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Poll Results: During a Job Interview, What Red Flags Would Make You Reject an Employment Offer?

Interviews aren’t just about deciding if the job applicant is the right person for the job; they’re also about the applicant discovering if the job and company is right for them.

For both sides, company and applicant, red flags can pop up to show this might not be a work relationship worth considering. However, the job market is currently competitive, and employers are willing to overlook some qualities they would have seen as red flags in the past. To figure out what these red flags were, we asked both employers and job seekers about job search red flags. Let’s dig into the results. (more…)

Question of the Month: During a Job Interview, What Red Flags Would Make You Reject an Employment Offer?

Interviews are a two-way street. The company is interviewing you for the job, but you’re also interviewing the company to make sure they’re the right fit for you. Sometimes the interview goes great and you have a feeling you’d get along well with your co-workers. Other times something feels…off. And then your interviewer says something that’s a major red flag. It might be about high employee turnover, company values that don’t line up with yours, or just the interviewer being vague about the job responsibilities.

We want to know what interview red flags would make you reject an employment offer. Let us know by voting in our poll! (more…)

Why Aren’t You Getting a Second Interview?

You put in the work and sent out plenty of job applications, and you had the opportunity to interview with some great companies. But for some reason, even when you think those interviews went well, you never get a second interview.

What’s going on? Is there something you’re doing wrong? Not necessarily, but there might be a few things you can improve. Here are a few reasons for not getting a second interview and solutions to help you move forward. (more…)

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…)

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…)

Poll Results: How Do You Prefer to Interact with the Companies, Stores, Etc. That You Patronize?

Companies want to reach you so they can persuade you to buy things or use their services. That’s why we get a daily barrage of emails, text messages, phone calls, and more, filled with ads and price tags.

We wanted to know your preferences when it comes to interacting with companies that you patronize, so we asked about it in a recent poll. The results might surprise you. Unwanted ads are annoying, right? Well think about how this data could apply to how your interviewer feels about unwanted inquiries. (more…)

Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

Job applications are rough. You can spend hours just finding the right jobs to apply for, and then it takes even more time to fill out each job application. Since it takes so long to apply, it’s important to find a way to stand out, to make those hours spent looking up positions and filling out job history worth it. One way to do that is with a stellar cover letter.

With so much of the job search going online, the cover letter is a great place to show your potential employer who you are as a person, and how your unique experience and personality make you the right pick for the job. Here are a few tips to make your cover letter stand out. (more…)