How to handle winter weather disruptions to your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:09 AM

Is your job search being impacted by winter storm Juno? Learn how to weather the storm.

Whether you're in the northeast or traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are your plans are about to change. Here are three tips for how to handle the winter storm's disruptions without disrupting your job search. [TWEET]

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IMAGE: The Weather Channel

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Don't let five simple words ruin your interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:26 AM

The Twitterverse made it, but we’re here to save it. How to avoid saying those #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview [TWEET]

You’ve been there before. Maybe you asked what it’s like to work at PepsiCo… to the hiring manager at Coca Cola. Or you panicked when the recruiter inquired about your salary requirements and you asked what they made instead. It’s easy to find your foot in your mouth during an interview.

However, I hope you’ve never felt tempted to blurt out any of the phrases shared on Twitter this past weekend with the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview, like this:

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders? 

Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order to preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders. 

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer. 

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile.) 

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job: 
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Topics: Interview, Salary, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Job Search Process

Give thanks after each job interview with these tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:23 PM

Use these tips to send an interview thank-you note that’s sure to move your candidacy forward.

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The holiday season is the perfect time to acknowledge the blessings in our lives and give thanks for the loved ones and opportunities we’ve been given throughout the year. However, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should pause to give thanks. This is especially true if you’re currently searching for a job. A survey by TheLadders found that saying thank you isn’t just a polite gesture – it’s an integral part of the interview process.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite articles to help you create the perfect thank-you letter. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

5 tips to nail a video conference job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

08:30 AM

Virtual interviews are on the rise! Implement these tips to better prepare yourself for the inevitable in your next job search. [TWEET]

By Itrat Batool

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Haven’t had an interview in a few years? Chances are your next one will be carried out via video conference. According to recent studies, around 60 percent of employers have made the switch to video interviews as either a primary or exclusive method for vetting candidates.

Which begs the obvious question: How should you prepare for an job-interview experience you’ve never encountered before? Are video interviews comparable to face-to-face meetings, or are they a different affair altogether?

The answer lies somewhere down the middle, as there are both similarities and differences – all of which should be taken into account. So rather than searching high and low through the web’s very best job seeker resource sites, bear the following tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to a successful video interview.

Topics: Interview

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications.

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You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong?

Why isn’t anyone calling me?!

After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled. 

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure how to improve their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Job Application

It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Ace your next interview by asking the hiring manager these thoughtful questions.

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. [TWEET

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.

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Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

The top interviewing tricks of successful job seekers

Posted by Guest Contributor

06:25 PM

Set yourself apart from the competition with these top job-interview tips.

By Ken Sundheim

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In a decade of recruiting for countless sales and marketing jobs spanning numerous industries and locations, there is a reliable stable of tricks I've seen job seekers use to put themselves ahead of the crowd in any interviewing situation. 

Below are the top three tactics I’ve seen that will take your interviewing to the next level, bringing you more and better employment offers.

Topics: Interview

What’s "good behavior" in a behavioral job interview?

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Learn how to prepare your responses to behavioral questions during an interview.

By Michelle Kruse

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Most people know how important it is to be on their best behavior during job interviews. but a behavioral interview isn't just about a polished appearance and firm handshake. Often conducted as a follow-up to a traditional interview, a behavioral interview allows recruiters to assess your past performances and general demeanor as an indicator of your potential for success.

In most behavioral interviews, you'll be expected to answer questions about specific events, projects and experiences throughout your career. By digging deeper into how you've handled challenging situations, interviewers can better determine whether or not you have similar values and approach problems in a similar way.

Having your past performances put under a microscope can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job search process, but it's more important than ever to display a calm and confident attitude at this point in time. After all, your behavior represents your ability to perform under pressure. Here are some tips for successfully sailing through a behavioral interview.

Topics: Interview