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    Why You Should Check References

    Why You Should Check References
    This post is for anyone who has ever said or secretly thought that reference-checking is a waste of time. Not long ago, I had a job candidate on the verge of being hired. He had wowed everyone in the interview and clearly had the skills to the do the job well. Something was strange about his reference list, though: The references ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Signs of a Nightmare Job?

    Signs of a Nightmare Job?
    A reader writes: I applied for a position that looked great on paper - the organization, job duties, position, etc. I sent my cover letter and resume and within a week I had a call-back. I did a phone interview with one of my potential co-workers about my skills, salary expectations, and experience. Then, I was invited in to do a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Ace the Phone Interview

    How to Ace the Phone Interview
    Most people regard a phone interview as a mere formality on their way to a face-to-face interview. Although the phone interview is usually just a preliminary step to the formal interview, it is just as important. If you don't impress your future employer with your phone interview, you'll never make it to the formal interview. Are you nervous talking on the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ending an Interview Early?

    Ending an Interview Early?
    A reader writes: In a recent interview, I learned some things about the job that hadn't been in the job description, and those things were deal-breakers for me. (I had not known about these things until the interview, so I wasn't just wasting everyone's time just getting some interview practice.) There had already been other things that made the position less ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Jokes in an Interview?

    Jokes in an Interview?
    A reader writes: I was wondering what your thoughts are on joking in an interview. I recently had a phone interview that I thought went very well. I was well prepared, am very qualified for the job and had competent answers to all questions. I even threw in a few well meaning jokes (none having to do with sensitive topics) that ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Job Shadow on an Interview?

    Job Shadow on an Interview?
    A reader writes: A colleague of mine with whom I’ve previously done business recently recruited me for a job at his company. It’s a VP position reporting directly to him. It’s an important position in the company and it would be an awesome job for me. He said he feels like the position was made for me and he’s sure I’ll ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Informational Interview After Applying for a Job?

    Informational Interview After Applying for a Job?
    A reader writes: I recently applied for a job with a closing date of a week and a half ago. A colleague of mine also applied to this organization (for a different position) and was told by a representative from this organization at a career fair today that the best way to "keep himself in the running" was to email the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Bypassing HR for an Interview

    Bypassing HR for an Interview
    I'm working on an project where I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who are looking for work. It's interesting to talk with them because they invariably ask me, "How do I bypass the human resources department in the interview process?" Ouch! Is this the perception of HR? I flashed back to my days in the corporate world. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Tape-Recording Job Interviews

    Tape-Recording Job Interviews
    A reader writes: I have two related questions that I'd be interesting in getting your take on: First, is it common for interviewers to record the interview so others can listen to it who would be affected by the hire but were unable or uninterested in interviewing? Would that be helpful, do you think, to the hiring process, or just nerve-wracking? ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Contacting the Person Who Used to Have the Job You're Applying For

    Contacting the Person Who Used to Have the Job You're Applying For
    A reader writes: On Monday, I'm going into a first face-to-face interview (after a phone interview) for a job for which I am well qualified and would be thrilled to have. I'd like to tap into your wisdom about a strategy I want to employ to prepare for the interview. In my research on the position and the organization, I discovered ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems

    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems
    In response to a previous post from someone frustrated that her co-worker is chronically absent, one commenter asked: If anyone has suggestions on how to screen for this issue of not-showing up for work, please let me know. I work in a call center, most of the folks we hire know what that type of environment is. And yet we still ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Announce a Demotion

    How to Announce a Demotion
    A reader writes: We have a manager who we are replacing due to performance issues. He's a long-time employee who has a lot of skills that are beneficial to the company but since his promotion to management a couple of years ago, he has not been managing his department. Rather, he continues to complete incomplete work of his employees, doesn’t motivate ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rejected for an Internal Promotion

    Rejected for an Internal Promotion
    A reader writes: I am an aspiring manager in the organization I work for. I have been there for three years and have repeatedly acted as the deputy manager within my section (my boss was on the verge of retirement, so was out a lot) and have handled some very stressful and high-profile situations. Basically, I feel like I have proven ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?

    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?
    A reader writes: Our local Goodwill here has been posted a good number of hiring ads in the last 5 months and I've honestly applied every time and never got a call back. I followed up by calling and even this last most recent time followed up in person. The day after I followed up in person, they posted yet another ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There's only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Travel Costs for Out-of-State Job Candidates

    Travel Costs for Out-of-State Job Candidates
    A reader writes: I've been invited to an interview for a senior-level job by a potential employer who is only willing to cover part of my travel costs to the interview. Because the invitation was silent on this topic, I had to raise the reimbursement issue. I was surprised about this based on my prior experiences as a job seeker and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Post-Interview Feedback Success

    Post-Interview Feedback Success
    A reader writes: I just wanted to write in and thank you for the way that your blog has helped me in my (ongoing) job search. I have been looking for work after a summer spent traveling, and I had an application in that I was really excited about. The employer I'd be working for has a great reputation, I have ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?

    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?
    A reader writes: When should internships come off your resume? I graduated a year ago and accepted a one-year, post-grad, entry-level position which ended recently and I am onto my second job since graduation. I was fortunate enough to intern with three really well known companies in my field during my undergrad years that are thought of as highly competitive. These ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate

    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate
    A reader writes: In notifying candidates (who were interviewed) that they were not chosen, do you think it's better or worse to let them know that we've selected an internal candidate for the position? I'd come down on the side of more information being better than less information. Job seekers so infrequently hear anything from companies they've interviewed with, and I ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Long-Distance Job Searching

    Long-Distance Job Searching
    A reader writes: I am looking for a position in another city. I am applying for positions that I am well qualified for and would easily be asked for an interview if I was local. However it seems I keep getting turned away because I am out of state. I have stated in my cover letter that of course I will ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1

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