Do you dress up for phone interviews?

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Corn on the Job Wisdom for Job Seekers Blog About Archives COTJ Blog Roll Corn Heads Contact Subscribe Do you dress up for phone interviews? Naturally, the conversation got me thinking about how people dress for phone screens. That will scream through the phonee.

employees sleeping at work during snow storm, recruiter sexually harassed me on a phone interview, and more

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Recruiter sexually harassed me on a phone interview. If they want to know the status of a project, it would make more sense for them to just ask us for a report. You can definitely give it a shot, especially since it’s been two years since your salary was last set. Recruiter sent me LinkedIn profiles of my interviewer — what am I supposed to do with them? Wait to connect after the interview, or not at all? It’s five answers to five questions.

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company is taking us to a musical mocking religion, custodian might be taking my food, and more

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Company wants to take us to a musical disparaging religion. My company has bought us tickets to go see The Book of Mormon as a company bonding experience. People have impromptu Nerf battles in the hallways, and the company has previously taken all of us out to see Star Wars. But if it’s truly unrelated to your work, it’s reasonable to say “this isn’t a good idea for either of us.”). Scheduling surgery when I’m waiting to hear back about an interview.

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my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him January 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a 27-year-old woman working for a well-known national company. He never offers to buy us lunch. He never offers to buy us lunch.

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Hullo? You there? | Ultimate Career

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How would you interview? I just spent a full 3 hours last week conducting phone interviews to hire customer support associates and here are some interesting responses which, I thought, are “noteworthy&#. Â Q: Hi, this is Ethan calling for your phone interview, is this a good time to talk? Â Q: Why did you apply for this job with us? I am also my boss’ assistant and my job is to help him make appointments and take his phone calls.

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company refuses to let us come in with minor colds, coworker sends reminders about emails right after they’re sent, and more

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My company refuses to let us come in sick, even with minor colds. I am a teapot maker; for some baffling reason, my organization has decided to call us all “teapot fabrication specialists.” Should employers explain why you’re not hired if you’ve made it to an interview? I just had a phone interview and then an in-person half-day interview with three people that I thought went well. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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6 Strategies to Effectively Use Video In Your Recruiting Efforts


It’s also become a resource for us in the recruiting industry to reach candidates as they become more accustomed to and expectant of video in the hiring process. This definitely steps outside the job posting box and provides more of a narrative than a traditional job posting ever could.

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How to Get Past the Screening Interview

Career Alley

The interview process — most of us have walked down this road before. And although the interview itself brings about emotions of sheer terror, it is often the prescreening interview that can make or break whether we get that next job. Best Interview Question Ever.

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What Are The Next Steps After Getting A Promotion?

Career Realism

Not to mention, the move from peer to boss can definitely be a minefield. Like it or not, we create an identity at work and many of our co-workers identify us with our role. Change our role or give us more responsibility, and people around us sometimes have difficulty adapting.

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Top 30 Blogging4Jobs Posts of 2015: #16-30


But in the meantime, take a look back with us, at the HR conversation in 2015: #30 To kill or not to kill performances appraisals. Rank and yank, anyway, that’s definitely got to go. Phone screening! How to Use Phone Interviews to Screen Candidates. #24

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can I call an employer back with additional questions about why I was rejected?

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A reader writes: I had a job interview a while ago for a position I did not get (I am a health and safety professional and at the time had been working for an international mining company, for 3.5 I was invited to a screening interview which was only 10 minutes in length, where a few HR people sat with me and asked a few very vague questions to “get to know me” without even really telling me much about the job (e.g., But it’s just not the way interviewing works.

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how much do I need to alter my own schedule for a job interview?

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I had a phone interview with a company last week and we are trying to schedule a time for me to come in to meet with several members of the hiring team in person. I am excited about the role and would like to get in for an interview as soon as I can. If I give open availability to the interviewers, I risk needing to reschedule these meetings which would definitely raise a red flag to my current manager. interviewing

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Is Job Search 2.0 Worth it?

