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Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Q: Why are you leaving your job at XYZ? A: Because of my boss

So, when someone asks "why are you leaving your job at XYZ?" I'm looking for a good and truthful answer that doesn't leave me in a bad light. [more inside]
posted by jseven on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 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

First interview for a sworn police position.

I've scored a first interview for a sworn position with a local police department! What questions should I be preparing for? I am already preparing answers for: "why law enforcement?" "why this agency?" "what do you know about our city?" "what are your strengths/weaknesses?" "what is reasonable suspicion/probable cause?" "what are you doing to prepare yourself for the work?" "where do you see yourself in five years?" The interview is supposed to last about a half hour. [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Jul 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How to express interest in a job after the first interview?

Last week I interviewed for a job that, after the interview, I decided I really want. The interview went well in that I got out everything I wanted to get out. The moment I got home I wrote thank you emails. They said they'd be in touch in 7 to 10 days. This is day 7. Would it be appropriate to write again to express my interest in the position or, as I suspect, am I just being impatient, if not needy? I've read in these posts and elsewhere that a huge mistake job seekers make is not outright asking for the job. In my thank you emails, I wrote that I thought my skills were a perfect match for the position, that I could easily fit into the culture, and that I was very interested in the position. So, write again, or would that just be gilding the lily? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jul 23, 2013 - 13 answers

How do you interview for a Company Representative?

I have a meeting with an overseas company, to discuss their need for an east coast representative. They are expanding. It is a high-end, energy efficient product. I have some knowledge in the area, and the product, but more as a consumer, never as a rep, (with ANYONE) We have worked together a bit, but this would be a new role, relationship. I need some clues on how this might go; how might it be structured? what will they expect? how is compensation figured? I am inclined toward keeping my mouth shut, listening, and asking a few relevant questions. Interview hints 101.
posted by ebesan on Jul 18, 2013 - 3 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

What should I wear to an interview to be a teaching professor?

I have an interview next week for a teaching professor gig at the local college. What should I wear? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Jul 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me brainstorm presentation ideas for higher ed job interview

I have to give a 10-minute presentation as part of a job interview for a career advisor and instructor position in the career services office of the business school at a large public university. I'm having trouble coming up with ideas, and would love some help brainstorming. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Did I ask for too much money?

I’m being laid off, and my exit interview is tomorrow. I would like to ask the HR manager’s advice on what salary I should request at my next job. Help me work out how to phrase my question, please. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jun 27, 2013 - 16 answers

How to be a good interviewer

So we'll be hiring for an accounting assistant in about a month. I'll be reviewing the resumes, and conducting the majority of the interviews. I have interviewed people before, but it's been a while, and it was mostly for administrative positions. Can you suggest any resources for me to use to become a good interviewer? Books, blogs, etc? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetfairy on Jun 26, 2013 - 5 answers

It's interview question day. Here's mine.

I have an interview in a few weeks for a Project Administrator post. But a question about prioritising work has stumped me before. Can you help me be better prepared this time? [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Jun 26, 2013 - 5 answers

How to Purposefully Have a Bad Job Interview

I got myself into a situation where I have to go for a job interview for a customer service position at an insurance firm tomorrow. I do not want this job. For reasons I will explain inside, I cannot just say "I do not want this job." Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 58 answers

sent wrong copy of my resume

I applied to this job online by sending my resume, and after I was contacted by the HR lady, I told her that I had an updated version of my resume and so I sent it to her. A few days later, I then realized that I actually sent a wrong copy of my resume, which leaves off some of my education. It also erroneously outlined a job function that I did not actually do. The reason why it is wrong is because I didn't know how to word it precisely at first, but after a second draft (the correct version) I came up with a better description of what I did. So, do you guys think it will be fine if I email her the correct version of my resume and explain that I inadvertently sent her the wrong version? Or will it look bad? The interview is already set up by the way. Thanks.
posted by pieceofcake on Jun 15, 2013 - 7 answers

How much should I listen to bad "gossip" about a job candidate?

I am sitting-in on job interviews for a new position in our department. I can ask additional questions our boss doesn’t pose and I’m being asked for my input. This is a great opportunity, but there is one problem. One job candidate is an acquaintance and former co-worker of a former colleague of mine. Over the years, I have heard a good deal of third-party gossip about this individual regarding his integrity, his chauvinistic attitudes and several other very negative attributes. [more inside]
posted by 3fluffies on Jun 13, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I make a good "physical" portfolio?

I am a designer/art director and I've been reading that physical portfolios aren't dead just yet. How can I make a good impression the next time I'm in a job interview? Are there good resources for how to make one (materials, size, number of pages, ..)? Do I include a printed resume in there as well? Does it have to be a physical replica of my online website? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 11, 2013 - 7 answers

What should a man wear to tech job interviews in Seattle?

People appear to agree that in Silicon Valley, men should not wear a suit to software job interviews (and do khakis / button down shirt instead), and that on the East Coast a suit is still appropriate. What about Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond? Will a suit prevent me from getting the job? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup on Jun 7, 2013 - 18 answers

A million dollars would be nice, but I'll accept lower

Best ways to respond to the salary question during job interviews when the experience is more valuable then the paycheck? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me sound professional in a phone interview

I just found out that my phone interview tomorrow will actually be a conference call. How has this worked, in your experience? Also, please give me some phone interview tips. (Detailed questions inside) [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Jun 3, 2013 - 20 answers

How to say thanks

I had a job interview on Friday for a position I'm very excited about. I got the interview after speaking to a woman from this company at a job fair, who passed along my resume and promised to put in a good word for me since my advisor (who knows her professionally) spoke to her and vouched for me after I mentioned meeting her at the fair. I want to send her a thank you email but I could use some assistance on the details. [more inside]
posted by fox problems on May 27, 2013 - 5 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 just interviewed for a job and I have no idea if I want it or not.

