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how to ace a video interview with a panel of people? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Aug 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Please help me prepare for this interview tomorrow morning

I have an interview tomorrow at a start-up company as a client operations manager. I have not had this sort of experience but this is actually my second 'interview' with them! The first interview was via email and I basically said everything which is why I am worried now because I don't want to repeat myself. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by akita on Aug 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Returning a phone call on the weekend?

I received a phone call regarding a resume I submitted. I submitted yesterday and the potential employer called me on Saturday morning (rather early, before 9 AM). I returned the call within twenty minutes and left a voicemail. I would like to follow-up with another call. Normally I would wait until the next business day, but being Sunday, that seems inappropriate. According to the v/m, he is looking to interview on Monday. Would it be OK to call later this afternoon, before 4 PM? Call early Monday morning? Thanks.
posted by tippy on Aug 6, 2016 - 12 answers

Never have enough to do - selling point in interview?

I have been working in offices for about ten years now and have yet to have a single job in which I did not have copious amounts of free time. Seems like no matter how many tasks get dumped off on me when other people leave the company, I still work so fast and efficiently that I'm sitting around bored for 3/4 of the day. I have an interview tomorrow. If I mention this, would it be a selling point or a red flag? [more inside]
posted by agress on Aug 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Help coming up with questions for monthly newsletter

Hi Metafilter, I am trying to spiffy up the monthly newsletter that is put out through my local mothers club. One feature I want to add is a monthly interview with a mothers club member who owns their own business/is in business for herself. I was thinking I would ask the same set of 3-5 interview questions to each person. I would love suggestions for questions that you think would be interesting in this regard. Also, I want to feature a different member family each month. Instead of asking them to provide the usual biographical blurb, I'd like to ask each family the same fun question each month. I also would love suggestions for what this question could be. Thank you!
posted by corn_bread on Jul 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Can I give a recruiter a fake SSN?

I've seen a number of posts asking about the safety of giving out the last 4-5 of your SSN, but if I want to pursue something and they insist, is there any reason not to give them an alternate number? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jun 24, 2016 - 13 answers

How to give a good informational interview

A few times a year, I receive requests for informational interviews from recent graduates interested in entering my field. I'm always happy to accommodate these requests, but I want to make sure I'm not overlooking any key information or advice that I could be passing on. If you've given informational interviews yourself, or if you're someone who has benefited from good informational interviews as you got started in your field, I'd like to hear from you! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Don't you want me, baby?

Found out I'm not a potential employer's first pick. Do I keep interviewing, or take myself out of the running? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Jun 14, 2016 - 23 answers

Can I get to there from here?

Help me solve my transportation conundrum! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on May 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Should I ask to postpone this job interview?

I've started applying to school jobs that start next fall because I am on maternity leave until then. Not knowing how long the interview processes would take, I got started before the baby arrived. Now that she's here I'm getting requests for interviews and I'm not sure if I'm ready to take them! Some slightly TMI details inside. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 27, 2016 - 13 answers

getting sick before temp agency interview

Is this temp agency going to write me off as unreliable because I got sick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Name and network of a cable TV interview show?

Anyone know the name/station of a recent cable TV interview show shot in high contrast black and white? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Apr 19, 2016 - 2 answers

An embarrasment of possibilities...

Help me finesse interviewing for two different positions with the same organization, please. I have a preference, but I would be happy to be offered either. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Apr 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Going for a Paralegal interview with no legal certification.

I have an interview coming up for the role of a Paralegal and would need your advice on how to prepare for it! I have zero paralegal background/qualifications. [more inside]
posted by eustaciavye87 on Apr 11, 2016 - 13 answers

When can you start? "Not until after my surgery"

While interviewing for a new job, you may been asked when you can start working at that company. If that date is a little farther out, would that impact your chances at being hired? [more inside]
posted by INFJ on Apr 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Ideas for tests + questions for job candidate interviews?

