Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don’t Ask These 5 Questions in Job Interviews

It is important to ask questions when you are being interviewed for a job. Thoughtful questions show interest and curiosity. They reflect a desire to learn about the opportunity, the employer’s expectations, the organization’s future, and how you can help the company grow.

Don't Ask These 5 Job Interview Questions [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Avoid asking these five questions
during job interviews.
But asking an interviewer the following five job interview questions will hurt your chances of getting hired. In fact, these questions may take you out of the running completely. Why? The five questions show a lack of preparation for the job interview, lack of concern for the employer’s needs, more interest in being away from the job than on the job, concern for money rather than the work, or a desire to work the minimum. 
  1. What do you do here? This question shows you didn’t prepare for the job interview. Don’t ask questions about points you can learn from the organization’s website. Also review the company's marketing, social media, annual report, product information, and anything else you can dig up. This information will help you understand the organization's purpose and direction and how you can help it prosper.
  2. What is the salary? This question is valid, but asking it early in the hiring process shows you are more concerned with money than with the job. Instead of asking about pay, ask about the employer’s needs and challenges and explain how you can meet them. Wait until the employer offers you the job and states the salary before discussing money. At that point, the employer wants you and may be open to negotiating and giving you a higher amount. Also, if you bring up your salary requirements too early, you may lock yourself into a lower amount than the employer was willing to pay.
  3. How much vacation do I get? This question shows you are already thinking about time off before you’ve been offered the job. Again, wait until you get a job offer before asking this question, although most employers will tell you about vacation time when extending a job offer.
  4. Can I have flexible hours? Although more companies offer flexible hours today, don’t raise this question. Most employers need you to be at work and working hard. After you are hired and prove yourself, your manager may be open to considering flexible hours.
  5. Can I work from home? This question is similar to the preceding one. The employer doesn’t know you well, so he or she has no idea whether you will work diligently from home. Wait until the employer brings it up or until after you get the job, have proven your work ethic, and know the job's demand.

Although you will have legitimate employment questions like the ones listed here, avoid asking them in job interviews. You want to show employers that you have their needs and interests foremost in your mind. Focus on getting a job offer first. Then you can address these issues, either as part of your salary and benefits negotiation or after you're doing the job well.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Traits of a Job Search Slacker

Some job seekers just can’t seem to get hired. Sure, they are applying for jobs. But employers aren’t contacting them. Could it be these job hunters aren’t putting much effort into their employment search?

10 Signs of a Job Search Slacker [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Job search slackers put little time into the job hunt.

Here are 10 traits of a job search slacker:
  1. Cannot articulate his or her skills and how they would benefit employers
  2. Applies for one or two jobs and calls it a week (or a month)
  3. Applies for any job, even if it doesn’t fit his or her experience and skills
  4. Applies only for jobs that are advertised instead of reaching out to employers who may need workers with his or her background and abilities
  5. Uses the same resume and cover letter for every job application instead of tailoring these materials to an employer’s needs
  6. Does not follow up on job applications and job leads
  7. Does not contact family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who may know of job openings
  8. Does not research employers who are growing and hiring
  9. Makes no attempt to improve his or her job search by learning about the most-effective, active job hunt techniques
  10. Has no enthusiasm for the job search

Job search slackers eventually may find work, but it will take them a long time. In addition, the jobs most likely won’t be a great fit.

If some of the 10 traits describe you, consider changing your job search today. Just reverse course on a couple of points above, and you will see your job hunt improve. Get going now!