I don't have much on my resume, but I did a lot of extracurricular activities. How exactly do I talk about that in an interview? What should I emphasize when discussing my volunteer work. How can I show that I'm good with time management and working with at team? What exactly should I say?
You should focus on the tasks that you were given and the role that you played to execute those tasks. Did you take on more of a lead role or more of a support role. Explain what you did and the outcome of…View all answers »
A recent interviewer asked why I thought I had not been hired yet because I have been interviewing for the last 4 months since graduating college. How do I answer that question in a positive way?
Hi, The first step is to honestly evaluate why you have not been hired yet. Job searching after graduating in the fall semester is always more difficult as it does not align with the normal…View all answers »
Someone once told me that an interview is as much about me learning about the company as it is the company learning about me. Is that a fair assessment? For example should I feel free to ask my interviewer about why they like the company or where they feel its weak points are?
Absolutely! Those would be two great questions to ask. The interview is definitely a two way street! Do your homework on the company you are interviewing and try to tie in a question to learn…View all answers »
If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?
Hi, It is always tough no matter what situation led to you being let go. Honesty will help you land on your feet and more importantly learn and grow from this set back. …View all answers »
How should I dress for an interview? What does “business casual” mean?
You should dress how you feel comfortable meaning a suit or business casual. If they say business casual and you dont feel comfortable going to an interview in anything but a suit, wear a suit. Business casual…View all answers »
I need to ask for a couple 'personal' days off work. Do I need to give my supervisor specific details as to why I need to leave? I don't want to lie but I also want to remain professional.
The best approach to base the answer to this question on your relationship with your supervisor. If you have a solid line of communication and feel comfortable enough sharing your personal business…View all answers »
I am looking for paid work experience in Chicago this summer, before I move overseas. Are there any defined time period jobs out there? Something maybe one step above an internship, as I am a grad student? Is this something I might try and negotiate with companies?
Hi! There are many factors that will play into your goal. The most important part is to ask! As I do not know more specific to your situation and because this is during the summer, an internship…View all answers »
I had been working at my entry level position for a little over a year. Last week due to the company downsizing and changing roles, I was laid off. Yesterday, my former boss contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in coming back. I'd have to go through the steps of an applicant. Just looking for some advise on how to proceed. If I were to get an interview, I'm nervous I might say the wrong thing.
Lay off situations are always tough, but they must have thought highly of you if they have reached out to you this soon. As far as the interview, don't worry about saying the wrong thing, be yourself. …View all answers »
When asked random questions in a job interview such as, "if you could remove any state from the U.S., which state would it be and why?", what are employers looking for in a response?
Most of the time they are simply asking a question to throw you off a bit, maybe even lighten the mood, and see how quick you are on your feet. Typically there is an "answer" for these types of questions, but…View all answers »
I`m a current student earning my degree in civil engineering. What types of jobs or careers would be suitable for me?
I think there are many different directions you can to go in with your degree. My recommendation is to talk to your college career center for advice. Figure out where your interests are, and go from there.…View all answers »
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