What are your favorite ways to verify specific skills/qualities of job candidates in the interview process? [more inside]
posted by grayber on Apr 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Impostor Syndrome: The Job Interview version

I recently got invited to interview for what appears to be a dream job a couple of days after applying. Intellectually, I know that they've seen my resume and liked it enough to invite me in. In my heart, I'm feeling ridiculously intimidated and anxious about it being a job I'm underqualified for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2016 - 17 answers

New York Bar Admittance Character and Fitness Interview

I'm scheduled to have my character and fitness interview (second department) soon. I don't have any special character and fitness concerns, but I'm very curious about what these interviews are like: how long do they last, what sort of questions are typically asked, can the interviewee refer to notes, etc. A little googling around hasn't turned up much information.
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 - 15 answers

Hey recruiter/hiring managers

How to avoid to disclose current salary without upsetting anyone. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Mar 4, 2016 - 20 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

Help me find a video-conference suite in Troy (or Albany), New York

Dear hivemind, I need your help! For some reason, Google Fu is failing me, and I am extremely short of time. Sometime today, I need to find a hardware-based videoconferencing suite in Troy, NY or Albany, NY, for a job interview I'll have on March 8 while visiting the area for a separate interview on March 7. To make things more complicated, I'll need to do one meeting at 5:45am EST and another at 9:45am EST. The (foreign) institution that is interviewing me, has not been very helpful. All they've said is that I'll need to find a suite that is compatible with a Tandberg Edge 95MXP system. And they want to do a test run on March 1. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 25, 2016 - 9 answers

"We’ll be in touch." (sigh)

I had a bad interview today. Help me stop obsessing over it. [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow on Feb 22, 2016 - 16 answers

Interesting Interview Questions ideas

I am interviewing someone for a fairly senior role in planning (marketing) soon. What are some of your favorite interesting interview questions (no brain teasers) that enable you to learn about a person in a non-"whats your weakness" way. Thanks in advance!
posted by mooselini on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

How far does reference checking go?

I was fired from a job like 5 years ago, and I am thinking of just saying that I was laid off if I am asked “why I left”. I am not planning to give any references from that company but I heard that sometimes they will call the company and fish around for a reference without you knowing. [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake on Feb 21, 2016 - 26 answers

Are you sure you want to reject me?

Should I contact the person who interviewed me for a job about a form rejection letter I received? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 1, 2016 - 22 answers

Question about TV interviews conducted through an interpeter

During a TV interview conducted through an interpreter, is the interviewer understanding what the interviewee is saying? How do these types of interviews work exactly? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Jan 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Follow-up or wait for non-responsive interviewer?

Interviewer asked for availability for a phone meeting early this week, hasn't responded to my e-mail. Should I wait or follow-up? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Applied for a research position, multiple labs responded. What do I do?

I applied to intern/assist at a number of research labs under the same university, and unexpectedly received multiple positive replies asking to meet in person. I don't think each professor knows I applied to other professors at the same university at this point, but they probably all know each other. How do I handle this properly and politely? (I don't want to offend anyone...) Help! (Longer explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2016 - 12 answers

Questions for Interviewing Kids

We'd like to video record interviews of our kids (currently 5 and 3) at the end of each year and would like suggested questions to ask them. Ideally, these same questions can be asked each year. So far we've come up with questions like, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and "who is your best friend?" We're not as interested in "Kids Say the Darndest Things" style questions. In addition to suggested questions, if you've done this sort of thing before, we'd appreciate any advice on executing this effectively.
posted by i love cheese on Dec 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Questions to ask artists?

What sort of questions would you like to ask of a couple of artists who've just completed a project, one where they produced a drawing every day for a year?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

How to navigate the 'current boss as work reference' Catch-22?

I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Not-terrible, sub-$50 microphone for iPhone for interviewing parents?

Not-terrible, sub-$50 microphone for iPhone for interviewing parents? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 18, 2015 - 5 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Help evaluating a job offer: consulting/defense contractor

They have moved very quickly: red flag? How much stock should I place in Glassdoor reviews? Is any "consultant" title a useful foot in the door to the industry? Is this uninspiring salary reasonable given my background? Intricacies below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Dammit Jim, I'm a photographer, not a videographer!

I'm in need of an upgrade on my video tools, but I don't even know if I should be looking at a camcorder or a cheap DSLR. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Oct 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Protocol for interviewing for a new job when you've just started another

I need to know if mentioning on an interview that I've just started working a new job is advisable or not. Is it frowned upon to be searching for a new job so quickly, or is it seen as being proactive? Are you supposed to stay on a job you don't think is a good fit just because it's only been a month? These are questions I am wrestling with as I prepare for an interview on Monday. If there are any federal employees or HR folks who can advise on this, I would be so appreciative. [more inside]
posted by GeniPalm on Oct 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Former colleague on interview panel

A former colleague will be on the panel for an upcoming interview. I'm curious if anyone in this forum has had a similar experience or, if not, if anyone has any thoughts on how to approach it. [more inside]
posted by bolquist on Oct 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Interviewing family: what questions to ask on a recurring basis?

