Interviews

Daily Tip: Handling Technical Interview Questions

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If you’re applying for a highly technical role, you can expect a job interview filled with highly technical questions. Depending on the company, the interviewer might ask you to whiteboard a problem, or solve some fun-sounding but devilishly hard puzzles, take some sort of online test, or tackle a question verbally. However the interviewer frames the questions, these tips will help you solve them as quickly—and correctly—as possible. Take the Obvious Route: Some technical questions demand an elegant solution, but… continue…

5 Ways to Finesse Illegal Interview Questions

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There’s one key way an interviewer can trip you up, even if you’ve sailed through a whiteboard test and get along famously with everyone in the room: You may be asked a very personal, unexpected and inappropriate question, one that can knock you completely off course. While inquiring about your marital status, children, or religious background may seem illegal, most of the time it’s not: The legal line gets crossed if an employer refuses to hire you because of the… continue…

How to Ace Your Technical Interview

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Success at any job interview is based on putting your best foot forward. But that gets that much more difficult when you have to prove your skill set on top of charming everyone in the room. So what’s the secret to success in a technical interview? Get the Game Plan “The most critical thing a candidate can do to prepare for a technical interview is to ask the person organizing the interview what the game plan is,” said Janine Davis,… continue…

Daily Tip: Prepping for Job Interviews

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When you’re looking for a new job, there’s nothing quite as exciting (or nerve-racking) as scoring that interview with a prospective employer. But in the heat of the moment, it’s sometimes easy to forget all the prep you need to do in order to actually ace that interview and land the position. Here’s a checklist of some of the things you should handle in advance of the big day: Analyze the Interview Style: If you have colleagues or acquaintances who’ve… continue…

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

A Big Reason Managers Ask Coding Questions

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Tip of the Day When you’re asked a coding question, it’s important to remember that you’re not being judged by the code you write on the spot, but by the way you approach the problem. For example, depending on the job you’re applying for, using some known algorithm might be the right approach—or it might not be. What the manager really wants to see is whether you get to that algorithm. After all, algorithms and patterns are relatively easy to… continue…

Control Your Body Language During Interviews

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Tip of the Day When it comes to interviews, courtesy and correct answers only take you so far. Body language—what you’re saying with posture, gesture and expression—counts, too. It’s important because body language has the power to reinforce what you’re saying—or completely negate it. The key to confident and authoritative body language is keeping yourself unguarded and in control. To accomplish this, always keep your body open to whomever you’re speaking. Turning away, lowering your head, rolling your shoulders forward—these… continue…

Never Let an Opportunity Pass By to Showcase Your Expertise

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Tip of the Day Most general interview questions have a straightforward answer. Don’t satisfy yourself with it. When meeting with the hiring manager, always look for ways to share details that can illustrate your expertise and experience. For example, let’s think of project managers. During interviews, they’re sure to be asked which PM methodologies they’re most familiar with. A simple answer—”I’ve used Waterfall and Agile”—would miss the opportunity to showcase your thinking and experience. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

‘Who Else Are You Interviewing With?’

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Tip of the Day How do you respond if an interviewer asks who else you’re talking to? It seems like a straightforward question, but the wrong answer could carry some risks. If you say “nowhere,” might the interviewer think you’re desperate? If you name high profile companies, will they infer their job is second choice? The key to answering is to provide just enough information to satisfy the interviewer’s curiosity without hurting your chances. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like… continue…

Share Your Worst Interview Story

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Few things are more of a letdown than a job interview that goes south. There you are, ready to talk tech and show them how well you can fit in with their team, and you find yourself across the table from someone who’s forgotten that they’re the one who called you in the first place. What makes it worse is you’ve got to keep your cool no matter what—it never pays to lose control, even if you decide you’d rather… continue…