Can you ask an interviewer to stop talking so much?
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1M ago
This post, can you ask an interviewer to stop talking so much? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I recently had a job interview where I had a lot of questions I wanted to ask about the role and the firm that were going to be pretty important in my decision with whether to continue with the process. The interview was booked for a 45-minute time slot, and the interviewer asked what questions I had right at the top. I asked my first question, and the interviewer took 20 minutes to answer it. She technically answered the question, but also then rambled ..read more
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Is being offered a job too quickly a red flag?
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1M ago
This post, is being offered a job too quickly a red flag? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I work in an technical aspect of healthcare. In my city I have heard there is a shortage of people in my field. A lot of people left during Covid and my small city has experienced rapid growth. I have recently decided to look for a new job. My independently owned clinic has been bought by a corporation. Talking with others in my industry has lead me to believe my salary is between 5 to 40% lower than it should be and I do not receive health insurance with thi ..read more
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Is it dishonest to interview for a job when I’m not that interested in it anymore?
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2M ago
This post, is it dishonest to interview for a job when I’m not that interested in it anymore? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: Until recently, I was looking to leave my current project management role. After being at the same title and essentially the same pay for five years, I was feeling frustrated with the lack of advancement in a job that was expanding in scope and responsibility. While I enjoyed the work, I felt like having the same title would gradually make my resume look stale. Moreover, the whirlwind of inflation we got hit with this year ..read more
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Employer invited me to interview but then canceled within 24 hours
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3M ago
This post, employer invited me to interview but then canceled within 24 hours , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’m in the middle of a job search, fresh out of college (I used your advice to write my first-ever cover letter, so thanks!) and I just had a strange experience. Last week, I applied to a receptionist role at a niche school in my neighborhood. I have a couple of years of experience in admin/reception-y stuff, so I figured I had at least a small shot. I was very excited when earlier this week, I got an email from them asking to set up a Zoo ..read more
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Is it still OK to wear a mask to a job interview?
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4M ago
This post, is it still OK to wear a mask to a job interview? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I am a new grad from an MLIS degree and I am also high-risk for Covid. I am now starting the job searching process, and I just got an email asking me to come for an interview. I am still masking everywhere in my life, which is non-negotiable for me, but I’m worried about the optics of wearing a mask at the interview when the vast majority of people where I live aren’t wearing masks anywhere now. I’m hoping for some advice about how to address this or if I e ..read more
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Should I offer to work for less so that someone will hire me?
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4M ago
This post, should I offer to work for less so that someone will hire me? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I’ve been job-seeking unsuccessfully since December 2020, most likely due to my lack of real work experience. I went to graduate school straight after my undergrad and had several internships but no full-time work experience. While I’ve made it to final round interviews several times, I’ve never been able to close the deal. I’ve been unemployed for over a year and a half now and I’m getting really desperate to start my career, considering that t ..read more
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How do I juggle different employers’ timelines when I’m interviewing?
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4M ago
This post, how do I juggle different employers’ timelines when I’m interviewing? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I am in the middle of job-searching and one of the most stressful parts is the different timelines that organizations are on. Some get back to you in 16 hours (as was the case with a first interview I had this week), some get back to you in a month (as is the case for a dream job I applied to). Some, like said dream job, are thoughtful enough to let you know their timeline for interviewing and hiring, which is helpful. But with others, y ..read more
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How do you tell a company that this is truly your dream company/job?
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6M ago
This post, how do you tell a company that this is truly your dream company/job? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I have a second interview with a company I have been working towards my entire career. They only hire experienced candidates, and I’m finally at that level. I’ve also freelanced for this company, which was a wonderful experience. How should I — or should I do this at all? — tell them how serious I am, not only about the specific job, but about working for the institution itself? I don’t want to come off as some deranged fan, but I would l ..read more
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Was my interviewer in the wrong … or was I?
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8M ago
This post, was my interviewer in the wrong … or was I? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I was wondering if you could help enlighten me on an extremely odd situation I had and whether I was wrong in any way. A few months ago, I applied to an entry-level assistant/reception position for a large company. A third-party recruiter posted the listing, so he contacted me for an initial screening call and set up a phone interview with the hiring manager for the upcoming Tuesday at 11 am. The recruiter was incredibly helpful throughout and gave me the manager ..read more
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My family member says it’s bad to withdraw from a hiring process even if I know I don’t want the job
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8M ago
This post, my family member says it’s bad to withdraw from a hiring process even if I know I don’t want the job , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I had a really frustrating interview situation recently. I applied for a job based on the posted job description, which was for a generalist, with a list of maybe 10 areas of responsibility. Exactly what I’m looking for. In the past, I’ve had jobs under this umbrella where I only did one thing … and I HATED it. My cover letter lays this out plainly. I logged on for my Zoom interview. “Tell us why you’re int ..read more
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