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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

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

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

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

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

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I'm searching for a new job. What are some tips or things to look out for so I can avoid being in another toxic work environment? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Well, this is awkward...

A week after interviewing with a company - a vendor in my industry - they are now partnering with my company as we will be using their product. The man I interviewed with is even on email threads and possible phone meetings with me. What's the most professional way to handle? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

I would like to not wear pants.

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]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 16 answers

I'm DESPERATE--HOW do fed employees get interviews?

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]
posted by GeniPalm on May 18, 2015 - 23 answers

Should I bring up negative Glassdoor reviews in an interview?

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]
posted by shiggins on Apr 20, 2015 - 32 answers

Post-interview follow-up

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]
posted by schooley on Apr 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I cancel this job interview?

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]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 17, 2015 - 17 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

Best way to answer the interview question, "How's your attendance?"

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]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Nov 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Job interview went well...but I left someone out

I had a job interview last week that I think went pretty well. However, I've realized in my online application I didn't put down a reference that I probably should have. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Sep 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Is this phone screen unreasonable?

Just got sprung with a phone screen and wondering if it was unreasonable--any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Interviews are done. Now what?

When is it appropriate to follow-up with a hiring manager after interviews (and reference checks) have been completed? I did ask for a timeline during the interview and I was told that they would be in touch "soon". The posting stated that they wanted someone to start in early October, when the position becomes vacant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 7 answers

How to leave work for job interviews?

I was just placed on a civil service test list, and canvassing letters and interview offers are coming in - which is good. Not so good is that I'm working full time and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get out of work for an hour here and an hour there to go on these interviews without raising any of my bosses' suspicions. Any tried and true ways to be out of work for an hour or so, more than once a week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 - 35 answers

Accomodations for heavy lifting -- interview question

I have an interview next week. One requirement is to be able to life 40 pound files, but I have a lifting restriction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2014 - 12 answers

What questions should I ask an insider?

I am beginning the application process for a much-desired position. One of my good friends works in a similar position for the same company on the other coast. I will definitely have her ear during the application and interview process, and I want to make the most of being able to pump her for information. However, I don't even know where to begin. What questions should I ask her that will give me usable insight into the company, that I can turn around and use to strengthen my resume (and hopefully land and ace an interview)?
posted by tippy on Mar 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I mention sexual harassment in a job interview?

The primary reason I'm interviewing for another job two months into a new position is because this potential job is a better fit with my interests and will better prepare me to move forward in the field. The secondary reason is because I want to escape the subtle but frequent and unwelcome sexual harassment going on at my current job and the office culture that is aware of this one man's behavior but doesn't see it as a problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Did I box myself in with a low salary?

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]
posted by Two Stranger on Apr 30, 2013 - 14 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

Subject matter for a job interview micro training session

What are some ideas on subject matter for a 15 minute training session, for a second round job interview. [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Mar 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Survey/Interview Data Collection Tool Needed

I will be traveling to a remote location to interview key informants for a research project. I am looking for a convenient interface which to enter the data. [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Don't send me passive aggressive emails during a hurricane please. It is the last straw.

Requesting assistance with how to explain in interviews why I am leaving, how/who to ask for references, and maybe just a gauge on whether it really is toxic or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I disclose my mental health issues to a prospective (and former) employer?

Last year I quit my job due to depression and anxiety. I now have an interview with my former employer for the same job. Should I disclose my mental health issues during the interview as an explanation for my progressively lazy work attitude and subsequent quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Asking Questions about Money and Working Hours During A Job Interview

I have a job interview coming up on Wednesday next week. I want to ask some questions regarding working hours and money. Should I, and if so, how should I frame the questions? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 5, 2012 - 16 answers

The path to programming rockstardom

What distinguishes the ninja/rockstar (Ruby) programmer from the understated kind? [more inside]
posted by vega on Aug 13, 2012 - 17 answers

intervew + funeral

How to handle interview + time off for funeral? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Aug 6, 2012 - 8 answers

I accidentally re-sent my follow up letter to a job I applied for

I have applied for a job at a small nonprofit. Last night I accidentally re-sent them my follow up letter instead of forwarding it to a relative to read. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Jul 25, 2012 - 15 answers

A day late and a note short?

Please help me with post-interview thank-you note timing. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Best practices for approaching busy ex-employers for reference? And how to explain longer stay at university?

I'm a new grad entering the workforce. What's the best way for me to approach busy busy BUSY ex-bosses (so busy they have phone gatekeepers, cuz they're always on the phone with Very Important People) to use them as a reference? I left them on good terms, but it's been at least two years and no contact in between. Several related questions ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I be paid for the work I produced in this interview?

I recently attended a job interview which included a copywriting test - I was given some facts about an upcoming event and asked to write a press release. I did not get the job, however, the press release was released exactly as I wrote it (without my byline) and was picked up by a small local news blog and a local religious newspaper, as well as being used in the organisation's internal newsletter. The headline I wrote was also tweeted with a link to the event info on the organisation's website. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Manager promised what she couldn't deliver

Feel like I got massively screwed over at work for being a trusting idiot - should I make a fuss or just let it go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 23 answers

What Not To Wear: The Interview Edition. Help!

Okay. Mr. Anonnymoose is interviewing for an IT position at a large company that is well-known for its offbeat aesthetic. We are very excited! But we have no clue what he should wear. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Feb 8, 2012 - 30 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Wanted: Minions (Equal Opportunity Employer!)

Human Resources Voodoo: How does one land a supervisory position without ever having really supervised anyone? [more inside]
posted by jph on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

"give a talk"-style technical interview

There's a computer programming type job I'm going to apply for where the interview process includes a "give a talk to your future team" component. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

of course when it rains, it pours.

I have a job, which I've held since March '11. And now I have two interviews. I'm not sure I'm ready to leave my current job, but one of the interviews is for a much more prestigious company. How do I play this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 - 10 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

Take this job and ... give it to me!

Help me ace this job interview, where they're looking for someone to "support a bazillion printers and MFDs for a crap-ton of users and offices all over the world." (my translation of the HR-speak) [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on May 30, 2011 - 5 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

You mean you spent your time making money? For shame, for shame.

Trying to enter the field two years after completing my masters: How to spin/represent my unrelated work experience since then? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 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

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

Potential hostile interviewer

Should I even go to this job interview? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Mar 8, 2011 - 19 answers

courting the tallest companies on earth

What do I need to learn, and what experiences do I need to attain to get a top software development job? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Need strategies for dealing with rejection at work

Can you help me prepare to not get an internal job offer at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 12 answers

I would give you a heads of but I would like to keep my head.

I am in the process of applying for a new job. I have not told my current employer that I am doing so. I would prefer that my new perspective employer not contact my current one. What do you do when they say they will need to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 4 answers

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