Don't want to bother the recruiter, but at a loss for what to do [more inside]
I am desperate for answers at this point. I've paid nearly a thousand dollars to have my resume customized for the [AWFUL] USAJobs website. I have worked in the federal government for ten years now, for two different agencies. But I have been absolutely STALLED the past 2.5 years in a job from hell. (I am currently in an organization in which EVERYONE is jumping ship, literally every week someone else has gotten a job. It feels like we are on the Titanic. We were basically told the organization has no future and if we want any type of promotion, we will need to find new jobs. Hence, people are swimming away for dear life. The rest of us are DYING here!) This question is for anyone who is familiar with the USAJobs website and has obtained some measure of success with utilizing it in your career. [more inside]
Men: should my husband cut his beloved ponytail for a job interview in local government? Also some attire advice would be welcome. [more inside]
Later this month, I have a chance to have 10 minutes on the phone with Neal Stephenson. What question would you ask him if you had this opportunity? [more inside]
I am content in my current role, but looking to relocate. This will require days off work to interview. Should I tell my manager what I am doing? [more inside]
I have a job interview for an ESL teaching position with a US government organization in Southeast Asia. What kinds of questions will I be asked? What should I ask them? How should I prepare otherwise? [more inside]
I wasn't fired but decided to leave before the plan ended. When asked why I left my previous employer, I give other reasons and try to sound positive about the company I left. Is this the right approach or should I start explaining the PIP and difficulty I had at my last job? [more inside]
The company in question is a small, successful tech startup in a college town in a rural region. In an unusual fit of courage, I wrote and sent in a verbose letter of application for a development internship. I'm already regretting this bout of self-esteem, because I'm not that qualified, and though I made that clear in my letter, they've asked me in for a "short talk". I have no idea what to expect. Difficulty level: social phobia. [more inside]
I have an interview for a legal counsel position at a Silicon Valley tech company on Wednesday, and I've been advised by the recruiter that the dress code is "business casual, sport coat appropriate." This seems fairly specific, but dress codes are often a foreign language to me. Can you explain what I should wear - and ideally, do so as if you're explaining to an alien with no knowledge of men's fashion? (I exaggerate, but only a little.) Like, it's crossed my mind that I can simply wear a suit without a tie, but maybe that's horribly wrong? Thanks.
I have an interview tomorrow for an in-house copywriter position that's very in line with my skill set. However, the company gets poor reviews on Glassdoor (1.8 stars total). What's the best way to ask about this? [more inside]
Let's pretend Glassdoor, Payscale, and other similar websites don't exist. How do you determine what to ask for in salary? How to I determine my value to a company in a role I haven't inhabited before? [more inside]
Hi, MeFi-- I interviewed for a job a couple weeks ago. I felt like the interview went pretty well. Now I'm not sure if or when I should follow up with the hiring manager. [more inside]
Had great first interview with partners. Had great second interview with operations manager. During follow-up call with HR, I mentioned that I was also interviewing at other places in a different industry. Did I screw up? [more inside]
Only a few graduate programs have invited me to interviews. One of the programs isn't highly ranked or well-known and isn't in the greatest location (let's just say it would be unusual for someone from my state to go...where? THERE?), but I need to think of a compelling explanation for why I would choose their program over others during the interview. To be frank, they'll probably develop as good a reputation as any other, but there's nothing special about their program that would make people rush halfway across the country. Still, how do I avoid sounding desperate or contrived during the interview?
I applied for a job, I got a phone interview, I got rejected, and now the search has been reopened. I think I want to make inquiries. How should I go about it? [more inside]
I've been working freelance from multiple sources while looking for a perm job. I interviewed at a company and they asked what I was currently doing. I said that I've been working on Project A and Project B from Company C. They seemed very interested in Project B, but I realized afterwards that that project is not from Company C like I said, but from Company D (who I haven't been able to contact since the project ended). I'm an idiot, and HR wants to check references, what do I do? [more inside]
I received an email from a job I'd applied to a couple of months ago requesting my availability for a phone interview. I responded via email (per their request) the same day with my limited availability. As a healthcare provider, it seems that tight schedules are the norm, but I haven't heard back, four days later. When, if ever, is it appropriate to send a follow-up email? [more inside]
After talking to a company at a career fair, I have been asked in to meet with 2 execs -- a company VP and the local office manager. I'm in the final semester of a master's, and all of my previous job experience was the kind of stuff you don't need a degree for. What should I expect, and how best to prep? [more inside]
How (and when) should I handle an upcoming one-week vacation when I'm interviewing for a new job? [more inside]
I've been experiencing periods of dizziness and nausea the past few months. Seeing a doctor about it, but haven't nailed down any causes or solutions yet (though she thinks I may have something called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome). I'm having a spell right now but have a job interview in 2 hours! How should I get through the next few hours? [more inside]
I got a job offer from a company that made me a bit uneasy. I'm supposed to make a decision by Friday. Meanwhile, another company wants to move forward... Help me figure out my next move, given the fun snowflakes inside! [more inside]
Five weeks ago I sent a cover letter and resume to a job that I was interested in, I heard back from them today via e-mail asking when I was available for an interview. What is the best way to tell them I am no longer interested. For some reason I can't get beyond "Dear X, Thank you for reviewing my resume".
I am looking for a job, desperately, as I'm going to be laid off and I just booked an interview, which would be cool except I'm not positive I can physically handle the work. [more inside]
Former coworker is asking me to help him find a job at current company. Found out that he may have misrepresented his work history - what do I do? [more inside]
What question can I ask undergrad research assistant candidates to see whether they are good at looking things up on their own? [more inside]
You know how at the end of an interview they always ask if you have any questions, well I don't have any questions. Snowflake details inside... [more inside]
A friend from another country, but now legally in the US, is applying for medical residencies. He was told by a classmate to thank the various people who have interviewed him for residencies by sending a thank you card. What kind of card? Or is a short letter better? Mefite MDs, what do you think?
