Something you should check out …

post326Hello residual, hard-core The Job Stalker readers.

As I've detailed in previous posts, this blog is not dead, but it is in something like a long-term hiatus until we (which I guess means “I”), find a new main writer for it. However, it still floats around my mental space, and if I see something that I think is of particular value to you, I'll show up here with it.

Today I ran across an article that I thought was quite excellent (I wish I'd had this list handy for some interviews I've had over the past four years of my job search!), from Ragan's PR Daily: 6 interview questions that will make any employer want to hire you

The article is primarily a list of some very good suggested questions, but here's a bit of it to put things in context:

During your first interview, the "impress me" dance is still in full swing. When a potential employer asks if you have any questions, she doesn't want inquiries about parking validation; she wants to see if you're prepared, educated and inquisitive.

Obviously, not every interview situation will provide an opportunity for this sort of “turning the tables”, but many will, and this could be a big advantage … certainly making you look more engaged with the process.

I know I've been in interviews when I went totally blank when asked “do you have any questions” (frankly, I'd probably over-researched in advance, and I pretty much had the details in my head going in), and these would have been good back-up things to pull out in those cases!

P.S.: Do you want to be the next Job Stalker? You could take over this venerable corner of the Chicago Now empire … see this post for details!

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  • Are you looking for a writer? Can I volunteer? I work in IT; have for over 25 years. I have an MBA, in the last 2 years I have had more face to face interviews than I can keep track of and even more phone interviews, including just recently one day when I had 4 phone screenings back to back . I can write volumes about interviews, recruiters and what it feels like to be on both sides of the desk, because yes at one time I was the one doing the interviewing and hiring. I would enjoy writing about my experiences, sadly most have been negative, but I have learned a lot. I know what works. And I also know, recruiters are rarely honest and neither are company HR departments.

  • In reply to rmccann99:

    Hey ... sorry for the LONG delay in response (six months ... sheesh!) ... obviously this has not been getting a lot of attention (and I don't get e-mails about comments coming in). Are you still interested in possibly taking over writing The Job Stalker? I know the Chicago Now folks would just as well have this continue (it was one of the first dozen blogs on the system), but I've pretty much let it go. Drop me a line at if you'd like to discuss it!

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