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Home About Archives Write for Us! My reasons for creating this site were: I interviewed with a big NYC ad agency and they thought my resume was boring. I’ll definitely work more results into the areas where they fit and the objective is also helpful.

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my coworker treats our Spanish-speaking clients more poorly than other clients

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I have had other clients tell me that “the other guy worked better with us” (meaning the previous social worker) and that they only want to come into the building when I’m here, because they know they’ll be listened to. While theological issues might not exactly be the wheelhouse of AAM, company branding and image is, and I feel that at a minimum she is beginning to create a bad reputation for us in the community.

2017 57

when should a new manager start doing real work, correcting errors in other people’s letters, and more

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There are about a dozen of us under my supervisor now. Meanwhile, six months ago, we acquired our biggest competition and are integrating them, we have multiple aging systems that don’t communicate well with one another, our clients have the same problems repeatedly that we have to address because of our inadequate systems, our warehouses are continually behind because of the increase in business, and all of us have more accounts than we can give enough attention to.

2016 61

boss left my performance evaluation on the office printer, intern just got hired by the team I’m interviewing with, and more

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That said, I can definitely understand why you’re weirded out; this is a document dissecting your performance that wasn’t intended for anyone but you and your boss to see. My intern just got hired by the same team I’m interviewing with. I recently applied for a position that I’m incredibly excited about and had a great first interview. Can I ask for a phone interview before interviewing in-person? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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my coworker’s constant emergencies mess up my work, office weight loss competition, and more

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My interviewer asked me what I admired most and least about my parents. I had two phone interviews this week with the same company, and things are heading in an exciting direction! It was a two-parter during the interview with HR: (1) “Tell me the trait you most admire about your parents.” ” In my mind, I laughed and thought: well, definitely that they are dead. Have you ever heard of such questions for an interview?

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A Guide to Creating a Professional Setting for Skype Interviews

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Corn on the Job Wisdom for Job Seekers Blog About Archives COTJ Blog Roll Corn Heads Contact Subscribe A Guide to Creating a Professional Setting for Skype Interviews by Rich DeMatteo on September 30, 2010 You’ve interviewed at least a dozen times before. Silence your cell phone.

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courtesy interviews: when colleagues pressure you to interview candidates they’ve referred

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A reader writes: What is your opinion on “courtesy interviews”? Specifically, interviews for the sake of appeasing higher-ups when you have no interest in the candidate? I am not a hiring manager and do not work in HR, but rather my boss has tasked myself and a few colleagues to filter through resumes for a new position and conduct initial phone interviews before we pass a few candidates on to him. Courtesy interviews are an interesting thing.

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What to Do When You Hate Your First Job

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Home About Archives Write for Us! I definitely cannot see myself making a career out of it. Most of us have been there. I also think the challenges you face during your last months of employment will build character and give you plenty to talk about in your interviews. Create a spreadsheet that tracks your applications, interviews and follow ups. Use your lunch break to talk to recruiters or do phone interviews.

2010 171

job candidate lied about his work history, not working oneself to death during a notice period, and more

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I did a phone interview and he was great. We talked about his current job and whatnot, and I set up an in person interview for the next week with my boss. While he was in the interview with my boss, I had a coworker call the organization and ask for this person. We definitely learned a great lesson today though about doing our due diligence on applicants! I mean, he’s probably lying, but you should find out for sure before concluding that definitively.)

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Easy Ways To Plan For Career Success

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When we’re young, people ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Sometimes, circumstances force us to choose a particular path. The resume is only a tool to land the interview. A resume works if it gets you the interviews.

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an employer told me I was their back-up candidate in case their first choice didn’t work out

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After two phone interviews with the hiring manager (Jane) and others, I was invited for an in-person interview with Jane and another staff member. The interview lasted about an hour. My nerves got the better of me, so I’d say it went okay, but definitely not my best performance. The day she’d identified for interviews with Sylvia came and went with no word, as did the day of the interview with the CEO. how long should interviews last?