After a crazy amount of jobless time ofcourse everything has come at once. I am having interview after interview + my head is splitting. The knowledge base I am expected to cover is vast + I have worked a week prepping for this (along with producing presentations etc). Todays interview was tough - creepy cab driver in thick snow then being kept waiting nearly an hr for the interview whilst getting increasingly anxious.. Although I 'warmed up' I felt horribly stiff + self conscious for the first chunk + had deficits in some basic answers. No feedback yet but I'm not confident... [more inside]
I had an interview yesterday. It went alright, until the end when he asked me what my absolute minimum salary was. Is this a thing? [more inside]
As of this writing, North Korea has had two Internet outages in 48 hours. A lot of people seem to watch when Internet service goes down for countries and companies. But I don't recall anyone saying North Korea's Internet had gone down until within the last couple of days. Has anyone reported North Korea's Internet going down in the past?
My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I am an exceptionally hard-working, enthusiastic, and passionate (says my managers) employee with terrible interviewing skills (says my lack of job offers). Are there classes I can take on interviewing? [more inside]
I have an interview for a position that could possibly be a big career-starter for me - however, it does not exactly align with my desired focus. How can I answer the inevitable questions about why I want this position? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
If you go in for a job interview, and don't get the job, how much feedback do you expect? Or, if you're the person doing the hiring, how much feedback do you give? Do you expect/give the news over the phone or in writing? I know there are plenty of wrong ways of doing this, but is there no one universal correct way of turning down a candidate after an interview because it varies by industry, company, culture, and individual personality?
I'm preparing for several interviews and I want to figure out a way to finally effectively answer the ONE question that has always been interview-kryptonite to me, which has always been a a variant of: "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with my coworker and how you resolved it." [more inside]
I've received a "Performance Improvement Plan" due to poor output and communication problems. This is almost entirely due to issues in my personal life that are resolving themselves. However, at most companies (probably including mine), a PIP is basically a way to build a paper trail before firing someone. While I'm going to work as hard as I can to improve performance, this is probably the time to start looking for other jobs. What is ethical for me to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my current position? There are plenty of things I can cite that I don't like about this job, but none of them would normally be enough for me to quit. [more inside]
I want to move from the South to the Bay Area, but I'm an administrative assistant. Is anyone going to hire someone like me who has to relocate? [more inside]
When looking for a new place to live, there is a question I want to ask my potential future housemates, but I can't figure out how to phrase it. My best attempt so far is "How particular is your household about doing things a certain way?" or perhaps "How many high-maintenance things do you have in your house, and what kind of care do they need?" Basically I'm asking how nitpicky people are, but I want to ask in a neutral way. [more inside]
Something that happened many years ago in my community is coming back to the fore in the form of multiple lawsuits. Many people were hurt and it turns out that a lot of people connected to my family were involved in one way or the other, on both sides: perpetrator and victim. There was a major cover-up operation back when it all went down and most of these people, perp and victim included, have moved on, in a way, from that time. I realize that I am uniquely suited to write this story , but I don't know how to go about getting people to talk to me, and talk to me on the record. [more inside]
So I've been studying up on the interview protocol/got questions and answers from one of the leading temp companies --but I am stumped on this. I have several chronic conditions that need tricky monitoring (usually no more than every 3-6 months, and I try to get as many of them in one day as I can). Most of my docs do not grant appointments outside of business hours. I do have plenty of sick days. [more inside]
I need to interview presidents/CEOs/founders of companies specializing in traditionally blue-collar industries (manual labor, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, infrastructure, etc.) I'm particularly looking for diversity. Any suggestions where to look?
I just found out I'm going to be interviewed for a PR thing for my workplace tomorrow, and it will air on local news. Exciting! But I'm so worried I will look bloated/saggy/dull/sleepy or talk with a lisp or a weird accent or completely lose my mind and stare blankly at the camera, sweating. What are some tips to help me look, feel, and speak at my best? [more inside]
Do you have a favorite tip for doing a fantastic job in a phone interview (a conference call with a selection panel of four people)? This is the final step for a contract gig for which I'm one of several finalists. Looking for extra input because I really care about getting this one if I can! [more inside]
I had a great second interview for a position that I believe I will excel in. I did the best I could and answered as truthfully as possible. I believe things were going well and both managers seemed receptive, yet had their poker faces on. My mistake was when I got up to leave, I grabbed my purse and forgot to shake their hands and walked out. Is it a big deal? [more inside]
The next step in my application for a position with the city government is to take an online competency assessment. I've never seen one of these before - can anyone give me some insight? [more inside]
I have a job interview Tuesday morning for a part-time, college-level language teaching job. I want the job, I'd be good at it, and I have experience teaching this subject. But I have literally zero experience with job interviews. Fellow Mefites, please share your interview wisdom generally, and specifically, help me come up with (a) a list of questions to be ready for and (b) some questions to ask on my part. [more inside]
What are the best ways to digitally record iPhone calls and Skype calls on a Mac? I do a lot of interviews and I'm always trying out new ways of recording them (legally), but I feel like the magic solution is still out there. Apps, Audacity workarounds, Google voice--what's your preferred method?
My boss got pregnant right after I was hired and went on maternity leave about 9 mos after my hire date. This has not been great for our work, so I'm interviewing for new jobs. How do I spin this? [more inside]
I think I more or less lied by omission in a job interview that I had a bit over a week ago. I am feeling a bit guilty about it and kind of mad at myself. Do those feelings seem warranted given the situation? Would this be a red flag for you as an employer if you found out about it? [more inside]