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…

The formula for answering any job interview question like a star

Some of the most revealing questions employers will ask you in a job interview are the ones about your past work experience and challenges. They want to know what your work style was, what you accomplished, and how you dealt with challenges. The theory is that how you have behaved in previous roles should serve…

7 tips for acing your video job interview

Video job interviews are quite common these days. And though they aren’t actually that different from in-person interviews, they do feel different. At least for those of us who didn’t grow up with Skype and Google Hangouts. There are a couple of different ways in which video interviews are conducted. One of these is an…

When is it OK to wear leggings to a job interview?

I was just on a social media group for job seekers, and someone had posted a question about whether it is OK to wear leggings to a job interview. They would be under a dress or skirt, she said, and it was -20 degrees outside. She said she had been told that wearing leggings under…

Study: You only need 50% of job requirements to be interviewed

You see a job posting for a role that you would love to have, but you don’t have all of the qualifications the employer is looking for. It’s not a lost cause. It turns out that you don’t actually need to have every credential in the bullet-pointed list of requirements. Wanted: 15-years experience in software development,…

Five things to do before leaving your job interview

Before you walk out the door after interviewing with a potential employer, make sure you have made the most of the opportunity. There are some crucial steps that many people overlook that can have a significant impact on your career success and happiness. Make sure you do these five things at your interview. Ask questions….