Assuming I got an offer for this job, how should I make my decision? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on May 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for a specific Tarantino quote

Quentin Tarantino, in an interview, said something along the lines of, "The medium that I work in is the audience's emotions." I think that the interview was relatively recent, either about Inglourious Basterds or Django, and it may even have been referenced on Metafilter, but now that I'm looking for it, I can't find it. So, did he actually say something to this effect? If yes, where did he say it and what was the actual statement?
posted by frimble on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

I didn't get the job, but I have been sort of offered a better job?

I didn't get the job, but I have been sort of offered a better job at the same company in the future? Is there anything I can do besides wait? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How much should I persist in getting feedback for this interview?

I've already attempted contact twice, should I persist in getting feedback or move on? [more inside]
posted by glache on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I mention salary discussions in an interview thank you note?

Yesterday, I had a third interview with the same company and I want to send a followup note today. The interview went well until we got to salary discussions. I was caught off guard and did not respond as well as I should have. I already know I should have had her give me numbers first, but like I said, I was caught off guard when she asked me how much I was expecting. I told her what I made in my last position, which was in a very expensive city and now I’m in a small Midwestern city. I knew as the number was coming out of my mouth that I was saying the wrong thing. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on May 2, 2013 - 12 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

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

Should I contact my initial interviewer, or just wait?

I could really use some help regarding my follow-up to an interview... I'll keep the details short and to the point. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Advice on what to do before/during an interview to assess my Spanish?

I'm an intermediate Spanish speaker, and I have an interview in a couple days to assess my Spanish level. How can I be as successful as possible, both as far as brushing up/practicing, as well as keeping my nerves under control? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 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

Should I play it cool?

I had an interview a week ago with an HR person and was told the company would be in touch soon, they liked my resume, etc. Since then... nothing much. I know who my next interviewer would be. Would there be anything weird about... emailing them and asking for an interview? Or should I wait?
posted by kettleoffish 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

Quick interview follow-up email question

So last Monday, April 8th, I interviewed for a summer internship. The interviewer mentioned I should hear back sometime this week, and I wanted to send him an email to let him know how interested I am in this internship (of course, under the guise of "I wanted to know if the position has been filled" etc). During the interview, we talked about running for a little bit. It turns out he runs half and full marathons, pretty seriously. Would it be out of place to include something like "In our interview, you mentioned you run marathons. I wanted to extend my condolences if you or anyone else were affect by the events..."? I'm hoping to send the email before 5:00 tonight. [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance on Apr 16, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I best prepare for a job interview?

I have an interview for a new job later this week. It is the same job that I have now, just with new people and in a larger company. It also pays a ton. I am very nervous and am slightly psyched out. I'm not good at tooting my own horn. How do I get "in the zone" for a job interview? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Apr 14, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I record a phone interview on an outgoing call?

I'm doing some freelance journalism-y things, and I sometimes need to interview people over the phone whilst plugging away at my "day job." How do I record these calls? I have an iphone 4, if that makes a difference. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Apr 12, 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

Chartering a course for the next eight years

What have you experienced/what would you ask about at a soon to be opening charter school? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Mar 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Interview brainteasers?

I have an interview with a technology startup coming up that will involve "brain teasers". Got any tips or practice questions? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me become the next Barbara Walters/Charlie Rose

I want to be great at interviewing people, but going to journalism school isn't an option. What books will help me most? How do I learn to recognize and ask great questions? How do I prepare? Who are exceptional interviewers I should check out, and what do you think I can specifically learn from them?
posted by ferdinandcc on Mar 25, 2013 - 28 answers

Reading to complete before a technical interview (CSS, JS, HTML)?

I'm scheduled for a technical interview after the weekend for a front-end development position. I'd like to spend some intensive time beforehand reading relevant blogs and books to prime the ol' noodle and supplement my existing knowledge. Could you recommend some resources? Are there questions you would ask an applicant in this situation, or that you have been asked? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I try to pursue this job further?

I had a great technical phone screen, then told they were passing because I don't have experience we didn't even really touch on in the interview. Is there anything I can say/do to get them to take a second look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Putting together my interview outfit

I think I have all the pieces for my interview outfit. Can you help me put them together appropriately? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Mar 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

To shake or not to shake?

I have a job fair sort of thing coming up tomorrow. I've been advised both that I should and should not shake hands with the interviewers. Help? [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Basic math test as part of a job application?

Which employers still use a basic math test as part of the application process? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Mar 9, 2013 - 15 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

How to drop out of an interview process without alienating anyone?

What's the best way to say you want out of an interview process before it's reached the offer stage? Difficulty: The company is one you want to interact with positively in the future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Informational Interview

What is the best way to approach somebody in a career field about the possibility of arranging an informational interview? This is assuming you do not have a connection to a person.
posted by dfc5656 on Feb 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Am I overthinking follow-up for a job interview?

Last week I had an interview at a very small (less than 10 people) start-up. I had previously had a phone interview with the scientist who is doing hiring for the position, which is fairly entry level, and which I think I'm well-qualified for. The person who did the phone interview thought I might be a bit *over*qualified for the current job, but as a small company they have a lot of people filling a lot of roles. I really, really want this job, but I'm stressing over some things, and I was hoping AskMeFi could give some guidance. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetofexistentialconfusion on Feb 20, 2013 - 9 answers

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