The Power of a Thank You Note

You are finally done with one more interview and honestly think that you are blessed that it is over by now. Is it? Do you think it is good enough only to stand out during the interview and just wait for the interviewer to contact you? According to Amy Segelin, President and co-owner of Chaloner, there is one important step you may tend to forget about: a prompt follow-up.
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3 standard interview questions that almost everybody gets wrong

Standard or tricky interview questions? Sounds familiar? As promised last week, we will further address the issue of tricky interview questions – or in today’s case: interview questions that seem standard but are not quite… and how to go about them.

Here are three of the most common standard questions that most experienced managers and executives get wrong: Read more

Interview questions you should NOT be asked

One thing that we always repeat our clients is: every job interview is a two-sided conversation. However, with the job market becoming more and more competitive, it is easy to forget about it; and some employers may become too confident & all powerful, which may lead them to try to take an advantage of their position.

There are some questions that no recruiter should be able to get away with. Depending on the country, some of them, like for example: Read more

How to dress to impress an interviewer?

The dress code is an important part of how you present yourself during the job hunting process. As we wrote in one of our previous blog posts, the devil lies in the details (shoes), and with all things being equal, the details decide. Are you absolutely sure that you know how to dress for an interview? Read more

Do you interview like a master?

We had a summary call with one of our clients the other day:
Career Angel, “How is your job search going? I saw that you had 8 interviews during the last 4 weeks.”
Client, “It’s really bad. Nothing concrete.”
Career Angel, “But you’ve had 24 interviews over the past 3 months.”
Client, “No, no… I had only 4 real interviews. The other ones were just general calls or meetings.”
[Note: our client actually generated 2 job offers, one of which was accepted.]

First things first. What is an interview? Read more

How (not) to prepare for interviews

In short: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

Make sure you tick all the boxes of the below checklist:

Your online presence is flawless
In the Internet era, the first impression is no longer the physical impression we make, but the virtual one. Stay in control of your online reputation. Read more

What I learned from 32 grueling interviews

About this TED talk: What’s less fun than a job interview? Try doing it again. And again. And again. Ashwini endured 32 interviews before she landed a job and kept notes on every experience and lesson along the way. Ranging from funny to unbelievable, she shares what she learned (Lesson 3. don’t wear green) and shows what it’s like to search for work as an aspiring businesswoman in India.
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Job Interview Preparation Strategies: What To Do And What To Skip

From Forbes: a job interview is not just any conversation – the stakes are high, the employer is probing you, there is a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time.

Here are 5 preparation strategies to ensure you’re at your best for your next interview. To read the article, click here

Be aware of the “Paper Manager”!

If you have ever recruited a manager, you are probably familiar with the following:
– you receive dozens of CVs
– you delete 50% of them as they are inappropriate (eg.: an electrician from Ghana living in Vienna recently applied to our LinkedIn Job Ad for Career Angels)
– you sift through the rest and discard some more
– you select 10 to actually interview Read more