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July 08, 2008

Are you ready for behaviorial interviews?

What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Tell me about yourself. These were very common questions in an interview, but times are changing, and so are interviews. You need to be ready for behavioral interview questions. In a behavioral interview you will have to demonstrate your knowle...

May 23, 2008

Follow-Up to the Interview

Most candidates focus on several aspects of preparing for the interview—careful preparation of the resume and portfolio, a mock interview, and finding appropriate professional dress. However, there is also work to be done after the interview. Once you leave the site of the interview, the temptat...

May 08, 2008

Interviewing From The Employer's Perspective

Every graduate is eager to secure employment. Although most individuals don't prepare themselves very well. The preparation on the part of the individual will make the interview team much more understanding of what is being said and they can listen for passion and desire. Every interview is meant...

March 28, 2008

Thank-Yous Matter

In the wake of the spring Education Interview Day on our campus, I am reminded of, and wish to remind you of, the importance of writing thank-you letters to interviewers. I am sure that all of you have heard it before, and it seems minor, but in cases where multiple candidates have similar qualifica...

March 13, 2008

The Weakness Question

At some point in the interview process, you are likely to be asked about your weakness(es). This is the question that seems to be most problematic to candidates, and is the one I get the most questions about. There are two possible approaches to this answer, in my opinion. One is what I call the "t...

March 05, 2008

"Tell me about yourself..."

Perhaps the most common interview starter is the request to "tell me about yourself." It is also one of the most confusing parts of the interview for many job seekers. My favorite corny comment about "tell me about yourself" is that the interviewer really does not care who your third grade teacher ...

February 29, 2008

"I did" vs. "I would"

Behavioral interviewing has become the norm rather than the exception with all types of employers. Behavioral questions usually begin with a phrase such as "Gve me an example of a time…"or "Tell me about a time when you…." A variant of the behavioral question is the scenario question. Scenarios ...

January 02, 2008

Interview Appearance - Part 2

Some years ago, I was told that the first thing employment recruiters do in an interview is look at your shoes. As a male, I knew that my black wingtips should be freshly polished to make the best impression. It was not necessary that shoes be new, but they should look new. Maybe it's a cliche, but...

December 21, 2007

Dress Like an Administrator

A few years ago, at an interview day at a university, a school administrator commented to me that most candidates were dressed appropriately for interviews, but it appeared some visiting from another university had been advised to "dress like a teacher." Fifty years ago, that might have been a compl...

June 01, 2007

Questions for the interviewer

Near the end of an interview, candidates will have an opportunity to ask questions. You'll want to be sure your questions demonstrate the depth of your knowledge of the employer and the position. Questions should be prepared in advance while researching the employer but also may be generated by i...

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