Interviews

3 Tips to Prepare for a Phone Interview

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Phone Interview
Tip of the Day Phone interviews happen when someone sees your resume and wants to learn more about your work. Their purpose is to qualify you, to find out if you have the skills to do the job so that you can move on to a face-to-face interview. When preparing for a phone interview, bear these tips in mind. Don’t over-complicate your responses. The person interviewing you most likely will not know the job as well as you or the… continue…

How to Break the Interview’s ‘Q&A’ Format

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Serious Man
A lot of IT professionals think of job interviews as interrogations, tense encounters where managers or engineers fire off a series of questions and you respond with terse answers. But if you’ve been reading our Interview Qs series, you know the opposite is true. In fact, managers frequently ask open-ended questions to spark a discussion. Even technical evaluators hope you’ll ask for hints and walk them through your steps as you solve a problem on the whiteboard. They want to… continue…

Here’s a Curveball Question You Won’t See Coming

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Jon Bischke, CEO of recruiting software company Entelo, asks candidates an interesting question during job interviews: “What do you want to do after Entelo?” “That often throws people,” he told the New York Times. “It’s an interesting question because it helps people take off the lens of ‘I want this job,’ and to put on the lens of, ‘What do I want to do with my life? What do I want to do with my career?’” He goes on to… continue…

Keep Notes in Front of You During Telephone Interviews

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Tip of the Day It’s a simple thing, but some people don’t think of it: Before you begin a telephone interview, put all of your research materials and notes in front of you. Have a hard copy of your resume handy, and notes of any vignettes you might use to demonstrate your experience. Have them in large type, so you can refer to them easily. If you’re interviewing with more than one person and you don’t know their names in… continue…

Always Research an Employer Before Your Interview

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Tip of the Day Investigating a company and its management team may be one of the most important parts of your job search. In addition to preparing you for the interview, it will help you determine if you’re a good fit for the company—and if it’s a place you really want to work. First, start combing the Web. Give the company’s website a thorough read, paying special attention to the backgrounds of the executive team. Then delve deeper into the… continue…

Preparation Is Key to Successful Second Interviews

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Tip of the Day If you’re invited in for a second interview, always ask for an agenda or schedule ahead of time, including the names and titles of the people you’ll be meeting with. This will give you the chance to research them a bit, so you can understand their roles and anticipate their questions. Also, while you’re preparing, review your notes from earlier interviews, paying special attention to areas that seemed to concern the hiring manager and any team… continue…

One Way to Prepare for Behavioral Interview Questions

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Interview Prep
Tip of the Day Most of what happens in an interview is unpredictable, but you can be sure you’ll be asked some behavioral questions. These are the queries like, “What would you do if a team member kept avoiding you when you had issues to discuss?” or, “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your manager.” How do you prepare for that kind of question? One way is to create what I call a “preparation grid.” In it,… continue…

6 Technical Interview Questions for .NET Developers

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Businesses like Microsoft .NET’s efficiency, simplicity and ease of deployment, so application developers’ enthusiasm for the framework is spreading. With demand for skilled professionals rising, Mark Kendall likes to give candidates the benefit of the doubt. The senior software engineer for Dallas-based EXCO Resources evaluates .NET developers for staffing firms. “Some interviewers want to take you down, but I prefer a different style,” he says. “I ask questions to assess a developer’s proficiency level, listen to their responses and give… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Mess Up a Job Interview

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Interviews
The interview with the hiring manager is usually the last hurdle standing between you and a job offer. Even if you prepare and rehearse, it’s easy to make a mistake that could hurt your chances. And a mistake doesn’t have to be big to trip you up. Since the devil is in the details, here are 10 potential goofs to be aware of. 1. Asking About Salary, Benefits or Vacation Right Off the Bat You’ll relinquish your negotiating power if… continue…

Don’t Share Performance Reviews With an Interviewer

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Performance Review
Tip of the Day It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while a prospective employer will ask to see a copy of your performance review. You should politely decline. The information in your review is proprietary and giving a prospective boss access to the document allows him to scrutinize every task you performed and read you manager’s subjective comments. That’s more information than they need. In addition, performance plans are controlled documents because they often detail a… continue…