I'm currently applying for jobs, and I want to know if I should be including a cover letter with my resume if the company doesn't specifically ask for one? If so, what should I say in the cover letter?
Great question! I think all recruiters have a different opinion on cover letters. For me personally, I do not typically review cover letters and usually only look at the resume. If recruiters are receiving…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?
Great question! I think this depends on the size of the company. For large companies, I do not think letters of recommendation are the norm. For smaller companies, they may use them more often. If you think…View all answers »
What are some specific questions that I will likely be asked in an interview?
This is a tough question to answer because every interview is going to be different. I would always be prepared to answer questions about your work experience and background in detail. You should also be able…View all answers »
In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?
In most large corporations, it is common for your first round interview to be scheduled with a recruiter. I have never heard of a manager from a department outside of the position you are applying to, or outside…View all answers »
I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?
I would recommend a casual setting such as a coffee shop or café. I think a sit down restaurant would be too formal and it would be harder to come and go as you please. Pick a location that…View all answers »
I'm a very awkward person and sometimes can't sit still. In class, I find myself sinking in my chair and then having to readjust and sinking back. I also fidget a lot, unsure of where to put my hands. I will be going on some internship interviews soon so I was wondering are there any big no-no's during an interview? Things that I should keep in mind prior to the interview? Or literally any advice?
Posture is very important during an interview so as difficult as it may be to sit still, I would strongly recommend focusing on this. If you have trouble sitting up in your chair, try using the table as a bit…View all answers »
If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?
If this is for a potential job or networking, I would recommend reaching out via email. A text is informal and unprofessional and a phone call may catch the person off guard. I would agree that it is best to…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?
Congratulations on your graduation! Job searching after college can be difficult so I don't think you're alone in having a gap in employment. Most employers will understand this and will not see this as a red…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?
A phone interview is essentially your opportunity to make your first impression and for recruiters to weed out any candidates that may not be a fit for the position. It is hard to fully gauge someone's qualifications…View all answers »
If I got my interview through a family connection or though someone working at the company already, should I tell this to the interviewer or could that hurt my chances of getting hired?
I agree with Ashlyn that it is always best to stay away from mentioning this or name dropping. Some interviewers or hiring managers may take this the wrong way. If asked how you heard about the position, I…View all answers »
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