Donna from DeVry University asks: “I have been unemployed for two years. What do I say to prospective employers about my unemployment time?” Thanks for your question, Donna. The prevailing thought on this is that it is easier to land a job when you are already in a job. I would agree that this is generally the case, probably because someone who is currently working will likely to project more confidence and less desperation during the hiring process. Plus, employers may feel that a passive candidate (one currently working) is likely to bring polished and “sharp” relevant skills to the … / Read more »
I have spent over 7 years providing career coaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. Now, I serve as a Recruitment & Onboarding Specialist at a national nonprofit. Being on the other side of the table allows me to see candidates in a different light. Based on my observations of candidates, I am providing tips on ways to stand out during an interview: Research the company This is a critical first step. During an interview, you will be asked why you are interested in the company. From the interviewer’s perspective, they need to know that you are … / Read more »
Rich from University of Texas at Austin asks: “I am a graduate with a degree in biochemistry and a degree in computer science. Furthermore, I have an insurance license and completed an insurance class. The thing is that when these attributes get brought up in an interview for a job not related to these courses, degrees, or licenses. I am asked why I did not go for those in my field(s) even though I have an interest in sales. How do I answer their questions? Also, there is a huge gap between these accomplishments and I only have 5 months … / Read more »
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An article by contributor Craig Scott. When you go on a job interview, your interviewer will ask you a lot of questions. That makes sense. They’re trying to see if you’re a good fit for the position and for their company. Typically, they’ll ask you if you have any questions toward the end of the interview. You might think it makes more sense, or makes you look better, to not ask questions. But you actually should ask several specific questions. Even if they don’t ask if you have any questions, make sure you always ask a couple of these questions: … / Read more »