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The job interview follow-up++

What is and is not acceptable to include in job interview follow-up emails? Difficulty level: I'm literally in the middle of a project with them right now. [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

I've come this far, but even so, it could be yes, it could be no

Managing post-job-interview anxiety? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Job interview focusing on Oracle SAP accounting -help!

I have a job interview this week with a firm using an Oracle SAP accounting environment to track business expenses. While my background is in office administration, I want to be more prepared for this kind of working situation - what can anyone tell me about using this kind of application so I know what I'm talking about on the interview? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 1, 2014 - 3 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

How to handle a "courtesy interview"?

I work for Company A, a very large outift with multiple branches in my city. I have worked for company A since I graduated from college, at first with my Dream Job division (but not doing my dream job), then with my OK Job division. I still work in OK Job division and my job is pretty OK. I applied for my dream job with Company A last year. The person I would report to informed me that since they did not get enough qualified applicants, they would not be filling the position. I took that to mean I was not qualified and thought it was done. Now they're offering me a "courtesy interview." What?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Job Interview Prep: Foreign language filter

Have an interview for a job tomorrow that looks so cool I just really want it. Thing is, they are looking for someone who is bilingual in English and French. I do speak French, but it becomes more difficult when I am nervous. Have you ever had to speak your second-language-that-you-have-studied-forever-but-are-far-from-perfect-in during a job interview? Tips for preparation and keeping cool during the interview appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Mar 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Do I need to wear pantyhose to a job interview?

I have been going on a lot of interviews lately, and in order to aid in that process, I've bought a sharp new black skirt suit. Do I absolutely need to pair this suit with opaque black pantyhose, or if it is okay for me to go to a job interview with bare legs (provided that it isn't FREEZING that day)? [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Mar 3, 2014 - 50 answers

I want to be a fundraiser, but I don't know how...

I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Feb 22, 2014 - 8 answers

You Married? You Have Kids?

I got asked about my marital and family status in a job interview. Now what? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Feb 19, 2014 - 16 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

Not to be negative, but.

I'm interviewing for a job that is the exact same job as my current job but at a different location with a different boss. So it will be instantly clear that the reason I want to make the change is unhappiness (which is true), and the red problem flags will be up from the start. How can I answer the forthcoming "why do you want to leave" question with grace? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jan 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me rejoin society?

I have been unemployed for a long period of time and it's really worn me down. I have an interview coming up, but I feel like I'm going to let my anxiety get the better of me and let this opportunity fall through if I don't get some kind of help. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Jan 6, 2014 - 17 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

Public library job interview advice needed

So I have a job interview coming up for a librarian position at a public library. However, all of my job experience has been in academic libraries, so I'm not sure what to expect from this interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Advice needed for job interview in research administration

I have an important job interview coming up this Tuesday, and I was hoping for some advice on how to handle the interview and, specifically, how to address my weaknesses productively while highlighting my strengths. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Serious pain, a cancelled job interview, crappy doctor. Help.

Posting for boyfriend. He's in serious pain and had to cancel a majorly major job interview. His doctor is useless right now. Boyfriend has a very high co-pay/co-insurance plan and is looking for an affordable way to get a diagnosis + treatment started ASAP...and perhaps some tips on salvaging the job prospect. [more inside]
posted by space_cookie on Oct 30, 2013 - 27 answers

The Stuff Their Website Won't Tell You

I am interviewing for a job tomorrow with Edmentum. Have you worked there or used their products? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2013 - 0 answers

Help me pass my "technical interview" with KAPLAN

I'm applying to work for KAPLAN as an instructor of their LSAT prep course. I've passed the initial stages, done an audition tape where I presented to my webcam, and done a general phone interview. Apparently the next step is to do a "technical interview" with someone who is already an LSAT instructor to test me on "the nitty gritty" of the LSAT. [more inside]
posted by Tiye on Oct 9, 2013 - 0 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

Fashion Tips For The Clumsy

What do I wear on a job interview in August when my legs are all scabby from an unfortunate injury? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 1, 2013 - 21 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 does one prepare for a translation exam?

I've just found out that I have two months to prepare for a translation exam as part of a job application. I am a native English speaker and an experienced translator of the source language (with some quite impressive experience at that), but I have no formal translation qualifications whatsoever. I have no idea what a translation exam might entail or whether I would be able to do it. Where do I start? How can I make the best use of the intervening time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2013 - 4 answers

90 Day Plan for New Job

I will be interviewing for a sales position with a company that makes an assessment and training tool to help at-risk middle and high school students be more successful in school. I need to be prepared to present a 90-day plan. [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 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

Possible inappropriate job interview question?

