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10 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

It’s important to ask questions on every interview you go on. Doing this shows that you’re interested in the position, and that you’re smart enough to prepare properly for the job interview. If you don’t ask questions, you’ll seem unprepared, lazy, or disinterested in the position. None of those scenarios will get you the job. Thinking […]

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Entry Level Job Interview: The Best and Worst Things to Say

Getting entry level interviews at good companies can be tough, and if you don’t know how to approach the actual interview you’ll risk blending in with all of the other entry level candidates that you’re competing against.  What’s the most important thing to emphasize in the interview? What commonly used approach will actually reduce your chances of getting […]

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Didn’t Get the Job? Don’t Expect to Find Out Why

Interviewing for a job and not receiving an offer can be disappointing and frustrating. Adding to the frustration is the fact that very few of us will ever find out why we weren’t offered the position. Why can’t you get honest feedback after you didn’t get the job? Corporate legal departments are too scared of […]

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How to Prepare for an Interview: 4 Overlooked Steps

Most people know the basic steps involved in how to prepare for an interview, but there are a few commonly overlooked pieces that can help you set yourself apart in a job interview and put you over the top. Here are 5 commonly overlooked steps when preparing for a job interview: 1. Research the people […]

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Want to Give Perfect Job Interview Answers? Less is More

Most career advisers tell you to elaborate on your answers in a job interview. Up to a point they’re right, but you can go too far in that direction. Carrying on for too long and giving roundabout answers can be just as bad as giving the one word answers that we’re taught to avoid at […]

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How to Explain Employment Gaps in a Job Interview

How to Explain Employment Gaps in a Job Interview

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated, improved version of this article available here: http://careersidekick.com/explaining-gaps-in-employment/ … If you have a gap in your recent employment history, part of your effort in preparing for a  job interview should be to organize your thoughts and decide how you’ll explain the gap to hiring managers. Having an employment gap isn’t a deal breaker (especially if […]

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5 Good Questions to Ask a Recruiter

5 Good Questions to Ask a Recruiter

Knowing how to interact with recruiters is an important skill for any career-focused individual. These 5 questions to ask a recruiter are designed to provide you with two key things: 1. Information about whether or not a position is worth pursuing. 2. Information that will be helpful if you choose to pursue the job. Even […]

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Interview Tips: 5 Basic Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

Properly preparing for a job interview is an essential step if you want to stand out and increase the chances that you’ll be chosen for the position. Whether it’s a introductory phone interview or the second round of face to face interviews, knowing how to prepare for a job interview can be the difference between […]

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7 Ways You Could Be Killing Your Job Search Without Even Knowing It

7 Ways You Could Be Killing Your Job Search Without Knowing It

This topic is pretty self explanatory so I’ll jump right in. Here are some common ways that you might be hurting your job search efforts without even knowing it: 1. Not having an updated LinkedIn profile. 90+% of recruiters use LinkedIn. If they can’t find you or if they find a profile that looks neglected […]

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Five Questions Every Job Seeker Should Be Prepared To Answer

No matter what industry you’re in or what level of position you currently hold, there are a few basic job interview questions that any job seeker should be prepared to answer. These questions are simple and not particularly difficult to handle, but failing to have a good answer prepared can leave a bad impression in […]

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Are You Asking Questions On Every Job Interview?

You should absolutely be asking GOOD questions on every job interview you go on. Asking the right questions on a job interview can make the difference between getting hired and being rejected. Any hiring manager will want (and expect) to hear at least a few intelligent questions from you during the interview process. If you’re interviewing […]

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Panel Interview Tips

The panel interview is often dreaded and intimidating for the unprepared candidate. If you prepare properly it doesn’t need to be. These panel interview tips should help. First we need to get rid of the fear of being interviewed by multiple people simultaneously; it’s not as bad as it sounds. Let’s talk about some advantages […]

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