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Asked by Tanya on February 15, 2017

Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?

Gap Inc. have responded.

This is a great question as phone interviews, even skype interviews, are becoming a starting place for many companies.  During these interviews utilize the time to elaborate on your experiences and background,…

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Asked by Jisoo on February 6, 2017

My manager tells me during my monthly meetings that my emails numbers are the best out of the team and that I have been doing a great job taking on new responsibilities. Many say that raises are only about 3%. I want to ask for more than 15% at my annual review. Would I look too much like an amateur asking more than the average raise? Of course I will list all the roles I took on and my reasons

Gap Inc. have responded.

Hello! This is a great question. In today’s environment it is not uncommon for annual merit increases to be in the 3% range for many industries. There are of course many exceptions. First, annual increases…

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Asked by Alberto on December 9, 2014

I'm interviewing for a marketing job with a company located in another state and for the first time I'm asked to do a video interview over Skype. Are these becoming more common? What advice would you have for me to prepare for this? I feel like I will be on TV and I'm getting nervous.

Gap Inc. have responded.

Yes, video interviews are becoming more and more common. It is nice to engage with a candidate and interviewer face to face and skype/video helps with that. It is important to be comfortable with this process…

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Asked by Tanya on February 4, 2017

How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?

Gap Inc. have responded.

Hello! This is a great question and relevant for anyone with unpaid volunteer work. If you have limited career experience these kinds of activities are an excellent substitute. Also if you are unemployed or…

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Asked by Arthur on February 21, 2017

Someone once told me that an interview is as much about me learning about the company as it is the company learning about me. Is that a fair assessment? For example should I feel free to ask my interviewer about why they like the company or where they feel its weak points are?

Gap Inc. have responded.

What a great question.  It is a time for the two of you to see if this is a match, and that means both ways.  If you have applied with a company, and they have screened through candidates, and…

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Asked by PRANJALI on October 15, 2016

I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?

Gap Inc. have responded.

The great news is that you have found something that you are passionate about!  It sounds like you have a great opportunity within your current position as a Radio Jockey, to practice writing and finding…

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Asked by Diana on March 22, 2017

Hi, I am about to turn 24. I haven't had an official job before. So, what can I write for job experience if I am not really an expert on anything that I am applying for? Can I make up past work history so I get noticed and be called for an interview?

Gap Inc. have responded.

Hi good question.  It is always hard to know what to put on a resume when you have no paid professional experience. I strongly recommend that resumes be accurate and not only include real jobs,…

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Asked by Tanya on February 5, 2017

I was passionate about a number of social causes in college and spent time organizing rallies and protesting. Will this sort of “anti-establishment” activity hurt my chances with future employers? Should I take the photos down from my Facebook page/blog?

Gap Inc. have responded.

Hello! This is a great question and the answer depends somewhat on the career field and role you are looking to enter. It is always a good idea to revisit your privacy settings on Facebook when beginning a…

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Asked by Srividya on March 21, 2017

How can I build my resume based around a particular job description? I know you're supposed to tailor your resume to each position, so how do I do that?

Gap Inc. have responded.

Hello!
Great question. When we say tailor your resume to a particular job it does not mean you need to start over from scratch.  If you have a current resume, as Ellee points out, it is a matter…

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Asked by Tanya on February 13, 2017

What does it mean when recruiters talk about being a “good fit?”

Gap Inc. have responded.

This is a great question, and I can absolutely see where it may leave some uncertainty with the candidate. A good fit often means that based on the skill set (both job skills and soft skills)…

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