Humans are fascinated by the worst-case scenario — the blown job interview, the botched salary negotiation, the bad college choice. It’s not always schadenfreude, either. By analyzing the bad things that could happen, it’s easier to prepare and avoid them. This year, PayScale’s most popular posts were the ones that helped readers dodge disaster.
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Sometimes, the best answer is no answer — for example, if you think you can get away with not giving a specific number to the salary expectation question, definitely try to do so. If you can’t steer the conversation back to your skills and achievements, this post offers other answers that won’t box you into accepting a low salary.
Most workers are at-will employees, which means that they can be fired for any reason, or even no reason at all. Here’s how to tell if your job is headed that way.
Kenny Rogers was right: in life, you really do need to know when to fold ’em — and run.
When it comes to job interview questions, there are definitely good ones and bad ones. The worst interview questions are the ones that show that you didn’t really prepare for the meeting.
Almost as bad as questions that make it clear that you didn’t research the company before the interview? Questions that show your desire to do as little work as possible.
You can be the most deserving worker in the world, but if you don’t develop perspective before you sit down to negotiate your next raise, you probably won’t get what you’re looking for.
Most hiring managers don’t set out to tell you fibs during the interview process, but that doesn’t mean that you should take everything they say at face value. These are the most common little lies that could turn out to be a big deal, once you’re in a job.
In your eagerness to impress your interviewers, it’s easy to forget that you’re evaluating them as much as they are evaluating you.
No one wants to work for a bad boss, but even worse than that is finding out that you are one.
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