Pre/Post Interview Articles

The Top 15 Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates

It's time to fill that vacancy on your team and the pressure is on to find a job candidate who has all the skills and professional experience you need. But can you determine that from just an interview? It’s possible — if you pose smart queries. Here are 15 of the best questions to ask an interviewee.

How to Answer, 'What's Your Expected Salary?'

The job interview is going as you’d hoped. You meet the required qualifications, you have a rapport with the interviewers, and those practice sessions you and a friend ran through helped you present smoothly and confidently. You have a real shot at landing this job.

Then you hear that awkward question: “What’s your expected salary?”

22 Phone Interview Tips to Help You Nail the Call (and Move to the Next Round)

There’s truly nothing more rewarding than getting a response from an application you sent in to your dream job asking you to hop on the phone for an interview. Not only did all your hard work—editing your resume, writing a cover letter, putting together writing samples, and filling out endless forms—pay off, but you’re finally going to meet the person (or people) hiring for your role. Or, uh, well, hear their voice at least.


25 Phone Interview Tips to Get You to the Next Round (With Video)

What is a phone interview and what role does it play in the hiring process? Many companies use phone calls with candidates who look good on paper to determine if those applicants are ready to move to longer, more in-depth interviews. This is sometimes called a phone screen.

In this quick video, Indeed recruiter Katy explains how you can prepare for a phone screen.

(Keep reading for in-depth tips on how to prepare.)

During this call, you’ll typically speak with a recruiter rather than the hiring manager. This is a critically important part of your job search. If all goes well, the recruiter will move you onto the next stage. But if they come away with a poor or incomplete impression of you, things are unlikely to progress.


4 Pro Secrets to Rocking Your Video Interview

By now, you’re probably familiar with the basics of video interviewing: Find a quiet, clean place to have it, make sure your mic’s turned on, and—seriously—put on some pants.

But with more and more employers using Skype or Google Hangout for their first round interviews—and more and more job seekers knowing the basics—it’s a good idea to take your digital interviewing skills to the next level. From enhancing your sound quality to making sure your body language sends the right message on that small screen, there’s a lot you can do to make sure your digital presence is as professional and polished as your IRL persona.

To learn more, we sat down with experts who specialize in looking and sounding great on screen. Here are their (seriously) pro tips.


How to Use Skype for Video Job Interviews

To save on interviewing costs and to streamline the job interview process, companies are turning to their computers instead of phones and offices to conduct interviews.

 Skype, an online phone and video service, has become the most popular way to conduct long-distance or even international video interviews.

 Sometimes companies use Skype for first-round interviews (similar to a phone interview). Other times, companies will use Skype for second-round, or even third-round, interviews.



Soft skills to help your career hit the big time

You’ve got a reputation for being the best coder/editor/mechanic/whatever, but it amounts to little if you don’t work well with others. Some of the most important professional skills for workers and employers alike simply can’t be taught in a classroom or measured on paper. These traits are called soft skills and they’re more crucial to your job search and overall career than you think.

How to Handle Job Rejection

Getting rejected from a job opportunity you’re excited about can be detrimental to your confidence in your job search. The application and interview stages are usually quite a process and no matter where you are in that process, if you get rejected, it’s tough. Many candidates internalize this and it can majorly affect the motivation to jump back into your search. So, how do you overcome the rejection in a job search?

Looking for a new job but having zero luck getting hired can be, to put it lightly, incredibly demoralizing. 

5 Things to Leave Off Your Resume, According to Recruiters

Here are five things recruiters (including one I interviewed from Accenture) wish you'd leave off your resume:

Freelance or Full-Time Employee? Sound Designer Edition

This question has been coming up a lot more these days. People have a lot more options for their work life than ever before. While some love the stability and routine of working for someone else, others are finding that the standard 9-to-5 just doesn’t appeal to them.

The Importance of Career Networking

The importance of career networking shouldn't be discounted when you are in the midst of a job search. In fact, career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving along the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network, even if you don't need it today.

