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Job Search Tip of the Week #11 (2018)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #11 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Q5



Contrary to what the above cartoon suggests, interviewers don’t ask “Why are manhole covers round?” to trip you up – there’s method in their madness, so to speak.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #10 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Q4




How does your family or partner feel about you working long hours?
Work-Life Balance Interview Question
First off, although this is one of the most common interview questions – particularly for IT and technology professionals – it’s also illegal.

As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important as a job seeker to know what your prospective employers shouldn’t ask you. Illegal interview questions solicit information from you that could be used to discriminate against you. In this case, this question makes assumptions about your personal life (specifically, your family/marital status and sexual orientation), and is a “legal landmine” both you and your prospective employer want to avoid. So what do you do when a hiring manager asks you this illegal question?

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Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Q3




Remember those times when your teachers said, “‘I don’t know’ isn’t a valid answer,” and you rolled your eyes at them? Time to start apologizing, because they were really doing your professional career a favor when they forced you to “at least try.” Employers won’t hire candidates who refuse to strive for solutions (even to silly scenarios like “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”) because they’re afraid of getting it wrong.

They want employees who can think quickly on their feet and use the resources available to them to turn a problem into an opportunity for improvement, because those are the ones who will positively contribute the most to the company’s environment and productivity.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Q2


Next time you’re in the bookstore, stop at the autobiography section. Doesn’t each title seem to perfectly capture the personality of its author?

That’s why “If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?” is a favorite question of interviewers (in fact, it was even asked during the 2018 Miss America competition). It’s designed to figure out who you are as an individual, and whether or not you’d be a good cultural fit.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #7 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Q1


“If you had a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea, what would it be?”

As an IT/technology professional, you’ve probably been asked that question (or something similar) before. And at some point in your professional career, you’ve undoubtedly been left wondering, “Why did they ask me that? What should I say?!” Not to worry, you’re not alone: The hypothetical situation of receiving a financial windfall is one of the 19 most commonly asked interview questions.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #6 (2018)

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

Think Like an Interviewer – Concept and Logic Behind Typical Interview Questions [INFOGRAPHIC]




At some point in your professional career, you’ve undoubtedly left an interview thinking, “Why did they ask me that?!” Well, wonder no longer.

Knowing why interviewers ask certain questions and how some responses elicit better impressions of you than others gives you a leg up on your job search. Start getting better equipped for your next interview by checking out the infographic below, which reveals the meaning behind 19 of the most common interview questions:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #5 (2018)

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How Introverts Can Shine in a Job Search



Next Monday kicks off International Networking Week, an initiative of global professional networking organization Business Network International (BNI) which celebrates the key role networking plays in the development and success of businesses by hosting networking events across the world. But when you’re an introvert, attending job fairs or networking events and meeting new people may be nerve-wracking experiences.

Introverts often shy away from touting their positive qualities – but a successful job search often requires some self-promotion. The good news: Quieter types can find ways to stand out. Don’t let your naturally quiet nature keep you from reaping the career benefits of networking! Check out the following tips, and soon you’ll be mixing and mingling like a pro.



    At the office holiday party, are you the person in front of the crowd, telling jokes, doing the rounds from table to table — a classic extrovert? Or are you an introvert who’s content to either be a wallflower or join a small group and get involved in a thoughtful discussion?

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #4 (2018)

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    How to Maximize Your Job Search ROI

    Improve Your Job Search Strategy to Get More Interviews & Job Offers

    ROI: Cost vs. Value


    Last week, we mentioned some decisions you face on a daily basis as a job seeker:

    Return on investment (ROI) is a performance measure that evaluates an investment’s efficiency. In regards to your job search, you should be getting a return that far outweighs the cost. It’s important that you accept personal responsibility for your job search results, and consistently evaluate the choices you make to ensure that you are effectively using your time, money, and effort. If you’re interested in maximizing your job search ROI, keep reading for the answers to the aforementioned job search strategy questions. Alternatively, if you’re interested in the answer to a particular question, click on the question above in the bulleted list to jump to its answer in the post!

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #3 (2018)

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    How to Make Wiser Decisions

    Deciding With More Confidence & Speed


    Get your head out of the clouds and make a decision!


    You face a myriad of decisions during your job search: What content should you include in your résumé, and how should you format it? How much time should you dedicate each day to your job search efforts? How much time should you allocate to each job search method? Should you work with a recruiter? How many résumés should you send out each day? Who should you follow up with today, and when? How do you choose between multiple job offers?

    Sometimes the hiring process moves quickly, which means you may have to make some of the aforementioned decisions speedily and with confidence. Here are four tips on how to reach wiser conclusions faster, adapted and modified from Lauren F. Friedman’s “Pick One Already!” in Psychology Today:

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    Job Search Tip of the Week #2 (2018)

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    Excited to follow last week’s 5-step action plan for dashing through your winter IT job search, but don’t know where to start? CareerJuice is here to help!

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