The Interview: Compel with Your Character

Posted by Victoria Xiao

12:59 PM

The most quietly compelling way to impress at an interview is to display your character while highlighting what you can bring to the table.  [TWEET]

When our perspective shifts to giving rather than receiving, the interview experience for both sides will immediately change for the better. Here is how to apply this method to three of the most popular interview questions:

Topics: Interview, Job Search Process

My Single Best Tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 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: 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How to Answer the 5 Most Common Interview Questions

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:54 PM

These tips will help you plan the right responses to the most frequently asked interview questions. [TWEET]

By Ashley Sanford


Almost all interview questions asked by companies are structured in the same way.  Yet, many job applicants fail to take advantage of this well-known fact and prepare beforehand.

We understand that no amount of preparation will mimic the very real moment where a panel of suited-up strangers is eyeballing you dubiously. Nevertheless, if you know enough about the organization you have applied to and fully prepared yourself, the interview shouldn’t be a challenging part of the process.

Here are some of the most common questions asked in interviews and the best ways to answer them.

Topics: Interview, Job Search Process, Stress and the Job Search

5 Apps That Will Fully Prepare You for a Job Interview

Posted by Herrine Ro

04:04 PM

Outshine competition with these interview preparation hacks. [TWEET]


Interviewing is a skill; it requires thorough preparation and practice. The amount of time you allocate for getting ready can make all the difference between landing a job and going back to the drawing board.

However, the key to success is not dependent on doing more. It’s doing less. That is, to use your time efficiently in the most productive way possible. These five time-saving apps will help thoroughly prepare you for a job interview:

Topics: Interview

3-Step Job Interview Preparation: What to Do Before, During & After an Interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Blow your next interview out of the water with these simple tips. [TWEET]

By Katherine Brunt


I cannot stress the importance of interview preparation! You only get one chance to prove to a potential employer why you’re the right candidate for the job. It’s imperative you walk into each and every interview with a premeditated plan for selling yourself. Unfortunately, too many well-qualified candidates fail to spend enough time preparing for interviews and subsequently lose out on good offers.

Interview prep not your forte? Try implementing this simple 3-step job interview preparation plan to help you score your ideal career.

Topics: Interview

How To Hit The Right Notes In Your Job Interview Presentation

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Nail your next job interview presentation with these tips. [TWEET]  

By Melissa Llarena


Mark made an excellent first impression at his initial interview with a Hong Kong based direct sales consumer goods company. He was then notified that he would have to present a pitch deck at his next interview. The instructions were specific– he was to pitch a sale over $1M that he'd led over the past two years.

Mark panicked, as he did not have a great example, nor had he ever reached that revenue number in the past. He asked himself, “how can I position my presentation in a way that's relevant and answers the question head on?”

Topics: Interview

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

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. 

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

5 interview mistakes that would make Jimmy Fallon say “Ew!”

Posted by Kelly O'Connor

10:00 AM

Self-sabotage is so “Ew!” Interview like a pro with these 5 tips. [TWEET]

If you think Jimmy Fallon is a national treasure (as I do), you’ve probably seen his “Ew!” sketch on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” According to Jimmy’s character Sara (with no “h” because “h’s” are “Ew!”), there are many things that can make her say “Ew!”: brain freezes, egg nog, Crocs, and most of all, her step-dad Gary.


Topics: Interview

5 ways your thank-you note could cost you the job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

01:52 PM

Don’t let a shoddy follow-up ruin your chances of landing the job. [TWEET]


survey conducted by TheLadders found more than 75 percent of interviewers say receiving a thank-you note impacts their decision-making process. [TWEET]

However, not every thank-you message will help your candidacy. In fact, when done incorrectly, your thank-you note can cause more harm than good. Below are five ways your interview follow-up could lose you the job offer.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

The Ultimate Job Interview Checklist

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:32 PM

You’ll never be unprepared for an interview with this complete checklist. [TWEET]


If you’ve been reading my articles on TheLadders Career Chronicles, you know that I like to break down the job-search process into three phases: Prep, search and close. When you think about it, the interview process also has three important stages. How you prepare and what you do afterwards is just as important as what happens when you’re sitting in the interview room pitching your skills.

Below I’ve created a comprehensive checklist to walk you through the interview process so you’re ready to impress a prospective employer and land the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview