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Job Search Tip of the Week #26 (2018)

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I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are “bad with names.” No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, “Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.”

– Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?



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Job Search Tip of the Week #25 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q19



Of the 19 most commonly asked questions, this is one we’ve heard at every interview: “Why do you want to leave your current position?”

Interviewers ask this question in the interests of cultural fit and employee retention — they want to make sure you’ll be satisfied in your new position and won’t walk out after six months. It’s a win-win for you to be honest!

That said, whether you’ve decided to leave your current company for personal or professional reasons, it’s important to keep your response positive and focused on the future.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #24 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q18



According to a survey from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), nearly half of all U.S. workers witness unethical behavior at least once a year. “It’s just part of being employed,” said Patricia Harned, PhD, ERC president. “You’re going to observe some kind of misconduct on the job. One of the biggest challenges is having to figure out what to do after you’ve observed it.”

Since moral and ethical dilemmas are common at work, your interviewer wants to know how you’d respond in such situations. That’s why “Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma” is one of the most commonly asked interview questions — so whatever you do, don’t say, “I’ve never been put in a position where my values were tested,” because that’s almost certainly untrue.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #23 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q17



It’s Audiobook Appreciation Month! To celebrate, we’re going to tackle one of the most commonly asked interview questions: What book are you currently reading?

There are many variations to this question, such as “What book do you plan on purchasing next?” and “What was the last book that you read?” Regardless of how it’s phrased, the question is primarily designed to help the interviewer determine several aspects of your personality and preferences, such as:

  • if you have intellectual curiosity, and are passionate about satisfying it;
  • whether you can effectively formulate and articulate your own opinions;
  • how in tune you are with industry or professional trends; and
  • what your interests are.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #22 (2018)

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Think Like an Interviewer – Q16



Nowadays, it’s not enough to just be able to do the job. When we ask hiring managers to describe their ideal candidates, they often say creative problem solvers who can adapt quickly and effectively to any situation (particularly unanticipated ones), like changes to customer requirements and technologies. That’s why you often get asked interview questions that assess your competence in these areas.

“Tell me about a project you worked on that required heavy analytical thinking” is one of these questions, and a behavioral one at that. Remember, during a behavioral interview, the interviewer asks about your experience overcoming (or succumbing to) obstacles in the workplace, under the premise that past behavior predicts your on-the-job performance. As such, your interviewer wants to hear a specific work-related example of when you successfully applied your analytical thinking skills.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #21 (2018)

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Think Like an Interviewer – Q15


We’re counting the days until “Solo: A Star Wars Story” comes out! To celebrate we’re going to tackle one of the most commonly asked interview questions: “Tell me about a time when you failed.”

See the opportunity

While it may seem counterintuitive to showcase your shortcomings or past mistakes to your prospective employer, this interview question is your opportunity to show whether you survive, die, or thrive in the face of failure. Specifically, your response helps your prospective employer gauge:
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Job Search Tip of the Week #20 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q14



Remember all that research you did on the company when you were applying? Here’s where it really comes in handy.

“Why do you want to work for x?” is a question often asked by interviewers to assess how much thought you’ve given to working at their particular company or organization. As such, you want to provide tailored responses that not only show you’ve done your due diligence, but also emphasize how well you fit culturally and functionally. You’ll definitely want to avoid:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #19 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q13




“Tell me about the worst boss you ever had.”

If you get hit with this common interview question, slow and proceed with caution. You may instinctively be tempted to open with an amusing anecdote about a former employer from hell, but don’t. You’re not at happy hour with your buddies! While you may think you’re bonding with your interviewer over laidback small talk, what your interviewer thinks is that you’re a Negative Nancy who may not work well under authority or with others.

The way this question’s worded is bait for bashing a former boss. Don’t fall for it! When you talk negatively, your prospective employer will assume you’ll talk about him or her in the same manner down the line whenever things don’t go your way – and that’s a reason not to hire you.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #18 (2018)

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How to Ace Your First-Round (or Really, Just About Any) Interview

Think Like an Interviewer – Q12



If I asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?

As one of the most commonly asked interview questions, you’ve probably heard it in some form or another: How would your colleagues describe you? What is your relationship with your coworkers like? If I called your boss right now, what would they say about you? What are three adjectives a former client would use to describe you?

This question is yet another way to evaluate your cultural fit. By hearing more about you through the eyes of others, so to speak, hiring managers hope to determine how people vs. goal-oriented you are and whether you’re able to speak honestly about yourself.

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