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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

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

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

How can I land this management job with no management experience?

I've been out of work for 4 months. I'm in the running for a management job. I don't have any management experience except a senior position in which I led the team for 5 months because my manager left her job. And that was 8 years ago. How can I pitch myself as the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by OrderOctopoda on Jul 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Are potential employers finding something negative in my background?

Is there a way to find out if potential employers are finding something negative in my background check? [more inside]
posted by bolquist on Jul 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I tell interviewers that I was on a Performance Improvement Plan?

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]
posted by bolquist on Apr 26, 2015 - 12 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

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]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

What to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my job?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Keys to post-in person interview etiquette?

Last Thursday, I had a job interview for a position that I'm really interested in. I think the interview went really well, but I want to make sure that I bring this baby home, so I'm curious about the best approach for communicating with the search committee post-interview. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Laid off after two months on the job. How to explain at interviews?

50 Year Old Male, IT Busines Dev/Vendor Mgr role. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Applying for the job next door.

I want to apply for a job that, unfortunately, happens to be located a few floors below mine in the same office building I currently work in. We're talking about 20 floors total in the building, so it's not a huge place. If I get an interview, how do I make this work? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Feb 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Hate my boss, not paid enough. How do I phrase that in an interview?

I want a new job. Why? Because my second-level manager is a jerkoff and because I don't get paid enough. How do I spin this in a future interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Good job offer's deadline is up, but a preferred job offer is incoming.

I have a good job offer in hand, but the deadline was today, and a preferred job offer is close enough that they say they're just waiting for the offer letter to be signed. Special details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm not sure how to go into an upcoming job negotiation.

Hi! I was just offered a job and will go in to negotiate the details of my employment. I'll be working for a company based in a European country that is trying to expand into the U.S. It's a sales position that will have me travelling around the northeast selling their product in specialty stores. [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Employment scam or legit invite?

I've been job searching for the past couple of months. Some online listings compel you to apply for them through a recruiter site. I try to avoid doing this, because I've been spammed as a result by sites like Careerbuilder.com who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Interview advice

I had a phone interview last week that I thought I bombed. But, apparently I did good enough to land an in-person interview on Thursday. I'd like some advice on where in between "Fake it till you make it" and "lay your cards on the table" I should be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Apr 29, 2013 - 24 answers

I can do the job, mostly, really

I have a tricky job-application scenario: basically, I can do all the requirements that were advertised, but I have excellent reason to believe they expect the person in the position to semi-regularly do something my health prevents me from doing at all. How do I handle this in the application/resume process? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Apr 23, 2013 - 10 answers

HR Interviews and Unorthodox Employment History

I'm an ABD Ph.D student pursuing a really awesome job opportunity as my next step. The firm has moved on to asking me to interview with HR to talk about my employment history, relationship with supervisors, etc. I have a solid resume, but I have one element of my recent history that's complex and difficult to explain. It's not complex-bad, just complex, and I'm not sure how to pitch it to HR. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2013 - 11 answers

I promise I'm actually a good employee!

I have an upcoming job interview for a fairly sales-oriented position in business. Putting aside that I'm not sure I want the position yet and that in my eyes it counts against the company that they put stock in this sort of thing, the company is about to send me a personality test which they use as a strong hiring indicator. I would prefer to ace the test, whatever that means, and have my actual interview and position discussion determine hiring. How should I go about answering a test that I don't believe will be reflective of my personality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Fired. Helped me get hired again.

How do I talk about being fired in future job interviews? Advice and encouragement needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

This was stressful enough the first time!

I declined an offer from company A to work at company B. My contract was cut short due to rebudgeting/reprioritizing projects, totally out of the left field. I ate humble pie, and asked company A if they are still looking to add to their team. They said they'll get back to me in a week. In the meantime I've been contacted by and interviewed at company C and discovered that I love them to death. They love me. They're going to make an offer in the next few days, and I so badly want to take it. I just don't want to appear a crappy offer declining jerk to company A! Argh! [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Oct 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Phone interview on vacation...sounds good but please read.

First of all, let me say I am thankful for getting a phone interview offer....read on and apologies for the ramble and poor writing style here. Please bear with me here for a bit. I had a job interview in a city I had hoped to move back to two weeks ago, and didn't get it. Like most others applicants, I prepared very well and studied, talked to myself, etc. so, it is what it is. I desire to get back to this place where my wife's family and my friends are and where I have lived for 15 years (Indianapolis). I've been extremely stressed out, have anxiety problems but have meds to help. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

What the heck is an interview challenge activity?

My wife has a job interview coming up. She just got the schedule and it is a two-hour interview including a one hour "activity challenge." What can she expect? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Awkward reference quandry... how to proceed?

It it unwise to bank on a prospective employer not calling my references unless I am interviewed? I'm applying for a job that is admittedly a long shot, and I’d rather not call and ask people to be my references unless I am actually in the running (for various snowflake reasons detailed at length within). Is it a horrendous faux pas to list references without asking their permission, if I'm fairly certain I won’t get called for an interview? On the other hand, is it a horrendous faux pas not to send references with my resume and cover letter, when the job posting specifically asks for them? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jun 25, 2012 - 15 answers

I'd love to work here...in two months.

I have an interview tomorrow. I had a phone interview that went well enough that they’ve asked me to meet other people on the team in person. The job seems like a good fit for my skills and based on what I’ve learned so far, I’d like the job. The issue: I’ve planned a month-long trip for July. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

How to get a supervisor recommendation when policy says I can't.

