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By Susan Adams
You probably get a little nervous before you go into a job interview. Even if you've copiously prepped, you figure the interviewer will hold all the cards. She knows everything about her company and the job you want, and she's got a vision of the perfect employee that doesn't exactly describe you.
Not so, says David Couper, a Los Angeles career and executive coach and the author of Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career ... Even When You Don't Fit In. In reality, most interviewers are ill-prepared and distracted, he says. "They usually just wing it based on their own experience."In Pictures: 10 Job Interview Myths Debunked
1. The interviewer is prepared.
At one interview of a potential sales staffer, Couper was called in at the last minute because another human resources manager had canceled and three bodies were required at the interview table. "I hadn't seen the applicant's résumé," he recalls. "I didn't even know what the job was."
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- Forbes.com | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 13, 2011 6:44 PM EDT
By Jacquelyn SmithRead More »from Big Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them
There are a lot of ways you can go wrong during your job search. You can fail to devote enough time to it, but you can also get so involved you become isolated from family and friends. Those are among the most common mistakes job seekers make, according to a 2010 study published in the Academy of Management Journal.
Three researchers, Connie Wanberg, Jing Zhu and Edwin A. J. van Hooft, wrote a paper titled "The Job-Search Grind: Perceived Progress, Self-Reactions, and Self-Regulation of Search Effort." The study also found that signs of progress can make you relax too much and that you should diversify your search tactics.
In Pictures: Big Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them
The three scholars asked 233 participants to complete a baseline survey and then follow up online every Monday through Friday for three weeks. Participants tracked their emotions, the time they dedicated to their job search and the level of confidence they felt about finding an
By Forbes StaffRead More »from How to Get More Done at Work
If you're reading this article instead of calling a client or crunching a spreadsheet, chances are you could be more focused at work. You're not alone.
According to a recent survey by Salary.com, the average employee admits to wasting about two hours of each eight-hour workday, not including
lunch or scheduled breaks.
The Internet doesn't help. Like the college roommate who keeps asking us to hang out when we know we have to study, the Web (and e-mail) provide so much distraction on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour basis that we can find it nearly impossible to give our full attention to higher-level tasks. And with few defined edges to many projects, we end up living in an endless jumble of work and life. We can book a trip to Turkey while participating in a conference call; we can send work e-mails from a towel on the beach in Cancun.
As the economy ebbs along with our focus, we have more to do and less time to do it. Enter the productivity experts. Their guru is
The best years of life are also among the most expensive. Choose with care.
Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school "reputation" and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending. We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree? The rankings are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.
For the second year in a row, Williams College, a small, western-Massachusetts liberal arts school, has been named as the best undergraduate institution in America. With totalRead More »from America's Top Colleges 2011
Tech-savvy singles abound in these metros.
There's lots to do if you're single and live in Boston. You can search for your soulmate at one of the area's 70 museums or 200 art galleries. Go buy someone a drink at a bar in a hip neighborhood like Jamaica Plain. Or mingle with Red Sox fans at Fenway Park.
It turns out, though, that Bean Town singles who are serious about dating might be best served staying home and turning on their computer. Boston is the best city in America for online dating, according to data provided by OkCupid, a free matching service. They analyzed their 1.51 million active users to find the cities where the highest percentage of the adult population had active profiles on the site within the last year.
Boston's bustling student presence is one reason it scores high for online dating, says Sam Yagan, cofounder and CEO of OKCupid. Metropolitan Boston is home to more than 50Read More »from The Best Cities for Online Dating
The best public and private colleges and universities, from the student's point of view.
The best college in America isn't in Cambridge or Princeton, West Point or Annapolis. It's nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Williams College, a 217-year-old private liberal arts school, tops our third annual ranking of America's Best Colleges. Our list of more than 600 undergraduate institutions is based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve.
Williams rose to the top spot on our rankings, which are compiled with research from the Center for College Affordability & Productivity, after placing fourth last year and fifth in 2008. It's a small school (just over 2,000 undergrads) with a 7-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, affording students the chance to really get to know their teachers and have a unique college experience.
In Pictures: America's 50 Best