Everybody has had a mentor, hero, or supervisor who has been inspiring. Interviewers sometimes ask applicants “Who inspired you?” or “Who has been the biggest influence on your career?” or “Who is a role model for you in your professional life?” While it may not necessarily be a tough question to answer, it can throw you if you’re not prepared. Read More
It’s one of the most predictable interview questions out there, yet many job seekers are still caught off guard when asked “So tell me about yourself”. Instead of dreading this question, job seekers should relish the chance to present themselves as an ideal match for the position for which they are interviewing. Read More
It’s not uncommon for a job seeker to be told he or she is overqualified for a position. If this happens to you, it is possible to respond in a way that keeps you in the running for the job. In today’s video blog, Jobfully’s Carrie Krueger explains what to do when you’re told you are overqualified. Read More
Where do you see yourself in five years? It’s a question many people face in interviews, yet don’t take the time to prepare for it. You may be tempted to envision where you’ll be in five years on a personal level, but that’s not an appropriate way to answer the question. Read More
“What do you know about us?” It’s a common but puzzling question that gets asked at many interviews. Last week we talked about how to research companies. Today, how to present the information you gathered in a way that shows you did your research and highlights why your skills and background would be an asset to the company. Read More
Preparing for an interview can be an exhaustive process. Do you have the proper wardrobe? Do you know how to get to the office? Do you know every piece of your resume and why you put it on there? If you have all of this down, you probably feel pretty prepared, but you forgot something. Do you have effective stories to tell? Read More
Let’s say you are in a job interview and you are asked for your biggest idea for innovation within the company. Do you give away your best thinking, knowing you may or may not be hired? Or do you hang on to it, hoping for credit once you are in the door and part of the company? Read More
We’ve all heard you should come to an interview prepared to ask questions. But asking the right questions and responding to what you hear can be the secret to landing the job. While questions show your preparedness and interest, they are also a critical way to learn what the hiring manager is really looking for. Read More
One question you can almost always count on hearing in an interview is why you left your previous job. Whether you were laid off, fired, or left by choice, the question must be answered thoughtfully because the reasons for leaving a past job are used as a gauge for your stability in future jobs.
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Can you define yourself in 15 seconds or less? The ability to clearly state who you are and the value you bring to the workplace is an important and challenging part of job search. You will use it when networking, interviewing, during chance encounters and at events.
The most classic use of your self-definition is when someone asks you, “So, tell me about you . . .” This question is a good starting place for creating a strong self-definition. Read More