Job Interviews

Losing a Job Due to an Aptitude Test

You have the experience. You have the interview skills. You know what you’re doing! You ace the phone interview, the in-person interview is a cakewalk, and you know this job offer is coming your way. But before you can get the offer, your would-be employer asks for an aptitude test. It’s just a formality, so it shouldn’t be anything to worry about, right?

But then when it’s time to take the test it’s confusing. Maybe the questions are odd, there’s a time limit, or it covers information that isn’t really relevant to the position. But you persevere and finish it. However, you get a call two days later from the company’s HR department, who you didn’t even interview with, telling you that you didn’t get the job.

It’s hard not to feel devastated. How do you deal with losing a job you were perfect for due to what feels like a technicality? Here are a few things to know. (more…)

Questions to Ask in a Final Round Interview

You did it. You made it through the phone interview and several in-person interviews and now you’re here: the final interview. When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it can be hard to think of something because you’ve already had so many other opportunities to ask questions. However, this is a great chance to show your interest in the job, and make sure the job is right for you. (more…)

Proving Your Soft Skills in an Interview

When it comes to interviews, job applicants usually focus on hard skills, defined by Investopedia as “learned abilities acquired and enhanced through practice, repetition, and education.” Skills such as knowing how to use a certain program, experience working in a certain industry, or being familiar with a certain product or service.

However, employers are just as interested, if not more, in soft skills, defined as “character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationship with other people.” When looking for hireable applicants, decision-makers often look for certain soft skills in their applicants. Specifically, they look for a good combination of willingness to learn, dependability, and communication skills. Here’s how to show you have these abilities in your next interview. (more…)

Explaining Why You Left a Toxic Job in an Interview

How do you answer?

Some jobs are just bad. Maybe things didn’t start out that way, but one day you realize you work in a toxic environment. It could be because of nepotism, shady business dealings, gossip in the office, or co-workers spying on you. Instead of staying in such an unpleasant situation, you decide it’s time to move on.

But now you have to explain why you left in an interview. You want to be positive, but you don’t want to outright lie; how do you strike a balance? We’re here to help. (more…)

Unique Questions to Ask After Your Interview

You breeze through your interview, and your interviewer asks if you have any questions. You say “no thanks, nothing else to ask!” and make your way home. See anything wrong with this picture?

In general, you want to ask at least a few questions after the interview to show your interest in the company. It’s another chance to shine as a candidate for the job. Think of it this way—if you and another candidate both ace the interview, but the other candidate asks insightful questions that show they care about the position and company, who do you think is going to get the job?

Here are a few unique questions to ask. (more…)

Answering the Interview Question 2021 Check-In

With more and more of the population getting vaccinated, many employees are returning to the workplace. Companies are hiring again, which means its time to prepare for your next interview.

Here at Job Journey, our readers tell us they want help answering the toughest interview questions. That’s why we created the Answering the Interview Question eBook. Here are a few highlights to help with your interviews this year. (more…)

Asking the Right Questions in an Interview

Fear not with these top tips.

Interviews are awkward. You’re trying to prove you’re both a fun person to work with and that you have the best skills for the job. You’ve finished explaining your resume and answering their questions, and then they ask if you have any questions in return. They want to know you’re interested in the job and did your research, so saying you don’t have anything further to ask isn’t a great idea.

We previously detailed five of the top questions to ask, and now we’re back with four more! (more…)