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Archive: Interviewing

Negotiating a job offer (Pt. I)

Most organizations will expect there to be some negotiation before a final offer is accepted. You need to go through the negotiating process with an upbeat attitude.

By Marshall Brown | November 9, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Your 30-second commercial

Having a short speech to articulate your value and expertise is a valuable tool to have during a job search.

By Marshall Brown | October 12, 2010; 06:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interviewing on the down low

Plan carefully to keep daytime interviews from being detected by employees and supervisors at the your current job.

By Karen Chopra | June 28, 2010; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (4)

Distance no barrier in job search

With cell phones and e-mail, distance is no longer a problem when it comes to looking for a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 18, 2010; 05:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Should you change for a new job?

If you don't like the changes they request, but still want the job more, accept the job and also inquire as to whether all the changes requested are truly necessary.

By Karen Chopra | June 16, 2010; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Succeeding in a panel interview

With a little preparation, you can handle and even succeed in a panel interview.

By Karen Chopra | June 14, 2010; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Researching a salary range

The right questions can give you all the market research you need on the salary range of a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 10, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Negotiate for the best job offer

A tough economy can make people wonder whether it's worth it to negotiate their salary when offered a job, but negotiating offers is part of the job search process..

By Karen Chopra | June 10, 2010; 05:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Searching after losing a business

Potential employers empathize that you have lost your company, but they are concerned that you might not be committed to staying with them in the long term.

By Karen Chopra | June 9, 2010; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Job searching in secret

When you already have a job, you should conduct a search for another one with the utmost secrecy.

By Karen Chopra | June 7, 2010; 05:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

For a job, it's ready, set, network

Good networking consists of asking questions that will lead you to new people to talk to. If you talk to enough people, you will find a job.

By Karen Chopra | June 3, 2010; 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Great interview isn't always enough

You can ace an interview but not get called back if the fit isn't right.

By Karen Chopra | May 27, 2010; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Take a young interviewer seriously

Take a young interviewer as seriously as any one else you might interview with.

By Karen Chopra | May 5, 2010; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Be concise with interview answers

Interviewers appreciate applicants who provide clear and concise answers, and time for more questions.

By Karen Chopra | April 29, 2010; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leaving the interview process

If you want to withdraw from the interview process, proceed carefully.

By Karen Chopra | April 23, 2010; 04:32 AM ET | Comments (4)

Demystifying the lunch interview

Interviewing over lunch is the time to show off your social graces.

By Karen Chopra | April 8, 2010; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Handling career detours

Coming back from a career detour requires some careful driving.

By Karen Chopra | March 23, 2010; 05:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

How many degrees are too many?

Too much education can count against you unless you have a good story to tell.

By Karen Chopra | February 25, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

When snow derails an interview

When snow, or anything else, threatens an interview, have a plan.

By Karen Chopra | February 12, 2010; 02:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Withdrawing before a job offer

Withdraw from the interview process only if you understand the possible consequences.

By Karen Chopra | February 11, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Following up on an interview

Follow-up on interviews regularly, but not obsessively. It can make a difference in whether you get hired for the job.

By Karen Chopra | February 9, 2010; 05:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Offer letters need to be accurate

When the offer letter doesn't reflect what was agreed to, don't hesitate to ask for changes.

By Karen Chopra | January 13, 2010; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

The "No questions" interview

When the interviewer does all the talking, make every word count.

By Karen Chopra | January 12, 2010; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Handling unpredictable references

Minimizing the risk of a job search reference that you aren't sure will support you.

By Karen Chopra | December 21, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

When interviews net no jobs

Most of us aren't ever going to win an Academy Award for acting, so if you are interviewing for jobs out of desperation, not desire, that can be hard to hide.

By Karen Chopra | December 11, 2009; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quitting a job before you start

With tact, you can say "no" to a job after saying "yes," if something else better comes long before your start date.

By Karen Chopra | December 2, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dodging an age-related question

If they want to know when you graduated, refusing isn't the right answer.

By Karen Chopra | November 25, 2009; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Video interviews are often problematic

When they propose an interview via video conference, be ready for anything.

By Karen Chopra | November 23, 2009; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interview strategies for stutterers

You can minimize the impact of a disability, such as a stutter, by using the Internet to introduce yourself and confidence to disarm the interviewer.

By Karen Chopra | November 19, 2009; 08:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Just say "yes" to a drug test

Requests for drug screens are not pleasant, but only one answer will get you through the interview.

By Karen Chopra | November 18, 2009; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Negotiating a part-time schedule

You can match a great part-time schedule in a new job with some careful job searching and some savvy negotiating.

By Karen Chopra | November 17, 2009; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Use suit, not dye, to minimize age

Dealing with age discrimination requires professional attire and the right attitude, but not a wig!

By Karen Chopra | November 16, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't talk salary in the interview

When asked your current salary, say, "That's personal information and I don't give that out."

By Karen Chopra | November 9, 2009; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Keep salary history to yourself

Salary information should be closely held. They are asking because they want to know if you are too expensive for them or if you could be had for a bargain price.

By Karen Chopra | November 5, 2009; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thank you notes for interviews a must

When it comes to the job search, there is only one rule that never has any exceptions: Thou shalt ALWAYS send a thank you note.

By Karen Chopra | November 4, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Generic resume could cost you the interview

A generic, one-size-fits-all resume can make it look like you don't fit any job you apply for.

By Karen Chopra | November 4, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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