November 25, 2014 by Shawn Elmore
I’ve recently found myself on ‘that’ side of the table. You know the one. The side where you sit alone and face a panel of inquisitors who hold crisp, white sheets of paper with questions that require you to summarize your career in two minute intervals.
It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had to go through the interview process and I can confidently say the interview questions I’ve been asked are nearly the same ones I answered 10 years ago.
– ‘Tell me/us about a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you handle it?’
Category Business, Interviews, Unemployment Stories | Tags: interview questions,Interviewing | 2 Comments
April 17, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I love hearing about the experiences people have with unemployment and job searching. I couldn’t wait to share this with you and I especially love what happens in the end. How often can I say that? The rest of this post was written by an anonymous submitter.
I’ve been job hunting for a few months. (I stepped away from a job that just wasn’t a fit – not normally the best idea, I know, but my husband was supportive and it was the right thing in this case.)
I’ve been selectively applying to senior administrative jobs & while I’ve had a few nibbles (phone screens, a couple of interviews) nothing has been a real fit. Then I got a call from a fairly large company. The recruiter said they’d had trouble finding the right fit as the candidates so far just didn’t seem to ‘get it’ in terms of the importance of the EA position. (I’m an EA who had other careers previously – teaching, recruiting – and I really enjoy supporting senior executives. I know the EA role is crucial.)
Category Interviews, Unemployment Stories | Tags: Unemployment Stories | 1 Comment
March 13, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I won’t take any credit for this bad interview, actually. This was an interview described to me by my mom who was interviewing for a job at a law office.
Well, when she finally found the building, she walked into the office and found bullet proof windows surrounding the reception desk. Needless to stay, she didn’t stick around to see what would go down in this interview.
Shouldn’t there be a warning and bullet proof vests provided if there is potential for danger in an interview?
Category Interviews | Tags: bad interviews,interviews | 4 Comments
March 12, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
I’ve been at my job for over a year now and while it may sound like I’m oversimplifying a bit, all I do during the day is data entry. I can’t imagine much changing either – at least not any time soon.
The nice thing about having a job that I don’t like is that it sharpens the job qualities I am looking for. The thing is when I first interviewed for this job, there are certain interview questions I wished I had asked based on the values that I know mean more to me than they ever had before.
Category Interviews, Lessons Learned | Tags: Honesty,interview questions | 2 Comments
January 12, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!
Has anyone else gotten this question on online resumes?
150 characters or less gets me in the Twitter frame of mind and that is never good. “Try to be creative” and “say something that will catch our eye” makes my brain start to bleed out my nose.
I have no clue on what to say and neither does anyone else, because when I google this question, no one else knows what to say either.
Category Advice, Interviews | Tags: 150 characters or less,applications,interviews | 17 Comments
January 9, 2014 by Lady Unemployed
Recently my mom interviewed at a job and you know what? They never told her whether or not they hired anyone. This has happened to me in the past and once I didn’t hear until two months later. I remember I had to email the human resources woman a total of five times (this was well after the interview and I assumed that if a month has gone by without word that I didn’t get it; that doesn’t mean, I didn’t want to know for sure).
Weirdest yet, the same exact thing happened to my brother recently.
Category Interviews | Tags: Rejection Letters | 2 Comments
August 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed
Right before I left for the job interview I have this afternoon, I heard from a former coworker who told me her company was hiring. She said to pass along my resume and she would forward it to the human resources person. I did and didn’t think anything of it. While I would love the job I am interviewing for today, nothing is a sure thing and it would soften the blow of not getting the job, if I had a back up plan.
Well this morning, I get a call and I pick it up and its the human resources manager from the company my coworker is employed.
Category Interviews | Tags: Interview,Phone Interview | 4 Comments
August 5, 2013 by Lady Unemployed
Ladies and gentleman…
I have a job interview today! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I am proud to announce that I have a job interview this afternoon for a social networking job. This job is perfect for me and I have supposedly already impressed the CEO with my writing samples. It’s out of state too, which is awesome because I don’t like where I live.
It’s been a stressful weekend, though, I’ve messed up three pots of coffee this morning, broke one hotel coffee pot already and finally after an hour of attempting, I finally have one cup of decent coffee in me.
Category Employment Status Update, Interviews | Tags: job interviews | 1 Comment
March 12, 2013 by Lady Unemployed
Sorry for the long title everyone.
As you may or may not know, today was day one of two phone interviews I have scheduled this week. I snuck away for my half hour lunch break and sat in front of a fairly busy bakery near my job to conduct today’s interview.
One question the woman on the phone asked stopped me in my tracks. It single handedly made me wonder if I really wanted the job.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Five years ago, I would have said that I wanted to have graduated from college (done!) and have a start on my career (ummm…). I also not-so-secretly would have thought I wanted to be published by now (not yet, sigh).
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July 31, 2012 by Lady Unemployed
I’m totally happy! Just like this![/caption]
I have some pretty exciting news!
In case you didn’t hear, I had an interview last Wednesday. The interview went great and actually went better than any interview I’ve had so far. It’s for a fantastic job that I can’t believe I might get (entry level marketing…EXACTLY what I’ve been hoping for).
And guess what??
I received an email from them yesterday asking for my references!! I’m so excited!!
So we’ll see where this goes. I’m pretty sure it’s in the bag unless one of my references says something really awful. Here’s hoping THAT won’t happen.
Category Employment Status Update, Interviews | Tags: job interviews,Unemployment Stories | 19 Comments