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Asked by raelene on June 27, 2017

I am interviewing for position with a large company but also applied for another position within the same company but different department. One position has less qualifications than the other however, for myself I would prefer the second position given that it is slightly higher in rank and aligns more with my future goals. Do you think the interviewer will think differently of me because I applied for the 2 positions? It should be noted that the interviewer would likely be the same for both positions. How would you address this in the interview?

Textron, AT&T, Hill-Rom, ManpowerGroup have responded.

Hello – If both of the positions are within the same function and are related to your degree and past experience, it will be less confusing to the interviewer. If you have already interviewed for one…

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Asked by Jonathan on June 26, 2017

I'm interviewing for another role within the same company. What would be an appropriate example to the question regarding workplace ethical dilemmas? I don't want to speak badly of colleagues and company- but can't think of a workplace related answer! Any thoughts?

ADM, Emerson, AT&T, Hill-Rom have responded.

Great question! You might try answering the question with more of a broad response rather than pinpointing a particular person or situation. Let them know your thoughts on handling an ethical or unethical situation.…

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Asked by Rianne on May 22, 2017

I am a Paralegal by trade, and want to apply for a job opening. This employer has asked to include a creative writing sample with my resume. What is this employer looking for? I've never had anyone ask for this, so I'm not sure what they want.

AT&T, Grace, ManpowerGroup have responded.

That is a great question! There are many different jobs that ask for a writing sample, even if writing may not be a key component of the job.  What does the employer want to know about you?  They…

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Asked by Jordan on March 7, 2017

Hello, I am applying for a district manager position with a national grocery chain. Is it appropriate for me to do some sort of report and bring it with me to the interview? This is a second round group interview, and I want to do something to set myself apart, as well as prove I have done my homework. If I came with a situational analysis and my recommendations for how I would approach things, would this be seen as too much? I don't want to appear arrogant, I just really want this job and want to show them I am motivated. Given the position I am interviewing for, I am not exactly sure what this homework would be, but really want to prove to them I am the best person for the job.What are your thoughts?Thanks for your help!

Emerson, Merck & Co., ManpowerGroup have responded.

Hello, and thank you for your question! Employers love to see enthusiastic candidates, but you are right in checking on what can be seen as ‘too much.’

You can never be too prepared for an…

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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Asked by Tanya on December 20, 2011

Should thank you notes after an interview be hand-written?

Merck & Co., Avery Dennison, IBM, AT&T have responded.

This is not necessary. Today, a 'thank you' send via email or Linkedin inMail is actually preferable and more environmentally conscience.

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