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can I do my own thing during business trip evenings, knitting on work breaks, and more

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Consequently, business trips often take us to big vacation spots, and this upcoming destination is home to a prominent bar scene. You are not expected to invite your colleagues to whatever you do in your off hours on the trip (you can if you want to, but you definitely don’t have to). I definitely wouldn’t do it at your desk, even if you’re on a break. My company has a copy room and a conference room set aside specifically for us. It’s five answers to five questions.

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do good jobs ever leave room for outside artistic pursuits, coffee wars, and more

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Some of it is just there to convey to you what’s important for the role, and to give you a sense of what they’ll be assessing you on throughout the interview process (not just in the resume screen). Many of these soft skills aren’t things they’re going to assess you on as they interact with you and interview you. Was the interviewer hoping to hear that I have lots of friends in the city, meaning that I might be more excited to relocate? If you’re in the U.S.,

2018 61

my managers are disrespectful to people, my company wants to do group interviews, and more

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My company wants to do group interviews. The company I work for wants to start interviewing people in a cattle call format in order to interview people in groups rather than individually. For those who stay for the whole presentation, they do get an individual interview afterwards, but since they have to sit through the presentation and also wait for others to get their personal interview, they can be in our office for hours. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 59

I want to break up with my boyfriend but I work for his parents, office flatulence, and more

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You definitely don’t need to leave this job off your resume! I do agree, though, you should definitely be job searching actively. You could tell interviewers that you’re looking to leave because it’s a small family-run business and you’ve realized that you’d like to work somewhere more established/with more structure/whatever makes sense for the context. Interviewers will understand that, and you won’t need to get into the boyfriend situation at all.

2018 54

when job candidates are scheduled for a half-day of interviews, can I end it early if they’re not right for the job?

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We invite promising candidates to campus for half a day for a tour, classroom observations, a few interviews and a demonstration lesson. And are there times when it would be appropriate to end the visit early or should I always let them go through the process since they have arranged to spend half a day with us? I’d strongly suggest doing a one-on-one interview with these candidates before inviting them back for the full half-day schedule of activities.

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organizing an all-men beach weekend for coworkers, is gossip beneficial at work, and more

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The simple fact is that us guys are all pretty friendly towards one another and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t be part of that, and definitely don’t be the person who organizes it. Our team was only part-time student workers and us, and we worked together very closely. I immediately began looking for a new job and did not include Company B on my resume, but would explain the situation during a phone interview. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 63

should I ask my coworker why she didn’t hire my son, I stole from an employer years ago, and more

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He had a lengthy phone interview and an even longer in-person interview with several managers, and then they declined to make him an offer with no explanation. He’s demonstrated technical proficiency and enthusiasm, and hiring him would save us a lot of time we’d otherwise use training someone without his barista skills. There’s definitely not a universal etiquette rule that you’re supposed to invite your boss to your wedding.

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I moved for my husband but can’t find work in my field, recruiting by text message, and more

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As soon as I got back, I filled out many applications and had interviews. The interviews went really well and the managers liked me, but many did not want to hire me due to my education. (I One manager only interviewed me as a back-up plan; if one of his people quit, he would call me and ask me to fill in. No raises would be given and as a matter of fact, at the time the entire US operations had been forced to take a temporary ten percent pay cut that had started in February.

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who pays for coffee, combining an interview and a trip, and more

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Most of the time, she just surprises us by bringing everyone coffee, but once in a while she’ll check in first before she goes for a coffee run. It’s a business meeting, plus he’s inviting you, plus he’s your boss — each of those factors on their own point to you not paying , and taken all together, you definitely don’t need to pay. Combining an interview and a trip, and how long employers can wait. Because of that, don’t get too wed to interviewing there in June.

2018 60

coworkers talk about childbirth over lunch, employee is abusing candidate referrals, and more

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I work in HR in a recruiting function, but I manage the entirety of the process, everything from resume screening to phone screens to moving people forward, to offers. Very average and not someone I would want to move into the in person interview stage. He became very defensive and said that they sounded great when they spoke on the phone and they had a lot of skills we are looking for. They’re almost definitely not just being polite.

