New graduates often focus on technique and presentation: How firmly should I shake the interviewer's hand? How many questions should I ask? While these are important questions, focusing on these aspects can distract you from the most important thing: using common sense.
If you're looking for a new job this year, you'll probably need to look beyond the typical application process in order to stand out. With 86 percent of employees planning on actively looking for a new job in 2013, competition is still at an all-time high.
There may be some stress involved with the responsibilities of the position or in the work environment and you don't want them thinking, "if you can't handle a simple interview, how are you going to deal with the everyday pressures of this job."
"That's a very good question" is a ploy media coaches teach interview subjects to use. I'd like to offer new conversational placeholders during media opportunities, to allow the gathering of wits and to possibly redirect a troublesome dialogue...
The oasis of a liberal arts institution can be as comforting as it is supportive to students' development. But, unless you're making the commitment to hire every alum, they have to someday leave the oasis.
Most interview processes at tech companies are failures because past performance is not a predictor for future performance. I've learned to trust a less scientific data source as both a job seeker and a talent seeker: my gut.
Life is too short to waste time with amoeba companies who don't understand human beings, only spreadsheets and policies and hoary job-interview scripts. Those guys don't get you, and they don't deserve you.
Despite the advantages of technology, landing a job at a good start-up company can be a long, tedious process, or it can be a quick flash of opportunity if you happen to be in the right place at the right time.