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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Interviewing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth about Meeting the Employer

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

While jokes about the craziest interview questions and answers abound, the reality is this meeting between an employer and a job seeker significantly impacts life. The variables are as numerous as the list of Fortune 500 companies: structured/unstructured, phone/video, objective/subjective practices, scientific data collection.. cultural fit… timed tests… 30 minutes or 3 months… Whatever the methods, the outcome is the same: either a job offer or not. The job seeker’s hand in this outcome is infinitely higher than typically imagined and ultimately the career services provider’s connection to the interview.

~ Melanie Reinersman, M.A.,

FOCUS ON: Interviewing Practices

How employment interviews came to be and what methods work doesn’t matter as much as what is perceived to be good practice yet now considered to be flawed. For example, the behavioral interview questions may favor story-tellers and thus not appropriate in all cases (e.g., it may be more applicable to sales jobs than software engineering). Read more cautions about interviewing practices from Fast Company.

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TOP TEN: Ways an Interview Coach can Help Job Seekers

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“If you don’t know why you’d hire you, neither will they.” - Frank Sonnenberg
“They want you to be the solution. Whoever is waiting in there for you—interviewer, examiner, casting agent—is hoping you are the answer to their search.” - Kate White


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