Interview Follow-Up

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5 Steps for Answering Difficult Interview Questions With Ease

You’re interviewing for a job you’re really excited about. You’ve researched the company’s history and products, and prepared answers to all the typical interview questions. After you sit down with the hiring manager, you’re hit with an unexpected question that stops you dead in your tracks. What do you do next? Preparing for an interview is…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is a great strategy for professionals at various points in their careers. It is an effective way to network with people at specific organizations of interest, whether you’re just out of college or a seasoned professional. It is also wonderful when you want to explore a new career path or are considering a professional transition. No matter what, it is always a good way to learn more about a position and about yourself…

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5 Ways to Upset a Hiring Manager

Whether you like it or not, the hiring manager is key for how you advance in your job hunt. What you think is being helpful and demonstrating ambition might actually be extremely annoying! Let’s review some of the top mistakes that drive hiring managers crazy so that you can avoid these mishaps at all costs. Ignoring…

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How to Develop a Follow-Up Strategy

It’s no secret that GetFive members who land a new position inevitably mention how much of their success was a result of persistent follow-up calls, letters, and emails to the key decision makers. Even for people who see themselves as good conversationalists and who are unafraid of reaching out to people, these follow-ups are not…

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How to Turn That Rejection Into a Job Offer

No one relishes the idea of being rejected, personally or professionally. While you can’t do much (and probably shouldn’t) to convince a person who declined a date that you’re a real catch, it is possible to change the mind of a rejection-inclined hiring manager. What’s more, turning a rejection into a job offer can benefit…

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Expert Guidelines for Using References

If you’re a job hunter, a reference from a former boss can be invaluable. If this person points out your strengths and passions to a hiring manager, his or her referral can seal the deal. But what happens if this person never picks up the phone? These reference guidelines increase your chances of making your…

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Is the Traditional Job Interview Dying Off?

Despite how much industries have evolved and personnel responsibilities have changed, the job interview process has gone relatively untouched for decades. Are things about to change? You have a phone interview. Then you have a few face-to-face interviews. You’re asked about your strengths, weaknesses, etc. Some companies try to get creative with “tricky” questions, but…

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How Job Hunters Can Show They’re a Fit

Say you’ve done everything right, followed The Five O’Clock Club’s job search method, and landed an interview for the perfect job. Even when everything seems right on paper, a hiring manager’s decision often comes down to something elusive called “fit.” What is this “fit,” and how can it help you connect with your future employers…

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Networking in Your Job Search: What To Do When It’s Not Working

Job searching — you’ve been at it for months now, yet you haven’t received any leads. It’s time to rethink your networking strategy. From reaching out to those in your industry to showing up to networking events, it might seem like you’re doing everything right. Networking, however, isn’t just a matter of meeting new people and asking about recent…

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Perfect Your Interview Follow-up to Build Relationships and Influence Hiring Managers

Job-seekers employ a range of tactics that they believe will get them jobs. They work with search firms, build their social media connections, network and contact companies directly. These strategies often lead to interviews, but they don’t necessarily move the needle when it is time for a company to decide whether you’re the right person…

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