6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

Most professionals nowadays know that a clear (and proofread) resume can help them move along during the job application process. But what if you think you submitted the most perfectly edited resume with loads of experience and you still don’t make the cut?

What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?

Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers. Avoid these because these words don’t do you any favors. I’ve listed alternatives to use instead!

13 body language blunders that can make you look bad

 Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it.

If that’s the case, it’s time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.













6 phrases (and 6 words) you should never include in a cover letter













  It goes without saying that you always want to present yourself in the best possible light when you’re job searching. From how you structure your resume to what you say during a job interview, it all counts towards (and against) you during the selection and hiring process. But knowing what to say — or not say — in your cover letter is particularly important. Use the right wording, and you’re golden. Write the wrong thing, and your entire job application can get pitched in the “thanks, but no thanks” pile.

Read on for these words and phrases that you should never include in your cover letter.

 Survey: This is the most annoying thing coworkers do at work — and it’s probably happened to you

The worst things your coworkers can possibly do at work. When coworkers act like this, employees say they feel “the most discomfort.”

Boost your chances of getting hired with one simple thing

Just a quarter of entry-level job applicants typically sent a thank-you note after completing a job interview in 2017, according to iCIMS’ Class of 2018 Jobs Outlook report. iCIMS is a global talent acquisition software company.

It might seem as dated as flip phones but sending a thank-you letter is critical, said Vicki Salemi, a career expert at in New York.

“There is no reason in this day and age why you’re not sending a thank-you note,” Salemi says. Do it immediately when you get home or within 24 hours.

How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress

That’s why, in the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects: they only ask questions.

Yep, the best small talkers play the role of reporter and ignore their own back-stories. How? They use the six most powerful words in networking. I include two of those “powerful” words in bold down below.


7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing

Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition (just like a storytelling cover letter).

Here are seven types of words we need to stop capitalizing.

Here’s how to make the salary expectations question work for you

During the job interview process, you should have three ideas about compensation clear in your mind before you get the salary expectations question: what’s realistically at the upper end of your range, an amount that you’d accept, and a pay level that you’d decline. You should write these down for your own reference early in the process before the heat of salary negotiations begins to warp your expectations in ways you might not expect.

6 reasons recruiters say they’ll toss your resume in the trash

Most professionals nowadays know that a clear (and proofread) resume can help them move along during the job application process. But what if you think you submitted the most perfectly edited resume with loads of experience and you still don’t make the cut?

It turns out that there are plenty of smaller mistakes that make recruiters reconsider adding you to the “yes” pile. Six of them weighed in on the problems they see with resumes all the time that keep applicants from getting ahead.


6 keys to declutter your resume right now

Common wisdom tells us to limit all the important information on our resume to a single page, while highlighting job experience and random factoids. But what about that series of McJobs, or the unfortunate gig that ended really (really) badly? Is it considered smart to leave those out of an updated CV, or will it seem like you’re lying?


Research: It’s much better to apply for a job before 10 a.m.

Turns out that applying to a job is only half the battle — the moment at which you hit “submit” can be the difference between getting called in for an interview and muttering to yourself, better luck next time.

 Recent research from TalentWorks found that applicants are nearly five times more likely to score an interview if they send an electronic application in between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. than they would be if they did so after work. In short: You should submit an online job application within this four-hour window — in the company’s time zone.

Here are some other things job seekers might want to know from the research.


Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter 

As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. But you don’t have to work in publishing to realize the necessity of good writing. Misplaced commas, an incorrect spelling, or a missing hyphen can change the meaning of a sentence.

Language rules exist for clarity. A classic example is the sentence “Let’s eat mom,” which reads much differently from “Let’s eat, mom.” In the first, the writer is having her mom for dinner. In the second, she is urging her mom to eat with her.

 The best cover letters: How to write a great cover letter

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” in your cover letter and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

 Use these 21 interview questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. It’s time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview.

 I’ve put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview’s all about. It sure feels like it’s about you, but it’s really not.