Had a job interview over a week ago and can't get a couple of the questions out of my head [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2013 - 13 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

Ack!

I have a job interview this afternoon and I'm more nervous than is healthy. Is taking a Klonopin a good idea? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

phone interview follow up?

My son had a phone interview for an internship at a STEM center a couple of weeks ago. It went well and the person told him she would follow up with an email about setting up an in person meeting. [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Interview Outfit Help

I have a job interview next Friday. Yay! But I have questions about what is a setting-appropriate choice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 11 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

Best questions to pose to the interviewers in a programming interview?

What are some really good questions to pose to the interviewers at the end of a programming interview? I'm looking for ones that make the interviewers feel good about you (great question!) but ALSO make them feel good about their organization - so that everything ends on a happy note. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 7, 2013 - 14 answers

How to study for a programmer job interview exam?

There will be an exam as part of my interview for my first programmer/developer job. It will be on J2EE and PL/SQL. Can anyone advise on what to expect and what to focus my studying on? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

How to handle a job interview when the interviewer doesn't ask questions?

I have had interviews that consisted of the interviewer briefly explaining the position and then asking me if I have any questions. These have not gone well for me. [more inside]
posted by secretdawn on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Job interview role-play tips please

Can you give me some job interview role-play tips on: (1) how to manage an underperforming employee, and (2) how to manage a team meeting/huddle? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Nov 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Walking the line between job and informational interview

What to do in the not-quite-an-informational-interview, not-quite-a-job-interview situation? I have one of these tomorrow and I'm confused about how to approach it. (OK, "terrified of failing" is a better way of putting it.) [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 12, 2012 - 5 answers

How to handle this situation professionally?

I'm job hunting in a particular industry and doing a lot of informational interviews. I managed to arrange one with the Principal at a firm whose work intrigues me for the 21st of November. Yesterday I noticed that this same firm has a position that I'm qualified for, and I'd like to submit my resume and cover letter today. If I make it past the initial screening, will it appear that I scheduled the informational interview under false pretenses when I was really trying to score a job interview? How would I handle the question of my application in the interview, which I arranged weeks ago? Please give me your advice on how to handle this professionally. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me avoid hiring Patrick Bateman.

HR filter: What are some good questions to ask a job candidate during a final interview before extending an offer? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

How to Manage a Job Interviewer Whose Knowledge is Outdated & Unfocused

I am presently going through interviews for an IT consulting position with a nationally known firm. I've been through two extended phone interviews. The initial call with the recruiter went great, but I just had a call with one of the main staff members and it was a train wreck. Extra library/MLIS snowflake details... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 7 answers

I have a job interview. I'm getting sick. Help!

I have a very important job interview on Monday. I feel like I'm getting sick (sore throat, warm forehead, etc). If I'm sick on Monday, do I call and ask to re-schedule or soldier through? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Sep 28, 2012 - 33 answers

How do I handle the salary negotiation discussion to my advantage without blowing it?

AskMeFi and other say to never throw out the first number in salary discussions, yet this has backfired repeatedly. Stick to the oft-repeated advice or rework based on experience? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Sep 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Should a lawyer sign an NDA for a job interview?

I'm a lawyer at a large firm. I represent a lot of tech startups and as a general practice, lawyers at my firm don't sign NDAs to avoid potential problems and conflicts of interest. I'm interviewing for an in-house counsel position and they are insisting I sign an NDA. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 - 15 answers

What should I wear for a job interview at Microsoft?

I have a job interview scheduled at Microsoft, at the Redmond campus. What should I wear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I disclose my pregnancy during the job interview process?

What are my responsibilities when interviewing for a new job while pregnant? Should I tell them I'm expecting? If so, what should I be prepared for? I want to be ethical, but simultaneously am reluctant be at a disadvantage off the bat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I Go On This Job Interview Or Not?

I have a job interview tomorrow for a job I'm not really interested in. I currently have a job, but it's a contract position with no guarantee of going permanent, so I've still been applying to other jobs and I feel it is irresponsible and ungrateful for me to not go through with this job interview tomorrow. However, the more I think about it, the more upset I get, because I am not sure I would take the job if it were offered to me, even though it would be a permanent position. I'm not even really sure I'm thinking straight anymore. I could use some perspective and/or wisdom and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

UK job search: contracts and taking notes

(UK-based) I've started applying for new jobs and as I'm now getting along in the process, I'm wondering about 1) signing a contract before leaving my current job and 2) taking notes during a job interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a tactful way to let a job know that their interview style turned you off and made you not want the job?

Is there a tactful way to let a job know that their interview style turned you off and made you not want the job? [more inside]
posted by cedly on Apr 27, 2012 - 16 answers

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