inquiry. I interviewed at the public library and felt like I had undergone trivia hour: explain our mantra, […]

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how can I avoid jobs with horrible hours?

A reader writes: I’m currently working in a job that requires what I can only describe as a soul-crushing amount of overtime just to keep my work afloat. This is common in my department and shows no signs of changing any time soon (if anything, it’s probably going to get worse). My field is very […]

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how to answer “why are you interested in this job?”

Sit down for any job interview and one of the first questions you’re likely to be asked is, “Why are you interested in this position?” If you’re thinking that’s a softball question, you’re right to some extent. For most interviewers, it’s a way of easing into the conversation that hopefully won’t be too high-pressure. But […]

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how to answer “tell me about yourself” in a job interview

One of the interview questions that most intimidates job seekers is one that most interviewers assume will be easy: “Tell me about yourself.” It sounds straightforward – but as every job seeker knows, it’s not that simple. What do they want to know? Are they looking for a complete history of you? Do they want […]

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I had a great interview – why haven’t I heard anything back?

A reader writes: I’ve recently gone through a time-consuming but positive job interview process. The hiring manager has been in communication with me from day one. We had a phone interview, followed by a video conference with one other member ever of the team. The hiring manager then requested some work samples and, after seeing […]

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I went on a job interview and the office was filthy

A reader writes: I went on a job interview today and the office was absolutely filthy and so gross. I met with the CEO in her office and while she seemed to be a nice lady, she looked very disorganized and kind of out of it. He hair was a mess and her fingernails were […]

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