Q: Do I need to list references on my resume? Or will “References Available Upon Request” suffice?
A: Opinions vary on this topic. If you have a reference at each position, what I recommend is that this be included within the description of each job, possibly under dates of employment. If you are going to put “References Available Upon Request”, I personally find that that space is better suited with putting actual references.
Q: I’m unsure of whether to use Facebook, MySpace, or Linkedin for finding jobs. What do you recommend?
A: Linkedin.com is one of the most popular sites for what I like to call “grown-up social networking”. Finding business leads, reconnecting with colleagues, and getting recommendations are just a few of the great features this site offers. If you are going to use any of these sites, it is important to maintain a professional presence. If you have pictures or comments you don’t want others to see, either leave them off the sites to begin with, or use the robust privacy tools on each of these sites to block out what you don’t want others to see and possibly hold against you.
Q: What is the most effective question you have asked or been asked in an interview?
A: There are too many to mention, but I’d say in terms of effectiveness, the open-ended question is the most effective question method one can use. By asking people hypotheticals (tell me about a time when…, how would you handle a situation where…), you can identify experience, character, and ability to think on one’s feet.