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What Our Voice Says About Us

Changes in voice may reveal a lot about ourselves, study says

(Newser) - Job hunters, take note: If you're insecure during an interview, your voice may give you away. A new study reveals that people speak in higher-pitched voices when they're speaking to someone they see as higher status. Writing in Quartz , the researchers say that men and women who viewed... More »

Most Job Interviewers Make a Common Mistake

Free-form questions may do more harm than good, argues professor

(Newser) - Everyone knows the drill: A potential employer brings in candidates and peppers them with questions about their lives. These interviews often go a long way toward determining who gets hired, but the problem is, they're not just a waste of time—they may actually do more harm than good,... More »

Job Candidates' Challenge: Justify James Blunt

Swedish marketing company challenges applicants

(Newser) - How do you sell people on the world's "most pointless artist"? That's a problem to be worked out by Borg & Owilli's next account manager. The Swedish marketing agency is looking to fill the post and has come up with a test for applicants: "... More »

Cops: Man Drives Drunk to Interview for Driving Job

He didn't get the gig

(Newser) - It's probably a good thing Ryan Dickson didn't get that job he was hoping for. The Des Moines Register reports the 39-year-old showed up drunk—very drunk—to an interview at the Trans Iowa taxicab company at 9:25am Monday. "A little white car comes pulling in... More »

Popeyes Applicant Nabs a Robber—and a Job

Devin Washington helped pin thief to the floor

(Newser) - Devin Washington's job interview on Saturday couldn't have gone better—or worse, really. While interviewing with a manager at a Popeyes in New Orleans around 1pm, the 18-year-old applicant witnessed a man grab cash from a register as a clerk was giving him change, reports WDSU . The manager... More »

Cops: Mom Left 2 Kids in Food Court During Interview

But Laura Browder says children were 30 yards away, always in her line of sight

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday on charges of child abandonment after police say she left her 2-year-old and 6-year-old in a Houston mall food court while she was on a job interview, Click2Houston reports. But Laura Browder says the kids were always in her line of sight and that... More »

5 Intriguing Interview Questions at Netflix

Including a regret from your past

(Newser) - Got a hankering to work at Netflix? Even if the answer is no, these Netflix interview questions compiled by Business Insider , via Glassdoor , are still pretty interesting. Here's a sample of five:
  • "How many cans of paint would you need to paint one wing of a 747?" (To
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Rude Commuter Discovers What Karma Is

He tells someone to 'F off' on Tube ... and it's an unfortunate someone

(Newser) - How Matt Buckland defines "karma": "The guy who pushed past me on the tube and then suggested I go F myself just arrived for his interview...with me..." Such is the start of a job interview horror story that has quickly gone viral. As the head of... More »

To Land a Job Here, It's a 15-Hour Interview

Your body language gets special scrutiny

(Newser) - Considering a job at Appster? Sure! Just send in your résumé, spend an average of 15 hours interviewing, and score in the top 5% worldwide on competency tests, and maybe you'll get hired. Fortune reports the Australian app-development company re-engineered its approach after calculating that only about half... More »

Kind Target Workers Prep Boy for Job Interview

Teenager was just shopping for a clip-on tie

(Newser) - How often do shopping expeditions in mega-stores lead to heart-warming moments that go viral on Facebook? It happened the other day when a teenage boy went to a Target in Raleigh, NC, ABC 11 reports. The boy wanted a clip-on tie for a job interview, but an employee said they... More »

Pizza Hut Holding 140-Second Job Interviews

Would-be social media managers can apply at SXSW

(Newser) - Want to be Pizza Hut's social media manager? Then you better be able to market yourself well—in 140 seconds. That's precisely how long interviews for the position will last during SXSW in Austin this week, Mashable reports. The way the pizza chain figures it, anyone who can... More »

What It's Like to Interview for a WikiLeaks Job

Julian Assange apparently wants workers ready to skip sleep

(Newser) - Sample question from a WikiLeaks job interview: “What would you do if you had to kill one man to save a hundred?” So Julian Assange asked Aled John, he writes in the Independent . John hesitated. “You've got two minutes to think about it before they all die,... More »

15 of the Most Bizarre Job Interview Questions

Google wants to know how many basketballs you can fit in the room

(Newser) - The Huffington Post rounds up some out-there job interview questions from the likes of Google and Goldman Sachs, via Get your thinking caps on:
  • Goldman Sachs, analyst: “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”
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Crazy Job Interview Questions

How many tennis balls are in this room, and why, wonders Yahoo

(Newser) - The employment resources blog has rounded up some of the most bizarre interview questions of 2009. Some beauties:
  • How many tennis balls are in this room and why? (Yahoo)
  • If you were a brick in a wall, which brick would you be and why? (Nestle USA)
  • If I
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Crazy Questions Google Asks During Interviews

Search giant wants employees good at brain-teasers

(Newser) - Google is hiring, and we hear it’s a great place to work. But even if you’re an Ivy League grad with a great GPA, you’re going to have to survive the dreaded Google Interview process. How dreaded? Well, here are some questions they’ve asked, along with... More »

The Single Best Question for Job Applicants

Ask applicants what they do when they're not working

(Newser) - Hiring tends to be a total crapshoot, Peter Bregman writes in a Harvard Business Review blog. But you'll get better results if you ask applicants one question: What do you do in your spare time? Hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger flies gliders for fun and used to build intricate models. "... More »

10 Summer Intern Success Tips

Keep your head down, follow orders, make some connections

(Newser) - Heads up, summer interns. Vogue passes along advice from fashion publishing, design, and PR insiders for making a shining impression (hint: It's not about you):
  1. Think creatively, dress conservatively: Leave the flip-flops at home.
  2. Don't play it too safe; a little flair shows the boss you have a sense of
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Interview Goofs You Can't Make Up

Smelling your armpits, admitting you're headed to the bar are not ways to get a job

(Newser) - Do research, don't lie, be professional: Interview tips seem basic enough to follow, but CNN reports the many job seekers have committed serious gaffes we all should learn from:
  • Asking interviewer to leave office so you can take a call
  • Admitting you may quit job if your uncle dies and
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Kill Your Chances With These Job Interview Moves

(Newser) - Don't shoot yourself in the foot in your next job interview. A Fortune poll of hiring managers uncovered some anecdotes about the dumbest pitches they'd heard: The interviewee:
  1. "...told me to hire him because he was allergic to unemployment."
  2. "... said that we should hire him because he
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