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]

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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]

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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

Should I take the water? 5 tips for interviewing with confidence

Posted by Guest Contributor

05:00 PM

With more and more qualified candidates entering the job market, self-assurance may be the key to impressing your next employer. [TWEET]

By Jeff Michaels

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Did you know that what you say before and after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself? It’s true. These days, the talent pool is filled with virtually endless qualified candidates. Often, a hiring decision will come down to the gray areas that don't fit onto a resume, such as how personable a candidate is, how they dress, or if they seem like they would fit into the existing corporate culture.

While judging a candidate solely on whether they accept a glass of water or cup of coffee prior to the interview may seem extreme, realize that hiring managers likely have already seen ten other equally-qualified individuals, and are waiting for a clear sign that YOU are the right person for the job. Give them that sign.

Topics: Interview

4 quick tips for impressing senior management during job interviews

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

A meeting with a big-time company executive can be daunting. Use these tips to keep your cool. [TWEET]

By Ken Sundheim

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Everyone seeks more influence at work.  They want to become leaders – to do something great with the career they are given, and be well-liked by those around them. 

However, prior to securing an executive-level position, it’s imperative that you learn how to interview with senior management – it’s a different game than when you were in the lower ranks.  Below, you’ll find four strategies for interviewing with C-level personnel in an effective, calm manner that instills confidence and increases likability.  

Topics: Interview

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