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Lost on the internet: Good Job interview questions list

I have to conduct job interview soon, a task I do not enjoy. I came across a list in the last year of interesting creative job interview questions that were not B.S. ping pong balls on a 747 and were a little more creative than read me your resume, but flesh it out. I recall the list being long (200+?) and a power point. Does this ring a bell? Where can I find it? My google-fu is google-fu....., you know what I mean.
posted by history is a weapon on Dec 6, 2016 - 4 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

What to wear to a skilled trade job interview within local government?

Men: should my husband cut his beloved ponytail for a job interview in local government? Also some attire advice would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on May 17, 2015 - 23 answers

In search of job interview tips for teaching ESL to adults

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]
posted by tapir-whorf on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me not fuck up this job interview.

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]
posted by zeri on Oct 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Interview: should I mention that my current position is ending?

I'll be interviewing for a new position next week. I'm worried that if they ask why I'm leaving my current job, and I tell them that my current position is going will no longer have funding within a 6 months, I will give up some potential salary if it comes to salary negotiation. Is that a valid worry and if so, should I not mention that and just go with other (also true) reasons such as "I'm no longer feeling challenged"?
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Help for a Blackboard noob

Soon I will be interviewing for an instructional designer position at a university. What should I do to beef up on Blackboard as well as general interviewing topics for an instructional designer? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jan 29, 2014 - 4 answers

What should I ask at an academic job interview?

I am starting a two day academic job interview tomorrow. What questions should I ask? Bonus question: Do I want this job? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Jan 15, 2014 - 10 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

New job, old presentation template?

I will be giving a talk at a job interview, about scientific research that I did several years ago. The powerpoint slides use the (somewhat gaudy) template of my former employer, the institution that funded the research. Should I keep the template or change it? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Sep 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Job Interview: Do I tell them why I want a new job?

I have a job interview this Friday. It is in a city 90 minutes from where I currently live, and 30 minutes from where my wife currently lives. Looking at my resume, it's obvious I'm having a good career at my current place of work, steadily getting promotions and increased responsibility. If I was an interviewer, it would be in the back of my mind, "Why's this guy looking for a new job? Problems where he is now?" I know they can't ask about my personal life and reasons for relocating, but does anyone think it would be weird to tell them I'm applying for this job because I want to live in the same city as my wife? Of course, I'd also tell them I'm applying for the job because of the skills and value I can bring to the organization, my prior experience gives a unique perspective from both sides of the desk, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 22 answers

How would you want to be turned down for a job?

I'm in the process of interviewing mid-senior level candidates and would like to let them know when they are not making it to the next level in the process. If you were a job hunter in this situation what would you want to hear while being turned down for further consideration? I'm looking for an email script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Jul 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Do I smell bad or something?

Over the last several months, I've noticed a job hunting pattern. I apply for a job. I get called for an interview. Yay! However, despite going on MANY interviews over the past 8-9 months, I'm not able to actually close the deal. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

How do I say "Psst...I'm still available for that 9-to-5..."?

I interviewed for this position over a month ago, and it went really well. According to a family friend who also works there (and informed me of the available position to begin with), I was a top contender for the job, but they ultimately went with another person with experience, whereas I had none (even though it was entry level - but I get it, experience is better than lack thereof. No hard feelings here). PLOT TWIST: Two days ago, I find out via friend that they just discovered this new person lied about having a degree, so she's as good as gone. Friend suggested I send a nonchalant email to remind them of my existence, hinting at the fact that I'm still available. How do I do this subtly without it sounding awkward as hell after over a month? I don't think I'm supposed to know about this turn of events because friend was pretty hush hush about it, and I certainly don't want to throw friend under the bus or get him in trouble. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by slightlyamused on May 21, 2013 - 11 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

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

Should I tell my coworker/friend about my upcoming job interview?

I just landed an interview for a job I really want, and I'm very excited about it. I'm seeing a coworker, also a very good friend, for dinner tonight. Should I tell her about it? [more inside]
posted by eleanor_of_aquitaine on Jan 18, 2013 - 27 answers

What's different about a corporate interview (if anything)?

What should I know about interviewing for a corporate job that I don't already know from interviewing for public sector/public health jobs? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Aug 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Please help me prepare for a market research job interview

I have an interview at a market research company next week! Which is great, except that I've been in school for physics for the last 7 years and I know next to nothing about the field. Can you give me resources, tips or tricks to prepare for this interview? [more inside]
posted by auto-correct on May 27, 2011 - 7 answers

What do I do in a group interview for a job?

How do I handle being in a group interview for a job tomorrow? I understand that more and more employers are interviewing this way lately, and I've never been interviewed for a job this way before. [more inside]
posted by JustDerek on May 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How do you respond to "Tell me about yourself" in a job interview?

How do you respond to "Tell me about yourself" in a job interview? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Apr 3, 2011 - 19 answers

Top job candidate was sloppy, didn't hew to gender norms, during the interview. Now what?

