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Posted November 16, 2012 by

THE Most Important Question a Candidate Needs to Ask

NewTown Solutions logoOver the years we have accumulated a vast amount of data to help our candidates get the position they want.   And time after time the one piece of feedback we get from hiring managers most often is “Great candidate, they would be a great fit but we are not sure if they want to work here?”

How can this be?  We quickly follow up with the candidate to see what their interest is and most often the response is over whelming, “I want that position.”  After a moment or two we will ask, “Did you ask for the job?“  And the standard reply is “No, but I went to the interview, obviously I want the job.” (more…)

Posted June 29, 2012 by

“So Tell Me about Yourself”

Ron Fry

Ron Fry

There it is. The granddaddy of all interview questions. And one that still,unbelievably, makes some of you stumble.

It’s really more of a request than a question, but it can put you on the spot like no question can. And if you’re unprepared for such an open-ended prelude to the series of standard questions about your skills, background, and aspirations you’ve been expecting, it can stop you dead and earn you an immediate one-way ticket out of the interview.

What Do They Want to Hear? (more…)

Posted June 14, 2012 by

Job Interview Question of the Day: Should you take samples of your work to the job interview?

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Question:
I had a quick question for you.  Do you think it’s a good idea to take samples of my work with me?  I will make sure it doesn’t contain any confidential information related to my current company but I wanted to show them the types of reports or training material I have developed as it relates to the job I’m interviewing for.

ANSWER

It is a good idea to bring samples – if applicable – but it’s the presentation of the samples that can be a bit tricky. It also depends on the position that you are seeking and whether the samples are applicable.

Here are some thoughts you might consider. (more…)

Posted January 26, 2012 by

Can You “Tell Me About Yourself?”

William Frierson of CollegeRecruiter.comWhile you may practice answering many interview questions, this is definitely one to prepare for. How you answer the question will let the interviewer know if you have actually thought about what to say. Don’t stress if you’re not sure how to respond to the “tell me about yourself” question. So that you won’t be thrown off guard, experts offer some advice on answering this question in your next interview. (more…)