Frequently asked questions about the interview processI hope that these articles will help you prepare for and handle your job interviews. But if you have any general questions I haven’t helped you answer, please feel free to ask them in the comment section below.
(1) What does an employer look for when they interview me?
Having been on both sides of the interview desk MANY times, I know that a job candidate is often in the dark about what the interviewer really wants. Hint: It’s not just about your job skills. Hopefully this post will give you some insights into what the other side wants:
(2) Is there a basic formula for answering common interview questions?
There is no one canned RIGHT answer for any interview question, but there is a general strategy that can work for many of the most-commonly asked questions:
(3) Are there any things I should do to prepare for a job interview?
I will admit that I’ve gone into interviews cold, without preparing – and I got the job. But that was many years ago. Nowadays, with increased competition and many employers expecting more from job candidates, preparation can make a big difference, both to your answers and how comfortable you feel during the interview:
(4) How can I give my resume has the BEST chance of getting selected?
When you only have 6 – 8 seconds on average for a resume screener to decide to put you in the “yes” or “no” pile, you need to make sure that your resume and cover letter (yes they can still matter) speak loudly toward showing just how well matched you are to the job:
(5) How do I start looking for jobs?
It’s funny how simple looking for a job sounds … especially to anyone who has never looked for one before. But there are some not-so-obvious steps a lot of job seekers forget about, that can not only get in the way of their finding any job, but keep them finding jobs they don’t really want. Some tips to help get you where you really want to go:
(6) What can I do to help me find more jobs that match my skills?
In rare circumstances jobs find you. Oh how nice it would be if that were always true! But for the vast majority of us, we have to go find them. And it pays off big time to aim your job search way beyond the obvious sources. Some articles to hopefully get you to your job faster and more accurately:
(7) How can I get past the job hopper label and find a job?
Someone once asked me if being a job hopper is bad, then why do they get to hop to so many jobs? It’s a good question. I hope this post will help you get past any job hopping label that’s holding you back:
(8) I get REALLY nervous during an interview. What should I do?
Interview nerves. Pretty much everyone gets them. But some people have learned how to get PAST them and still give a great interview. Some tips about interview nerves that I hope will help you:
(9) What else I should know not to screw up my interview?
I like to focus on the positive. It gets us further. BUT … it does pay to know what might be standing in your way of getting that job you want. Here are some things you might not have thought about, that I hope will help save you from any preventable interview glitches:
(10) I’ve had my interview … is there something else I need to do?
Ah. You can breathe a sigh of relief. The interview is over. But for most job seekers, that’s where the real work begins … waiting to hear back! Some tips about thank you notes, follow-up letters, staying sane while you wait, and what else you need to do: