Job Hunting

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…

Use Data to Make Yourself Stand Out During a Job Search

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On paper, the two finalists for the massive data center consolidation project looked identical. “Both business analysts had great resumes and similar experience, neither one really stood out going into the interview,” recalls Joel Manfredo, managing director of ACIES Consulting Corp. in Orange County, Calif. But the tie didn’t last long: One candidate used data and metrics to describe his project experience, while the other was less specific and tended to ramble. “We hired the candidate who quantified the cost… 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…

4 Interview Qs for Business Analysts in Product or Marketing

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The duties and requirements for business analysts vary from position to position. While some BAs support an entire organization or a particular function, others are tethered to a product or marketing manager and assist in the creation of deliverables for external customers. That can be a tricky role, says Laura Brandenburg, a former BA who trains and coaches prospective professionals for Colorado-based Bridging the Gap. “You may not have access to the external customers who are using your product or… continue…

Don’t Slow Down Your Job Search During the Summer

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Tip of the Day The perception that companies cut back their hiring during the summer is a myth, but job hunting during the hottest months can be tricky. It’s important to avoid two particular hazards: timing and schedules. Because of vacations, trying to schedule interviews can be complicated. An interview process that would typically take three weeks may take five or more. So patience is key. Don’t feel discouraged if the process takes extra time. On the flip side, hiring… 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…

Always Include Cover Letters When Responding Online

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Tip of the Day If you’re using a job board like, say, Dice, always include a cover note or introductory paragraph when using your saved information. If the “apply now” button takes you to the company’s website or an application form without a designated space to introduce yourself, merge a short cover letter into the top of your resume before pasting it into the resume builder. If a strict format’s being imposed, customize your profile and summary toward the company… continue…

One Way to Prepare for Behavioral Interview Questions

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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…

Know When It’s Time to Refine Your Job Search

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Tip of the Day New job seekers usually score several interviews fairly quickly, or at least hear from several recruiters soon after they post their resume. But if you’ve been searching for several months and interest seems to be waning, it’s time to ratchet things up. First thing, ask an objective expert like a local recruiter or former boss for an honest evaluation of your resume and marketability. Assess everything from the number of hits your resume has received to… 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…