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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 - 3 answers

Being diplomatic towards current job during an interview

I'd like to leave my current job because of my boss. How do I handle discussing this kind of thing when I'm asked about why I am leaving during a job interview? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 22, 2016 - 9 answers

How to Respond to Recruiter, Pregnancy Edition

I was contacted by a recruiter for a position with a company I interviewed with over a year ago. I'm currently ~6 months pregnant and not interested in looking for anything new before I go on maternity leave, but I don't want to lose any future opportunities. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Becoming an Accounts Payable Clerk

Tomorrow, I'm interviewing for an accounts payable clerk position with a large nonprofit media organization. I really want to get this job! Please help me prep for the interview. [more inside]
posted by static sock on Jun 28, 2016 - 7 answers

onsite job interview and missing work

Amazon is apparently interested enough in me that they want to fly me to San Francisco to interview in person with members of the team I'd be working with. Great! The problem is, I'll have to take several unplanned days off from my current job. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2016 - 26 answers

Playing Dress-Up (Startup Tech Interview Edition)

Interview tomorrow afternoon, tech role at a local startup. Worried about coming across as too frumpy, but don't want to err on the side of too casual, either. [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Mar 28, 2016 - 15 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

Wisdom Tooth Extraction the day before a Job Interview: A Bad Idea?

Wednesday, my dentist filled a cavity in one of my bottom wisdom teeth, and then told me to get the other bottom wisdom tooth removed, instead of having him fill the cavity. The next day, I lost my job. Insurance runs out on the 29th, and the only appointment for an extraction I could get is the day before a second interview for a new job. Should I try to reschedule the extraction? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Feb 19, 2016 - 21 answers

Interview filter: how to negotiate questions about diversity?

I'm currently on the academic job market. I've applied for positions at some places where diversity is very much on everyone's mind--and rightfully so. I'm of mixed ethnicity; one of my parents is a member of an underrepresented minority. I reflected this in the demographic question on my apps. However, I'm consistently perceived as white. It's likely I'll be asked in an interview about my commitment to supporting diversity in the university community. Is there a tactful way to mention my background, or should I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by karbonokapi on Nov 20, 2015 - 16 answers

interview dress code for a pointedly casual company

Hi everyone, I have an interview tomorrow with a company for a really interesting job but I'm unsure of what to wear. Details below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Oct 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Forgot to ask questions at the end of a phone interview

I was called this morning by one of my dream companies for a position. I had a really great conversation and she told me I did a great job on the phone interview. She asked if I had any questions and I was so freaked and excited I told her no. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Oct 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Job interviews, no offers and dealing with negative judgment from others

I've been job searching for almost a year. I have had several interviews and have yet to come up with an offer. Family members are starting to assume something is wrong with me. How can I keep plugging while trying to explain it may not be as easy as they think? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 19, 2015 - 18 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

What they say is true: HR is never, ever on your side.

I was fired for what I (and several lawyer friends) believe to be a bogus reason. But what should I tell potential employers, given that I don't trust my former HR department? It's going to be long but the detail is necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2015 - 22 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

UK: normal to be asked to pay for own DBS/CRB check?

Just a quick question - only really relevant to Britain, I think. I've applied for a job (part-time social care work) and I'm being asked to bring £60 in cash to the interview to pay for a DBS (criminal records and background) check. This seems dodgy to me - is it normal to be asked for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Second interview presentation butterflies

I have a big interview late this week and I have to do a presentation and facilitate a discussion. Best tips and tricks? This is an educational nonprofit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I handle a potentially awkward job interview question?

I was approached by a recruiter a few weeks ago. At the time, I was somewhat unhappy at my job, but was not actively looking. I told the recruiter this. I have a follow-up interview with a manager tomorrow. Potential problem: I was laid off after the conversation with the recruiter. How do I spin this information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 9 answers

I made it past the phone interview. Help me get this job!

I recently found out about a website/editorial job at a company where one of my good friends works. I also used to do some freelance writing for them. I submitted my resume, had a phone interview with the very cool editor, and now I have a scary interview with HR and a skills test and I am a little freaked out. Please help me solve three somewhat related anxiety spirals. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Nov 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Dream job versus almost-dream job

Dream position X at my current job won't post for a few months. In the meantime, really good position Y has posted, also at my current job, and I've applied. I'm a favorite for both positions. Help me not shoot myself in the foot at the interview for Y. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Should I tell people from an interview that I moved back to their city?

Okay, this is complicated but I will try to make it as simple as possible. Interviewed for a permanent position last week that I really want in a city I have been coming and going from. The day I interviewed, I got offered a temp position in the same city that let me move there for the next couple of months. I accepted the temp position but am wondering what to tell the people at the place with the permanent position. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Oct 15, 2014 - 8 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

Should I contact these potential employers, or wait it out?

I had a great job interview last week (on 9/18), and I seemed to be exactly what the company is looking for. I was told at the end of the interview that they would be making their decision in two weeks (week of 9/29, I guess). I sent them a nice thank-you email the day after. I've just now noticed that the job was re-posted on Craigslist today! [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Sep 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Forgot to mention something important at job interview -- what now?

I just had a job interview for a job I really want that went really well. So well that I forgot to mention something kind of important: I started a part-time retail job between applying and hearing back about the interview (it was almost a month and I've been unemployed since May, so needed something to pay the bills) that I'd have to give notice at, but I'd hopefully be able to get shifts covered. I haven't had any direct e-mail contact with the person who interviewed me, only with the administrative assistant. They would want me to start ASAP. I'll probably be going in for a second interview sometime next week. How and when do I mention this? More important, how and when do I mention this in a way that isn't going to ruin my chances of getting this job?
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Ack! Missed a call for a potential interview. How should I go on?

I missed a call for a potential job interview today, the call was left early in the afternoon and I didn't see it until early the early evening. Normally, I wouldn't be fretting over this, but in the voice mail the manager said she'd like to schedule an interview for Wed. afternoon and now it's Monday evening. Would I be safe with calling her back tomorrow morning and apologizing for missing the call, etc. or would it be best if I leave some sort of voicemail message tomorrow (I wouldn't know what to say though) AND still call back in the morning? Sorry, I feel embarrassed asking this, but I'm freaking out about missing an opportunity! In the future I will be much more attentive!
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

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

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