Interview Prep

Category: Interview Prep

hiring process
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

4 Ways Employers Can Improve the Hiring Process

These posts are usually geared toward my regular audience of job seekers. But occasionally, I’ll write one for the audience of my audience: hiring managers. This week’s post is for both groups of readers, with an aim to help improve the hiring process, during and after the Great Resignation. Employers

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unsolicited job opportunities
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

Reverse Job Search: How to Deal With Unsolicited Job Opportunities

In last week’s post, I discussed ways job seekers can take advantage of the current job market created by the “Great Resignation.” As a follow-up, I want to illustrate how being honest about both your strengths and weaknesses, and developing good salary negotiation skills, can make a difference in a

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questions
COVID Info
Lori Bumgarner

How to Know What Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

I’ve previously written on the importance of asking questions of your own when interviewing for a job. Not only do they help you make a wiser decision when it comes to multiple job offers, they also help you win the interview! But with various interview processes, and the latest changes

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interview skills
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

Do You Need to Improve Your Interview Skills?

Most people need help improving their interview skills. Even those who think they do well in interviews. We all have blind spots when it comes to interviewing. And even if you’re naturally good at interviews, there are some novel things you can do in your next interview to increase your

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thank you notes
Career Etiquette
Lori Bumgarner

How to Write the Best Thank You Notes for Your Interviews

Update: I failed to clarify early on in the original post that a type written thank you note should be sent via snail mail. Thank you to one of my readers for bringing this to my attention! This is the month we celebrate thanksgiving. Therefore, it’s only fitting to have

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your next interview
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

Why You Need to Be Ready For Anything in Your Next Interview

Last week I wrote a post about possible questions you may face in your next interview. If you’re looking for work during the pandemic, you need to be ready to answer such questions. The questions I covered included: What did you do with your time while laid off or furloughed

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interview questions
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

How to Answer These Important Pandemic Interview Questions

If you’re interviewing for a new job due to a COVID-related job loss, you want to of course prepare for commonly-asked interview questions. But you also need to prepare for some new interview questions brought on by the current pandemic. These pandemic interview questions could include: What did you do

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interview questions
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

How to Handle the Most Pointless Interview Questions

In light of coronavirus times, one of my Facebook friends posted this the other day: “So in retrospect, in 2015, not a single person got the answer right to ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’” I commented: “This is reason enough to retire such an overused and

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video interviews
Career Advice
Lori Bumgarner

How to Make Phone and Video Interviews Run More Smoothly

I have a few clients who’ve done video interviews in recent weeks due to COVID-19. While phone and video interviews are nothing new, at least not to first-round interview screenings, they’ve temporarily replaced all in-person job interviews during the quarantine. Companies are likely to continue holding remote interviews throughout the

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