Tag: interview skills

No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

Recently, I posted an article about our need to find out why we didn’t get a job offer after being interviewed. Something we said? Didn’t say? Just the basic ‘wrong background’ story? Unfortunately, interviewees quite often get a corporate-speak e-mail thanking them for their time, etc., but offering no real reason why they didn’t get … les mer

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When Just Being Nice Won’t Cut It: Why You Need Interview Adjectives/Examples

Does anybody actually enjoy being interviewed? Sitting in the hot seat being grilled and judged and found…acceptable? …wanting? Probably not, which is why people attend interview technique courses to learn how to best handle this rather falsely constructed, yet necessary, situation when trying to land a new job. At a recent evening course on this … les mer

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‘Why didn’t I get the job?’: Playing the Sympathy Card

My recent article about not getting the first job I ever interviewed for in Norway triggered a certain number of comments. While this is always a welcome thing for a blogger (to paraphrase circus owner P.T. Barnum, ‘There’s no such thing as bad reader response’?), what was especially interesting about these was the writers’ underlying … les mer

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‘Why didn’t I get the job?’: Our Need for Post-Interview Answers

Even though it took place a good many years ago, I still remember my first interview in Norway. I had answered a newspaper ad posting a teaching job at a newly started school in the area. The student body was made up of adults (as in age 19 and over) who were either going back … les mer

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Cross-Cultural Confusion: What’s Not to Love at an Interview?

I went on LinkedIn the other day and read an article whose title had caught my eye: ‘The 3 Secrets to Landing a Job When the Company Isn’t Hiring’ by American business consultant Avery Blank. When clicking on the link to open this page, I admitted to myself that the keywords ‘secret’ and ‘landing’ had … les mer

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Interview Poker: The Danger of Keeping Your Cards (Too) Close to Your Chest

While a job interview should be a lively, interesting conversation between two professionals exchanging experiences and ideas, all too often it can turn into something resembling an interrogation of the jobseeker by the employer. Les mer

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Minding the Gap of Underemployment

Halfway through my course on interview technique (in English) last week, I brought up the slide on which appeared what turned out to be a dreaded interview question: “So, please tell me/us, why do you want to leave your current job?” A few minutes before these fear-inducing words were shown on the screen, I had … les mer

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