Category Archives: Q&A

Q: How do you answer the question, “Tell me something about yourself?”

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This is a question from one of readers, Carlos. Here is an extended version of his question: Q: I am asking you if you could point out some good and straight tips in answering interview questions like, “Tell me something about yourself?” Don’t you think it’s a very vague question and most HRs ask the…

Q: How Do You Find Your Career

Even if you had a crystal ball, finding your career won't be straightforward.

A: One of our readers recently posted a comment on the chat box. She was wondering how to find her career. I’ll try my best to shed some light on this. There are a couple of things you might want to check out when you’re on the verge of establishing your career. Among these are…

Q: Is it okay to reschedule a job interview set a week ago?

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A: This is a question from Cathy. Being asked to be interviewed is a special opportunity that not everyone can have.You should therefore give such invitations top priority. Asking for a reschedule is something you should try to absolutely avoid. Most employers and their recruitment personnel are very busy people and sometimes they follow a…

Q: Is it ok to work for 3 months and then leave?

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A: This is a question from one of our readers, RR. If you’re asking if its okay to resign, the simple answer is that no one can stop you if you want to go. Although employers can appeal to you to stay, any probationary or regular employee has the right to resign from a job…

Q: Why do some employers require graduates of 4-year courses for positions like secretary, cashier and other similar positions?

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A: Here is another question from one of our readers. Employers usually require college graduates for these seemingly simple or routine jobs because they may feel that college graduates have an edge when it comes to certain desirable qualities such as intelligence, maturity, initiative, experience, etc. Since many companies cannot carefully supervise their employees, they…

Q: Why do lots of companies not hire single parents?

A: This is a question from one of our readers, Relena. First of all, technically speaking, it is against the law for employers to discriminate against applicants or employees based on civil status, gender, etc. Most of the time though, no one complains, minds or makes an effort to enforce the law. Moreover, there is…

Q: Does being married hinder my chances of work?

A: Thank you Jen for this question. If I am not mistaken, Art. 136 prohibits employers from making a woman’s civil status a condition of employment. Even if there was no law, the spirit of justice and fairness should give equal opportunity to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, civil status and gender. In…

Q: What do you say when an interviewer asks you about your expected salary?

A: The idea for this question came from one of our readers, Neil. Interviewers may ask about your expected salary because they may want to know if you will be contented with what the company can offer. If you have considerable working experience, they may also want to know if they can afford you. Applicants…

Q: What if a company contacts you for an exam/interview but you were unable to take the message, would it be possible to ask for a reconsideration?

A: This is a question from one of our readers, Carla. These days, if you miss a job appointment and still wish to pursue your application, you will not lose anything if you choose to send an apology and ask for a reconsideration. Even if you no longer wish to apply, you would be showing…

Q: Would it be ok to be honest to an employer about the reasons for wanting to be employed such as to get experience or should nothing be said about it?

This is a question from Lynne who is one of our readers. I take it that applying to “get experience” means there is an intention to eventually leave when better opportunities become available. There is an ideal scenario to this. Ideally, a potential employer will appreciate honesty in an applicant. Ideally, an applicant will have…