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Let’s face the facts: Job interviews are difficult. Even experienced, confident candidates sometimes make simple mistakes that can cost them an opportunity. And by sometimes, we mean often. Your success during an interview doesn’t always depend on your job skills or your professional background; sometimes it just depends on how well you handle the task… read the rest »

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When you apply for a new job, you want to demonstrate you can handle the daily requirements of the role, but you also want to prove you’re a relatable and trustworthy person. Most of us already know trust arises from a candidate’s friendliness, kindness, sense of humor and communication skill. But here’s another fact about… read the rest »

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In order to succeed in your open position, the right candidate will need the technical training required by the daily tasks of the job. This may mean an eye for quality control, experience with relevant software or bilingual fluency. Qualifications in this category are usually cut and dry; either candidates have them, or they don’t…. read the rest »

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Most candidates feel a bit of excess nervous energy during job interviews, no matter their age or level of professional experience. Jittery nerves are by no means a sign of naivete or emotional weakness, and in fact, the more nervous a candidate feels during an interview, the more likely they are to truly want the… read the rest »

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Strong candidates are adaptable. This is a simple generalization, but it applies to almost any role in any industry. Candidates who can stay on their feet and keep contributing even in the face of project swerves and schedule changes are more likely to thrive than those who fall apart, can’t recover or can’t refocus in… read the rest »

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You have an interview coming up, and you really want this job. This isn’t just a trial run or a practice, and this isn’t an opportunity you have mixed feelings about, or one you might consider if nothing better comes along. This is a dream job, and when your moment in spotlight arrives, you intend… read the rest »

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No matter your industry, and no matter what the requirements of your target job may entail, there are a few well-worn interview questions that are nearly universal. Your employers are almost guaranteed to ask a few of these questions, and they’re likely to invest heavily in your response. These questions may sound generic, but they’re… read the rest »

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Emotional intelligence (or EQ), entered the workplace about a decade ago as a new metric that could be applied to candidates to gain a more accurate picture of their potential success on the job. During its early years, the term became synonymous with a general sense of social adaptability, cooperative inclinations, and communication skills. Emotionally… read the rest »

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Some interview mistakes are easy to avoid. If you truly want the job and you respect your interviewer, you’ll know better than to show up ten minutes late without an explanation. You’ll also dress professionally, and you’ll be polite and mind your manners. Even novice job seekers have an instinctive feel for the egregious behaviors… read the rest »

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Gaps in your work history don’t have to become obstacles to your career growth; however, depending on the length of and the reason for a gap, the unexplained chapter in your resume may attract the attention of a curious interviewer. You’ll probably receive some questions about where you were and what you were up to… read the rest »