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Article Guidelines

Interviewing.com Article Policies, Guidelines, and Submission Instructions

We think you have something important to say and we thank you for saying it on our site.

While we use the word article in these guidelines, we are equally excited to receive videos, podcasts, and other content as long as they adhere to our policies and guidelines.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our editors who are happy to help you develop or structure your contribution to Interviewing.com.

If you’d like a list of topics for which we’re currently looking for unique content please feel free to reach out to our editors, however, the most important requirement for a topic is that immediate importance to the Interviewing.com community.  Feel free to choose a topic that’s new, provocative, related to current events, or practical, but above all, showcases your expertise.

Please follow these guidelines when writing your article:

Interviewing.com Policies

  1. Written articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word 2003 or above.
  2. All content must be unique and not infringe upon the copyright of another’s work.  Content will be checked with Copyscape, so please don’t waste your time plagiarizing.
  3. If referencing another’s work, please be sure to cite the author.  Find instructions for citing here: http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:CITE
  4. Do not use real personal or business names without their express written consent.  This will invite trouble.
  5. We will sometimes add a photo or other art alongside your article.  If you have  an image you would like to be included, be sure you have the rights to that image.  If you want to purchase a stock photo, we suggest istockphoto.com
  6. Articles should be at least 400 words and no more than 1000 words.  If you can’t fit it into 1000 words, consider writing two articles.
  7. All contributions are subject to Interviewing.com’s Terms of Service.  Additionally all contributors stipulate that the article/video/audio/etc. being published was developed exclusively for Interviewing.com or, in such cases where material may exist outside of Interviewing.com, that Interviewing.com has express permission to publish the materials.  Reprints of articles are allowed in other publications providing that they follow our Article Use and Reprint Guidelines (please contact us if you would like a copy.)

 Style Guidelines

  1. Create a catchy title.  First and foremost, it should attract attention.  Secondly, it should briefly describe your article.
    A common trend is to create “top #” lists.  For example, “The top ten things to do to prepare for an interview.”
  2. Try to relate to a personal experience you had.  Never use people’s or businesses’ actual names without express written consent.
  3. Paragraphs should be short and readable.  If your paragraph has more than three sentences, consider splitting it up.  That said, the paragraph itself should be able to deliver an idea.
  4. Create bold headers for each subsection of your article.  This will break up the monotony of the article and keep the reader’s attention.
  5. Lists are OK, tables should be avoided.  There are some exceptions to this, of course.
  6. Write in a tone that most suits you, but be sure to look at your piece objectively: can anyone who reads this understand exactly what I’m trying to say?  If the answer is ‘no,’ then it’s time to rewrite the piece.
  7. It’s OK to be funny, but don’t overdo it.  Remember: people are reading your article to improve their lives.  Laughter is always good, but so is helpful information.
  8. If you’ve had other articles published on Interviewing.com, we strongly encourage you to link back to them to drastically improve your exposure.
  9. See http://www.cbsnews.com/moneywatch/small-business/?tag=hdr;cnav for good article lengths, writing styles, and relevant topics.
  10. For more tips, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Writing_better_articles
  11. For more suggestions on how to write for the web: www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html

Audience

Interviewing.com is a broad community representing job seekers, candidates, hiring managers, HR representatives, recruiters, business owners and everyone in between, from all industries and backgrounds.  Be sure to be specific to your particular audience in your submission, but make sure your article is accessible to all audiences.  Above all, write about what you know—no one knows your own expertise better than you.

Your profile

  1. Include your picture, if possible. It should be a business/professional photo.
  2. Include your position today and what you specialize in.  If your company consents, link back to their site.  If you have a personal site, Twitter handle, or Linkedin profile, feel free to include those as well.
  3. Try to limit your profile to 75 words or less.

Submission Procedure

  1. Email your article to: submit at interviewing.com.  The subject of the email should be the title of the article. 
  2. If accepted, the piece will be reviewed by our editor(s) and if we have suggested edits, we will send back to you for your approval.  It is our objective to preserve the author’s voice and intentions, however, we reserve the right to make final editorial changes at our discretion.
  3. Once you approve our edits, we will schedule the article to be published and will send you the scheduled date and the URL to the link.
  4. To maximize your exposure and credibility, we strongly suggest that you let your family, friends, and colleagues know about your article.  Use all the typical venues: Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter to spread the word.
  5. Once published, readers will have the opportunity to comment on the article.  Take this opportunity to turn transient readers into loyal readers.  But NEVER insult or reply to your readers in demeaning fashion.  Many replies will disagree with you.  If they write in a calm tone and have taken the time to make a real argument, feel free to counter their argument with yours.  If the commenter writes in an angry tone, don’t waste your time replying.  Their attitudes are likely not in a place where they can be changed.
  6. Due to varying topics and quality, NOT ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please do not let this dissuade you from contributing again in the future.  Sometimes this is simply because there are already too many articles on the particular topic or it is not a good fit for the site at this time.