How Long Should I Wait to Hear Back After an Interview?

  Q. How long should I wait after an interview before I decide I’m probably not going to get the job? I don’t want to put my job search on hold but it is tempting after you have a good interview. A. Don’t wait at all. If they get back to you that’s wonderful....

Can I Ask A Former Job Candidate Out On A Date?

  Q. I interviewed a candidate and referred her to meet the hiring manager, but she was not ultimately hired. Is it appropriate for me to reach out to her (now that we have no business relationship) and ask her out on a date? A. No. If she expressed interest at...

What Should I Do When A Job Ad Requests Salary History?

  Q. I saw an interesting job ad, but it requests salary history. I don’t want to share that. I don’t think it’s relevant. What should I do? A. Instead of your salary history, indicate your target salary. Say something like, “I’m focusing on jobs in the $50K...

How Do I Avoid Being Ghosted By Recruiters?

  Q. How do I avoid being ghosted by recruiters? A. The first time you talk with the recruiter, let them know how you work. Let them know that you need to hear from them at least once a week on any opportunities you and they are working on together, or you’ll...

Should I Compete With My Coworker For A Promotion?

  Q. I got my job through a friend of a friend (Amanda). I would never have gotten the job without her help. Now I’ve been on the job for 18 months. An internal opportunity was posted. I want to try for it, but Amanda told me she is also going out for the job....

What Does “Overqualified” Really Mean?

  Q. I applied for a broad swath of jobs because why not? I often get told I’m overqualified. What does it really mean? A. When you’re told you are overqualified, it could mean you are too old for their taste or want too much money. We have to be honest about...

I Have No References – What Should I Do?

  Q. I worked for a family-owned business for eight years. Things ended badly between me and them because the owner, the father, wanted me to take over the business but his son wanted to take over instead. So when the father finally retired and the son was put in...

How Long Do I Have To Keep A Job?

  Q. Liz, how long do I have to stay in a job before I can move on? I hate my job after nine months. Is it gonna look bad on my resume if I leave after nine months? How will I answer the question “Why do you want to leave your job so soon?” A. It used to be the...