I have a family interview project in mind. I've read some great ideas in AskMe, and have read through StoryCorps and Smithsonian resources. For the most part, what I've read pertains to one-time oral history projects. My project is a little different: I'd like to conduct short 1-on-1 interviews with immediate family (about 10 people), and repeat these interviews every few years. I'd love some question suggestions. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Interview help? A matter of paying dues.

On Friday, a 5-person panel will interview me for an internal promotion. 2 of the 5 are self-described "grumpy." Tips for winning them over? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Oct 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Best practices for following up on a job offer?

I interviewed for a position with a big and well-known international firm. Last Wednesday I was told by the HR person that they wanted to make an offer, and that while they were having trouble meeting my salary demands, she was aiming to send an offer to me by end of the week or latest beginning of this week. Now that it's Thursday and I haven't heard anything, is it better to follow up again (and at least potentially get closure if the offer has fallen through), or sit tight and keep waiting? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 1, 2015 - 8 answers

explaining that you were fired

Does admitting in an interview that you were fired ever turn out to be a job offer in the end? Especially if it involves getting fired from a job 4 years ago or even longer? I do want to tell the truth, but telling the truth does not seem to be practical, since companies are ready to write you off very quickly with such an answer. I once admitted it in an interview and the hiring manager looked shocked all of a sudden, left the room, and said that the next person who was going to interview me was too busy and had a work emergency. I think that admitting being fired is only safe when you have good experience and credentials, so that employers would forgive you for a little blemish in your career.
posted by pieceofcake on Sep 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Burning bridges by leaving unfinished work at your old job?

I was previously working at a medical supply company last year and left that job due to high turnover, low wage, and being 17-19 miles away from home. The current job that I have now is only 2.3 miles away from home although the pay was only $1 more. I work for a mental health insurance company. I've been there for 9 months now. I was hired as an administrative assistant, and I have found out the hard way after 4-5 months into the job that I'm not the best fit for the position. I also found out that the work environment is toxic along with a high turnover rate similar to my old job. Here is a couple of reasons for the toxic environment. & why I plan to leave. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Amateur Historian Seeking Advice on Interviewing Sources

I'm writing a book about an event in local history and I'm doing a lot of new research using primary sources. As part of this, I've been interviewing descendants of the parties involved. What is the protocol or best practice for sharing your findings with them? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

The promotion I deserve went to an external candidate. How do I cope?

After a long recruitment process, the promotion I worked so hard for, and was expecting, was offered to someone external to the organization. I didn't expect this, as I had been receiving a lot of feedback that I was doing very well from a lot of people on the interview team. Importantly, the one person I was not receiving that feedback from was the person who ultimately had the final say in the decision (the head of our organization). So, it's pretty clear that I was pretty much given a no confidence vote by the person who makes all the important decisions around here, and in whose hands my professional fate rests. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2015 - 24 answers

UK job interview etiquette

I'm a US citizen applying for jobs in London. I've excited to have been shortlisted and offered a couple of interviews. What should I expect? What should I wear? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pocksuppeteer on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 answers

What should I ask Margaret Atwood?

In about three weeks, I will be interviewing Margaret Atwood in front of a live audience as part of the promotional tour for her new novel. There will be some latitude to talk about her back catalogue and career as well as the new book. Tell me, Atwood fans, what should I ask her?
posted by him on Sep 6, 2015 - 16 answers

Please let the third time be the charm? Please??

We fired our nanny this morning. This is the second nanny we have gone through in five years. Please help me refine how to do my prep work so we can build a long-term relationship with the next person. [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Aug 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Job interview: 2nd cut

My HR interview went well (w/ help from the green), and now I'm scheduled to speak with the hiring manager ... [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Best day of the week for a job interview?

Hi - I'm being interviewed for a job and am being given the choice of day, from Mon - Thurs, so was wondering if the research shows whether one day of the week is better than another?
posted by tangyraspberry on Aug 20, 2015 - 13 answers

My 15 minutes soon to be lost!

I was interviewed by two television stations who later broadcast part of the interview. Both sent me a link to the story. The (formally) easy problem I have is to download the linked broadcast to my computer and eventually to a DVD archive. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 answers

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