Posts tagged ‘common interview questions’

Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

It’s getting harder than ever to get your foot in the door. Often times, employers and recruiters use phone interviews as their first line of defense to weed out unqualified candidates.

I recommend reading this article from Talent Zoo, which includes lots of helpful tips on how to improve your chances getting past the gatekeeper so you can score an in-person interview.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Do your research about the company AND THE INTERVIEWER ahead of time
  • Write out your answers to common interview questions, as well as your top selling points you want to make sure you get across to the interviewer no matter want
  • Draft up a list of questions and make sure you ask at least a few during the call if given the opportunity

November 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm 1 comment

Beating around the bush

Salary negotiation can be scary. And with the latest job market – where people are getting laid off left and right – it’s even scarier right  now.

Lots of people are being passed up for raises. Companies are in “hiring freezes” and often times the higher people are paid, the quicker they are to let go of you. It’s hard to tip-toe around numbers when it comes time for a job offer.

If you ever wondered what to do when someone asks you your salary requirements, please read this article by Penelope Trunk.

She does a great job of providing alternate responses to the dreaded question of “How much?”

January 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Top Interview Mistakes – Part 4

This is the fourth installation of commentary on the worst mistakes interviewees make. Please see parts one, two and three for more on how to become a better job candidate in the interview room.

Forty-eight percent of hiring managers cited that the worst thing a person can do in an interview is be disinterested. This bothers me. When I first read this, I though, “Now why would you interview when you’re not interested in the job?” But then I realized that often times people may come across as disinterested because they’re not adequately prepared for the interview and do not understand how to interact during the conversation.

Continue Reading July 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment