Interviews

How to Vet Your Hiring Manager

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Aside from your gut feelings during the job interview, how do you determine whether the hiring manager is someone you really want to work for? While it’s not politic to ask a manager for references, there are still ways to learn about his or her background, technical skills and approach to management. Determining whether you’re a good fit with your hiring manager is important—if you accept the job, you’ll spend a lot of working hours with that person, so you… continue…

The Key to Interviewing at Google

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Wired has an excerpt from a new book of Google-centric workplace advice, written by Laszlo Bock, the search-engine giant’s head of “People Operations” (re: Human Resources). In an interesting twist, Bock kicks off the excerpt by describing the brainteaser questions that Google is famous for tossing at job candidates as “useless,” before suggesting that some hiring managers at the company might still use them. (“Sorry about that,” he offered.) Rather than ask candidates to calculate the number of golf balls… continue…

5 Interview Tips for Project Managers

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Project management is a burgeoning industry at the moment, with growth projected at 15 percent through 2022 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (faster than average); those with five years (or more) of management experience can expect to earn an average of $120,000 a year in a full-time position, while freelance contractors can pull down between $50 and $60 per hour. What’s the best way to land a rewarding management position? As with so many industries, it’s all in… continue…

Always Come to the Job Interview With Questions

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There are lots of ways to mess up a job interview: Badmouthing a former employer or colleagues, getting excessively personal, arguing with the people in HR, and inflating your skill set. But a true killer is not having any questions for the interviewer. Asking questions about the company and particulars of the position shows you’re interested in the job, and that you did some research beforehand. That being said, some interviewees make the classic mistake of asking pointed questions about… continue…

Interview Tips for QA Engineers

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As always, QA engineers are in demand across industries. Entry-level technologists can expect salaries of $59,000 on average; after several years of experience, that pay can increase to $80,000 and even beyond. No matter how white-hot the segment, though, you still need to ace the interviews to get the job. Here are things that can make that happen: Hard Skills Understanding the job description and role ahead of time is crucial for success. Seems like an obvious statement, no? Except… continue…

‘So, Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?’

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The job interviewer leans forward and asks, “So, where do you see yourself in five years?” If the interviewer has even a hint of self-awareness, he or she will probably deliver that question with a self-aware smile, fully cognizant of the impossibility of knowing where any of us will be five years from now, much less tomorrow. Nonetheless, it’s a question that pops up quite a bit in interviews, and (for many job candidates) it’s an equally reliable stumper. Inappropriate… continue…

Dealing With Salary Requests Before the Job Offer

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You’ve probably dealt with it before: You sit down for a job interview, and the interviewer asks how much you expect to be paid. At those moments, you should resist the urge to say, “A million-billion dollars.” All joking aside, a potential employer asking you for a salary number ahead of a job offer can create significant problems. If you state a figure that’s too high, you may sink your chances of landing the job; if you lowball yourself, you… continue…

How to Get Feedback for Your Job Search

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A job search is all about demonstrating your potential for optimum performance. No matter what your qualifications, you have to show that your skills match the employer’s needs, and that you’ll be a good fit for the company’s culture. But how can you tell whether you’re actually putting your best foot forward? You need to collect feedback on your interviewing skills—something often easier said than done. Tricky Questions You can try to read hints about your performance in an interviewer’s… continue…

What Interviewing at Apple Is Like

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Ever wondered what it would be like to interview for a job at Apple? Given the company’s intense secretiveness, news about the hiring process is often hard to come by. But one freelance developer, Luis Abreu, recently took to his blog to describe all he went through when Apple became interested in him for a position on its Developer Publications team. In short, it was an intensive process. “[Three] screening calls, 5 FaceTime interviews, a trip to Cupertino for 5… continue…

Interview Tips for Data Security Analysts

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It’s easy to argue that the most significant issue facing technology today is the security of online data. As demonstrated by recent mega-breaches, IT security pros can barely keep up with increasingly sophisticated threats, and the need for talent with a solid security skill set is therefore great. The security field needs critical thinkers, not just candidates with good resumes. These top-notch practitioners want to know “why” something happened, not just “how,” and they’re not always comfortable following a list… continue…