I'm having a hard time sussing out whether a recent job candidate's informality (and non-adherence to gender norms) should be a major warning sign, eye-rollingly insignificant, or somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 - 84 answers

Help me prepare for my programming interview!

I'm a computer programmer, and have an exciting job interview lined up. Yaaay! Help me prepare by suggesting some difficult (but reasonable) programming interview questions to practice on. Also, I would appreciate any general advice you have for succeeding at programming interviews. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Oct 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Not Enough Applicants For Library Position

Interviews for a job I really, really want postponed because there were "not enough applicants." Help me understand this and maximize my chances. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 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

pre-interview etiquette filter

Pre-interview etiquette: I've received a schedule for a job interview, a good half hour of which is pegged for a practical exercise. I'm not sure what this would entail in the context of the job, and I would like a little more information about it. Is it acceptable to email the HR officer I've been corresponding with asking for a rough idea of what the exercise is? How can I phrase this without sounding like I'm asking for a cheat-sheet? [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Mar 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Linear regression is... uh... something to do with residuals? (Shit.)

I have some interviews coming up. Anybody with a statistics-related profession.... please help me out with answering technical questions in my job interviews! (A bit on the long side...) [more inside]
posted by veol on Nov 12, 2009 - 4 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

Interview scheduling etiquette?

Interview etiquette: do I call to follow-up on scheduling an appointment for an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it ok to ask for a phone interview rather than face to face if you have a legit reason?

Is it alright to ask for a phone interview instead of face to face because of the large distance between where I live and a possible job? [more inside]
posted by Jason Land on May 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me cram for a sports proficiency test!

Help me cram for a sports proficiency test! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Post Interview Note dilemma, who to send thank you note to?

Post Interview Note dilemma: Second interview, two people interviewed me, but I only got the first name of one of them. What's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Third time's the charm?

I have been called back for a third interview for a job I really want. Seven people have already interviewed me. What on earth could be left to ask? [more inside]
posted by corey flood on Nov 3, 2008 - 13 answers

So what do academics interviews consist of?

What to expect at an interview for an academic teaching post? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Sep 4, 2008 - 9 answers

Immature party animal or unstable mental patient?

My first job interview is coming up and I'm wondering which is the lesser of two evils to disclose. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2008 - 34 answers

velvet glove for the iron fist?

Help my friend not be misperceived so that she can get a job! My friend is super smart, very industrious, a wonderful team member but... makes faces and has a certain demeanor that makes people think that she has, as one person put it, "an attitude problem." This label is TOTALLY NOT deserved, but I do understand why people might get this impression. What can she do to ensure that she comes off as more "likable" in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Apr 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Defending my depression

How do I defend my mild depression against a HR Director? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic on Jul 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Interviewing for a job with another offer already out there

I was offered a job that starts next week. I have an interview tomorrow for a job I'd rather have. How should I approach this during the interview? [more inside]
posted by apple scruff on Jun 6, 2007 - 10 answers

How to handle a phone interview

I recently had a terrific first interview for a position at a very nice four-star hotel. I'm scheduled for a follow-up phone interview in a few days during which I will be asked a few "general business questions about my background". What sort of questions should I expect? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Nov 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Dealing with unusual job interview questions.

Dealing with odd job interview questions (What kind of a fruit am I?) [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Oct 11, 2006 - 27 answers

Am I being discriminated against?

I just had a great job interview, and I should be a lock for this job. But I'm worried they might not hire me because I have a baby. Is this sex discrimination? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Sep 21, 2006 - 26 answers

Can I undo a bad interview answer?

Should a job interview faux pas be addressed in a thank you email? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Jun 19, 2006 - 18 answers

How to ace a committee interview?

InterviewFilter: Help me ace an interview with a hiring committee -- of my current and former professors! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on May 13, 2006 - 8 answers

Case Interview Tips

Case Interview Tips. I'm applying to several business analyst/consulting jobs that require a case interview as part of the screening process. I've never done one of these and I'd like to hear your experiences with them. [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Feb 14, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me prepare for my upcoming job interview

I've got a marathon job interview coming up, and I'm looking for advice on: a professional purse or briefcase I can use; how to stay energized, alert and upbeat for two consecutive days; cultural things I should be aware of in northeast Florida. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2005 - 15 answers

Post-Interview Etiquette

Is it a good idea to follow up on an interview to see if or when you'll be hired? If so, how soon after the interview? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on May 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Interviewing a Shoe-In

Ridiculous Job-Interview Filter: We have a new person coming on my team at work. He's actually been filling in for someone (as a project manager) for a couple months and doing a great job. Due to HR formalities, we had to post the formal job opening for a week. No other people submitted for the job, and he doesn't have to interview to get hired, but he doesn't know that. We've decided to 'initiate' him with a stressful interview... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by skechada on Feb 9, 2005 - 62 answers

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