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A Guide to Video Interviews

Job interviews over video platforms like Skype and FaceTime have become a very common part of job hunting, as they provide the flexibility of a phone call with the benefits of meeting in person. In many ways you should treat these just like any face-to-face interview, but here are some specific tips to help you […]

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Winter Interviews

It won’t be much longer before autumn in the Canadian prairies will come to an inevitable blizzardy close, and we will don our down-filled parkas and woolly accessories. While we love a cozy mitten/toque/scarf set as much as the next person, continental climates pose unique challenges when it comes to job interviews in the winter months.

Here are […]

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Five Answers: ‘What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?’

Five Answers: ‘What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?’
Some “stock” interview questions are relatively easy to prepare for and provide with you an opportunity to highlight your value as an employee. Nevertheless, as an interviewee, you should also be prepared for those stock questions that trip-up even the most qualified candidates. “What would you […]

Five Interview Questions That Might Scare You

 

There’s an urban legend that Microsoft liked to test the analytical thinking of its potential recruits, asking them brainteasers to see how they handled them. Legend has it that when Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, was interviewed, Microsoft asked him to explain why most manhole covers are round (as opposed to square). Perhaps offended, […]

The Importance Of A Good Handshake In Your Job Search

It’s one of the first and last impressions you’ll leave with an interviewer so it’s time to revisit one of our favourite topics – The Handshake.

Your handshake says a lot about you, it can exude confidence, enthusiasm, anxiety, honesty… this list goes on. So what’s your handshake saying about you?

 

The Wet Lettuce: The top of our […]

4 Interview Tips to Ensure You’re Hiring the Right Person

Finding the right person for the job means doing more than just finding a resume that fits the job description. An in-person interview is one of the most crucial steps in a hiring process and the goal shouldn’t just be to determine if their skills noted on their resume are true. During the actual interview, […]

Is Your Hiring Process a Turn-Off?  

We often compare the recruitment process to dating. Two parties, testing the waters, seeing if they should commit to something more long-term. But what happens when things turn sour? The dream date, your favourite candidate, decides to take themselves out of the running. What did you do wrong? Why did they ditch you when you […]

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How to be a Likeable Interviewer: Why it Matters to You and Your Brand

Much has been written about the need to give a good interview. If you want the job, you must excel in the interview. Proper body language, doing your homework on the company, asking good questions . . . all great advice. But we don’t often see advice for the interviewer.

I interview countless people as a […]

Ace a Job Interview with Body Language [VIDEO]

Did you know that 93% of our communication is non-verbal? This means that when you’re in an interview, those prepared answers you have in your head are only 7% of the equation. This video from behavioural investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards, shares some great do’s and don’ts of non-verbal communication to ace your next job interview.
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Decoding Common Interview Questions

We’ve all been through an interview process or two, and some of us have heard similar questions in multiple interviews. So, why do all employers ask these questions to candidates? What are they looking to get from the answers? Here are some popular interview questions broken down, and some suggestions on what interviewers are looking […]

How to Recover from a Bad Interview

No matter how qualified you are for a job or no matter how much you truly think you’d be a good fit for the position, sometimes the interview just doesn’t go your way. For bad interviews, quickly correcting the mistakes can wash that bad taste out of your interviewer’s mouth and allow you to be […]

Getting Through a Group Interview

 

Congratulations! You have made it to your job interview. The bad news is that you have discovered that it is a group interview. It is hard enough to interview for your perfect job, but doing so in a group setting can be even more nerve-wracking.

 

Group job interviews are often used by employers who see it as […]

Interview Tips and Tricks that Work

Being unprepared is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to a job interview. Employers are on the lookout for well organized, informed candidates that stand out from the competition. Increase your wow-factor by following these interview tips and tricks to find yourself at the head of the pack:
Don’t get lost
This […]

Going for a Job Interview: Old School vs New School

A new year has begun! What better time to dust off those interview skills and take stock of what tactics should be applied in 2014.

