Category Archives: Interview tips

How to Prepare for a Graduate School Interview – 4 Tips

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole…

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Changing Careers – How to Interview Effectively

 Changing careers is not easy for some. However, once you master effective interviewing when changing careers, the path to success becomes a lot clearer. I had a chance to interview one of our Executive Authors, Helena Light, who is a master at changing careers. In eight years at one bank, she had four different careers:…

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What are Case Interviews and How to Ace Them

Consulting companies like McKinsey and BCG invented the case interview method.  Now pretty much all consulting firms as well as many hiring managers outside of consulting use the case interview to help them identify the best candidate for a business job opening. So what is an case interview?  Simply, it’s when the interviewer gives you…

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Interview Rejection – 5 Tips on How to Deal

  Interview rejection is always going to be difficult to hear.  Regardless whether you are a recent graduate or you have been working for years, it’s never nice when you get that phone call/email/letter telling you that you were just not right for the role and thus letting you know the interview did not go…

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Job Interview Tips – 5 Things to Avoid

Job interviews are always a nerve-wracking experience. Even for the most confident person, going into a situation where you have half an hour to talk yourself up, stretch your qualifications as far as they will go, and convince a stranger that you are the right person for the job is enough to get anyone feeling…

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4 Interview Tricks You May Overlook

You’ve already got your resume up to snuff, you’ve done your research about the company and the interviewer, you’re dressed for the job you want, not the one you have, and you’ve practiced your interview questions with a friend.  Everyone knows about these basic interview tips, so what more can you do to give yourself…

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Why Strange Interview Questions Matter – 5 Reasons

Every year Glassdoor, who provides an inside look at jobs and companies,  select the top 25 strangest interview questions companies ask during job interview.  I will share the list for 2013 below, but my main focus for this post is to talk to you about  why strange interview questions matter and why you must take…

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7 Basic Interview Tips Everyone Should Follow

Whether you are a veteran at job interviews or new to it all, the basic interview tips are key to staying in the competitive job search race.   These seven basic interview tips are fairly simple to follow.  So there is no reason for you not to do each.  You will be amazed at how they…

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How to Explain Gaps in Resume – 3 Tips

How to explain gaps in my resume?  This is a common question asked by many job seekers today.   When the economy went south in 2009, many well-qualified people found themselves out of work.  Some were able to land another position within a few months, while others struggled to find work for a much longer period — or never really made it back…

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Job Interview Feedback – How to Ask

Getting job interview feedback is critical to enhancing your interviewing skills and increasing your chances in getting a great job.  We all have to do many interviews before succeeding in getting an offer.  Not being called back for a second or third round is part of the job search process, but it doesn’t have to…

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Good Management – How to Recognize it During Job Search?

How to recognize whether a company has good management during job search?  What a great question from a reader and a very relevant one to ask for any job seekers.  Working for good management is essential to your job success and happiness at work.  It is however hard to decipher whether a company has good…

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Should I Interview While Pregnant?

Should I interview while pregnant?  The answer is Yes, absolutely.   I am learning this first hand as I am 6 months pregnant with my second child and currently in between consulting contracts.  You may say, no one will hire me while I am pregnant, so why bother.   I had the same perspective at…

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Best Questions for a Job Seeker to Ask in an Interview

An job interview is a two-way street.  You are there to demonstrate your qualifications, but you are also there to get more information.  So always be prepared to ask some questions in an interview, if time permits.  Most interviews are structured so that you can ask questions in the last 5 or 10 minutes. Here…

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Don’t Make this Fatal Mistake in Interviews

I had lunch with a Deloitte alumni friend recently.  He is now a VP of Retail Sales at a major financial institution.  Since he knew I had a passion for career coaching, he told me the following recruiting story.  In the last few weeks, he has interviewed over 20 candidates for several sales openings, Manager…

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How real should you be in interviews?

I love it when my blog readers suggest topics for discussion. One reader suggested this article for discussion – It’s a job interview, not a beautiful pageant. From reader 1: The article primarily discusses how a  job interview should be treated – as an avenue to express one’s true self or as a formality to…

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