Decoded: The five words most often appearing in job postings

What are employers looking for in candidates? Analysis of online job postings can reveal the most often repeated skills and attributes that are sought-after for the majority of jobs. Just what are employers really seeking with those frequently repeated words in their job descriptions – and how can you demonstrate that you have them? Here…

Two dangerous words that can sink your job interview

Experienced hiring professionals can tell a top performer from a weaker candidate just by listening to the way that they describe their past accomplishments. There are some hidden cues in your choice of words that can undermine the impact of how you describe your achievements. Here are two words in particular that have caused me…

New scientific study reveals the most intimidating job interview questions

New research measuring the changes in the heart rate (beats per minute) of candidates being interviewed for a job has revealed which questions caused them the most stress. For this study, over 1,300 participating interviewees were outfitted with fitness trackers to assess which common job interview questions raised their heart rate the most. The results…

Advice from hiring managers for successful virtual interviews

A new employer survey reveals how they really feel about remote job interviews. Here’s what bugs them the most and their top tips for making a positive (virtual) impression. It’s no secret that more and more companies are conducting virtual interviews to screen potential candidates, rather than having them come into the office during COVOID-19….

Three questions you will be asked in every job interview

Job interviews tend to follow fairly predictable patterns. While specific questions related to your profession will vary by industry, the structure of the conversation is similar across sectors. There are several key pieces of information that employers will look to learn about candidates for just about every job. This means that there are several questions…

The most insidious job interview question

There are many different kinds of job interview questions. Some are straightforward inquiries about your past work experience. Others are tests of your self-awareness or communication skills. Some questions are about your personality, while others are a test of your problem-solving abilities. The dreaded “What is your greatest weakness?” question feels like a trap. Obviously…

How to interview and onboard new hires remotely in midst of COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian economy was performing solidly, with near record-low unemployment. Many companies were experiencing labour shortages, fiercely competing for skilled talent. With 2020 budgets already approved and plans for the year well underway, not all hiring can grind to a halt in the face of concerns about the virus. So, how…

Coronavirus trend: Big companies shifting to video interviews exclusively

The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is not only impacting the way people travel and work, it’s changing the ways we find work as well. In order to reduce the number of people physically interacting with employees, an increasing number of big firms are cancelling face-to-face job interviews. Google was among the first to shift…

Questions to be ready for in a teaching job interview

So you want to be a teacher? Good call. You have the chance to work with children and young people, share your passion for learning, and help shape the minds and habits of the next generation. Plus of course you also get iron-clad job security, a great pension, and summers off. But in many jurisdictions…

Insider tips on the hiring process (that can give you an edge)

I’ve had to the opportunity to hire people for many teams over the years, and I’ve learned a few things that I didn’t know when I was a job seeker looking for work. Here are some recruiting realities that many candidates don’t know. I hope these can help you out with your job search! There’s…