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]
I need some help selecting an outfit for an interview which will be in the potential clients apartment. [more inside]
I’m scheduled for a phone interview with HR's recruiter. If it goes well, I’ll be invited in to talk with the hiring manager and others. What are the most likely questions I’ll face in this initial HR interview?
I am looking for a new job that is telecommute. That is my only reason for leaving. How do I address in interviews since "looking for a new challenge" doesn't exactly fit? [more inside]
Don't want to bother the recruiter, but at a loss for what to do [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 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]
The company I work for is being bought by another company and I have a phone interview this week with the new bosses, who are interested in keeping me on. This is pretty much my dream job already, so keeping it would be great ... but how? [more inside]
I just had my first phone interview for a prospective software engineering job, which was a ten minute phone call with an in-house recruiter. I wasn't expecting the topic of salary to come up this early in the process, which I grant was maybe naïve, but they asked me and I gave a lowball offer. Now I'm wondering whether I've screwed myself here. [more inside]
I have a job interview for an academic position. In the interview, is it OK to ask them what they think they are looking for? Details inside. [more inside]
How to keep from sounding nervous at the beginning of a faculty job talk? [more inside]
HR Filter: Can you ask in an interview if the person is a smoker? [more inside]
I'm in the process of interviewing for entry-level public defender positions, through both individual offices and fellowship programs. Can anyone offer any tips specific to interviews for this type of position? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the best way to present a felony conviction during the job application/interview process? [more inside]
I have to come up with a 250 word answer the following HR recruitment question: "What can X-company do to make sure it can operate effectively in a fast paced changing environment?" What do you think they want me to say? Are there certain "buzzwords" I should be using?
I started a new job a month ago but it's turned out to be totally different than what I expected - and I want out. I'm within the three month probation period, but how hard is it going to be to find a new job? More questions inside. [more inside]
In a whirlwind of a week and a half, I submitted a resume, got a phone interview, and a job interview scheduled for Monday so have been cramming. My question though is on handling outcome. I am so anxious that I need to somehow convince myself that it doesn't matter what happens. There are pros and cons for uprooting if I get the job and the same if I stay at my current job. Pay is the same, just be starting over, but would be near my family. Any Jedi mind tricks when things are uncertain?
It's been a week since I interviewed for a position, and I've not heard back yet. I need help drafting an email asking for an update, and also help on using one offer against another. [more inside]
Do you work at Microsoft? Please share the secrets of the Microsoft interview process. Because it's not working for me. [more inside]
I think I screwed up a phone interview. How can I make a rebound (if possible?) [more inside]
Tips for a job interview? My mom has never interviewed in her life but has a great opportunity to interview. How can I help her prepare? [more inside]
I am in the midst of applications for professional positions in my field. Often the people doing the hiring will fly interview candidates out to their location for a day-long interview process, which includes meals with people on the search committee. How can I gracefully request that they accommodate my vegan diet? [more inside]
I'm a current 1L in a mid-level law school about to interview for an externship at the nearby city's Government Relations office. I need to do a little preparing. [more inside]
How, and when, do I tell prospective employers that I am a non-driver? [more inside]
I'm applying for a programming job. I've had two steps of interviewing so far. What are they going to ask in the 3rd step? [more inside]
InterviewPrepFilter: I need to brush up on my numerical reasoning. I'm looking for ways to master things like word/story problems (probability, work-rate, distance), and some math review. I have good logic skills, but basic math can be confusing for me, esp. under pressure. Tutoring is not really an option and anything that is cram-friendly is also good. Any books, resources, tips, general guidance from math-y people ?
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]
I have an interview for a great job I think I am good for, but the interview is in two weeks. Do I keep applying for jobs in the meantime? [more inside]
What can I do to get an interview? [more inside]
Best ways to prep/study for CS Algorithm/Google style job interviews? [more inside]
Are you currently employed? Why did you leave your last job? [more inside]
In about six weeks I expect to have a technical interview for a graduate position with MS. What can I do between now and then to be as well prepared as possible? [more inside]
To follow up or not to follow up after an interview? [more inside]
Applying for a government job (what to reveal in the application and more) [more inside]
At what point in the job interview process is it appropriate to inquire what the salary might look like? [more inside]
How to bail on a Job Interview due to bad reference for the employer (doing the hiring) without stepping on toes? [more inside]
What to expect from a Google business related job interview [more inside]
How do you tell a potential employer that you're just not that into them? [more inside]
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]
Apple won't pay my travel expenses for an interview in London I attended a year ago despite saying they would (£50). Should I try to take them to the small claims court? What can I do? [more inside]
I am insanely nervous for an interview I have tomorrow for what is essentially my dream job. Any advice to avoid allowing my nerves to get the better of me and screwing it up? [more inside]
I sent an e-mail of panel ideas after an interview to a woman hiring for a well regarded film festival. I did not get the job but when I was looking at the panels months later, I was surprised to find most of my ideas were being used. Was there any way to protect myself? [more inside]
I need to interview someone for a Senior software developer position - what would you look for and what would you avoid? What the hell do I ask them?
Does anyone have any specific tips or experience with interviewing for a new position inside your own company? [more inside]
My wife is pregnant (yay!), but is currently between jobs (boooo). However, she currently has several positions she's applying to. At what point in the hiring process should she be divulging the fact that she will have to take maternity leave relatively soon?
What do you wear to interview for a job in uniform? [more inside]