Employer reveals the secret ‘coffee cup test’ used to rule out candidates

Not all job interview questions sound like straight-forward inquiries about your work experience and education. Employers are screening you on your behaviour from the moment you arrive until you have left the building at the end of the meeting. That’s why your appearance, your small talk, handshake, and body language are all so important. Every…

Five sentences that will get you rejected at any job interview

You probably won’t get hired for every job that you interview for. Our research has found that most Canadians have to interview for four jobs in order to get one offer. However, if you find yourself going to job interview after interview without success, it might be time to review your technique. Let’s start with…

Study: The best (and worst) colours to wear to a job interview

Research collected from surveys of roughly 2,000 job applicants, some who were successfully hired – and many more who were rejected – sheds some light on what makes for a successful job interview. The participants who were successfully hired reported having some surprising things in common. One of these was the colour of the clothes…

The most common job search mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Most of the biggest mistakes that candidates make when looking for a new job are actually fairly easy to avoid – if you know to watch out for them. I was talking to a professional recruiter from one of the big placement firms last week. This was actually just at a social get-together, but I’ve…

Survey: The telephone habits HR professionals hate the most

The first conversation you will have with the human resources department at a company you want to work for will likely be over the telephone. Often there is a pre-screening phone interview to conduct before you are invited in for a face-to-face. Even if they don’t conduct a formal phone interview, there is a good…

The three most important pieces of information to convey in a job interview

You’re going to be asked quite a few questions in your next job interview. On average these meetings last about 45 minutes. They start with some ice-breaking conversation, then launch into specific questions about your work history, skills, accomplishments, and challenges. A job interview will likely end with them employer asking about your ambitions, salary…