You’ve probably heard the term bestfit or ideal candidate quite a bit if you’ve been applying for new jobs, submitting college applications, or simply sifting through your long-term career goals. Employers know who they want, and usually what they want, in the hiring process. However, sometimes that’s not always clear on the other end and
It can be hard to turn down a job offer, especially if you’re currently unemployed. But just because you got an offer doesn’t mean the job or the company is the right fit for you. Even getting an interview in a competitive job market is an achievement in itself, but you need to be very
Years ago, I was interviewing for a job. As many of you know, when you go through the interview process, you start with the recruiter, and then you meet with the manager, and then you meet with some of your peers—if you’re lucky. Then, at the end of the interview process, you might meet with
Even though it’s one of the most common interview questions out there, everyone hates being asked, “What is your biggest weakness?” in a job interview. It’s hard enough to show your potential during an interview. How are you supposed to sell yourself to employers when they want you to tell them what’s wrong with you?
As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans of an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as
If you needed to convince someone that Girl Scout Cookies are delicious or that rainbows are really beautiful, you’d have to first know what the cookies taste like and what rainbows look like—right? The same applies when it’s time for you to sell yourself in an interview to strangers. In a job interview, you need
As a career coaching veteran for over 20 years, many professionals have sought my advice on how to ask about work-life balance in a job interview. It’s a difficult question to ask without it being a red flag. Still, there’s definitely a way you can find this information out in a job interview. Asking about
What’s the one piece of advice given over and over to interviewees? Prepare. Research the company, research the role, take time to analyze what’s going to be required of you, and take time to assess your own abilities. That’s the advice that Direct Line Group Careers gives to its applicants on their insurance jobs site.
Like any other conversation, a job interview is a two-way street. It’s as much about how well you listen as it is about what you say. And there’s more to listening than simply hearing another person’s words. How interviewers sit, how they ask their questions, and what they do while listening to your answers can
If your position gets terminated, should you mention that in your next interview? Many job seekers face this dilemma in their job search when they’re newly unemployed. First, you need to determine what type of termination occurred. There are two types of termination: voluntary and involuntary. If you quit, that’s called voluntary termination. If it’s