I am currently wanting to apply for some job openings within my field (library) and external. Per the norm, the employer wants at least one current work recommendation from a supervisor. The problem: at my workplace no employees are allowed to give work recommendations based on issues of legality that would make the library liable. How in the hell do I then put down a recommendation from a boss who likes me but will not do a recommendation? My previous job experience though not spotty was in retail with no promotion to speak of. I have been also using my professor(s) from grad school 6 years ago who happily remembers my scholastic performance. What would you do? Thanks for your thoughts.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Thank You Emails?

I want to send some post-interview thank you emails, but I don't have the email addresses of the people I interviewed with. Should I email the recruiting contact asking for the email addresses, or just leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by naju on Nov 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Should my resume note that video game credits are not trustworthy?

job hunt / resume question (creative/tech positions). I worked in the video game industry, and am applying for positions outside that industry. Should I include in my resume a note that video game credits are often inaccurate and checking them does not substitute for contacting an employer if seeking confirmation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I quit a job I just started?

How can I make time to interview for new jobs after just taking a job that I don't like? And, how do I explain to new companies why my availability to interview is so limited? [more inside]
posted by daveindc on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Corporate Job vs. Nanny?

Corporate Job vs. Nanny, need appropriate questions to ask. (See within for more details) [more inside]
posted by lonemantis on Jul 7, 2011 - 19 answers

How to mention that you're unemployed without sounding desperate on your blog

I'm trying to fill out my bio section which anyone who clicks my name on the blog, and I'm wondering if there is a casual and witty, but sincere way of writing it to let people know that I'm available for unemployment (or should I mention it at all)? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Long Distance Job Searching

What, if anything, can I do now to have a productive - and hopefully successful - job search six months from now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Give me this job or I will break your knee caps? Pretty please?

Need advice about how to proceed in getting a really awesome job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Interviewing Potential Employees

Tomorrow I have to interview 15 applicants for a position we opened in our company. It's the first time i've been on the other side. The position is for a new warehouse employee. Not the most mentally demanding position. What are some of the questions I should be asking the applicants?
posted by aadoremus on Jan 10, 2011 - 26 answers

Looking for telltale interview signs

After going to a job interview, are there any telltale hints or signs that can help you have a basic idea if you're going to be hired or not?
posted by antgly on Oct 24, 2010 - 35 answers

Should I tell my interviewer I didn't work becaue I was married?

Re-entering the workforce. What are some guidelines for mentioning my divorce in job interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I go about interviewing for and working at a fast food restaurant?

I am a 30 year old man about to go for a job interview... flipping burgers for a certain clown. I'd appreciate any hints or tips on how to approach the interview. And when I get the job, how do I handle that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I tell interviewers that I'm suing my ex-employer?

I'm suing my former job. Should I (How should I) tell folks I'm interviewing with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

How, and when, do I tell prospective employers that I am a non-driver?

How, and when, do I tell prospective employers that I am a non-driver? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 - 26 answers

I'd like some advice on giving an academic job talk.

I'd like some advice on giving an academic job talk. [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Sep 4, 2009 - 11 answers

I really want to work for you, but if that's not going to happen then I really want to go to Europe.

Following up on a second job interview: they said the selection process would be "very quick." It's now been two weeks without hearing back from them. Do I follow up? I'd be happy to be patient, but there's a twist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Nah, that's just a watermelon under my dress

Does anyone have any experience with how to handle interviewing for a job while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jul 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Time off for "dead grandmother"?

I'm in a not great situation at my current employer and am actively looking for a new job. How do I come up with reasons why I have to leave work for interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2009 - 30 answers

Should I keep a straight face?

Will smiling really sink my job prospects? [more inside]
posted by non sum qualis eram on Jul 7, 2009 - 17 answers

Questions about PR job interview

Oh my! I've been shortlisted for a PR job at a university. AskMe, what might they ask me at the interview, and have you any tips as to how I ought answer? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jun 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Asked for tax returns during interview? Legal/Illegal?

Can a prospective employer ask for my previous 2 years tax returns? [more inside]
posted by thinktwice on Apr 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Employees are like Rail-cars... if you don't replace us as 3% a year, you'll be screwed down the line...

JobSearchFilter: How do I explain years of non-documented interest and knowledge in an interview, and where can I look to search for shipping industry employment? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Mar 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me wow them with a good first impression!

I will be e-mailing my resume to a company that is hiring for an operations management position. My experience and knowledge seems to line up perfectly with what they are looking for. They included a phone number in the employment ad. I want to call shortly after I send my resume and introduce myself as I am sure they are receiving hundreds of resumes. Other than, "Hi. My name is so-and-so and I was calling to see if the position is still open," what are some ways to leave an impression and engage the HR manager in a brief conversation?
posted by ieatwords on Jan 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Will Company A wait for me while I interview at Company B? (3-4 weeks from now?)

I am likely to soon get a job offer from Company A. Yesterday, Company B called to schedule an interview for a few weeks from now. I would prefer to work at Company B, but if I didn't get the job, I would want to work at Company A. How do I handle this delicate situation, seeing as we're talking about almost a month until I would have an answer from Company B? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Nov 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Exactly how screwed am I?

How big of a deal is it to be looking for a job without a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2008 - 12 answers

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