I recently applied to a job and saw that I had a 3rd connection with the individual currently holding the position I applied for. In general what are the guidelines for asking to be introduced on LinkedIn?
Great question! LinkedIn is first and foremost a professional networking site, so asking to connect or to be introduced for a professional reason is absolutely appropriate. I don’t know that I would go…View all answers »
On average, how many interviews will a person have within a company before obtaining the position?
Great question, as you certainly want to be prepared, but unfortunately, I don’t think there is an average as every company is free to tailor the interview process as they see fit. For example, I have…View all answers »
Is it common for employers to write letters of recommendation for their interns at the end of the summer? Is this something I should plan on asking for?
This is completely dependent on the employer, but it is never a bad idea to ask. Your time interning is a time meant to expand your understanding of an industry, company, or position, and should you decide…View all answers »
When looking for a job online, does it make any difference whether I use job board aggregators (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) or apply directly through a company's website? If not, which aggregator(s) would you recommend?
In my experience and opinion, it does not matter, as long as the application gets to the company in the end. Both the posting company and the job board benefit in situations where its posted on both. The company…View all answers »
What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?
I think in most situations, whether you know the person or not, if you have requested the interview its nice to offer to pay for coffee or lunch. There is no documented proper etiquette for this of course,…View all answers »
Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?
Yes, they do! If you’re looking I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to put yourself out there and network with as many people as possible. Let’s face it, your skills may get you the job,…View all answers »
When should I include/exclude my GPA on my resume? How about class rank?
I guarantee you that if you ask 5 different recruiters or hiring managers this question, you are likely to receive 5 different answers. Each recruiter or hiring manager is looking for a number of things and…View all answers »
I graduated in January and still haven’t been able to find a job. How do I explain this period of time without employment on my resume?
Simply put, if asked, you explain it exactly as it is – I graduated in January and have been spending my time searching for a position that will be the right fit. What you DON’T want to do is make…View all answers »
Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?
First and foremost, don’t take it personally! Many recruiters, especially those at larger firms with a Campus Recruitment arm, are managing a dizzying number of applicants, hiring managers, and ever-changing…View all answers »
When I research a company before an interview, what sort of information should I be looking for?
This answer could be pages long, but I’ll do my best to give you some of the most common things to look for. First and foremost, do a little research on the industry in which the company falls into. Is…View all answers »
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