Category:Interviewing Advice

5 Steps to a Successful (And Not So Awkward) Informational Interview

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An article by contributor Michelle Riklan. Many applicants experience only the interviewee side of the job application process. They apply for a job, come to the interview, and answer some questions about their work and qualifications. They don’t experience what it’s like to be the one asking questions. If you haven’t interviewed anyone before, an informational interview can quickly go awkward. Still, information is power, so gritting your teeth and going to an informational interview will help you learn about the job or company you’re targeting, in a way no online research or job fair can teach you. Once you … / Read more »




How to Nail a Phone Interview

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An article by contributor Brian Chen. I have noticed a trend among individuals that are having a challenging time preparing for interviews. I am starting a weekly interview tip to assist active job seekers. My first tip is going to be regarding phone interviews. Some candidates see phone interviews as pointless, but they serve a purpose. Most phone interviews are a first round with an HR Manager and you may think “It is just an HR Manager” or “They do not know anything about the job.” In fact, they are the gatekeeper to your next role. It is important to … / Read more »




How to Respond to Five of the Most Difficult Interview Questions

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An article by contributor Rachael Murphey. Job interviews are often stressful. However, being prepared for interviews will help you gain confidence and land you the job you want. Read on for answers to some of the toughest interview questions. 1. “Why should I hire you?” The employer wants you to discuss how your skills match the position for which they’re hiring. First, examine the job posting for the position you’re seeking. Write down the qualifications they’re searching for in an ideal candidate. Then, decide how your skills meet the employer’s expectations. For example, if they’re looking for someone with five … / Read more »




Standing Out in Your Interview: 4 Things That Give You an Edge

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An article by contributor Brooke Chaplan. Interviewing for a job can be stressful, no matter how many times you have done it. You have to prepare to be evaluated by strangers, imagine a future at the job, and do it knowing it may not work out. The best way to ease your anxiety is to do your best! With preparation, you will be more confident and perform better.  There are obvious ways to prepare, like dressing the part and arriving on time, but they may not set you apart. Here are four tips that will give you an edge on … / Read more »




How Soon After An Interview Should I Send a Thank You Note?

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Dina from EPCC asked: “How soon after an interview should I send a Thank You letter?” Thanks for your question, Dina – This is often a question I have struggled with as well. Sending a letter too soon may send a message that you didn’t genuinely reflect on what you appreciated in the interview and waiting too long might lead the employer to believe you are disinterested. Neither scenario is ideal, so what is the perfect length of time to wait? The honest answer is that there is no set standard. Each situation is different and must be approached carefully … / Read more »