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Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:54

No-Show Phone Interview

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Phone call womanI scheduled a phone interview for 2:30 p.m. mountain standard Time and when I went back to my email to reconfirm whereas it was 10 minutes later than 2:30 already it reads please allow for a call within 30 minutes of the scheduled time. That seems strange to me.. and now we approach the last 5 minutes of that 30-minute window and still no hide no hair no phone call. Do I reach out to them after the 30 minutes is up or do I assume that I should move on and keep looking elsewhere?

As I am responding to this question 16 days after you have posted it, I would expect you have resolved it by now. So, my response is directed at anybody else facing a similar situation.

Focus on the aspects of your work experience that apply specifically to the position that you’re applying for.

This can also take the form of, “if I asked one of your faculty members/previous supervisors to tell me about you, what would they say?”

A problem with ethics is that it isn’t always a black & white situation. Many ethical situations are grey at best.

I would expect, that while posting jobs that don’t exist isn’t common place, neither is it unknown. I’m sure that some companies do it as their standard practice.

Friday, 22 December 2017 16:48

Is it okay to fake a response in a job interview

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Is it okay to fake a response on an interview just to give a good impression?

No, definitely not. You are only fooling yourself if you think you are fooling your Interviewer.

Friday, 22 December 2017 16:42

Six Interviews But No Job Yet

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I have given six interviews so far and I’m constantly getting rejected in the final round. Why is it so?

Without ever having seen you in an interview situation, there is no way to answer this question.

But let’s turn it by a few degrees and look at it differently.

I had to reread the original question after reading some of the answers provided.

I thought that the question was asking about ‘mindfulness medications’ which takes the question in a different direction. To that question I would have replied ‘No, definitely not!’

I don’t see myself applying for an experienced, mid level position in the near future.

Having said that, I wouldn’t see myself worrying that the position has been open for 60 days or more.

It often takes a while for an employer to get things organized. There may not have been any qualified applicants. The fact that you are being interviewed at all is noteworthy in the sense that they are considering you as a potential hire.

There may even be other reasons such as nobody wanting to apply for the job. There could be a myriad of problems with the job, including the direct supervisor, the employees, working conditions etc.

It might be worth your while to do some sleuthing to find out if any of what I have suggested may be true. If they are, it may be a deal breaker for you wanting to work there. Or, it may give you some insight on how to answer questions from the interviewer that may be covertly addressing a problematic work environment.

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While it has been proposed that you should never turn down a job interview, I can’t whole-heartedly support that premise.

Every opportunity comes with logistics attached. Should one of those logistics be the fact that you are currently at work or the interview would be during your scheduled work time, I think it could be detrimental to your current employment status should you choose the interview over your work obligation. Postponing, or rescheduling would be prudent.

I guess it also depends on how desperate you are. I really don’t like having to respond to someone else’s sense of urgency. It can be artificially induced pressure.

Postponing or rescheduling may also serve to illustrate that you are an assertive person and may very well work in your favour. Unless of course, they are looking to hire a follower.

If the interview is during a period of time that you are not working … then by all means go for it!

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There is no reason that you can’t tell an interviewer that you are nervous but it serves no purpose other than attempting to reduce your anxiety. It won’t!

Any good interviewer will know that you are nervous, without you telling them. Depending on their personality, they may be understanding and supportive of you or they may use it against you.

You would be better off in trying to reduce your nervousness prior to going for the job interview.

This can be done by brainstorming possible questions that you may be asked during the interview and preparing for answers. The job description itself can be a great place to prepare yourself for potential questions.

Another great anxiety-reducing strategy is to do some role playing. Have someone ask you questions and answer them as if you were in the actual job interview.

Anxiety usually won’t kill you, but seeming overly anxious may kill the interview. You want to come across as being confident and the right person to be hired for the job.

There is an old saying that goes ‘fake it until you make it.’ If you believe that you are confident and not anxious, you in turn will be confident. It really works!

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:14

I got a call back for a job interview ...

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I got a call back for a job interview but I told her I wanted to keep my current job. I changed my mind. Can I call back now or is it too late?

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