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/ November 16, 2017 How to Answer: Do You Have Any More Questions
How to Answer: Do You Have Any More Questions

By Elissa Barrett

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It's asked all the time - it’s the universal way to wrap up an interview. The last question an interviewer will almost always ask is, “Do you have any other questions for me?”

Often, that question is answered with “No, I think we’ve answered most of my questions.” Or, “No, someone answered them all earlier.” Or simply, “No.”

The constant here is that every single person that answers that question with some form of “No” misses a great opportunity to reclaim the interview. Because as much as the interviewer is interviewing you, you’re also interviewing them.

In any interview, you want to make sure that the role you’re applying for, or the company looking to hire ... Read More

/ November 3, 2017 5 Things Being an Intern and a 'Survivor' Contestant Have in Common
5 Things Being an Intern and a 'Survivor' Contestant Have in Common

By Julia Sokolowski

At 18 I applied to be a contestant on Survivor, completely on a whim. Four days later I received a phone call from CBS, and within weeks the Survivor Entertainment Group flew me out to Los Angeles to begin the vetting process, including a variety of physical and psychological tests and interviews conducted by everyone from casting directors to field producers, and even the show’s host, Jeff Probst.

The final step of the casting process was the most important: I had to pitch myself to the network. I walked into a room where over a dozen executives sat in a semicircle of chairs. Petrified, I stood front and center. I opened my mouth to say, “Hi, I’m Julia. I’m 18-years-old and –” … but before I could finish, I was grilled.

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/ April 3, 2017 Confessions of a Procrastinator
Confessions of a Procrastinator

By Kat Warboys

I had never really considered myself a procrastinator...until my first six months in at HubSpot.

The first few months went well. Really well. I had a detailed 100-Day Plan from my manager with projects to achieve, items to check off the list, and clear deadlines. By the time I had completed the plan, I was energized by how much challenging work there was to be done, and by the projects I could tackle that would make an impact on our business and customers.

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/ May 31, 2016 Why Solving For Growth Is the Most Important Input in Your Job Search Algorithm
Why Solving For Growth Is the Most Important Input in Your Job Search Algorithm

By Dharmesh Shah

I’m a programmer both by temperament and by classical training. So, I often think about life in terms of functions (in the programming or mathematical sense). What are the parameters or inputs passed into the function? What does the function return as a result? The typical set of inputs people put into their what_job_is_right() function goes something like this:

Should I work for a startup, a scale-up, or an established company?

If a startup, pre-funding, post-funding, or no funding?

Pre- or post-IPO?

What will my title, salary, and benefits look like?

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/ March 28, 2016 The Secret to the Perfect Cover Letter: Don’t Write One
The Secret to the Perfect Cover Letter: Don’t Write One

By Caroline Cotto

Talk to any job seeker today and you’ll hear an almost unanimous response about the state of his or her search: writing cover letters sucks.

As someone who recently spent months looking for a job, I couldn’t agree more. For me, funemployment (albeit, not so fun), looked a lot like this: wake up, scour Indeed.com for open positions, find one that seems interesting enough to apply to, and then spend the remaining hours of the day slaving away over the perfect cover letter. Honing the wording, finding the right person to address it to, bearing my soul - but not too much.

Cover letters require you to become a master of the humblebrag. You have to talk about yourself in a way that is not too proud, not too modest, but, Goldilocks’ style, just the right amount of shameless self-promotion.

Then, when I’d finally send off a perfectly crafted, four paragraphs of spell-checked awesome, I’d invariably wake up the next morning to an “insert name here” email telling me that the company had reviewed my materials and that I didn’t meet the qualifications for the position.

Dude, it’s been less than 24 hours. Did you even read my cover letter?

The answer, I’m afraid, is usually a hard “NO.”

Jobvite’s annual Talent Acquisition Report revealed that 60% of recruiters found cover letters to be the least important factor in deciding if candidates were a good fit for their company. And, anecdotally, the same percentage reported not reading them at all.

With over 250 applicants, on average, applying for a single job posting, cover letters no longer align with the pace and scale of the current hiring market. What we need is Mean Girls-inspired reality check: Let's stop trying to make cover letters happen. They're not going to happen!

That’s why we decided, once and for all, to take them out of the equation. As of this week, HubSpot applications no longer require cover letters. Hello there, 21st century.

So, if the cover letter is going extinct, how can you stand out in the hiring process? Candidates should showcase themselves in modern and creative ways. Here at HubSpot and out in the wild, we’ve seen some remarkable examples of cover letter alternatives that blew recruiters away. Let’s explore some examples to help get your creative juices flowing. Hopefully, you’re left inspired for tackling your next job application with content that goes beyond the age-old cover letter.

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