My single best job interview tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:30 AM

In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this: 
When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask: 

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?" 

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How to prepare for a Skype job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

By Ran Nir

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There are no rules in today’s job search, which means you have to be prepared for any situation. Many employers today are performing their first-round interviews through a video-conferencing tool rather than conducting a phone or in-person interview.  If you have been invited to attend a virtual job interview, chances are good that you will be using the free cross-platform software, Skype. If you’re in this situation, be sure to review these virtual interview tips specifically tailored for Skype.

Topics: Interview

6 things not to say in a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:55 PM

You'd be surprised how many people think these are fine responses. [TWEET]

Believe it or not, most interviewers aren't trying to trick you. They want you to do well in the interview, and be the candidate of their dreams. As the interviewee, however, it's easy to overthink - or underthink - a question and respond in a way that raises a red flag. Our job-search experts at TheLadders have gathered 6 of the top flag-raising phrases candidates say in interviews, and we're telling you what you're really saying to the interviewer.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

What to wear to a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

When it comes to interview attire, there’s no “one size fits all.” Ask yourself these questions when choosing an outfit. [TWEETClothes_Closet_Interview_Wear

Traditionally, “proper” interview attire translated into strict business wear such as a suit and tie for men and a skirt suit with those dreaded pantyhose for women. However, times have changed.  In many industries, these formal dress codes have given way to less conservative clothing that matches an organization’s relaxed work environment and fun-loving company culture. But how do you know what’s appropriate for your interview?

I’ve compiled a list of four questions to ask yourself the next time you’re figuring out what to wear for an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Dealing with rejection during the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:33 AM

Use these tips to get past rejection and land an even better job. [TWEET]

Last month, music journalist Amanda Mester received a job rejection letter from digital media company Thrillist. Rather than letting it slide off her back, this spirited applicant sent a response, pointing out the letter writer’s poor grammar, and then posted her response on Twitter.

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Some will tout Amanda’s response as awesome. Even I chuckled when I read Amanda’s email and marveled at her chutzpah. Seriously, what’s more insulting than receiving a job rejection letter riddled with errors for a writing job, no less? Come on.

But Amanda took it a step further and decided to share her response on Twitter. While publicly shaming the organization that rejected you is tempting, it’s not going to help you land a job. In fact, it’s more likely to hurt your professional brand than advance your career. Here are five things you can do to deal with job rejection in a healthy and productive way.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

How to lose a job offer in 10 minutes

Posted by Hope Restle

04:56 PM

First impressions don't have to be the worst impressions. Here's what could go wrong - and how to avoid it in your next interview. [TWEET]

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You've worked hard for this interview. You read up on how to craft the perfect resume, and slaved over a custom cover letter. You have all the necessary experience, skills and education for the job, and now it's time to meet your potential employer and prove what you're made of in person. But beware: a small interview faux pas can deter even the most understanding employer. Read on for examples of basic interviewing follies, and how you can avoid them.

Topics: Interview, New to the Workforce

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: 
Vice President of Marketing

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