What are some of the most common mistakes people make in interviews?
Top 3 in no particular order:
1. Not being prepared - do your research on the position, on the company, the industry, etc.
2. Coming off as arrogant vs. confident - be confident, but…
In this current job market would I be better off going straight from a Bachelors degree to an MBA program instead of entering the work force right away?
My personal opinion is that it is always better to get some work experience before pursuing your MBA. Your MBA coursework will likely be easier and more enriching if you are able to apply actual work…View all answers »
Why am I being asked if I am Hispanic? If I am, is this a good or a bad thing? How does it affect my chances of being invited for an interview?
Employers in the U.S. are allowed to ask under certain conditions which are generally governed by the federal civil rights act of 1964 and subsequent rulings. In simplest terms, specific to employment,…View all answers »
What industries/types of companies tend to use case interviews, and what are they looking for?
Specific to types of industries/types of companies, management consulting or similar where one solves problems/advises client are likely to use case interviews. But they could be used in almost any company…View all answers »
I've been with my company for almost three years now. Have had the opportunity to go for a short international assignment and have landed a role that I'm very happy with. Problem is that it's not clear what the next move might be. I've been in this role for a year now and there's no path for development. When is it the right time to explore externally?
You've been with your company for 3 years now and 1 year in your current role, that is a more than fair commitment, now is the right time to explore externally. Remember, you're just exploring, if you…View all answers »
When employers ask for a writing sample, what exactly are they looking for? Are there certain types of writing that would be more useful for them than others (i.e. research reports, creative writing, articles I wrote for the school newspaper)?
There's no standard, as you suggest, good writing can take many forms. Best thing to do is ask if the employer has a preference. If they don't, don't necessarily provide what you think might be…View all answers »
Which is generally the fastest way up the corporate ladder: working for one company for a long time, or transferring between many different firms? I keep seeing friends transfer into higher up positions at outside firms and they all tell me it is quicker to transfer than to slog through the promotional process at my own company. What do you think?
Generally, I would say you will progress faster by transferring between many different firms. Many employers have not yet figured out how to best move and promote talent internally, despite their best…View all answers »
Should I only apply to jobs that I feel I’m qualified for? Or are some employers more interested in the person rather than a perfect match on paper for the open position?
I would say many employers are "interested in the person rather than the perfect match on paper" as you say it. Essentially we describe that as hiring for potential vs. past experience. More often…View all answers »
I have had two internships already (both 3 months, one in the spring & one in the summer) and was wondering how many internships is too much? Is it bad to have 3 internships all lasting 3 months? I also currently work as a waitress too & that is a position I have had for over a year.
I echo my fellow hiring expert, you can't have too many internships. Most employers will find your internship experience and your waitressing experience much more valuable than what you are learning in…View all answers »
My son is a senior in high school, and some of his friends are talking about attending our community college because it provides a direct pipeline into jobs his friends say pay pretty well. How can I convince him to go to a four year college? What's the best advice I can give him. I'm pretty worried about this.
Why do you want him to go to a four year college? Pursuing the community college route and starting a career earlier, may be the best thing for him. He can always go back and get the four year degree…View all answers »