 

Just like we did with old and new school resume writing approaches, we’ll walk through the aspects of going for a job interview and compare what traditional and modern techniques you […]

Ask A Recruiter: Top Job Interview Questions Employers Ask

A job seeker wrote in with a question about interviews –

I’m a bit curious.. As recruiters you probably conduct hundreds of interviews, so it had me thinking – are there any common interview questions that people often answer badly? I consider myself a pretty good interviewee but my recent string of rejections had me wondering […]

How to Interview like Google

How many golf balls can fit into an airplane?

How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

These are the kinds of impossible brainteasers that Google’s interview process used to be famous for. But no longer!

 

Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior VP of People Operations, recently […]

How To Succeed In Any Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

Over the phone, in a group, technical testing, intimidating interviewers, clueless bosses – it’s an unpredictable world out there for job seekers going on interviews!

But you can prepare yourself for any type of interview and interviewer with the help of this infographic put together by Interview Success Formula. They look at 5 common types of interviews […]

Ask A Recruiter: Following Up After An Interview

A job seeker asks about following up after an interview: 

I don’t know what to think of this and whether I should follow up –

I had an interview last Wednesday for a job and it seemed to go well. It went for about 50 minutes, I had great rapport with the interviewer and I think […]

Ask A Recruiter: How to Handle Gaps in Your Resume

I’m nervous about a job interview I have soon. I have an eight month gap on my resume and I just know it’s going to come up. The reason for the gap is quite involved and personal; one that I really don’t feel like explaining in great depth to an interviewer. So should I just […]

Ask A Recruiter: Answering the Salary Question

A job seeker asks us how to answer the most dreaded interview question –

I have read so much conflicting advice about how to answer the most dreaded interview question – “What salary are you looking for?” Some people suggest avoid saying anything at all until the interviewer says a number first but that seems quite […]

Ask A Recruiter: How should I dress for an interview?

A job seeker asks about what to wear to an interview –

 

I currently work in a very casual dress workplace (think jeans and a t-shirt). I’m about to interview for a more traditional ‘corporate’ workplace and not sure what to wear. What would you consider appropriate business interview attire for a woman? Should I wear […]

Questions to Ask an Interviewer

“Do you have any questions for us?”… Silence. A lone tumbleweed blows through your mind. Sound familiar?

 

At the end of an interview it’s standard procedure to save some time for the candidate to ask any questions he or she might have. Yet surprisingly so many hopefuls end an interview without asking a hiring manager any […]

How to Explain You Were Fired in a Job Interview

Losing your job is a hard pill to swallow but explaining that to future employers can be downright nauseating. 9 out of 10 times an interviewer is going to ask you the reasons for leaving your last job, so it pays to prepare and rehearse how you’re going to answer when the question pops out.

Firstly, […]

Ask For The Job

At the end of an interview, most candidates ask “what’s the next step?” – great question. But if you’re really interested, why wouldn’t you ask for the job?

 

“Dave, thank you so much for your time to today. I have to tell you I’m so excited about your opportunity and I would love if you would […]

The Four Parts of an Interview

Learning proper interviewer techniques should be vital to your recruitment strategy. Having untrained interviewers can cost you reliable information and insights and lead to bad hiring decisions further down the track. The flip side is candidates rightly see interviews as a chance for them to assess an organization and a bad interview experience can cost […]

Free Workshop: How To Get Hired

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Ever get tongue-tied during an interview?

We’re offering a FREE workshop for Edmonton job seekers to help you stand out from the crowd. Don’t resign your job search to the rejection pile! Get practical advice to spearhead your […]

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A Job Search Tip From Lenny Kravitz

In the words of a young Lenny Kravitz “it ain’t over til it’s over”. Ok so maybe Kravitz wasn’t exactly crooning about your job search but it’s wise words to keep in mind when you’re in the midst of a hot job hunt.

 

Sometimes we’ll meet candidates who have a verbal offer, or simply have ‘a […]

What You Wish You’d Known Before Your Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

We love this infographic from Classes and Careers. It really hammers home the point that personal appearance and being prepared and confident are key to nailing the Perfect Interview!

33 per cent of bosses decide within the first 90 seconds if they will hire someone
Failure to smile and having no knowledge of the company are the most […]