2018 55

waiting to see if I’ll be laid off, moving for a significant other, and more

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We have been doing long distance on and off almost since the start of our relationship, and it’s wearing us both out. My role is definitely improved by in-person working/communication, but is entirely possible to conduct remotely. While we are very serious, that is not something that is on any near horizon for us right now. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I may or may not get laid off in a month — what should I be doing now?

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my coworker blew up over a photo, employee keeps bugging me to interview someone, and more

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Employee keeps bugging me to interview someone. ” I don’t have time just to talk if I know I am not bringing in a candidate for an interview. I recently went through a phone interview with a recruiter, and she pressured me into a phone interview immediately because they liked my resume. During the phone interview, she told me I was the number one candidate, then scheduled an interview with the hiring manager.

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my boss keeps telling me “you have a year,” dressing one step up from the job you’re interviewing for, and more

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In interviews, should you dress one step up from the position you’re applying for? I have always heard that you should dress one step above the job you’re applying for, and the job required an extremely casual uniform, so I showed up to the interview in nice medium-wash jeans, a slightly but not overly dressy top and nice but casual shoes. Even for interviews where slightly less formal dress is okay, though, a good rule is never to go as casual as jeans.

2018 60

my coworker spread a rumor that I have racist tattoos, what to expect in a third interview, and more

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I’m an HR manager, and I recently attended an Interviewing Skills for Line Managers training session with a few other managers. I then dedicated a lot of time and energy to taking what we’d learned in that presentation and combining it with our current training deck to create a more comprehensive Interview Skills/Recruitment Training session for all managers. Is it legally questionable to partake in the phone interviews if I know I’m going to apply?

2014 56

does a good college mean you don’t have to do internships, employee refuses to use cell phone, and more

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An Ivy could maybe minimize that a bit, although I wouldn’t count on it, and other schools — even very good brand-name schools — definitely won’t. ” Sometimes I will choose to be the one interviewed but usually I spread it around or assign out if I feel you are ready for it. When I’d asked you about previous interview requests, you’d told me to use my best judgment — which I took to mean I could respond to reporters on my own. It’s five answers to five questions.

2016 61

is it okay to write someone’s cover letter for them, a mysterious fragrance, and more

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And if the former is true, how can a candidate who is good at their profession but bad at writing increase their chances of getting an interview? However, since there are only three employees working for this company and she laid all of us off, she put herself in a situation in which there is no one to operate her business. Of course her business needs to function, so she asked us if we can continue working four hours a week without pay. Should I conduct exit interviews? ?My

2018 46

employer asked me to produce free work as part of hiring process

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I sent my resume along with a few examples of my work in, only to get an email reply back after a phone interview that said the following: “At this point, you are in a group of candidates that are on the fence and we need you to complete the following request before we move on with the process. To help us better compare you with the other candidates, we would like you to send us a sample of what you can do with website design. Not definitely … but probably.

2012 84

sharing an office when people are fasting, IT remotely accessed my laptop when I asked them not to, and more

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The four of us share a tiny office that’s really not meant for more than two people, so we are pretty much all up in each other’s personal space all day, but we’ve developed a pretty great working relationship. I have a second interview for a job this Friday, and while I know nothing is ever guaranteed, I really hope I get an offer. I told them during the phone interview that I would need to give my company two weeks notice, as is the norm.

2018 51

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Did I wrap up this phone interview rudely? I had a phone interview recently, and I thought it went great except for the end. The interview was scheduled for 30 minutes, but after both she and I had exchanged questions and answers, I had noticed that we had gone about 10 minutes over. In an effort to be conscientious of the interviewer’s time, I mentioned that I had enjoyed speaking with her, that I wanted to respect her time and that we had gone over.

2012 50

short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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Asking for feedback after a phone interview. Would you also recommend doing this if you had an initial phone interview but didn’t get to the next step? Sure, you can absolutely try that, especially if you had a rapport with the interviewer. I had a great in-person interview two weeks ago, and was told I would hear something last week. Why do I have to interview with HR?

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