The science of first impressions (and why most candidates mess them up)

Meeting someone new can be nerve-wracking, particularly in a formal setting such as a job interview. This is because that meeting has serious consequences. The outcome of your first encounter with a potential employer impacts your livelihood, your day-to-day life for the foreseeable future. So, there’s a lot riding on the first impression you make…

Surprising ways candidates sabotage their own chances of being hired

I was once hiring a graphic designer to join the web team for our content marketing department. As this was an entry-level creative position, the candidates were mostly younger people, university students and recent grads. I interviewed the applicant who had the strongest resume. He had solid design skills, an impressive list of content management,…

Five job interview questions you probably shouldn’t answer honestly

You’ve probably heard that you should never lie to a potential employer during the hiring process. It’s true that not lying is generally sound advice – unless, of course, you actually want to be hired for the job. If that’s the case, then in reality, there are a number of times when honesty isn’t the…