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 »
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 »
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 »
I am 44 years old and I studied modern languages in college a long time ago. The only jobs I had were translation and localization testing. The pay was quite low. I now have kids and my husband is the only one working. I have his and my family's support to study something new that will help me secure a good job and good income, and also something I enjoy. Any recommendations on how I should determine what to study?
I appreciate your approach in seeking something that you will enjoy as well as offers a good income for you. I run into people far too often who don't really enjoy what they are doing but hang on simply…View all answers »
Should I put my references’ contact information directly on my resume?
No, there is little to no benefit in doing so and if an employer is interested in your references, they will specifically ask for them as part of the application or later in the process. On a more subtle…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 »
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 »
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 »
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…
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 »