Video job interviews are becoming increasingly common in today’s market. Whether you’re job-hunting from across the country before making a move, or it’s a question of logistics while the interviewer takes a business trip, be prepared for the possibility in …
Feeling nervous before a big job interview? You're not alone. According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 92 percent of survey respondents were anxious about some aspect of a job interview. Among the top reasons: being too nervous, and not being able to answer a specific question. We all know tricky interview questions are coming our way — but what if there's more to it than that? Not to fan the flames of your anxiety, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that your interviewer will be testing you with more than just the standard curveball questions.
As we continue to hear positive reports about the state of the economy and a declining unemployment rate, it may be easy to feel confused — if the unemployment rate is so low, how am I still having such a hard time finding a job? In part, it might because commentators aren't looking at the full story. When you account not only for folks who've been about of work for 15-plus weeks, but also consider those who are underemployed, "marginally attached," or "discouraged," the effective unemployment rate has been sitting around 10 percent for the last year now at least, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So how are you supposed to find work among such stiff competition of other job seekers?
Congratulations: you got an interview! Good on you for taking the time to prepare. Does the thought of 45 minutes of unfettered questioning send you into a cold sweat? Are you a shoe-in on paper and a mush-mouth in person? It's OK: most people are. In fact, 92 percent of Americans are stressed about at least one aspect of their upcoming job interviews. Tied for second place was the fear of not being able to answer a specific question.
There comes a time in every job interview where the hiring manager asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" Assuming you've done due diligence before the interview, you should know a little something about the company, the hiring manager, and the scope of the job before you show up. Here's how you can use this inevitable question to your advantage.
Just when you thought you had job interview body language down -- look squarely in the hiring manager's eyes, give a firm handshake, and smile, smile, smile! -- the latest research indicates that showing your pearly whites might actually work against you.
When you're preparing for a job interview, you probably spend the bulk of your time rehearsing answers to common interview questions, or researching the company. These are worthwhile ways to spend your time, but don't forget that when it comes to impressing a hiring manager, it's not just what you say: it's also how you say it. Here's how to master the silent aspects of communicating with a prospective employer.
The key to landing the job you want doesn't always come down to having a perfectly constructed cover letter or even emphasizing your impressive qualifications. It might sound superficial, but it often comes down to your posture.