The Job Search

VIDEO: How Much Should You Share About Your Past Job in an Interview

The truth, the whole truth, or something a bit less than the truth?

Plenty of folks freeze up when interviewers ask what they thought about a past job. Should you reveal how bad it was (if it was bad)  or embellish to make it sound a bit better? Do they need to know what you REALLY thought about your boss?

The answer? Keep things positive! Not sure what that means? A few of our top interviewers are here to help in this handy video.

 

 

 

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Introducing a New Blog Series: Questions to Ask After the Interview

Always come prepared with questions!

In our previous blog series, Answering the Interview Question, we focused on the interview questions you wanted help with. Everything from where you see yourself in five years and why you’re leaving your current job to what your co-workers would say about you in three words.

Now we’re focusing on another, often overlooked part of the interview that’s just as important: questions to ask after the interview.

Interviewers want you to ask questions to gauge your interest in the company. Before we get started on the blog series proper (where we’ll focus on three questions each month), let’s go over a few general things to keep in mind.

 

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Answering the Interview Question: If You Could Change Something about Your Past (Or Current) Job, What Would It Be?”

They just want to get to know you

Many job seekers get stumped by this question because they make it much harder than it needs to be. They either say too little (so they aren’t complaining about a past job), or say too much too much (which can make an interviewer think they were a problem employee).

So long as you’re honest, answering the question can be easy. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be just fine.

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VIDEO: Top Interviewer Pet Peeves

Interview mistakes to avoid

When you’re in an interview, have you ever found yourself wishing you could read your interviewer’s mind? That way you’d be able to answer every question perfectly, never make any mistakes, and get the job.

Unfortunately, we can’t help you discover your inner telepathic superhero. However, we can connect you with interviewers that will tell you, point blank, what they don’t like to see in interviews.

At a recent event, we asked a few of our top interviewers what their interview pet peeves are. Here’s what they had to say!

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Best Methods for Job Seekers to Interact with Companies

In the past, the job search was simple. You would physically visit the company you wanted to interview with, grab a job application, fill it out, and wait for them to get in touch with you.

Nowadays, however, there are a variety of ways for job seekers to get in touch with potential employers. From hiring sites and email to telephone, scheduled in-person interviews, walk-ins, staffing services, online job portals and more.

Express Employment Professionals surveyed readers of Refresh Leadership, our blog for business leaders, to discover the methods companies prefer to communicate with hiring candidates. We also asked readers of Job Journey, our job seeker focused blog, to see if their preferences were in line with those of employers.

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What to Do When an Entry-Level Job Requires Two to Three Years of Experience

Should You Still Apply?

You worked hard in college, and now you’re looking for a great job. But everything you apply for lists two to three years of “real world” experience.

This is a problem grads across the nation are dealing with. Some companies ask for a four-year degree and three years of experience for an entry-level, which can seem impossible. However, if you dig into your college accomplishments, you can find exactly what they’re looking for. Here are a few things to focus on in your resume.

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