Today's Killer Interview Question is a deceptively tricky one. At face value, it looks like you've given the applicant a blank cheque to talk themselves up like Hercules. However, what they choose to divulge can be revealing in more ways than one.
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Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough — and then you get hit with an odd question like, "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"
Job interviews are nerve-wracking enough as it is, then the hiring manager hits you with something like, "Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult coworker." What exactly do they want from you and how should you answer? A survey from the folks at LinkedIn might be able to help.
Whether she's appearing on a prime time TV show, gracing the silver screen, or writing, producing and starring in her own hit web series, there's no shortage of things to keep actress and gamer Felicia Day busy. I'm thrilled Day, a self-described "Lifehacker addict" (SQUEE), took some time to talk with us about how she manages her projects in Hollywood and on the web—and finds time to play a little WoW, too.
While it's true you can never be completely sure about how well you'll adjust to working with a new boss, company or team until you've actually started working, asking probing and strategic questions during the interview process is one of the easiest ways to gather useful intel about potential opportunities.
You're on the job hunt and you need to get your professional references together. And that means reaching out to a certain former boss who would be the perfect person. There's just one little problem. You're not exactly in touch.
A job interview is your best chance to make a good impression on a future boss and team, and while it's also a time for them to impress you, you want to make sure you send the right message with your non-verbals. This graphic outlines seven different body language mistakes you won't want to make, and how to avoid them.
Many of the killer interview questions we've featured before would apply in any job. For developer roles, you'll often be asked to write code to solve a particular problem. As student Michael Kozakov discovered when being interviewed by Twitter, the kicker is that you have to write not just functional code, but the most efficient code.
Hi Lifehacker, I was asked for salary expectations in an interview for a contract IT job. I left it to the employer to decide what they could offer me, but they persuaded me to provide a range. I didn't have the exact salary figure from my last job, so I quoted bit lower range. Now I've got the job offer and have accepted the job. I've been sent the paperwork to complete. I have just come across salary figures from my last job. There's quite considerable difference in my salary. I am being offered about $6 K less. Is it recommended to amend my salary expectations? If so how should I approach them?
By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, "I created this in the eighth grade!" So, you're no longer [email protected] as far as your prospective employers are concerned. You also know not to show up late for the interview. And you have a firm grasp on the importance of making eye contact and delivering a solid handshake.
You see a job you'd like to apply for — but there's a catch, you don't meet all of the requirements. Despite that, you know the difference between being underqualified or unqualified and you feel confident you fall into the former camp rather than the latter. You can do this job.
Preparing for interviews is serious business. But even if you practise, and practise, and practise, you could still get a question you just don't know how to answer. Whether it's a technical question on something you've never heard of before or just something completely unexpected, a question that stumps you can really throw off the pacing of the conversation and leave you a bit shaken up.
I have vivid memories from my hiring days of going through applications for various roles and finding that one person who decided to submit an application for every single one. It happened more than you'd think — and honestly, it happened more than even I anticipated when I was new to recruiting. However, as I started reviewing more and more resumes, one thing became apparent: Somewhere out there is a person who is apparently telling people that the best way to get an employer's attention is to apply for as many of their openings as humanly possible.